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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Best Actor award for 'The Revenant' onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and actress Kate Winslet arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Mark Rylance poses with his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, "Bridge of Spies," in the press room during the 88th Oscars in Hollywood on February 28, 2016. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
Brie Larson, winner of the award for best actress in a leading role for Room, attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Kate Winslet attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of the Best Actor award for 'The Revenant,' poses backstage at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Actor Mark Rylance, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Bridge of Spies,' actress Brie Larson, winner of Best Actress for 'Room,' actor Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of Best Actor for 'The Revenant,' and actress Alicia Vikander, winner of Best Supporting Actress for 'The Danish Girl,' pose in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Singer-songwriter Sam Smith, winner of the Best Original Song award for 'Writing's on the Wall' from 'Spectre,' poses at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, on February 28, 2016. / AFP / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Alicia Vikander accepts the award for Best Supporting Actress in The Danish Girl at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar, pose with the Oscar for Best Picture, "Spotlight," in the press room during the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Brie Larson (L) accepts the Best Actress award for 'Room' from actor Eddie Redmayne onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Eddie Redmayne (R) and Hannah Redmayne arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Performer Manta Ray arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Thomas Hooper (L), Eddie Redmayne (R) and Hannah Redmayne arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Kerry Washington arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Singer Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Matt Damon (L) and Luciana Barroso arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Rachel McAdams arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer The Weeknd arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Margot Robbie arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer John Legend arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Will Poulter arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of Best Actor for 'The Revenant,' attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Patricia Arquette arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Kate Winslet attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Brie Larson attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Best Picture winner 'Spotlight' cast and crew including actress Rachel McAdams, producer Michael Sugar, director Tom McCarthy, screenwriter Josh Singer and actor Michael Keaton, actor Liev Schreiber, and host Chris Rock (C) celebrate onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Brie Larson, winner of the Best Actress award for 'Room,' poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Mark Rylance, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Bridge of Spies,' poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Host Chris Rock (L) says goodnight while actor Michael Keaton looks on onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Songwriter Jimmy Napes (L) and singer-songwriter Sam Smith (2nd R) accept the Best Original Song award for 'Writing's on the Wall' from 'Spectre' onstage presented by singers Common (2nd L) and John Legend (R) during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Best Actor award for 'The Revenant' onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Alicia Vikander, winner of Best Supporting Actress award for 'The Danish Girl,' walks offstage at the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Cast and crew of 'Spotlight,' including actors Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, writer-director Tom McCarthy, actor Mark Ruffalo, producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, screenwriter Josh Singer, producer Michael Sugar, actors Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber, and producer Steve Golin accept the Best Picture award onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist Sam Smith performs onstage at the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO from 'Star Wars' appear onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen (L) and Olivia Wilde arive on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer The Weeknd performs on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Jared Leto arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Michael Keaton arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Mark Ruffalo arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist John Legend attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Bryan Cranston attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Isla Fisher arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sandy Powell arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Olivia Munn arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sam Smith (right) and Jimmy Napes arriving at the 88th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Ian West/PA Wire
Abraham Attah arriving at the 88th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Ian West/PA Wire
Sofia Vergara arriving at the 88th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Ian West/PA Wire
Actor Tom Hardy arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Brie Larson attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Sacha Baron Cohen (L) and Isla Fisher attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Olivia Munn attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Mindy Kaling attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Andy Serkis speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Singer Andra Day in the audience during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Amy Poehler attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kate Winslet attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Charlize Theron attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Tina Fey attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Julianne Moore attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Jennifer Garner attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Heidi Klum attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Director Tom McCarthy (L) and Wendy Merry McCarthy attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Finn Wittrock attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Leonardo DiCaprio ended years of disappointment as he was finally named best actor for his role in The Revenant at the Oscars after six nominations over 22 years.

He beat Michael Fassbender, whose mother comes from Larne Co Antrim along with British star Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon to take home the award for his role in The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards.

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The actor was first nominated for an Oscar 23 years ago in a supporting role, and has since been nominated four more times for acting, including this year, but had never won until now.

DiCaprio thanked the movie's director and his co-star Tom Hardy, saying "your fierce talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen".

The 41-year-old used his last few minutes on stage to campaign for climate change, adding: " It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."

He urged the audience to " support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who'll be affected by this".

The star ended by saying: "Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take this night for granted. Thank you so very much."

He made no mention in his speech of the years that he had missed out nor did he speak of the consistent support of the internet hoping that he would finally win.

But later when getting his Best Actor Oscar engraved he joked about having never won before.

