LONDON: Epic survival tale The Revenant took top honors including best film on Sunday (Monday in Manila) at Britain’s Bafta film awards, boosting its status as a favorite for Oscar success later this month.
Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu scooped best director for the picture, and Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor for his leading role as grizzled trapper Hugh Glass.
“I am overwhelmed,” said Inarritu as he accepted the award at a star-studded ceremony in London.
DiCaprio used his speech to wish his mother a happy birthday and thank her for supporting him as a child.
“I grew up in a very rough neighborhood in East Los Angeles. And this woman drove me three hours a day to a different school to show me a different opportunity,” he said.
“I’m shocked and amazed, honored,” he said of the award. “To tell you the truth none of this was expected.”
After already nabbing the same three awards at last month’s Golden Globes, the film is now seen as a leading contender for Oscar glory in Los Angeles on February 28.
At the Baftas, The Revenant won out for best film over Todd Haynes’ 1950s all-female romance Carol, Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, Tom McCarthy’s newsroom drama Spotlight, and Adam McKay’s financial caper The Big Short.
The film also took the awards for cinematography and for sound, giving it a total of five British Academy of Film and Television Arts gongs.
It was closely followed by Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller’s visually stunning post-apocalyptic action film which picked up four technical wins including for the scrappy-punk costumes of its warring tribes.
The night’s other big winners included Brie Larson, who scooped best actress for her role in the harrowing kidnapping tale Room.
Kate Winslet, who won best supporting actress for her turn as a loyal assistant in the biopic Steve Jobs, said it had been an “extraordinary year for women”.
Here are the complete winners in the main categories:
Best film: The Revenant
Outstanding British film: Brooklyn
Best director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Leading actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
Leading actress: Brie Larson for Room
Supporting actor: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
Supporting actress: Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs
Rising Star: John Boyega
Original screenplay: Spotlight
Adapted screenplay: The Big Short
Animated Film: Inside Out
Film Not in the English Language: Wild Tales.