Oscars: Viewers Read Into Leonardo DiCaprio's Hand Gesture During Acceptance

Even without the finger, the 41-year-old actor's speech made headlines.

Maybe it was just the way he grabbed the envelope and statue, but maybe not. 

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won elusive Oscar gold Sunday night. And while the main topic of conversation was Leo's first victory after four previous nominations, the gesture he appeared to be making while giving his speech also got some attention. 

Holding his Oscar and envelope in his right hand, DiCaprio's middle finger was exposed. Odds are, it was just how he was holding his stuff, but it led some on social media to ask whether it was a little dig at either the Academy or haters in general.

Even without the finger, DiCaprio's speech made headlines when the 41-year-old actor warned of the dangers of global warming. 

"Climate change is real," he said. "It is happening right now. It's the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."