Leo finally claims the elusive Oscar

Leonardo DiCaprio was awarded an Oscar for his role in "The Revenant" at the 88th Academy Award ceremony last night. The movie was awarded 3 in total, best actor, best director, and cinematography.DiCaprio received a standing ovation from the audience and took to the stage with deep gratitude and thanks to his colleagues. He then seized the opportunity to reach the hearts and minds of the millions of viewers around the world, with a very simple and clear message:

"Climate change is real -- it is happening right now," said DiCaprio.

"It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."

He asked us all 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'll be affected by this."

He added: "Let us not take this planet for granted.

I do not take tonight for granted."

The lead up to the Oscars was branded with the racist label, which led to a whole host of boycotts by some big names from Hollywood. Last night the platform was used to deliver another powerful message by the ceremony host Chris Rock, in his own humorous way:

"Everyone wants to know is Hollywood racist? You have to go at it the right way. Is it burning-cross racist? Fetch-me-some-lemonade racist? No.

"It's a different kind of racist. Is Hollywood racist?

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Other Award winners and their messages

Alejandro Inarritu picked up his fourth award of his career for best director of "The Revenant." He too took to the red carpet with an underlying message to the viewers, "This is a great opportunity to our generation to liberate ourselves from all prejudice", saying the colour of someone's skin should be "as irrelevant as the length of their hair." Obviously another jab at the Academy on live television, but also to the global population who have become so attached to material possessions and opinions of others.

Sam Smith, who picked up a joint award alongside composer Jimmy Naples for the best original song in the Bond movie "Spectre" proudly took to the podium and said "I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together one day." His comments have been viewed as a dedication to the LBGT community, and a message of unity to humanity.

Perhaps the most direct message was for the Vatican after the movie "Spotlight" won an award for best original screenplay.

Producer Michael Sugar who accepted the Oscar told the audience "This film gave a voice to survivors and this Oscar amplifies that voice. We hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it's time to protect the children and restore the faith."

Turn on the spotlight

Despite the boycotting and the scrutiny of the Academy the ceremony has delivered a very powerful message for all that watched the spectacular event.

These great actors and actresses took the opportunity and occassion to deliver their truth and words of wisdom to millions of viewers worldwide, one that is clear and simple. There can be no room in society for discrimination or racism, there certainly can be more achieved with efforts to support our fellow man. There is certainly more that global commerce and enterprise can contribute to tackling the travesty of climate change and deforestation.

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