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Leonardo DiCaprio wins Oscar for best actor, 'Spotlight' for best picture

AWARDS-OSCARS/ Leonardo DiCaprio holds the Oscar for Best Actor for the movie "The Revenant" at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on Sunday | Reuters

Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has finally done it. On Sunday he won the prestigious Academy Award for best actor for his role in the revenge movie The Revenant.

DiCaprio, 41, had been nominated four times previously for an Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. But he was favorite to finally take home the best actor Academy Award this year for his grueling portrayal of a fur trapper left for dead in an icy wilderness after being mauled by a bear.

DiCaprio, who many considered was long overdue for Oscar, predictably won the best actor trophy for The Revenant and took the opportunity to highlight climate issue.

"...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... Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted," DiCaprio, said in lengthy speech.

Meanwhile, Spotlight the movie that recreates the Boston Globe's probe of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, the highest honor in the film industry.

The film, which took years to research, follows the journalists who in 2002 revealed that church officials had routinely covered up reports that priests had sexually assaulted dozens of children.

The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer prize for its efforts.

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