Since he sailed onto millions of middle school bedroom walls in “Titanic,” Leonardo DiCaprio has been winning the Oscar of our hearts on a daily basis. Now, at long last, he’s finally won an Oscar IRL.
Even though this is Leo’s first win, he’s been doing award-worthy work on the sly for some time now — on issues arguably more important than whether one 19th century dude can make it over a mountain with freezing wet hair.
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species,” DiCaprio said in his acceptance speech.
It’s not the first time Leo has gone to bat for the Earth and the most vulnerable folks who live on it. Here are five other times we wish we could give him a golden statue for.
1. The time he stood in front of the UN and begged politicians and CEOs to stop pretending that global warming was someone else’s problem.
Lots of celebrities have pet causes. Angelina Jolie has orphans. George Clooney has Haiti and Darfur. Aaron Carter has Donald Trump.
Leo? He’s taken on the minor task of preventing the complete, apocalyptic annihilation of the human race at its own hands.
And he doesn’t just talk the talk, he talks the talk in front of some of the most powerful people on planet Earth. Here’s what he said at the UN back in September 2014: