Known among many for his role in the legendary movie Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar, after five nominations, for his new role in the movie; ‘The Revenant’.
This year’s Academy Awards which happens to be the 88th, saw DiCaprio win the best actor. It was a very interesting night at the Oscars especially as everyone was looking forward to seeing how Comedian Chris rock tackled the #OscarsSoWhite issue.
The Hollywood icon, DiCaprio, has been nominated up to five times without any win at the Oscars, for his many outstanding roles in remarkable movies over the years. These include; his first nomination back in 1993 for Best Supporting Actor in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’, followed by Best Actor nominations for ‘The Aviator’ (2005), ‘Blood Diamond’ (2007), and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2014), etc.
However Hollywood’s DiCaprio finally got a well deserved appraisal for his outstanding contribution to the movie industry. Alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson won best actress while Mark Rylance won the best supporting actor.
The relieved DiCaprio did not hesitate to express his gratitude to the Academy.
”I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this award for granted”, he said.
There had been lots of criticisms surrounding the Oscars. With the major reason being racism, this years Academy Awards was boycotted by some black entertainers who protested against the all white nominations, hence, the lack of ethnic diversity among the nominees. This included Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others.
With Comedian Chris Rock as the Host, all ears were to the ground for his speech. The Comedian who was feared or rather anticipated to boycott the awards, took the bull by the horn and showed no mercy during the awards when he said;
“You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job.
“Everyone wants to know is Hollywood racist? You have to go at it the right way…It’s a different kind of racist. Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right it’s racist but it’s sorority racist. It’s like: We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa,” he quipped.