It’s lucky number six for Leonardo DiCaprio. The 41-year-old actor finally took home the coveted Oscar statuette Sunday night for best actor for his role as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant.”
DiCaprio was nominated for an Academy Award alongside Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”).
It was an honor a long time in the making. DiCaprio landed his first Academy Award nomination in 1993 for best supporting actor. The then-19-year-old actor was nominated for his part as Arnie Grape in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” but ultimately lost to Tommy Lee Jones. History repeated itself in 2005 when DiCaprio was nominated for best actor for his part in “The Aviator,” and lost to Jamie Foxx. His roles in “Blood Diamond” in 2007 and “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2014 also landed best actor nominations, but no gold statue.
DiCaprio swept awards season this year with his role in “The Revenant.” It also won him best actor in a leading role at the British Academy Film Awards, best performance by an actor in a leading role at the Critics’ Choice Awards, best actor in a motion picture drama at the Golden Globe Awards and outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Here is the full text of DiCaprio's Oscar acceptance speech:
"Thank you, thank you all so very much. Thank you to the academy. Thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate all of the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances. 'The Revenant' was a product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew I got to work alongside. First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on-screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off-screen. To Mr. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, as the history of cinema unfolds you have forged your way into history these past two years. What an unbelievable talent you are. Thank you to you and [inaudible] for creating a transcendent cinematic experience for all of us. Thank you to everybody at Fox and Regency, in particular [inaudible], you are the champion of this endeavor. My entire team, I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career — Mr. Caton-Jones for casting me in my first film; Mr. Scorsese for teaching me so much about the cinematic art form. To Mr. Rick Yorn, thank you for helping me navigate my way through this industry. And to my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are. And lastly, I just want to say this. Making 'The Revenant' was about man's relationship with the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children's children and for those people out there who voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let's not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much."