He continued: " This year things are going to be a little different at the Oscars". "In his much anticipated opening monologue, he asked "Is Hollywood racist?" " Your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen ", DiCaprio said of co-star Tom Hardy, before adding some weight to the ego of director Alejandro González Iñárritu, telling him, " As the history of cinema unfolds you have forged your way into history these past two years ".
The 88th Oscars was the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Academy Award after four previous acting nominations over 22 years. Director Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer took earlier honors for original screenplay . He questioned why the furore over diversity in the industry had taken root this year, rather than in the 1950s or 1960s, saying that black Americans had "real things to protest at the time".
It was really hard to concentrate on Inarritu's moving remarks on prejudice with the Wagnerian brushoff in the background. "I'm here at the Academy Awards - otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards ", said host Chris Rock , warming up the audience for an Oscars in which issues from race, to climate change, and even "weirdo billionaires" were all up for grabs.
Last year, he won the same prize for Birdman . Apart from the actor's fans, celebrities congratulated DiCaprio in Twitter . He really did it! Brie Larson was named best actress for " Room ", while Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander won best supporting acting awards for their impressive performances in "Bridge of Spies" and "The Danish Girl" respectively.
The actor received a flood of congratulations on Twitter after his first win. "To my parents, none of this would have been possible without you", Leonardo DiCaprio said. "It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species". "We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors - that's it. That's it, you know?" As he took the stage at the Dolby Theatre following a montage of film clips from the past year, Rock quickly pointed out, "I counted at least 15 black people ...
Catholic Church abuse movie Spotlight was named best picture , the top award at the Oscars ceremony, after a night peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.