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The Revenant owned the BAFTAs this year, bagging three of the ceremony's major awards, with Leonardo DiCaprio walking away with Best Actor for the first time ever.

The 41-year-old actor was clearly emotional as he collected the award for his gripping portrayal of Hugh Glass's quest for survival. 'Absolutely honored' and audibly choked, Leo thanked his mom with this touching tribute,

"One person without whom I wouldn't be here today is my mother, and today is her birthday.
"I didn't grow up in a life of privilege. 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. It's her birthday today - Mom, happy birthday, I love you very much."
DiCaprio & mom Irmelin: Cosmopolitan
DiCaprio & mom Irmelin: Cosmopolitan

Leo continued his speech, tipping his cap towards the British actors (the BAFTAs are a British event, after all) who've provided influence over the years.

"I am absolutely humbled and absolutely honored by this award tonight. I've been so influenced by British actors over the years. I remember watching Tom Courtenay in The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, all the way to Gary OIdman in State Of Grace, to the late Peter O'Toole."

And shouted out to one Brit in particular...

"I want to thank one particular British actor, Tom Hardy. I want to thank you for your fierce loyalty, I could not have done this without you. I want to thank Chivo, the entire crew, the entire cast stood shoulder to shoulder through this process."
"And of course Alejandro – this film would not have been possible without your fierce commitment to authenticity every day, and thank you for becoming a real friend in this project."

Leo went on to thank The Revenant's director Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose 'fierce commitment' evidently paid off as he left with more than a shout out from Leo, winning the BAFTA for Best Director.

Alejandro González Iñárritu picked up Best Diretor
Alejandro González Iñárritu picked up Best Diretor

Check out Leo's humble acceptance speech below:

Clearly in Leo's case it's fourth time's the charm, as after four BAFTA nominations for The Aviator, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street, he's finally come up trumps.

And, if the past five years are anything to go by, it would seem that his big BAFTA win is leading in one direction...

Check this out: Since 2010 there has only been one case in which the 'Best Actor' BAFTA winner hasn't gone on to win an Oscar for the same role.

2010: Colin Firth - 'The King's Speech'

2011: Jean Dujardin - 'The Artist'

2012: Daniel Day-Lewis - 'Lincoln'


was an exception to the rule, with Chiwetel Ejiofor picking up a BAFTA for 12 Years A Slave, and Matthew McConaughey bagging the Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club.

2014: Eddie Redmayne - 'The Theory of Everything'

2015... to be announced.

Considering this, do you think Leo is guaranteed the Oscar?

Source: Cosmopolitan, The Independent


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