The long, antagonizing wait is over!
Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 28, 2016), for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Revenant. But it was his humbling acceptance speech that had us all realizing he’s more than just a great actor — he’s an incredible inspiration. So for obvious reasons and more, Leo is Celebuzz‘s Man Crush Monday this week.
The long-awaited win was surely a surreal moment for Leo (and for all of us), who received a standing ovation while making his way towards the stage. After thanking everyone, including his co-starTom Hardy, the 41-year-old used his time to speak about the climate.
Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship with the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history. Our production team needed to go to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow; climate change is real, and it’s happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work 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; and 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 all the people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. Let us not take this planet for granted; I do not take tonight for granted.
In case you missed it, watch his first-ever win and incredible speech below.