Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar on Sunday, taking home the best actor statuette for his role in revenge movie The Revenant, and he made the moment count.
In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio, who received a standing ovation, said: "Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."
The environmentally minded actor split his acceptance speech between lauding colleagues including his Oscar-winning director, Alejandro Inarritu, and calling for action to combat global warming.
"Climate change is real. It is happening right now," DiCaprio said. "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 or the big corporations" but for all people.
DiCaprio added: "Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together, and we need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters and the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity."
Watch his full acceptance speech here
Leo's moving speech was applauded by Twitterarti as he 'broke the internet' after finally nabbing the much-awaited Oscar after six nominations.
— AA (@19SamNasri) February 29, 2016
There was probably more discussion about climate change in DiCaprio's acceptance speech than in the last 5 presidential debates combined
— Neeraj Patel (@neerajgpatel) February 29, 2016
...and the Oscar for Best Speech goes to Leonardo DiCaprio too!
— Shakti Shetty (@Shakti_Shetty) February 29, 2016
after all this time, the first words out of Leonardo DiCaprio's mouth for his acceptance speech are praise for others. I love this man.
— abdul (@Advil) February 29, 2016
Leo's acceptance speech deserves another award
— annmarie (@__origami) February 29, 2016
And of course, there were some tongue-in-cheek tweets too
— Ryan Rich (@RyanRich2011) February 29, 2016
— Not Will Ferrell (@itsWillyFerrell) February 29, 2016
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Feb 29, 2016 04:15 pm | Updated Date: Feb 29, 2016 04:15 pm