Leonardo DiCaprio gave a special mention to co-star Tom Hardy and director Alejandro Innaritu as he won the Best Actor Oscar last night.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio has been the hot favourite for the Oscar all award's season and the Academy did not spring a surprise last night as he triumphed for his performance in The Revenant.

The Revenant saw him reunite with Hardy - with whom he worked with on Inception - while he teamed up with Innaritu for the first time. And they both got a special mention in his acceptance speech.

Speaking on stage as he collected his award, DiCaprio said: "First off, to my brother in this endeavour, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen.

"To Mr. Alejandro Innaritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past 2 years... thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience."

This was the sixth Oscar nomination of DiCaprio's career but the first time that he has got his hands on the Academy Award - he was one of the most popular winners of the night.

DiCaprio was nominated alongside Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs).

The Revenant was nominated for twelve Oscars and went on to win three; Best Actor, Best Director for Innaritu, and Best Cinematography.

While The Revenant had picked up Best Picture gongs at the Golden Globes and the Baftas in recent weeks, it lost out last night to journalism drama Spotlight.

The Revenant has been one of the most acclaimed movies of the year so far and the first time that we have seen DiCaprio on the big screen since he enjoyed success with The Wolf of Wall Street, which also earnt him a Best Actor Oscar nomination.


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