Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY bags award… 23 YEARS after he was first nominated

Leonardo accepting award

EONARDO DICAPRIO has finally won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in box-office hit The Revenant.

Leonardo accepting award

The win comes 23 years after he received his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

The actor took to the stage to thank the Academy after Julianne Moore presented him with the award and he received a standing ovation.

As well as thanking his co-stars he also used his speech to raise awareness of global warming.

Leonardo had already won a BAFTA, Critics Choice Award, Golden Globe and SCreen Actors Guild Award for his leading role in The Revenant.

After months of speculation and words of support from his peers the actor looked overwhelmed to finally receive the Best Actor trophy.

The Revenant is an American frontier survival and revenge film. Leonardo’s character Hugh Glass sustains horrific injuries from a brutal bear attack.

When he is left behind by his hunting team, he is forced to utilise his survival skills to find a way back home.

Speaking about the film, the 41-year-old said it was “one of the most difficult ones I’ve ever done in my life”.

Talking about the possibility of winning as he arrived at the ceremony earlier in the evening, the star explained he was just grateful to be nominated.

He told E!: “I feel particularly proud of this film. I’m proud to be here representing a movie like this. The truth of the matter is that I just feel blessed to do movies like this.”