News ID: 136803
Published: 0724 GMT February 15, 2016

'The Revenant', DiCaprio dominate BAFTA awards

'The Revenant', DiCaprio dominate BAFTA awards

Alejandro G. Inarritu's 'The Revenant' came up trumps at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, nabbing five prizes including best film, director and leading actor.

George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' left the field with four BAFTAs — all in the more technical fields — including costume design, production design, make-up and hair and editing.

'The Martian', 'The Danish Girl', 'Carol' and 'Ex-Machina' all left empty-handed this year, variety.com reported.

This year's ceremony was a marked change for Inarritu compared to last year's awards: In 2015, his pic 'Birdman', was up for 10 nominations but only came away with one win for best cinematography, given to Emmanuel Lubezki.

The glitterati were in full force at London's Royal Opera House on February 14: Tom Cruise awarded 'The Revenant' with the best film prize while Leonardo DiCaprio's win for best actor in the film was met with a resounding cheer in the audience. It marked the thesp's first BAFTA win after four noms (he was previously nominated for work on Martin Scorsese pics 'The Wolf of Wall Street', 'The Departed' and 'The Aviator').

Helmer Inarritu won best director, after being nominated in the category three times (he was previously nominated for 'Birdman' and 'Babel').

Lubezki nabbed the best cinematography award again for his work on 'The Revenant' — a win that was widely predicted amongst the biz. This marks his fourth BAFTA win (in addition to 'Birdman', he also nabbed statuettes for 'Gravity' and 'Children of Men'). The pic also picked up best sound, for Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montano, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom.

Brie Larson snatched up best actress for her role in 'Room'. The thesp was not there to pick up the award, due to filming commitments in Australia, but helmer Lenny Abrahamson was on hand to accept the prize on her behalf and described the actress, who is also nominated for an Oscar this year, as "one of the best actors of her generation".

Mark Rylance picked up best supporting actor for 'Bridge of Spies' — his first win and first BAFTA film nomination. Rylance also wasn't in London to collect the awards, as he is currently performing on Broadway, but helmer Steven Spielberg collected the award for the actor.

Kate Winslet won her third BAFTA this year for Best Supporting Actress for 'Steve Jobs'. Amongst the list of people she thanked, she credited co-star Michael Fassbender for his role in the film.

Outstanding British Film, the first award of the evening went to 'Brooklyn', directed by John Crowley. The 1950s Irish immigrant tale stars Saorise Ronan.

'The Big Short' was awarded best adapted screenplay for scribes Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, its only award of the evening.

'Spotlight' picked up one award for best original screenplay, for Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer. McCarthy took to the stage and thanked "the courageous survivors who came forward and shared their stories with us".

Best animation went to Disney/Pixar toon 'Inside Out' and helmer Pete Docter accepted the award and called on young people in secondary school who were struggling and trying to figure things out to 'express themselves'.

   
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