We always knew Leonardo DiCaprio was a winner – now he has the hardware to prove it. After earning four previous acting nominations at the Academy Awards, the Titanic star finally claimed the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. With his former co-star and good friend Kate Winslet rooting him on inside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, Leo won his very first Oscar for his role in The Revenant.
"To my parents none of this would be possible without you!" the actor told his parents. He took his moment on stage to highlight a cause very close to his heart, the earth. "Climate change is real. It is happening right now. We need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this night for granted"
The 41-year-old's first Oscar nomination was for Best Supporting Actor in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape at the 1994 award ceremony, when he was just 19. Since then, the former teen heartthrob was up for the Best Actor prize for his memorable performances in The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Prior to this career milestone, the newly minted Oscar winner took home honours for lead actor at the Golden Globe awards, the BAFTAs and the Screen Actors’ Guild awards. Despite having so many fans at home and on the red carpet cheering him on, Leo has remained calm and cool throughout awards season.
"I think anyone appreciates those types of things, for sure, of course — you know, to be recognized by your peers,” he told Today after the Golden Globes. And now, after so many years and nominations, he’s been acknowledged by the academy too.