Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama To Talk Climate Change372 views
WASHINGTON: Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio was due at the White House Monday to discuss climate change with President Barack Obama before the screening of the actor’s new documentary on the devastating effects of global warming.
DiCaprio, who won the 2016 best actor Academy Award for “The Revenant,” has been an environmental activist for years. He will meet with Obama and scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric science professor at Texas Tech University.
Obama has made the fight against global warming a priority of both his terms in office.
The meeting will take place as part of a festival on the lawn of the White House on the South by Southwest model, which is held annually in Austin, Texas. It is a wild blend of new technologies, movies and music.
Almost a decade now since his first documentary about climate challenge, entitled “The 11th Hour,” the actor and producer is now promoting a film called “Before The Flood” in which Obama and Pope Francis made a brief appearance.
In March, Obama became the first US president to attend South by Southwest, a trendy festival combining web designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and artists. At the time, he announced that the White House would organize its own version of the meeting, called South by South Lawn, to celebrate creativity and innovation.
Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. His subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002) and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002) which also marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio was also acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the crime drama The Departed (2006), the espionage thriller Body of Lies (2008), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the biographical film J. Edgar (2011), the western Django Unchained (2012), and the period drama The Great Gatsby (2013).
DiCaprio’s portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004) and Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015) won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and his role as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) won him the award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He won his first BAFTA award for Best Actor for The Revenant. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards-five for acting and one for producing-and in 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant. In addition to acting, DiCaprio is the founder of his own production company, named Appian Way Productions. He is also a committed environmentalist.