Leonardo DiCaprio Has Finally Won An Oscar
The Oscars happened on February 28, and after 22 years of waiting and five previous nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won an Oscar. His lack of Oscar wins has been an ongoing joke on the internet for awhile now. People would often talk about their own personal problems and failures on platforms such as Tumblr or Twitter, but would end it with, ‘at least I’m not Leonardo DiCaprio’.
“I say it’s about time [that DiCaprio won an Oscar]. Finally. He should have gotten an Oscar for the Titantic. That was a great, brilliant movie, and I don’t understand why he didn’t get one,” Kyle McCulloch ‘16 said.
A lot of fans of the actor think he deserved one long ago and that his win was a long time coming. Others, however, do not share the same excitement; they worry about the online joke that is now going to be obsolete, instead of the glory of DiCaprio finally winning his long awaited Oscar. If the vote was up to America and not The Academy, DiCaprio probably never would have won just because Americans loved mocking him on his failure so much.
“The memes are dead, the memes,” Ashley Allen ‘16 said.
Others saw it in a positive light, though. They stand by the belief that memes never truly die, but rather evolve and change.
“But, guess what? New meme: Leo only has one Oscar,” Richard Wenzloff ‘16 said.
In the end, though, does the award really matter? Awards are just pretty things to keep on a shelf and look at. ‘It’s an honor just to be nominated’, said practically every nominee ever.
“I personally think an actor wouldn’t start acting unless they have a passion for it. If you have a passion for something and you want to do it that’s great. But, I don’t think recognition is what it’s all about,” Taylor Null ‘16 said. “I think he should get recognition though, because he does seem like he loves what he does and he seems to go out of his comfort zone. I heard his new movie is great. It’s artistic. You kind of have to appreciate the actors who go out of their comfort zone to do things out the box.”
DiCaprio used his win for good, though. He used his time on the platform to talk about global warming and the effect it is having on the world. He discussed that the movie crew had to head really far south just to find snow because of this phenomenon.
“Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship with the natural world. 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, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating,” DiCaprio said in his acceptance speech at the Oscars Sunday night. “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity; for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who are most affected by this, for children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”