The month of February, 2016 would not only be remembered for the 18th Grammy Awards, an awards platform for musical artiste, it would also be reminisced for the awards for the motion picture, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards,
At this edition of BAFTA 2016, topmost winners include the Revenant, who once again outshines his compatriots and The Titanic star, Leonardo DiCaprio’s film wins all the major awards including the best actor, best film and best director trophies.
The UK film industry showered Valentine’s Day love on The Revenant on Sunday (February 14), awarding the endurance epic five prizes, including best picture and best actor, at the British Academy Film Awards.
Leonardo DiCaprio cemented his Oscar-favorite status by taking the best-actor trophy for playing a bear-battling fur trapper in a brutally wild American West. Alejandro G Inarritu was named best director for what he called a “human and tender story,” and The Revenant also won prizes for cinematography and sound.
DiCaprio, who has been nominated three times before at the British awards without winning, said in his acceptance speech that he was “absolutely humbled” to beat The Martian star Matt Damon, Trumbo’s Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.
He cited the influence on his work of British actors including Tom Courtney, Peter O’Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and his The Revenant co-star Tom Hardy, and sent thanks and greetings to his mother, whose birthday fell on Sunday.
The British awards, known as BAFTAs, are considered a portent of success at Hollywood’s February 28 Academy Awards. The Revenant has earned DiCaprio his fifth Oscar nomination – and, many believe, his best shot at finally winning.
DiCaprio said it was out of his hands, but expressed pride in what he called “not just a film, but an epic journey we all went on.”
“We put our heart and soul into this movie … It’s up to the world now and voters to decide,” he said at a post-ceremony news conference.