Leonardo DiCaprio To Present Award At Oscars 2017

Stacey Cole

Leonardo DiCaprio will present an award at this year's Oscars, according to Variety.

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprioFans) February 2, 2017

The obvious favorite at the 2017 Oscars is the refreshingly original musical La La land, which has been nominated for 14 awards. Leonardo DiCaprio's Titanic won 11 Oscars in 1998, tying the record set by Ben-Hur, and which was later tied again by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The cast and crew of La La land are clearly hoping for at least 12 wins out of their 14 nominations order to set the new Academy Awards record.

In other news, in late 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio became one of the first U.S. actors to meet Donald Trump shortly after he became the President-elect of the United States, according to The Wrap. The Oscar-winning actor met with Trump, who doesn't believe in climate change and thinks it's a hoax created by the Chinese, in an attempt to convince him of the importance of issues relating to the environment.

— This Buzz (@this_buzz) January 25, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio presented Trump's team with a "framework" on how the right approach to environment-related issues could create millions of jobs. The actor holds environmental issues close to his heart and has been an active advocate for resolving the issue of climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio latest project, documentary Before the Flood, is focused on the issue of climate change. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in October, 2016, outlines how humans can stop the potentially catastrophic damage of climate change.

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While that was a direct nod to Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio is apparently willing to change the U.S. President-elect's mind and convince him that climate change is real.

"This needs to be at the forefront of every conversation in world politics."

Finally, in other news, Leonardo DiCaprio attended Alan Thicke's memorial, according to the Huffington Post. The 42-year-old Oscar-winning actor paid tribute to Thicke less than a week after the TV icon's death.

Thicke's friends, family, and former co-stars gathered last Sunday to attend the memorial. The list of attendees included Thicke's TV family on Growing Pains: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Cameron, Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold, and Jeremy Miller.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Luke Brower on Growing Pains, took to social media to pay tribute to Thicke. The Revenant actor wrote that Thicke, who died from a heart attack while playing hockey with his son at 69-years-old on December 13, 2016, had a "positive influence" on his life.

Leonardo DiCaprio described Thicke as "a devoted father, husband, friend, and role model." The 42-year-old actor, who finally received his first-ever Oscar for his role in The Revenant in 2016, wrote that Thicke was capable of harnessing "the power of the entertainment industry" to have a positive influence on many people.

"I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Alan early in my career."

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