So Leonardo DiCaprio, the superstar who should have won an Oscar years ago, has finally won an Oscar this year. But shit, let's not kid ourselves. We all knew it was gonna happen this year. I mean, the guy couldn't go on for so long making epic-ass movies where grown men walk out with something in their eyes and not win the Oscar.
We have mad love for Leo. Not only because he's a (now) Oscar-winning actor, but because he's a vocal environmentalist. He ain't afraid to tell huge Earth-killing corporations that they suck balls. We love the dude because, when giving his speech to billions of peeps across the world, he spent a huge chunk of his time talking about climate change. Not about how glad he was to have finally won a golden statue that will soon gather dust at home, or about how excited he is to go and use all of the super-expensive gifts he got when he was invited to the Oscar ceremony, or how thankful he is to all of the Hollywood douche-bags whose ass he sure as fuck didn't kiss... we could go on, but you get the point, right?
No. We love the dude because he told billions of people around the world, while at the most prestigious and pompous event of the year, that we need to get our shit together before it's too fucking late. Heavy shit, but true.
Check out his video below, followed by an excerpt of the coolest speech in Oscar history:
“Making 'The Revenant' was about men’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in the 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow.Climate change is real! It is happening right 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 people 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 all for this amazing award tonight! Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.Thank you so very much!”