Leonardo DiCaprio finally struck gold at the 2016 Oscars as he was named Best Actor for The Revenant.
The 41-year-old, who has been nominated for six acting Oscars to date, earned his first Academy Award for his role as real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's survival thriller. He paid a warm tribute to his film collaborators as he stepped up onstage.
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"Thank you all so very much," Leonardo said. "To my brother in this endeavour, (co-star) Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent onscreen can only be surpassed by your friendship offscreen. To Mr. Alejandro Inarritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history in these past two years; what an unbelievable talent you are."
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He continued with a note on the environment, "Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now."
And ended by saying:
"Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."
Meanwhile, Room's Brie Larson emerged victorious as Best Actress, while the Best Supporting Actor accolade went to Mark Rylance for the Bridge of Spies, and Alicia Vikander claimed the Best Supporting Actress prize for The Danish Girl.
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It was also a big night for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, which emerged a six-time winner, virtually cleaning up in the technical categories, including Best Film Editing and Best Production Design.
Musical performances came from rocker Dave Grohl, who sang an acoustic cover of Paul McCartney's Blackbird during the annual In Memoriam segment, and Best Song nominees The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, and eventual winner Sam Smith, who was praised for Writing's on the Wall from James Bond movie Spectre.
Also worth noting, ceremony host Chris Rock addressed the Oscars' diversity issue head on, opening the show by quipping, "Well, I'm here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards!" He continued to joke about the controversy throughout the show, where guest presenters included Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Sofia Vergara, Charlize Theron, and Whoopi Goldberg.
See the full list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards below:
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson - Room
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight - Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short - Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul, Hungary
Best Original Song: Writing's On The Wall from Spectre - Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes
Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight - Ennio Morricone
Best Cinematography: The Revenant - Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road - Margaret Sixel
Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina - Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, and Andrew Whitehurst
Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road - Mark A. Mangini and David White
Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road - Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo
Best Documentary Feature: Amy
Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story
Best Live Action Short: Stutterer
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road - Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road - Jenny Beavan
Best Make-up and Hair Styling: Mad Max: Fury Road - Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin
Academy Honorary Awards: Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Award: Debbie Reynolds.
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