LEONARDO DiCAPRIO: I – I am truly humbled by this because it comes from all of you, my fellow actors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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, films from Jimmy Cagney all the way to Robert De Niro, and it gave me such a tremendous respect for this craft, the craft of acting. I was in all 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.
So I want to thank all of those actors from the past that have inspired me and all the actors that are in this room.
This means so much to me. Thank you so very much.
This film would not have been possible without the craft of our director Alejandro Iñárritu. Alejandro, thank you for your fierce authenticity, your creative genius, a genius that you share with our cinematographer Chivo, our entire crew, the entire cast that I got to work alongside, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Arthur RedCloud, Duane Howard and, of course, the great Tom Hardy.
I want to thank my entire team, especially Rick Yorn. This film would not have happened without you. Everyone at Fox and New Regency, especially Arnon Milchan. He stuck with us to the bitter end.
And my parents. Thank you for listening to an overly ambitious, slightly annoying, 13 year old kid, who wanted to go on auditions everyday after school. I would not be standing here without you.