Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor honours at 2016 BAFTAs

Leonardo DiCaprio continued his winning streak on Sunday (Feb. 14) by picking up the Best Actor trophy at the 2016 BAFTAs. The handsome leading man was recognized for his outstanding performance in The Revenant, outshining the likes of fellow nominees Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston.

The 41-year-old star took the stage at London's Royal Opera House to accept his prize and give thanks to his fans, friends and co-stars for their support. He also gave a very special shoutout to his mother Irmelin, who was celebrating her birthday.

Leonardo DiCaprio thanked his mom and also wished her a happy birthday during his speech. Photo: © Rex

"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 Mom, happy birthday. I love you very much."

The actor continued his Best Actor winning streak at the BAFTAs. Photo: © PA

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.

Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for The Revenant. Photo: © Rex

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.

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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