Dreams do come true – just ask Leonardo DiCaprio. After he finally won the Oscar for Best Actor at the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, a visibly overwhelmed Leo admitted that this had been his ‘dream’ ever since he ‘was 4 years old.’
At the end of the night, the 88th Academy Awards belonged to just one man: Leonardo DiCaprio. The 41-year-old actor secured his first ever Oscar win and an emotional Leo admitted that he’s been looking forward to this moment since he was a boy!
“I grew up in East Los Angeles,” Leo told members of the press after winning “Best Actor” on Feb. 28, according to Us Weekly. “I was very close to the Hollywood studio system, but I felt detached from it my whole life. And to have had parents that allowed me to be part of this industry, to take me on auditions every day after school, and to tell stories like this has been my dream ever since I was 4 years old.”
Leo admitted that he’s been totally stunned by all the fan support leading up to this highly anticipated win. “It’ all feels incredibly surreal, because you can’t reach out and physically meet everybody. You hear it on the Internet, you hear it from other people, and we always strive for the best in what we do.” Leo can rest assured that the Internet completely exploded in joy over his victory, as fans posted memes and celebrated on Twitter.
“I’ve been overwhelmed with such support,” Leo said, amazed that he finally won following six nominations. “Really, truly, [support from] so many fans and so many people in the industry, it’s quite shocking, actually. And what can you say except I’m very grateful, I really am.”
No one was happier for Leo than his BFF, Kate Winslet, 40. Rose cheered on Jack as Kate was in tears when she saw her Titanic co-star finally achieve his dream. When Leo stepped off the stage after delivering his acceptance speech — which included his impassioned plea on climate change — Kate was there to give him a sweet hug, congratulating him for finally taking home the gold.
Fans were also dying from happiness when Kate and Leo reunited on the red carpet. But despite fans shipping these two, Kate wasn’t Leo’s date for the evening. In fact, Leo brought his mother to the Oscars, so she could see his boyhood dream finally come true.
Are you ecstatic that Leo finally took home an Oscar, HollywoodLifers?