Feb 16, 2016

    5 Baftas for The Revenant include best actor, director

    EPIC survival tale The Revenant took top honours including best movie on Sunday at Britain's Bafta film awards, boosting its status as a favourite 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 neighbourhood 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, honoured," he added 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 Feb 28.

    At the Baftas, The Revenant triumphed for best film over four other contenders.

    They were 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 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.

    The latter 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".

    She dedicated her prize "to all those young women that doubt themselves".

    "When I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might be okay as long as I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts. Look at me now," she said after accepting the award.