The long-awaited win was surely a surreal moment for the actor, who received a standing ovation while making his way towards the stage. To date, DiCaprio, 41, has been nominated six times for an Oscar. The Revenant is an American survival drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. “The Revenant was a product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable crew,” DiCaprio said at the 2016 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. DiCaprio, a long-time environmental activist, also spoke about the dangers of global warming. “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship with the natural world,” he said. “Climate change is real: it’s happening right now, it is a 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. ... Let us not take this planet for granted; I do not take tonight for granted.” DiCaprio beat out Matt Damon (The Martian), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl). The Revenant wins three Oscars.
Spotlight directed by Tom McCarthy won Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards. The movie portrayed the 2001 Boston Globe investigation into the massive sex abuse scandal and cover up by the Catholic Church.
The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film has gone to Son of Saul. The harrowing Holocaust drama is the first full length movie for Hungarian-French director Laszlo Nemes.
Mad Max: Fury Road is the night’s big winner, taking home six Oscars, including for costume design, film editing and make up. The action adventure movie is the work of Australian director-producer George Miller.