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Sun Jun 26 19:10:45 SAST 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio wins best actor Oscar for 'The Revenant'

REUTERS, AFP | 29 February, 2016 07:29

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar on Sunday, taking home the best actor statuette for his role in revenge movie "The Revenant."

DiCaprio, 41, had been nominated four times previously for an acting Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. He was the favorite to clinch the Academy Award this year for his grueling portrayal of a fur trapper left for dead in an icy wilderness after being mauled by a bear.

In a fight for survival, his Revenant character Hugh Glass treks through snow-covered forests, gets swept away in a waterfall, sleeps inside the carcass of a disemboweled horse and hungrily eats raw bison liver before making it back to his camp.

DiCaprio, a bachelor with a string of supermodel girlfriends, has matured into one of the world's most admired and popular actors, as well as a champion of environmental causes ranging from marine reserves to the rights of indigenous people.

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."

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Photographer: MARIO ANZUONI

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."

DiCaprio had already won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild trophies for the role, which transformed the heartthrob from movies like Titanic and Romeo + Juliet into a greasy-haired 1820s fur trapper who barely speaks after the bear ripped his throat.

DiCaprio won his first Oscar nomination in 1994 for his supporting role as a mentally challenged boy in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

His romantic Romeo + Juliet and Titanic roles went unrecognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and it was another 10 years before his obsessive-compulsive Howard Hughes in "The Aviator" brought a second Oscar nomination.

Nominations for 2006's Blood Diamond and 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street came and went without DiCaprio taking home the most coveted trophy in show business.

Here is the complete list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Hollywood:

Best picture: Spotlight
Best director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
Best actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best supporting actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best supporting actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best original screenplay: Spotlight - Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Best adapted screenplay: The Big Short - Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Best foreign language film: Son of Saul (Hungary)
Best cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Best animated feature: Inside Out
Best animated short film: Bear Story
Best documentary feature: Amy
Best documentary short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Best live action short: Stutterer
Best original score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Best original song: Writing's On The Wall from Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best visual effects: Ex Machina
Best film editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best production design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best costume design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best makeup and hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best sound mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best sound editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Multiple award winners:
Mad Max: Fury Road - 6
The Revenant - 3
Spotlight - 2

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