Finally! On his sixth attempt, Leonardo DiCaprio snagged his first Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant. The 41-year-old actor has been on quest for a golden Oscar since 1994 when he emerged from a child actor. Even though many critics thought he would win his first Oscar at this years 88th Academy Awards, it is satisfying based on how long he waited to reach this milestone.
“Thank you all so very much,” DiCaprio told the crowd who were all on their feet for a standing ovation. “Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room,” said DiCaprio.
Here’s a short clip of DiCaprio acceptance speech:
Many celebrities such as Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Kayne West, and many more were excited for DiCaprio and expressed their excitement via Twitter. DiCaprio’s Oscar moment broke a Twitter record for most-tweeted minute of an Oscars telecast ever. It generated more than 440,000 tweets per minute beating the previous record of 255,000 tweets per minute, set in 2014 when host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a star-studded selfie.
Even though DiCaprio has been anticipating this moment for some time now, it seems like fans and celebrities were just as rejoiced as he was. After his five previous nominations and no Oscars to show for his incredible work, DiCaprio can now call himself an Oscar winner.
Congratulations, Leonardo DiCaprio!