The Screen Actors Guild has found its leading man: Leonardo DiCaprio.
“I’m truly humbled by this because it comes from all of you, my fellow actors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” the actor said of his first win at the SAG Awards.
During his speech, DiCaprio reminisced on his start into the acting world.
“When I was 15 years old, I was lucky enough to get a film called This Boy’s Life and for about a year after that I watched as many films as I possibly could from Jimmy Cagney all the way to Robert De Niro,” he said. “It gave me such a tremendous respect for this craft, this craft of acting. I was in awe of their performances, and I was incredibly inspired. So for any young actors out there, I encourage you to watch the history of cinema because as the history of cinema unfolds, you realize that we all stand on the shoulders of giants.”
DiCaprio, 41, thanked The Revenant‘s cast and crew, including his costar “the great” Tom Hardy, director Alejandro Gonzélez In éritu and, finally, his mother and father.
“To my parents, thank you for listening to an overly ambitious, slightly annoying 13-year-old kid who wanted to go on auditions every day after school,” he said. “I would not be standing here without you.”
When I asked how it feels to win, DiCaprio told reporters backstage: “This is just … I can’t even process this right now. I need a moment.”
DiCaprio was up against other actors who also played real people or characters inspired by them, including Johnny Depp in Black Mass, Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo.
• With reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ
The 22nd annual SAG Awards were presented live from Los Angeles on both TNT and TBS.