Survival drama ‘The Revenant’ was the big winner at Britain’s leading film awards, the BAFTAs, on Sunday – putting it in pole position for success in the upcoming Oscars.
Its five gongs included Best Director for Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Best Film and the Best Actor prize for its star Leonardo DiCaprio.
In collecting his first BAFTA, he paid tribute to his mother and listed actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman and Peter O’Toole among his inspirations.
“All of this was not expected tonight … Often we have talked about how difficult this movie was to make, and it was, but we are so proud,” DiCaprio told reporters.
The nod from The British Academy of Film and Television Arts was a promising sign for DiCaprio, eyeing what would be his first Oscar after several nominations.
The ceremony in London also saw ‘The Revenant’ win for cinematography and sound.
Continuing a winning streak for her portrayal of a young mother held captive with her son in ‘Room’, Brie Larson prevailed in the leading actress category and is also favoured to win the Oscar.
Best supporting actor was Mark Rylance for his Soviet spy role in ‘Bridge of Spies’ while Best Supporting Actress was Kate Winslet who was rewarded for ‘Steve Jobs’ in which she plays the late Apple co-founder’s loyal colleague, Joanna Hoffman.
But with Hollywood’s top honours just two weeks away, all eyes are on ‘The Revenant’ and DiCaprio’s portrayal of a fur-trapper seeking revenge after being attacked by a bear and left for dead for his companions.