Actor Leonardo Di Caprio with his Best Actor award for his role in the film 'The Revenant' backstage at the BAFTA 2016 film awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo)
DiCaprio, who has been nominated three times before at the British awards without winning, said in his acceptance speech that he was "absolutely humbled" to beat "The Martian" star Matt Damon, "Trumbo'''s Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender for "Steve Jobs," and Eddie Redmayne for "The Danish Girl."
He cited the influence on his work of British actors including Tom Courtney, Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and his "Revenant" co-star Tom Hardy, and sent thanks and greetings to his mother, whose birthday fell on Sunday.
The British awards, known as BAFTAs, are considered a portent of success at Hollywood's Feb. 28 Academy Awards. "The Revenant" has earned DiCaprio his sixth Oscar nomination — and, many believe, his best shot at finally winning.