Leonardo 'Honored' By Oscar Win, Talks Climate Change

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Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to do more than just thank his supporters during his Oscar victory after receiving the Best Actor statue for “The Revenant.”

He used the stage to speak something he’s “duly as obsessed” with besides cinema–climate change.

“To be able to speak about that in a platform of, I don’t know, hundreds of millions of people that are watching this, to me, like I said, this is the most existential crisis our civilization has ever known and I wanted to speak out about that tonight because, simultaneously while doing this brilliant film that Alejandro directed, I’ve been doing a documentary about climate change which has brought me to Greenland, to China, to India to speak with the world’s leading experts on this issue. And the time is now. It’s imperative that we act,” he said backstage.

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“I feel there is a ticking clock out there. There’s a sense of urgency that we all must do something proactive about this issue. And certainly with this upcoming election, the truth is this: If you have do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in modern science or empirical truths and you will be on the wrong side of history. And we need to all join together and vote for leaders who care about the future of this civilization and the world as we know it.”