In case you haven’t heard yet, one of the best actors of this generation finally won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony this past Sunday. It seems as if the whole world held their breath when Julianne Moore (last years winner for Best Actress) reached the podium and listed the nominees. Every second leading up to the results left me aching for a final outcome until it was finally announced: LEONARDO DICAPRIO WON. Like millions of viewers, I was finally able to breath as Jack Dawson (R.I.P.) walked on stage and held the tiny gold man in his hands.
This moment left me with only one question: With over thirty movies under his belt and 192 nominations world-wide, how come it has taken 22 years for Leo to finally be in this position?
Many have commented that although he has perfected complex roles over the past two decades, he has never outdone the acting of his contenders. Maybe it’s a string of bad luck, but is the only reason Leo finally won, because none of the other nominees were able to compete with his grisly portrayal of Hugh Glass in The Revenant? He also hasn’t had it easy over the years; he’s lost to other amazing actors like Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, and (most recently) Matthew McConaughey. Or, maybe The Revenant was the turning point of his career. It’s a story about a man, Hugh Glass, who while leading a fur trading expedition is forced to survive in the cruel winter, injured after a bear mauling attack. And if things couldn’t get worse, his crew leaves him for dead. The beautiful cinematography of winter in the movie is paralleled with the gruesome survival story Leonardo DiCaprio’s character has to endure. Perhaps, in the Academy’s eyes, this was his magnum opus, a role that’s very description elicits a win.
But in reality, I don’t think this is where Leo’s career peaks. He has lived the lives of many through his roles, fictional or not, and with this final win, his career is already skyrocketing greater than it ever has. You can tell by just seeing how the population reacted when he won. Facebook statuses saying that it was “long overdue”, everyone and their mother (literally) praising the actor all over social media as if he was their first cousin. It’s no wonder the next day all the news outlets were stating that Leo DiCaprio
“broke the internet”.
But, through the chaos of it all, while I was crying tears of joy, he used such a pivotal moment in his life to warn us about climate change and how it effected the production of The Revenant. Maybe, he was meant to win for this movie, not because he’s not phenomenal in all the others, but he had a story to share with the world. Regardless of the reason, he won his well-deserved Oscar, and in doing so, he also implemented the idea of global climate change into the minds of the viewers. Did I also mention he looked amazing while doing so?
If you want to get more involved in environmentalism
and creating a sustainable earth visit the Leonardo
DiCaprio Foundation website were you can possibly
volunteer and sign up for the newsletter (http://leonardodicaprio.org). You can watch his Oscar acceptance speech below.
We are all Kate Winslet while watching this video.
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