Leonardo DiCaprio Uses Best-Actor Speech to Blast the “Politics of Greed”

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In one of the most widely expected wins of the night, Leonardo DiCaprio took out Best Actor at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night for his role in The Revenant. DiCaprio used his acceptance speech to call out global leaders for climate inaction—capping off a night that was already fueled by the biting and brilliant political performance by moderator Chris Rock.

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now,” DiCaprio said, to applause. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

He went on: “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations.” Watch the clip below:

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