Leonardo DiCaprio talks climate change in Oscar speech

Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio spoke out about climate change as he took home his first Academy Award.

The 41-year-old actor was honored with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role award – after a number of previously unsuccessful attempts – for his work on The Revenant and spoke about the importance of ”working collectively together” to stop the ”most urgent threat facing our entire species.”

He said: ”I just want to say this. 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. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.

”For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”

The actor also thanked his co-star Tom Hardy as well as his parents and friends.

Taking to the stage, he gushed: ”Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year. ‘The Revenant’ was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew. First off, to my brother in this endeavour, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen … thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience …

”I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career … To my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are.”

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  1. Cynthia • February 29, 2016 @ 10:23 AM

    Bullshit they had to go south to find snow and cold. They filmed it in Alberta, there’s plenty of cold and snow every year in Canada – in fact, much to much cold and snow. Ridiculous comment.

  2. CDubya • February 29, 2016 @ 3:01 PM

    They filmed up here in Canada, but they did go down to Argentina too. I think he was saying that to make a point. I did also read up on the making of the movie and they needed more snow for the scene where they were filming in Canada and it just wasn’t happening. Either way, his comments are very valid re: climate change.

  3. Canuck • February 29, 2016 @ 9:55 PM

    Right on! Good for you, Leo, as you finally are given the recognition you so deserve! You have made so many top notch movies for us to enjoy, and now, you finally got your night to really shine. Except…for the idiotic charade that Chris Rock had to perform…and to show that he, as well as so many others, are the actual racists. Why do those people have to put a damper on the night that the other actors and actresses have worked so hard for, for our enjoyment at the theatres…because…all they see is black and white, and that in itself is a crime. Chris, and the rest of you on his side…I hope you have a fun time finding work to come your way now..and to h… with you and your childish ways.
    I hope all the actors and actresses still had a fantastic night. And..yes, global warming is a major concern for all..maybe Rock can go to bat for that, if he wants to flap his mouth so much!

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