The Revenant and DiCaprio top winners at Baftas
Survival drama The Revenant won top awards including the best film at the Bafta 2016 while its leading star Leonardo DiCaprio picked up the best actor trophy, cementing his chances at the Oscars later this month.
The Baftas, British cinema’s highest recognition, showered Valentine’s day love on the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s film true-story inspired drama which won the five major awards at Bafta.
DiCaprio, 41, has dominated the Hollywood award season this year for his physically-grueling turn as the 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass, a role that saw him sleeping in a horse carcass and eating raw bison liver.
The actor, a three-time Bafta nominee for The Aviator, The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street, paid a glowing tribute to his mother in his speech.
“I grew up in a very rough neighbourhood in East Los Angeles. And this woman drove me three hours a day to a different school to show me a different opportunity.
I’m shocked and amazed, honoured. To tell you the truth none of this was expected,” DiCaprio said.