Leonardo DiCaprio’s movies have grossed nearly $7 billion (with a “B”) at the worldwide box office. He’d previously been nominated for (and lost) five Oscars — as well as three Golden Globes, three MTV Movie Awards, a SAG Award, a BAFTA and a partridge in a pear tree — before taking home his first Best Actor win at Sunday’s 88th Annual Academy Awards.
So, what do you do when you’re the biggest star of a generation who finally gets his little gold statue after 22 years of honing your craft and being passed up? You tell the world the planet is dying and (kind of) flip the Academy the bird:
Eat that, The Academy.
Of course, the actual words coming out of Leo’s mouth were gracious, if not well-rehearsed and long overdue. Long an advocacy of environmental protection and preservation, DiCaprio took the opportunity to announce once and for all that climate change is real and that we’re all going to die when the polar ice caps melt and flood the planet, except for Jake Gyllenhaal and the folks who were smart enough to hole up in the New York Public Library, of course. I’m paraphrasing.