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Friday, March 4, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio: The Actor, The Environmentalist


And the OSCAR for Best actor goes to..Leonardo DiCaprio!

     As the winner was announced by Julianne Moore on the Oscar Awards night, friends and colleagues of  Leonardo DiCaprio and his fans all over the world screams for joy, that finally the long delayed and most coveted award is already his. Though anticipated for his acting performance in the movie The Revenant, the Oscar awards  had bypassed him for four performances which most of his colleagues and fans believe he deserved to be. Imagine, a highly paid actor with box-office hits and mostly recognized by other award-giving bodies but continuously snubbed by OSCAR. Thus, numerous memes emerge in social media for non-winning of the said award (he could have won an award for the most number of memes of all time).
        In 1994, he was nominated for best actor in a supporting role as a mentally challenged younger brother of Johnny Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?; best performance by an actor in a leading role for the movie The Aviator in 2005; two (2) years after he was nominated again for the same category for Blood Diamond; in 2007 he was nominated again for the movie The Wolf of Wall Street; and finally the prestigious OSCAR award recognized his performance in his latest movie The Revenant. He was a runner-up in those (4) movies toppled by Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), Jamie Foxx (Ray); Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland); and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas' Buyers Club), respectively. He had won many awards from other award-giving bodies in his other movies as well as his latest one, The Revenant.
         I may have reacted to some of his movies for which he didn't win an award or got nominated for his acting. He is not only a good looking actor, he can really act and gives justice to whatever role he was given with. Since his movie Titanic that started his full stardom (though he had other movies back then), people noticed not only the handsomely face he has been carrying but the charisma and how he reprises each role given to him. I have been able to watch most of his movies, from a doomed lover in a cruise ship, to a medieval king with a twin, to an American backpack adventurer, to a con-man, to a film maker and aviator, to a police undercover agent, to a gunrunner and diamond smuggler, to a CIA agent hunting down a powerful terrorist leader, to an unheroic cowardly husband, to a corporate spy who uses subconscious infiltration through shared dreams, to a plantation and slave owner during 1850's, to a mysterious millionaire longing for his already married ex-girlfriend, to a Wall Street stock broker millionaire, and recently to a crew trapper/frontiersman survivor. DiCaprio is also one of the highest paid actor in the world and all his movies are earning well and good.
      Now, Leonardo DiCaprio on his advocacy on wildlands conservation, ecological biodiversity, ocean conservation, and the climate change made him love even more by fans who admire him for his looks and movies. A fan like me who does not only support but practices what the GreenPeace Movement holds for, in its effort to make this place a better place to live in by our children's children, will really have his hands up for these undertakings from  famous people. True to his words, he has solar panels installed in his home, he owns an electric Tesla Roadster, a Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, and a Toyota Prius. In 2007, he produced, co-written and narrated a documentary film about the problems facing the earth's ecosystem. The documentary entitled The 11th Hour addresses the problem on global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the ocean's habitat. The 11th Hour documentary also proposes potential solutions to these problems. His winning moment during the OSCAR night was staged by an unusual speech to a call about global warming which catches the attention of all the celebrities, fans, and bashers alike.

"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. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children's children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed." ~ DiCaprio, Oscar 2016

The many faces of Leonardo DiCaprio

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