After receiving six nominations since 1993, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won an Academy Award.
While he has starred in some incredible films throughout his career, his portrayal of frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant was nothing short of jaw-dropping.
DiCaprio's speech started out as expected, by thanking the cast and crew of The Revenant, as well as honoring certain people who have helped him throughout his career. But then, he switched gears and continued to speak from the heart on an issue that is much bigger than the biggest award of his life.
While the themes of inclusion and diversity dominated the Oscars this year, DiCaprio used his long-awaited moment to bring attention to a problem that unites humanity in an unmistakable way: man-made climate change is a real threat that demands real action.
Here are some highlights from his acceptance speech (emphasis added):
And lastly I just want to say this: 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 is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.
For our children's children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight.
Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.
Thank you so very much.
It was not surprising he'd use this platform to bring more awareness to the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced, given his long history of environmental advocacy.
The speech was also reminiscent of when he accepted the Best Actor - Drama award at the Golden Globes in January, which he dedicated to the indigenous people around the world who are at risk of losing their land, their culture, and even their lives as a result of the greed and destruction of others.
DiCaprio's powerful words became the most tweeted Oscar moment ever, even dominating Ellen's epic, star-studded selfie from 2014.
Check out Leo's entire speech here:
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