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.