He said: "Do you do this every year? I wouldn't know."

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Sacha Baron Cohen (L) and Isla Fisher attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Sacha Baron Cohen (L) and Isla Fisher attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Brie Larson attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actress Rachel McAdams arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Eddie Redmayne (R) and Hannah Redmayne arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Performer Manta Ray arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Thomas Hooper (L), Eddie Redmayne (R) and Hannah Redmayne arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Kerry Washington arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Margot Robbie arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Matt Damon (L) and Luciana Barroso arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer The Weeknd arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer John Legend arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Will Poulter arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Patricia Arquette arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Kate Winslet attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Brie Larson, winner of the Best Actress award for 'Room,' poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Jared Leto arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Michael Keaton arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Mark Ruffalo arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Chrissy Teigen attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist John Legend attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Bryan Cranston attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Isla Fisher arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sandy Powell arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Olivia Munn arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sam Smith (right) and Jimmy Napes arriving at the 88th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Ian West/PA Wire
Abraham Attah arriving at the 88th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Ian West/PA Wire
Sofia Vergara arriving at the 88th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Ian West/PA Wire
Actor Tom Hardy arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Brie Larson attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Sacha Baron Cohen (L) and Isla Fisher attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Olivia Munn attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Mindy Kaling attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Andy Serkis speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Singer Andra Day in the audience during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Amy Poehler attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kate Winslet attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Charlize Theron attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Tina Fey attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Julianne Moore attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Jennifer Garner attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Heidi Klum attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Director Tom McCarthy (L) and Wendy Merry McCarthy attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Finn Wittrock attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Another of the night's coveted gongs, best picture, was awarded to Spotlight, which tells the story of how the Boston Globe newspaper exposed abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.

Room star Brie Larson was named best actress in a leading role and ended her speech thanking "the fans, the moviegoers, thank you for going to the theatre and seeing our films, I appreciate it, thank you".

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, 21, who starred in Brooklyn star missed out int he best actress category but showed her roots in her dress choice.

The Revenant's Alejandro G Inarritu was named best director for the second year in a row, and thanked D iCaprio for "giving your heart, your soul, your life".

The most awards of the night went to Mad Max: Fury Road, which managed to take home six Oscars in total, followed by The Revenant with three and Spotlight winning two.

British singer Sam Smith picked up the best original song Oscar and dedicated his award to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

Smith co-wrote the song Writing's On The Wall with fellow Brit Jimmy Napes for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. He follows in the footsteps of Adele, who won the Oscar in 2013 for the Bond instalment Skyfall.

An emotional Smith took to the stage with Napes and said: "I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said no openly gay man had ever won an oscar. I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day."

Another British star who scooped a surprise victory was Mark Rylance, who was named best supporting actor on a night dominated by the row over the lack of black nominees.

Rylance, who beat off competition from Sylvester Stallone, Mark Ruffalo and fellow Brits Christian Bale and Tom Hardy, won the gong for his role in Bridge Of Spies.

In his acceptance speech, he took a swipe at politicians, praising the leadership of the movie's director Steven Spielberg, who he said was "unlike some of the leaders we are being presented with".

Host Chris Rock did not shy away from the diversity issues plaguing this year's awards and opened the ceremony by declaring Hollywood is "racist" and admitting he considered boycotting the ceremony because of the absence of black nominees.

The comedian, who welcomed the audience in the Dolby Theatre to the "white People's Choice Awards", cracked a series of jokes about the race issue and added the controversy over police shootings of black suspects in the US to his targets.

He said: "Everyone wants to know is Hollywood racist? You have to go at it the right way. Is it burning-cross racist? Fetch-me-some-lemonade racist? No. It's a different kind of racist.

"Is Hollywood racist? You're damn right it's racist but it's sorority racist."

He added: "That's how Hollywood is but things are changing."

Rock ended the ceremony saying the night had been an "amazing experience" but threw in one last diversity dig as he quipped "black lives matter".

Alicia Vikander was the first big winner of the night, picking up the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl.

Other notable British successes included Amy, the British-made film about the late Amy Winehouse, which won the Oscar for best documentary feature film.

The first British success went to Jenny Beavan, who won best costume design Oscar for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Beavan, who was famously described as a "bag lady" by Stephen Fry at the Baftas, said: "I want to say one quite serious thing, but it could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max, if we are not kinder to each other and if we don't stop polluting our atmosphere."

Asked backstage about her choice of Oscars outfit, Beavan said: "I am very happy to talk about it. I don't do frocks and absolutely don't do heels, I have a bad back.

