Leonardo was fifth time lucky with the win.

Leonardo finally breaks Oscar jinx wins Best Actor for The Revenant
news Oscars 2016 Monday, February 29, 2016 - 11:05

Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio on Monday was fifth time lucky at the Oscars as he finally bagged the ‘Best Actor’ award for the ‘The Revenant’ this year.

Five nominations and 23 years later, Leonardo Di Caprio's cold streak at the Oscars finally came to an end as he won the best actor trophy for his role of a wounded fur trapper seeking revenge.

The actor's role in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu- directed 1823-set film was gritty and thrilling, a territory DiCaprio has not dabbled in too much.

Dicaprio was one of the frontrunners for the ‘Best Actor’ award, having already won the Golden Globe award for his performance earlier this year.

He has been nominated four times previously for the Oscars viz. Best Actor in a Supporting Role for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator (2004), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Blood Diamond (2006) and Best Motion Picture of the Year for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

A self-declared vegetarian, DiCaprio, for his role of 19th-century American frontiersman Hugh Glass, a rugged mountain man fighting for survival, had to guzzle a live fish, and tuck into a bison liver.

The actor shot for six months in the inhospitable Canadian wilderness. Whether it was going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in a horse carcass, DiCaprio's real-life ordeals were no less challenging than the character he played on screen.

The superstar, in his lengthy speech thanked his co-star Tom Hardy, director Inarritu for his cinematic vision and all the filmmakers, including his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese, who helped him navigate through his career.

DiCaprio complimented Emmanuel Lubezki's breathtaking cinematography. The actor might have had Tom Hardy as a co-star, but nothing could steal the spotlight from the 41-year-old star.

DiCaprio, a keen environmentalist, also took the opportunity to discuss climate change and its impact on planet.

"Last I want to say this, making 'The Revenant' was about man's relationship in the natural world... Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work together and stop procrastinating," he said.

Here is the speech by Leonardo Dicaprio.

Oscars: Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Best Actor for 'The Revenant'

It's official! Leo is taking home his first Oscar. Upon accepting, The Revenant Movie star said, "Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this night for granted." #Oscars

Posted by The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, February 28, 2016

 

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