He is on the path to winning his first Oscar after taking home the Best Actor prize at Sunday’s BAFTAs.
So it was only fair Leonardo DiCaprio took centre stage in the Class of 2016 photo alongside his fellow winners at the star-studded prizegiving in London.
The Hollywood actor led the way as all the night’s recipients gathered together with their mask trophies.
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And the winners are: Leonard DiCaprio (Best Actor) took pride of place in a winners snapshot in between The Revenant auteur Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Best Director) and costume company owner Tim Angel (Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award). Kate Winslet was several places away with her award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs, while on his right was Rising Star winner John Boyega.
Leo was sandwiched in between his The Revenant director – Alejandro G. Iñárritu – who picked up the filmmaker prize and costume company owner Tim Angel, who clutched his gong for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award.
Kate Winslet was several places away with her award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs, while on his right was Rising Star winner John Boyega.
Alongside the Best Actor prize for Leo, it was a huge night for his gritty revenge drama, which also scooped the gongs for Cinematography and Sound, bringing its total wins to five and narrowly beating Mad Max: Fury Road, which took home four trophies.
This marks Leonardo’s very first BAFTA win; he has been nominated on three previous occasions but failed to receive the coveted prize until now, making him a frontrunner in the same category at the Academy Awards on February 28.
He beat Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) to the Leading Actor crown.
The Revenant centres on 1820s frontiersman Hugh Glass, who is left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
He treks across the wilderness, hellbent on tracking down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.
Success story: Leonardo was emotional as he picked up his very first BAFTA award at the star-studded ceremony
Sweeping the board: The Revenant picked up five major awards including Best Film and best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu (centre left)
Proud: The star has been nominated for a best actor BAFTA on three previous occasions – but had never before been triumphant
Emotional: Leo couldn’t contain his joy as he delivered a passionate speech at the glittering awards ceremony
Taking to the stage, he said: ‘I’m absolutely humbled and I’m absolutely honoured by this award tonight. I have to say as an actor I have been inspired by so many British actors throughout the years.
‘I remember watching Tom Courtenay in Loneliest of the Long Distance Runner when I was 15-years-old with my father all the way to Gary Oldman in State of Grace which influenced an entire generation of actors.
‘And of the course the late great Peter O’Toole and anything Daniel Day Lewis has ever done.
‘I want to thank one particular British actor, my partner in this process, Tom Hardy. I want to thank you for your fierce loyalty not only as a collaborator but as a friend I could not have done this journey without you and my make-up artists who spend hours every day turning me into a living zombie.
‘Alejandro, thank-you for becoming a great friend throughout this entire process.
‘And lastly there’s one person I have to thank, I would not be standing up here if it wasn’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. 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.
Joining in: Hollywood star Tom Cruise was at hand to present the prizes to Mary Parent, Alejandro, Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and Leo
Main man: Mission Impossible star Tom gave the 41-year-old actor a congratulatory pat on the back as they posed in the winners’ room
Reason to celebrate: The Revenant beat Mad Max: Fury Road, which took home four trophies
Inarritu paid tribute to his main man DiCaprio during his top Director acceptance speech, declaring, ‘It is a true honour to be nominated with such amazing directors. Leo, your work your talent your commitment every day kept this film breathing.’
The Cinematography award went to The Revenant’s Emmanuel Lubezki, marking the film maven’s his fourth BAFTA overall and third win in a row.
Mad Max: Fury Road was another success story on the night – the blockbuster was presented with the trophies for Make Up and Hair, Editing, Production Design and Costume Design.
The coveted Leading Actress prize went to breakout star Brie Larson for Room, however, the 26-year-old beauty was a no-show at the ceremony due to filming commitments in Australia.
