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Finally, an Oscar for Leo By Peter Howard

Finally, an Oscar for Leo
By Peter Howard

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It became one of the longest running jokes in Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio had been nominated for an Academy Award five times over the past 22 years before this year’s ceremony, and each time his Oscar-worthy performances were passed over for other actors. So when the 2016 list of nominees was released, many were thinking that the Academy would continue to tease Leo with the possibility of a golden statue. However, at the ceremony held Feb. 28, Leo’s moment arrived.
Upon winning the award for Best Actor in the film “The Revenant”, Leo took his opportunity to thank the Academy, his costar Tom Hardy, his family, as well as various others before jumping on a soap box about climate change. “And lastly, I just want to say this: Making “The Revenant” was about a 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.” He wrapped up his speech by saying, “I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”

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