'I do not take tonight for granted!' Leonardo DiCaprio just won his first Oscar

By admin
29 February 2016

He'd been nominated five times before, but Leo had yet to take home that elusive golden statuette.

Until now. The 41-year-old was just named Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 2016 Academy Awards, in a glittering ceremony in Hollywood. While he did spend time thanking his Revenant co-stars and crew, Leo used his acceptance speech to highlight a cause close to his heart -- climate change.

"2015 was the hottest year in recorded history. Our production had to travel to the southern-most 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 collectively together and stop procrastinating." Click here to see the full list of winners Leo beat out Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender to take home the trophy. The 41-year-old, who brought his mother with him to the event, spoke with ABC about his feelings before the show.

"I think we're all nervous. I've worked for almost over 25 years in this industry and here I am, you know, representing a movie that I feel so particularly proud of," he told Robin Roberts.

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"But more so than that, I'm here with my mother. I've been in this town for 25 years. It's a big show."

"After years and years of hard work, this is the end of it all. It's bittersweet as well."

The night's other big winners included Brie Larson (Best Actress for Room), Alejandro G. Inarnitu (Best Director for The Revenant), and Margaret Sixel (Best Achievement in Film Editing for Mad Max Fury Road).

Mad Max also took home Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

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