Back together again! Kate Winslet – who took home Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs – reunited with her Titanic co-star Leonardo at the ceremony
Next stop, the Oscars! Leo’s triumph surely bodes well for the main event of awards season on February 28
Full line-up: Kate couldn’t contain her glee as she posed alongside her fellow award-winners at the awards
Best of friends: Eighteen years after they first graced the silver screen together, Leo and Kate are still close
Moment of triumph: While this was DiCaprio’s very first BAFTA, Winslet now boasts three of the trophies to her name
Stunning: The blonde beauty set off her simple black dress with dazzling silver jewellery
Posing up a storm: The award-winning star was thrilled with her win for the Michael Fassbender-fronted biopic
Joking around: The 40-year-old star made the most of her moment in the winner’s room, fooling around on the red carpet
Congrats! The Danish Girl star Eddie Redmayne enthusiastically congratulated Kate on her success
Bridge Of Spies star Mark Rylance was awarded the Supporting Actor gong, while Kate Winslet was presented with Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs.
Despite missing out on the best Director award, Steven Spielberg was thrilled Mark had emerged victorious, taking to the stage to accept the gong on his behalf since he was busy performing on Broadway.
Meanwhile, Winslet – who enjoyed a friendly reunion with her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in the winners’ room – delivered an emotional speech, telling the crowd, ‘What an incredible year to be nominated, what an incredible year to be in this room.
‘It has been an extraordinary year for women and I am so proud to stand alongside you Jennifer Julie Rooney and Alicia your performances are so extraordinary. I really am quite overwhelmed actually.’
First win: Saoirse Ronan-fronted drama Brooklyn was crowned Outstanding British Film as The EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 got underway on Sunday
Love story: The subtle and cinematographically stunning romance focuses on Irish immigrant Eilis, who is torn between two suitors
What a line up: Brooklyn’s stars including Julie Walters, Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse celebrated their win
Gleeful: Domhnall and Julie enjoyed a giggle with Kate, who was presenting the prize
She also said: ‘When I was younger, when I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.
So what always feel in these moments, is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a friend, by even a parents, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did – I kept on going and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.’
Brooklyn took home the first prize of the night at the BAFTAs, receiving the Outstanding British Film accolade for the big screen adaptation of the Colm Tóibín novel.
Director John Crowley enthused: ‘One of the things this film is about is the kindness of strangers and as the film has made its way out in the world the warmth of the response has been amazing.’
Quentin Tarrantino’s The Hateful Eight – which was snubbed in the major categories – was awarded Original Music for Ennio Morricone’s score.
Asif explained: ‘We really fell in love with her when making the film. And our aim and mission was really to try and tell the truth about her.
‘To show the world what an amazing person she was, how intelligent, how witty, how beautiful she was, before it all kind of got out of control and went a bit crazy.’
Celebrating in style: Brooklyn director John Crowley, New Zealand producer Finola Dwyer, British producer Amanda Posey and British author and screenwriter Nick Hornby posed with their trophies
Hair and make-up win: Lesley Vanderwalt and Damian Martin posed with the trophies for Mad Max: Fury Road
Striking a pose: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba struck a pose in the winner’s room
The British Short Film prize was presented to Operator, while British Short Animation went to Edmond.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens emerged triumphant in the Special Visual Effects category – and it was a lucky night for the franchise since John Boyega was awarded the EE Rising Star prize, beating hot favourite Dakota Johnson
The 23-year-old British actor also beat Taron Egerton, Brie Larson and Bel Powley to the win in the category, which celebrates young actors under the age of 30.
He said: ‘I want to thank God for this moment. I have some very special people in my life… I’m going to share this award with all the young dreamers who are hard-working… This is for you.’
Well deserved: John Boyega took home the EE Rising Star prize, beating the likes of Dakota Johnson
Proud moment: The Star Wars actor declares, ‘I’m going to share this award with all the young dreamers who are hard-working… This is for you’
Worthy winner: John beat Dakota Johnson, Taron Egerton, Brie Larson and Bel Powley to the title
Acceptance speech: The 23-year-old star held his EE Rising Star trophy aloft as he addressed the audience
‘I want to thank God for this moment’: The Peckham-born star delivered an emotional speech
Inside Out was crowned top Animated Film, while Outstanding Debut went to Naji Abu Nowar for Theeb, and best Adapted Screenplay went to The Big Short.