"I look ridiculous in a beautiful gown. This was a homage to Mad Max and I obviously didn't get it quite right at the Baftas, the scarf was meant to be an oil rag."

Gesturing to her fake leather jacket, she added: "This is Marks & Spencer with Swarovski at the back. I had a bit of a shoe malfunction and the glitter fell off. I just like feeling comfortable and as far as I'm concerned I'm really dressed up."

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs took to the stage to address the diversity issue and quoted Dr Martin Luther King.

She stressed that all members of the academy and "everyone in this room help deliver that message, each of you is an ambassador who can help influence others in the industry. It's not enough to just listen and agree, we must take action. While change is often difficult, it is necessary."

Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee and David Bowie were among the stars remembered in the 'In Memoriam' section.

Snippets from Rickman's famous role as Professor Snape in Harry Potter and Lee as Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga played as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed an acoustic version of The Beatles' Blackbird.

Also among those lost in the last year were Leonard Nimoy, Omar Sharif and A Nightmare On Elm Street creator Wes Craven.

American vice president Joe Biden appeared on stage to introduce Lady Gaga ahead of her performance of her song Til It Happens To You, which she co-wrote with Diane Warren for the documentary The Hunting Ground.

The documentary is an in-depth look at rape on American university campuses.

Celebrating his win backstage, best original song winner Sam Smith said he wished he could discuss his triumph with Sir Ian McKellen, who he referenced in his acceptance speech.

He told the Press Association: "I wish I had his number, I don't know him, I just love Gandalf."

Asked how it felt to accept the award as an openly gay man, he said: "It means the world to me. When I read the Ian McKellen piece I was bowled over, I wanted to take the opportunity to show how much I care about my community.

"People said in the beginning that I didn't and I want to make it clear that I do care about the LGBT community. We are overwhelmed, I can't even speak. I'm a little bit drunk as well."

Smith also revealed that he and Napes will soon be celebrating by dressing up as Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy from the children's TV show In The Night Garden for Napes' son's first birthday.

The singer, who has been showcasing his new lean physique during awards season, also told reporters the key to his red carpet look, saying: "I've been eating the most boring food you can imagine for months now so I'm going to destroy some burgers and chocolate cakes in a second. And some beer."

DiCaprio joined his Oscar-winning director on stage in the winners' room and said: "I feel very honoured, to share this has been an amazing experience, to sit there and talk about the film.

"I also got to talk about something I have been obsessed with - the environment and climate change - on a platform with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide. This is the biggest crisis our world has ever known, I've been making a documentary about this and the time is now, it is imperative that we act.

"I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude for what happened tonight but there is ticking clock out there, a ticking clock that we must do something proactive about this.

"The truth is this, if you do not believe in climate change you do not believe in science and empirical truths and you will be on the wrong side of history and we need to vote for leaders who do."

Asked about the swell of support for him to finally take home an Oscar, DiCaprio added: "It all feels incredibly surreal, it's surreal because you can't reach out and physically meet everybody, you hear it on the internet and from other people but we always strive for the best in what we do, but this year in particular I've been overwhelmed with such support by so many fans and people in the industry it's quite shocking actually.

Brie Larson said her feelings about winning could best be summed up with the song I'm In Love With My Life by Phases.

She added: "This time a year ago I was still trying to figure out who I was. The movie was done but I was in deep searching mode, pulling apart the things I had learnt being Ma.

"Who I was by the time the movie was over was so far from where I started. It was a long process in trying to find myself.

"Now I feel strong, to be holding this gold guy is an incredible metaphor for how I feel inside."

Oscars 2016 - Full list of winners:

:: Best picture: Spotlight

:: Best actor in a leading role: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

:: Best actress in a leading role: Brie Larson (Room)

:: Best actor in a supporting role: Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies)

:: Best actress in a supporting role: Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

:: Best director: Alejandro G Inarritu (The Revenant)

:: Best original score: Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

:: Best original screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

:: Best adapted screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (The Big Short)

:: Best animated feature: Inside Out

:: Best documentary feature: Amy

:: Best original song: Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, Writing's On The Wall (Spectre)

:: Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)

:: Production design: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road)

:: Film editing: Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

:: Visual effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett (Ex Machina)

:: Costume design: Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road)

:: Make-up: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (Mad Max: Fury Road)

:: Sound editing: Mark Mangini and David White (Mad Max: Fury Road)

:: Sound mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (Mad Max: Fury Road)

:: Foreign language film: Son Of Saul

:: Animated short: Bear Story

:: Documentary short: A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness

:: Live action short: Stutterer

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