ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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We were all waiting for it, and it finally happened: Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar. He did it. He's holding the golden statuette that's been escaping him for so long, and he's not letting go.

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Best Actor In 'The Revenant'

After being nominated six times (five times as an actor and one time as producer), he took home the Best Actor accolade for his role as Hugh Glass in The Revenant.

A Powerful And Moving Speech

In his usual poised manner, he gave a three-minute speech that was devoted partly to crew, friends and family and partly to the importance of climate change.

"I have to thank everyone from the onset of my career."

He started by praising his co-star Tom Hardy and The Revenant director Alejandro Iñárritu, thanking the latter for "creating a transcending cinematic experience."

From left to right: Iñárritu, Hardy and DiCaprio.
From left to right: Iñárritu, Hardy and DiCaprio.

He also expressed his gratitude to the casting director who put him in his first film, and to Martin Scorsese for teaching him "so much about the cinematic art form."

"Climate change is real, it's happening right now."

The highlight of DiCaprio's speech was the last minute, when he took the opportunity to address climate change and how important it is that we "work collectively" to solve this issue:

"Making 'The Revenant' was about man's relationship to 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's happening right now, it's the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."

Addressing climate change at the Oscars, the Golden Globes and through his foundation.

As he did in his acceptance speech for his Best Actor In A Drama award at the Golden Globes earlier this year, he voiced his support for indigenous peoples and "the billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this."

His involvement in the fight against climate change led him to create the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, which acts for biodiversity, oceans, wilderness conservation and climate change.

"Let us not take this planet for granted."

Finally, Leo concluded on a powerful note, even avoiding the subject of his years-long wait for the well-deserved award:

"Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."

Mic. Drop.

What did you think of Leo's acceptance speech?

Source: Time

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