Spotlight’s Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer were given the Original Screenplay prize, while the Film Not in the English Language prize went to Wild Tales.
Angels Costumes received a special shout out thanks to the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award and the Fellowship Recipient was Sir Sidney Poitier, the highest accolade that BAFTA can bestow, in recognition of his outstanding career in film
Sir Sidney was not in attendance due to ill health, so the award was presented to him by Jamie Foxx and his daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, in his Los Angeles home.
During the ceremony filmed tributes were given by Oprah Winfrey, Noel Clarke and his To Sir, With Love co-star, Lulu.
The Awards were hosted for an eleventh year by Stephen Fry and held at London’s Royal Opera House .
Double trouble: Kate was also on presenting duties with Luther star Idris
Arm-in-arm: Idris and Kate looked completely at ease as they marched out onto the stage
Stunning: Cate Blanchett was at hand to present the Oustanding British Contribution to Cinema
Outstanding contribution: Tim Angel accepted the award on behalf of Angels Costumes
Thrilled: Tom McCarthy posed with his award for Best Screenplay for drama Spotlight
Best Documentary: Director Asif Kapadia proudly held the trophy on behalf of Amy, which tells the story of late singer Amy Winehouse
Celebrating in style: Magaret Sixel posed up a storm with her award for Editing for Mad Max
Animation winners: Blake Harrison (L) and Gemma Chan (R) posed with British Short Animation winners Nina Gantz (2R), producer Emilie Jouffroy (2L) for their work on Edmond
Host for the night: Stephen Fry was on hosting duties for the evening, a popular choice with the audience
THE EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS 2016 WINNERS
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – WINNER
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Brie Larson, Room – WINNER
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Dame Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
The Revenant – WINNER
Bridge Of Spies
The Big Short
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies – WINNER
Benicio del Toro, Sicario
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts Of No Nation
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs – WINNER
Rooney Mara, Carol
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Julie Walters, Brooklyn
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Brooklyn – WINNER
The Danish Girl
Alejandro G Inarritu, The Revenant – WINNER
Adam McKay, The Big Short
Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies
Todd Haynes, Carol
Ridley Scott, The Martian
The Big Short – WINNER
Spotlight – WINNER
The Hateful Eight
Bridge of Spies
EE BAFTA RISING STAR
John Boyega – WINNER
Amy – WINNER
He Named Me Malala
Listen To Me Marlon
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant – WINNER
Janusz Kamiński, Bridge of Spies
Ed Lachman, Carol
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Roger Deakins, Sicario
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Wild Tales – WINNER
Inside Out – WINNER
Shaun The Sheep
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
NajiI Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) Rupert Lloyd (Producer) Theeb – WINNER
Alex Garland (Director) Ex Machina
Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director) Second Coming
Sean McAllister (Director/Producer), Elhum Shakerifar (Producer) A Syrian Love Story
Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director) The Survivalist
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel – WINNER
The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Bridge Of Spies, Michael Kahn
The Martian, Pietro Scalia
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson – WINNER
Bridge Of Spies, Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
Carol, Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
The Martian, Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales
Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan – WINNER
Brooklyn, Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Carol, Sandy Powell
Cinderella, Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
MAKE UP AND HAIR
Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin – WINNER
Brooklyn, Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
Carol, Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan
The Danish Girl, Jan Sewell
The Revenant, Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini
The Revenant, Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A Montano, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom – WINNER
Bridge Of Spies, Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
Mad Max: Fury Road, Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
The Martian, Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan – WINNER
Ant-Man, Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
Ex Machina, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
The Martian, Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
Edmond, Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy – WINNER
Manoman, Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
Prologue, Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
BRITISH SHORT FILM
Operator, Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan – WINNER
Elephant, Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith
Mining Poems or Odes, Callum Rice, Jack Cocker
Over, Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
Samuel-613 Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway