Monday, February 29, 2016
Yesterday Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar, for Best Actor, at the 88th Academy Awards. The award ended DiCaprio's long wait for an Academy Award — he was first nominated in 1993 and won on his sixth nomination, for his role in The Revenant, which also won Best Cinematography and Best Director.
In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio described The Revenant as "about man's relationship to the natural world", and spoke of underprivileged people affected adversely by human activities on nature. He also said "Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow". He concluded saying "I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much."
DiCaprio was previously nominated for his work in The Wolf of Wall Street, for Best Actor and Best Picture; Blood Diamond, for Best Actor; The Aviator, Best Actor; and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, for Best Supporting Actor.
Kate Winslet, who co-starred with DiCaprio in Titanic, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs, but lost to Swedish actress Alicia Vikander for her role in The Danish Girl. Brie Larson collected Best Actress for her performance in Room.
Mad Max: Fury Road had ten nominations and won six of them: Best Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Ex Machina won the award for Best Visual Effects. Spotlight won the Best Picture award, and Sam Smith's song Writing's on the Wall won Best Original Song for Spectre ahead of the Grammy-winning song Earned It by Canadian singer The Weeknd.
== Related news ==
"'Earned It' earns The Weeknd his first Grammy" — Wikinews, February 17, 2016
== Sister links ==
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== Sources ==
Patty Gopez. "Leonardo DiCaprio Wins His First Oscar for Best Actor" — Oscars, February 29, 2016
"Leonardo DiCaprio: Actor in a Leading Role - Nominees - Oscars 2016" — Oscars, February 29, 2016
Jim Donnelly. "Oscar Winners 2016: See the Complete List!" — Oscars, February 29, 2016
Catherine Shoard. "Oscars 2016: DiCaprio wins as Spotlight shocks and Mad Max scorches competition" — The Guardian, February 29, 2016