Oscars 2016: Kanye West praises Leonardo DiCaprio
Nothing was a safer bet at Sunday night’s Oscars than Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won his first Academy Award for his role in The Revenant. The entire awards season has been a coronation of sorts for DiCaprio, who had been nominated and lost four times before in the Best Actor category, generating a popular wave of support from peers and fans who felt strongly that it was finally his time.
The entire entertainment industry seems ecstatic for DiCaprio and his Oscar win, including Kanye West. Yeezy tweeted his congratulations to the star after he took home the prize.
“Finally!!! Our guy!!! We’re so so happy for Leo!!!,” Kanye wrote. These two seemingly disparate celebs are apparently buddies, at least according to Grease Live! actress, Keke Palmer. Earlier this year, she saw DiCaprio “dabbing” with the rapper at a birthday party for Diddy.
Other stars who congratulated DiCaprio included Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Chastain, and director Guillermo del Toro. The actor has been nominated five times in the past, including for Best Picture for The Wolf of Wall Street.
“It all feels incredibly surreal,” DiCaprio told reporters backstage. “You hear it on the Internet, you hear it from other people, and the truth is, we always strive for the best in what we do. But this year in particular, I’ve been overwhelmed with such support, really, truly, by so many fans and so many people in the industry. It’s quite shocking, actually, and what can you say except I’m very grateful. I really am.”