Best actor Oscar for DiCaprio while underdog ‘Spotlight’ wins best picture
Hollywood heart-throb DiCaprio beat Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender to take home the best actor gong for his role in The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards.
The star was first nominated for an Oscar 23 years ago in a supporting role, and has since been nominated four more times for acting, including this year, but had never won until now.
Newspaper drama Spotlight was the underdog in the best picture category but was triumphant in beating favourite The Revenant to the coveted award.
Thought of as the top honour handed out by the Academy, Spotlight was not widely expected to win best picture and the film won only one other award on the night, taking the gong for best original screenplay.
Such a sparsely-awarded best picture winner has not appeared since 1952’s The Greatest Show On Earth.
Spotlight is about the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
The film, which was nominated for six Oscars, looks at the scandal in Boston, and the collusion and reluctance of the local community to face up to it.
Accepting his award, which he was widely tipped to win, DiCaprio used his last few minutes on stage to campaign for climate change, adding: “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
In the winners’ room, DiCaprio who recently had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican said: “I got to talk about something I have been obsessed with – the environment and climate change – on a platform with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide. This is the biggest crisis our world has ever known, I’ve been making a documentary about this and the time is now, it is imperative that we act.”Tags: abuse, Church, climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscars, spotlight