Leonardo Dicaprio’s Winning Speech at 2016 Oscar: What we can Learn from it
We have witnessed a historic moment. Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar for the first time just felt like a victory for all of us. The purpose for any speech is to have your listeners take a certain action. It pulls your audience into a higher purpose, gives them something to reflect on and talk about.
DiCaprio did thank a lot of people. But working on The Revenant highlighted a cause that DiCaprio supports when the cameras stop rolling, and he wasn’t going to let that go unmentioned in his speech. Not when he finally had the eyes of the world upon him for more than just making Sad Leo at the Oscars GIFs. Reading his speech should be enough to inspire fans to give environmentalism the same attention that we’ve given to DiCaprio’s numerous losses over the years.
He connected with the audience by appealing to a bigger purpose and not just talking about himself.
Leonardo DiCaprio ended his speech with this call to action:
“Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
Yes, there a much larger ‘environmental’ conversation to have overall, however the purpose of this is to show how each speech needs a call to action.
If you missed it, here it is below!
Leonardo said, “… And lastly, I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. 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. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”