DiCaprio wins big, on and offscreen

This is an opinion article.

It’s no secret that Leonardo DiCaprio earned the shiny token of his desire during the 88th Academy Awards ceremony last month.

The 41-year-old actor earned Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant.” This milestone of long-awaited recognition is the perfect opportunity to rave over just how profound DiCaprio’s impact has been in Hollywood and beyond.

DiCaprio first began his film career in an American science-fiction horror, “Critters 3,” in 1991. However, it was his role in director James Cameron’s renowned romance film “Titanic” that established DiCaprio as an entertainment force to be reckoned with.

DiCaprio’s on-screen presence knows no boundaries. He has charmed audiences with roles like the quick-witted and endearing con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. in Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can.” He has perplexed with psychologically twisted roles like Teddy Daniels in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island.”

He has brought life to classic literary characters like Jay Gatsby in Baz Lurhmann’s rendition of “The Great Gatsby.”

DiCaprio has also proven that there isn’t much he won’t do to embody a role. For his role as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant,” the actor endured some harsh tribulations, such as eating a raw bison liver and swimming in freezing water, to nail the part.

Although that sounds gruesome enough, it should be noted that DiCaprio is a vegetarian. And much like anything DiCaprio commits to, he isn’t merely a participant in the lifestyle choice; he is a steadfast leader.

DiCaprio extended his impeccable service skills to the vegan/vegetarian community by producing a documentary film called “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.”

The film, released on Netflix Sept. 15, 2015, is about the treatment of animals on small, sustainable farms and how it mimics the brutal treatment of animals on larger factory farms.

DiCaprio is also an environmental activist, so much so that he used his long-overdue Oscar speech to advocate for climate change. But the Oscars’ stage isn’t the only setting in which he advocates for this cause.

A United Nations Messenger of Peace, he urged world leaders gathered for the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 to recognize the deep-rooted effects of global climate change.

He also made an appearance at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York City to advocate for change along with the many other celebrities and world leaders who appeared at the event.

DiCaprio has his own self-titled foundation, founded in 1998, which is committed to the long-term well-being of Earth and all that inhabit it.

DiCaprio has mastered his craft. Yes, he is masterful at immersing himself in every fictitious role he takes on, but his talents and duties go far beyond Hollywood and fantasy – they bring light to the importance of philanthropy and service.

So yes, he has his Oscar, but the only thing left to  question: When does he get his cape?