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Why Leonardo DiCaprio took his mom to the Oscars

Posted: 2:36 AM, Feb 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-29 09:36:37Z

Best actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio took his mother as his date to the Oscars tonight because when he was growing up in east Los Angeles, his parents took him to auditions every day after school, he told ABC's Robin Roberts.

DiCaprio described himself as an "overly ambitious" child who had his heart set on becoming an actor, and it was his parents who "listened to a young child's dreams."

"And I could never be more thankful," he told Roberts.

DiCaprio is nominated for best actor in "The Revenant," and told ABC he's "particularly proud of this film."

DiCaprio said director Alejandro Iñárritu achieved something "quite transcendent cinematically."

"I feel blessed to be able to do movies like this," he said. "I've worked for almost 25 years in this industry," he said, adding that "a lot of thought went into this movie."

"I think were all nervous right now," DiCaprio told Roberts, calling tonight "the culmination of so much effort on all of our parts."

"This is the big show," he said. "After years and years of hard work ... this is the end of it all."

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