There were no tears, no mindless carry on, there was just a man in a suit on stage pleading with us to look after our planet. It’s the Oscar speech everyone is talking about for the right reasons.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated 5 times for an Academy Award for his work in film and the world applauded as this much deserved artist finally received his first Oscar for Best Actor in The Revanent.
What made this victory even sweeter for us all was the amazing speech DiCaprio delivered and his ability to tie in the relevance of global warming into his Oscar win.
Here’s why the world is still spinning from the words of Leo’s Oscar acceptance speech:
- It showed grace.
- It showed humility.
- It showed genuine gratitude.
- It was the perfect of example of paying it forward with his acknowledgement of saving the environment.
Just like the order of processions for the ceremony, the best was saved until last when DiCaprio parted the stage after this ending statement of his acceptance speech:
“And lastly, I just want to say this, making The Revanent was about man’s relationship to the natural world – the world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production had to move to the southernmost tip of this planet just 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 stop procrastinating.
We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous peoples of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed .
I thank you for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted; I do not take this night for granted.”
What we can learn from Leonardo DiCaprio: The message in his words were all the more powerful due to the platform in which they were delivered. The audience were not expecting a selfless act, they were expecting talk about agents, congratulations to producers, other actors and self-inflicted pats on the back. Leonardo’s plight for the environment is not new with his recent appearance at the United Nations but his dedication to the cause is still evident with this recent plea to look after the world.
Leonardo DiCaprio is an intelligent individual and this can be see in his choice of movie roles and his rare interviews. For whatever reason the Academy agreed upon this being the ‘year of Leo’, it was most definitely a fitting tribute to both the magnificent talent that is Leonardo Dicaprio and to the voice of humanity. This was not just a message to people and world leaders, this was a message to planet earth letting her know not to worry, that Leo’s got her back.
Make your words count. KM.
Falling in love with a movie is a pretty powerful thing. We will often hear the comment “I love that movie” and although we associate love with romance, this doesn’t have to be the genre of film we fall in love with. It’s interesting to take a close look at the movie’s we love and try to unlock the recipe for movie magic.
Here’s a few movies I ‘love’ for varying reasons:
- Jurassic Park
- Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet
- Bridget Jones Diary
- Love Actually
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- The Dish
- Muriel’s Wedding
- The Talented Mr Ripley
- Something about Mary
- My Best Friends Wedding
I love all of these movies for very different reasons. For example, I love how all the stories in Love Actually are beautifully entwined. I love My Best Friends Wedding because it reminds me of when my best friend and I watched the movie for the first time in America together. I love The Dish because of it’s fantastic Ozzie story telling. I love Jurassic Park for it’s originality and suspense.
Love comes in many forms and the same can be said for movies so it’s always interesting to take a look and think about why you actually ‘love’ a movie? There are many factors which need to combine and compliment each other to make a movie work:
The script: The script is the bones of the movie and needs to be strong and able to hold the movie up. The story is what is making this movie happen and when it’s a story that effects people, that’s when magic happens. It could be the a belly-shaking comedy or a horror flick that knocks your socks off. When there is a good story happening people will respond.
The director: This is the person responsible for making the words on paper translate and connect with an audience on the big screen. The vision the director carries for the script is ultimately how we as an audience ‘see’ the movie. If this vision doesn’t mesh with the story, it can cause some of the meaning of the script to be lost through confusion.
The actors: Just like when you read a novel and have a picture in you mind on how the characters look, the same goes for screenplays. The trick is not only finding an actor that compliments the character but there must, must, must, must, must!!!! be chemistry between the actors. Chemistry involves the audience.
The music: It can not be downplayed how important the music is in engaging the audience and setting the scene. The soundtrack to Love Actually is one of my favourites as it’s so obvious how much thought was put into the selection and placement of every song. I even used some of the original scores at my wedding I loved it that much! Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet appeared in someways to be almost written and directed around the music with the soundtrack matching the movie in popularity and sales when it was released.
Despite all of these things, sometimes there is just something about a movie that you connect with and ‘love’ while the person sitting next to you loathes it. Even when all these elements combine, sometimes there is just that ‘something’ missing that you can’t put your finger on and does not allow you to connect to the story.
Movie magic happens for different people for different movies and perhaps it just all comes down to taste. Some of us like chocolate, some of us like vanilla and some of us, like Steven Spielberg, appreciate ALL of the flavours with his quote “Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about.”