Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor at the BAFTAs – and thanks a special lady in his life

by hellomagazine.com

Congratulations to Leonardo DiCaprio, who walked home with the BAFTAs Best Actor award on Sunday night. Hollywood's leading star was recognised for his role in The Revenant, outshining the likes of fellow nominees Eddie Redmayne, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Bryan Cranston.

Taking to the stage at London's Royal Opera House to accept the accolade, Leonardo, 41, thanked his fans, friends and co-stars for their support.

But the actor gave a special mention to one very important woman in his life – his mother Irmelin, who was celebrating her birthday.

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Leonardo DiCaprio thanked his mum and also wished her a happy birthday

"There's one person I have to thank," said Leonardo. "I would not be standing up here if it weren't for this person. 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 for three hours a day to a different school to show me a different opportunity. It is her birthday today. So Mum, happy birthday. I love you very much."

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The actor continued his Best Actor winning streak at the BAFTAs

Leonardo described his co-star Tom Hardy "not only as a collaborator but as a friend" and to director Alejandro González Iñárritu, he added: "For his commitment to authenticity, thank you Alejandro. This movie would not have been possible without you."

Alejandro himself was awarded Best Director on the night, while his masterpiece was also crowned Best Film.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for The Revenant

The Revenant sees Leonardo play real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, who is mauled by a bear and left for dead by his hunting team.

Hugh must fight tooth and nail to return to his family in one piece, while also seeking revenge against his former confidant John Fitzgerald, who is played by Tom.

Dame Maggie Smith and Leonardo were caught on the Kiss Cam

At the start of the ceremony Leonardo treated fellow A-lister Dame Maggie Smith to a peck on the cheek, after the pair were caught on the Kiss Cam. The charmer was seen leaning over and giving Maggie, 81, a sweet kiss, which she swiftly returned.

"The @BAFTA award for Best Kiss is awarded to Dame Maggie Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio," a tweet from BBC One read.

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Kate Winslet said she thought 2016 would be "Leo's year"

Leonardo's triumph comes after the actor won a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award last month for his stellar performance.

Following his double victory, fans had speculated that Leonardo would snatch Sunday night's BAFTA and possibly even an Oscar later this month, having lost out on five previous Academy Award nominations.

His Titanic co-star Kate Winslet predicted that 2016 is "Leo's year" as she told the BBC at the Critics' Choice Award: "I think you can sort of feel it and I think that everyone wants it for him. It would just be amazing. I think that, you know, you can sort of feel the temperature – it's probably going to be Leo's year."

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