Kanye West, Tyler The Creator and Fabolous were among those who congratulated Leonardo DiCaprio on his first Oscar Award. The actor won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in The Revenant yesterday (February 29) at the 88th Annual Academy Awards. This was DiCaprio’s sixth time being nominated. He has also been recognized with two nominations for his work in The Wolf of Wall Street and one each for Blood Diamond, The Aviator and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
“Finally!!!” West writes on Twitter. “Our guy!!! We’re so so happy for Leo!!!”
“Leo somewhere high as fuk!” Juicy J said after the awards ceremony. The Three 6 Mafia rapper won an Oscar for Best Song in 2006 for “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp.”
“So glad Leo won #Oscars,” fellow Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo says on the social media platform. “I’m such a fan and I always root for the underdog!”
“Congrats to @LeoDiCaprio,” John Legend, who was in attendance at the Oscars, wrote on Twitter. “Great speech!” The singer won the Oscar for Best Song last year for “Glory” with Common.
“Sometimes u gotta say fuck em & keep winning!!!” Fabolous says in an Instagram post with an image of DiCaprio. “Leo in my Top 5 male actors of all time!!! Congrats to him for gettin the trophy tonight. Love to see the underdogs win! And always loved the guys who keep working even when they not gettin recognized. We do it for us and the culture. The trophies is just extra. #Oscars #BestActor”
“yes boyfriend yes,” Tyler The Creator writes on Instagram for the caption of a screenshot of the actor in 1996’s Romeo and Juliet.
Chris Rock hosted the show and discussed the diversity controversy in his opening monologue. No Black actor or actress was nominated for the lead or supporting role awards. He said that Hollywood is subtlety racist and suggested having separate Black categories to make the awards more diverse.
Other Hip Hop-inspired moments at the ceremony included when an actor portraying Suge Knight appeared when Rock was acknowledging people who inspired films that were created this year, including the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. The Knight stand-in was first shown in a straight jacket and orange prison jumpsuit. He was later shown eating Girl Scout cookies after Rock’s daughters went through the crowd to sell the treats.
Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but lost to Spotlight, the film that won Best Picture.
The Oscars closed to Public Enemy‘s “Fight The Power.”
View the social media posts congratulating Leonardo DiCaprio on his first Oscar win below:
Finally!!! Our guy!!! We're so so happy for Leo!!!
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 29, 2016
Leo somewhere high as fuk!
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 29, 2016
So glad Leo won #Oscars I'm such a fan and I always root for the underdog!
— Gangsta Boo 1999 (@GangstaBooQOM) February 29, 2016
Congrats to @LeoDiCaprio. Great speech!
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 29, 2016
Sometimes u gotta say fuck em & keep winning!!! Leo in my Top 5 male actors of all time!!! Congrats to him for gettin the trophy tonight. Love to see the underdogs win! And always loved the guys who keep working even when they not gettin recognized. We do it for us and the culture. The trophies is just extra. #Oscars #BestActor