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Leonardo DiCaprio received the nonprofit Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s single “Actors Inspiration Award” at the SAG Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, November 5th at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The award highlights his career achievements as a five-time Oscar®-nominee and eight-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee who has earned acclaim for his roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Blood Diamond, The Aviator, The Great Gatsby, Inception, Shutter Island, Django Unchained, Revolutionary Road, J. Edgar and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. The award also recognizes his philanthropic work as Chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) whose mission, since 1998, is to protect biodiversity, conserve the world’s oceans and forests, and bring attention to climate change. In collaboration with a broad network of environmental leaders, organizations and philanthropists, LDF has awarded over $30 million dollars in grants and supported over 70 high-impact projects in more than 40 countries around the world.
“This year marks an exciting time for the SAG Foundation as we celebrate 30 years of giving back to SAG-AFTRA members and the entertainment industry, as well as an international audience of children, parents, and teachers,” said SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams.
Said DiCaprio, “It is an honor to be recognized by the SAG Foundation, a group which does so much to support, sustain, and educate my fellow actors and give back to the entertainment industry, as well as the work it has done to advance children’s literacy. As the SAG Foundation moves into its next 30 years, I’m proud to be a continuing supporter and contributor to its legacy and its future.”
In 2015, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, their families and communities. The nonprofit provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. For 30 years, the Foundation has granted more than $17 million in financial and medical assistance through its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance Programs, and $6.5 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents. In addition, the nonprofit has offered 5000 free educational workshops, panels and screenings to union performers nationwide and its children’s literacy programs have brought the love of reading to more than 66 million children worldwide.
For more information, please visit SAGFoundation.org/30Years.