The star received backing from some big names on the platform, who praised him for tackling the issue of climate change in his speech . "Making "The Revenant" was about man's relationship with the natural world". After delivering his acceptance speech , DiCaprio spoke to reporters backstage about how it felt to finally win an Academy Award after receiving his first nomination 22 years ago.
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".
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.
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.
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.