It does feel like Leos night! cackled Kate Winslet on the red carpet outside Londons Royal Opera House last night, ahead of the BAFTA awards ceremony that looked at last as though it might be about to honour the blushing male bridesmaid of film. With apologies to DiCaprios fellow nominee in the Best Actor category, Michael Fassbender, who was posed nonchalantly beside her, Kate overcame the potential embarrassment of prominent goose bumps to affect a comic victory stance as she cried, Were in it to win it, baby!
And so she was: making off with the shiny mask-on-a-stick for Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs, while her so-what competitors could only shiver and stare.
Leos night it surely was. Im not wild about The Revenant, to be honest, which also took Best Film, but which for me fails to live up to the tidal-wave of hype. I found it a bit of a yawnfest: theres only so much grim and life-threatening stuff I can stomach in one hit. I think I had my eyes closed at the gory bits for about half of the entire movie. Not my thang, baby. Dont it always seem to go.
But hey, Leo bagged it, blowing his primary competitors Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Fassbender (Steve Jobs) out of the pool, paying tribute to his mother for driving him three hours a day out of their downbeat Los Angeles neighbourhood to allow him to attend a school that would give him a better chance – and whose seventieth birthday it was, on BAFTA day. Nice. He owes it all, he couldnt wait to tell us, to her. Seems like a nice boy. And it bodes awfully well for the Oscars, which nobody can deny coming soon.
THE MAIN WINNERS
Best Film: The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Best Actress: Brie Larson (Room)
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Best Documentary: Amy (the Amy Winehouse story)
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubeski (The Revenant)
Outstanding British Film 2016: Brooklyn
Leonardo DiCaprio is appearing in “Making The Movies Episode 7” on ShowBiz TV. This episode features an interview with DiCaprio on “The Revenant” and will air on ShowBiz TV, Sky Channel 266 at 14:30 on 24th February 2016.
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