Leonardo DiCaprio Honored Native Americans in His Golden Globe Acceptance Speech

Leonardo DiCaprio Honored Native Americans in His Golden Globe Acceptance Speech
Source: AP
Source: AP

Leonardo DiCaprio went home with the gold Sunday night as the winner of the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama film. As he wrapped his speech, DiCaprio took a moment to honor the Native Americans depicted in The Revenant.

As the play-off music began to swell at the end of DiCaprio's speech, rather than shooing the actor offstage, it became background music for a crowd-pleasing and uproarious end to his speech. 

"It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them," DiCaprio said. "It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations." 

The Revenant features DiCaprio playing Hugh Glass, an adventurer on a brutal journey to survive in the wilds of America. The film includes several Native American actors of indigenous descent and examines the conflicts between tribes in the film's setting. Unlike many films which lump Native Americans together, The Revenant makes pains to differentiate between native tribes and present them as fully realized characters.

Twitter loved his speech just as much as the roaring audience, to say the least. 

Watch the full video of DiCaprio's speech below.

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