88th Academy Awards, February 28

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The Oscars 2016

The Oscars 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio triumphs as he finally wins Best Actor award at the Oscars

by hellomagazine.com

It's taken 25 years, 37 films and four previous nominations, but Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won the Best Actor award at the Oscars. The 41-year-old was thrilled to complete his awards season winning streak by collecting the Academy Award in recognition of his performance in The Revenant.

The announcement, made by presenter Julianne Moore, was met to rapturous applause in Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, with Leonardo's mother Irmelin proudly embracing her son as he stood to collect his award.

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Leonardo DiCaprio has won the Best Actor award at the Oscars

Irmelin has been by Leo's side throughout awards season and was once again given a special mention in his acceptance speech, as he said his success wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for his parents' support.

Leo's Titanic co-star and close friend Kate Winslet was also overjoyed at his win, and could be seen crying with happiness in the audience as she sat alongside her husband Ned Rocknroll.

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Kate Winslet was emotional as Leo accepted his award

Taking to the stage to accept the award, Leonardo thanked his friends, family and co-stars for their support, particularly Tom Hardy, who Leo described as an "extraordinary talent".

He also paid a special mention to the fans who had backed him throughout his career, many of whom had planned celebrations around the world should he win big on the night. Over 12,000 fans had planned to party in London's Leicester Square in the early hours of Monday morning, while similar celebrations were organised for Barcelona, Madrid and Dublin.

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Leonardo celebrated with The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu

The win will be particularly precious for the Hollywood star; not only does it cap off an incredibly successful awards season for Leo, but it also marks his first Oscar win, 22 years after he was first nominated for What's Eating Gilbert Grape at the age of 19.

The anticipation has been building up throughout awards season, as it appeared 2016 was finally Leo's year following his outstanding performance as frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant.

The film was one of the most successful films of the night, having won three of 12 nominations, including Cinematography and director for Alejandro González Iñárritu.

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