Twenty-seven years into his acting career, The Revenant has finally landed Leonardo DiCaprio his first Academy Award.
The American actor has been previously nominated four times for his roles in What’s Eating Gilbert (1994), The Aviator (2005), Blood Diamond (2008), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). A fifth nomination came as producer of The Wolf of Wall Street.
The 41-year-old actor did not descend from the stage without a call for action against global warming. “Climate change is real. It is happening right now,” he said. “It’s the most urgent threat affecting our species.”
DiCaprio, who is set to produce a film about the Volkswagen emissions scandal, ended his speech with the warning “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted”.
Watch DiCaprio’s acceptance speech below: