The Wolf of Wall Street actor was the favourite to win after picking up both the Golden Globe and Bafta for his brilliant performance in The Revenant. The Revenant that won quite a few awards at this year’s ceremony, tells the true story of Leo as Hugh Glass, who battled his way through the wilderness after being mauled by a bear.
DiCaprio had previously been nominated for his work in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street.
The actor’s immense commitment to the role had received a lot of appreciation. Leo was said to have eaten raw bison liver and even slept in animal carcasses.
He used his speech to warn about the effects of global warming. “Climate change is real and it’s happening right now,” he said. “It’s the most urgent threat affecting our species.” He added: “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this night for granted.”