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BAFTAs 2016: The Revenant scores hat-trick of top awards

The Revenant

Story by Jack Foley

SURVIVAL thriller The Revenant has emerged as the big winner at this year’s BAFTAs, picking up three of the night’s top awards.

As well as taking the coveted Best Film prize, Leonardo DiCaprio was also crowned best actor and Alejandro G Inarritu took best director. It also picked up a fourth prize for Emmanuel Lubezki, whose win for cinematography was his fourth BAFTA, and a fifth for sound.

The Mexican director described the win as “overwhelming”, saying that DiCaprio’s “talent and commitment” to the “risky project” had “kept the film breathing”.

DiCaprio, who plays fur-trapper Hugh Glass in the film, said he was “humbled and honoured”. He went on to praise the influence of British actors on his acting career, before also using the win to wish his mother a happy birthday.

Another of the night’s top awards, the prize for best actress, went to Brie Larson, who triumphed for role as a kidnapped mother in Room.

The film’s director, Lenny Abrahamson, picked up the award on her behalf, and described her as “one of the best actors of her generation”.

Two more of the night’s acting prizes went to British talent. Kate Winslet was named best supporting actress for her role in Steve Jobs, beating double nominee Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara and fellow Brit Julie Walters.

While Mark Rylance won best supporting actor for his role as British-born Soviet agent in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.

Picking up her statuette, Winslet praised her fellow nominees saying it had been “an extraordinary year for women”. She also paid tribute to the real Joanna Hoffman, who she said was “so wonderful telling her stories to me”.

The first award of the night, for outstanding British film, went to Brooklyn. The critically-acclaimed period drama stars Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York.

Upon picking up the trophy, delighted director John Crowley said: “One of the things this film is about is kindness of strangers – as this film has made its way out into the world the warmth of response has been overwhelming.”

The best documentary went to Amy, which chronicled the life of the singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011.

Pixar’s Inside Out took the animation prize, while Mad Max: Fury Road took four awards: for make-up and hair, editing, costumes and production design.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega won the Rising Star Award, the only one of the awards to be voted for by the public.

The London born actor told the audience: “I haven’t been doing this for a long time – it’s a fluke. I’m going to share this with all the young dreamers who are determined and hard-working – this is for you.”

The ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday was hosted by Stephen Fry.

View the winners list in full