By Olivia Bahou
Updated Feb 29, 2016 @ 12:15 am
Oscars 2016 Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar Win
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After years of disappointing losses and much speculation that this would finally be his time, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Academy Award. Nominated for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant, DiCaprio came out victorious in the second-to-last award of the night.

His best friend Kate Winslet looked emotional as Leo took the stage to whopping applause by the audience. DiCaprio also gave a shout-out to his on-screen enemy (but real-life friend) Tom Hardy in his speech.

"The Revenant was a product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew I got to work alongside,” he said. “First off to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on-screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off-screen.”

The star also took the opportunity to raise awareness for the environment in his acceptance speech. “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,” he said. “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”

Six nominations later, we can be sure that Leo is appreciating every moment of this life-changing night. Watch a clip of his speech below.