22 years after getting his first Oscar nomination in 1994 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar for his riveting performance in The Revenant last night. What many don’t realize is, when the winners receive their Oscar on stage, it’s completely blank, and after the ceremony, each winner gets their award engraved. Earlier today, Variety posted a new video on their Twitter account, which shows the actor getting his Oscar nameplate engraved.
Leonardo DiCaprio was previously nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street. Perhaps one of his most infamous Oscar moments was when he wasn’t even nominated for the record-breaking blockbuster Titanic, which went on to win 11 Oscars including Best Picture. The actor didn’t even show up to the Oscar ceremony in 1998, which lead some to theorize that the Academy was collectively upset that he didn’t put in an appearance.
The video shows a visibly pleased Leonardo DiCaprio watching as his name is etched onto the gold plate, asking the engraver, “Do you guys do this every year? I wouldn’t know.” After the engraving is finished, the actor is handed a set of instructions for how to maintain his statuette, and it seems that there’s quite a bit of upkeep that it takes to keep one’s Oscar in pristine condition. After waiting more than two decades for his first little gold man, we can only imagine that the actor will follow these instructions to a T.
Earlier today, the social media site Twitter revealed that the actor’s win for The Revenant was the most-tweeted moment in Oscar history, with over 440,000 tweets per-minute. The moment beat out the previous record of 255,000 Tweets per minute, set when Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted out a selfie with several major stars, back in 2014. The Revenant ended up winning three awards in total last night, with Alejandro González Iñárritu winning for Best Director and Emmanuel Lubezki winning for Best Cinematography.
The movie ended up with the second most awards of any movie, behind the six awards collected by Mad Max: Fury Road, but Leo’s time on the Oscar stage, and his impassioned speech that follow, is considered by many to be the night’s best moment. Are you glad that Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his first Oscar last night? Chime in with your thoughts, after watching this new video below.
— Variety (@Variety) February 29, 2016