Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor

The star of The Revenant saw off competition from Eddie Redmayne, Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston

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Hot favourite Leonardo DiCaprio has finally got his hands on an Oscar.

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The actor was handed his long-awaited Academy Award at the sixth time of asking for his role in The Revenant – a performance that has already seen him collect a shelf-load of silverware. 

“The Revenant was a product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable crew,” said DiCaprio, as the Dolby Theatre gave him a standing ovation. He thanked his “brother Tom Hardy” and the “unbelievable talent” of director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

“Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship with the natural world,” continued DiCaprio. “Climate change is real, it is happening right now.”

Calling global warming the world’s “most urgent threat” he said: “we need to stop procrastinating… for our children’s children… let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take tonight for granted.”

Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (last year’s Best Director and Best Picture winner), the film is inspired by the real-life experiences of fur trapper Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) and co-stars Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter.

Shooting took place in Canada, the USA and Argentina over nine months, with DiCaprio describing 30-40 sequences as “some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do.”

He added to Yahoo: “Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly.”

Tonight DiCaprio saw off competition from Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and last year’s winner Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).

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This year’s Best Actor race has seen the star of The Revenant dominate across numerous ceremonies, picking up prizes at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Bafta Film Awards held in London earlier this month.