“Thank you all so very much, Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year. The Revenant was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew.”
Those were the words uttered by Leonardo DiCaprio on after finally winning his first Academy award, on his third attempt as a nominee for Best Actor in the Male category.
Leonardo DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. His most notable films include Titanic (1997), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Inception (2010), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Revenant (2015) etc.
He started his career by appearing in TV commercials and recurring roles in Santa Barbara and Growing Pain. He earned his first nomination for Academy Awards during his early days when he was nominated in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for portraying the role of a mentally challenged boy in the drama ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ (1993), but he didn’t win the award. After some struggle and more hard work, he got a role in James Cameron’s blockbuster, ‘Titanic’, which at that time was the highest grossing movie ever. This resulted in various nominations for the movie as well as the actors, receiving 14 nominations and winning 11 of those, despite the success of the movie, DiCaprio wasn’t nominated for the Academy Award.
His second Academy Award nomination overall and first for ‘Best Actor’ came for the movie ‘The Aviator’ which released in 2004 where he portrayed the role of Howard Hughes. Yet again, he didn’t win the award. His third nomination came for his 2006 super hit, ‘Blood Diamond’ where he plays the role of a diamond smuggler from Rhodesia who is involved in the Sierra Leone Civil War. Despite all the positive reviews, he again failed to win the Academy Award. His first Academy Award nomination as a producer and his fourth overall came in the year 2014 for the movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ where he plays Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who is later arrested for securities fraud and money laundering. Despite the movie being a commercial success, the Academy Award still eluded DiCaprio. His next nomination for Academy Award in the category of ‘Best Actor’ came in the year 2016 for the movie ‘The Revenant’ in which he played fur trapper Hugh Glass. This time he finally won the Award and etched his name in history books.
After finally winning the Academy Award, DiCaprio was jubilated and his acceptance speech was certainly one for the history books. He thanked his family, his colleagues, other nominees, the crew of The Revenant and everyone present at the show. He also shed light on an important issue of pollution and support for the leaders who speak for the indigenous people rather than the big polluters of the world. He also pointed out that not to take the planet for granted. He ended his speech by thanking everyone and took a sigh of relief after finally going home for the first time with the Academy Award in his hands.