By Florentina Narchet
It was a memorable Sunday night of celebration for the 41-year-old actor Leonardo DiCaprio for winning his first Oscar, at the 88th Academy Award ceremony, Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.
DiCaprio gave life to the legendary character Hugh Glass in the film The Revenant,directed by Mexican producer and film director Alejandro González Iñárritu and also winner for The Best Director at the night of the Oscar awards.
The Revenant is a story based on true events on Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who survived into the woods after being mauled by a bear, buried alive and even left behind by his own hunting team in the 19th century.
Although this is his first Best Actor Oscar, DiCaprio had been nominated six times for the best Actor. His first nomination for the best actor was in 1994 in the movie “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” He had also been nominated for his participation in the films, “The Aviator,” “Blood Diamond” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
This year DiCaprio was competing with actors Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and even last year’s best actor winner Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).
The audience stood up, cheered and applauded for DiCaprio’s well-deserved award. However, the receiving award moment was even more remarkable when DiCaprio gave a powerful speech to remind and encourage people about the damage of climate change.“Climate change is real and it’s happening right now,” he said. “It’s the most urgent threat affecting our species.” He continued: “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this night for granted.”
The Revenant remained wining; Emmanuel Lubezki won For Best Cinematography, making his three-year consecutive win.