Yes, we have yet to solve world hunger or achieve world peace or eradicate racism, but at least one injustice that plagued the planet for two-plus decades has been resolved. Tonight, at the 88th Academy Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio finally reached the acting pinnacle and won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant. I don't know if you know this, but the guy has been thirsting for this shit for a long time.
"Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world," he said in his big moment. "Climate change is real. It is happening right now."
The "Leo's Due for an Oscar" narrative hit an all-time high this year for a couple reasons. Two years ago the actor lost out to Matthew McConaughey, making him 0 for 4 at the Academy Awards. As if that oh-fer wasn't bad enough, cameras cut to Leo as McConaughey's name was announced, and he quickly became a legendary meme:
Once everyone saw DiCaprio getting mauled by a bear (and for a second, people thought he got raped by said bear?) and crawling through dirt for two hours with a beard full of fleas, it was decided—LEO MUST WIN. And by golly, he did.
Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor who seemingly has everything—prestige, money, good looks, a cavalcade of blonde models—but for so long he didn't have that one thing that all legendary actors have, an Oscar. He was Dan Marino; LeBron before his time with the Heat. And Leo chased the illusive award with a similar vigor, linking up with Hollywood's biggest directors like 'Bron did with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Finally though—FINALLY—all the stars lined up for him (a loud, physical, attention-grabbing role with a hot director, a year bereft of any competition, etc.) and he got that gold. Congrats Leo, now your career/entire life has validity.