Leonardo DiCaprio finally takes home an Academy Award

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards, and the Internet celebrates with a series of memes. DiCaprio has been nominated six times and was finally awarded an Oscar for his performance in "The Revenant."

    2016/03/01

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LOS ANGELES — Actor Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards.

DiCaprio has been nominated six times and was finally awarded an Oscar for his performance in "The Revenant." The actor was given a standing ovation and was the only winner to be prompted to exit the stage with background music.

In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio took a moment to speak about climate change.

"Making 'The Revenant' was about man's relationship to the natural world," DiCaprio said. "A world that we collectively felt in 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," he continued. "It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."

Following the announcement, fans took to social media to congratulate the actor. The long-standing joke, a series of memes depicting DiCaprio's former losing streak, that normally followed the award show, was replaced with a series celebrating the first-time winner.

The edited images included scenes from "Titanic," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Shutter Island," "The Great Gatsby" and, of course, "The Revenant."
Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Oscar for Best Actor at the 88th Academy Awards. ACADEMY AWARDS
Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Oscar for Best Actor at the 88th Academy Awards. ACADEMY AWARDS
DiCaprio's fans took to social media to celebrate with the actor, creating memes from his most memorable roles like this scene from
DiCaprio's fans took to social media to celebrate with the actor, creating memes from his most memorable roles like this scene from "Titanic," originally shot with actress Kate Winslet.
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