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'The Revenant' wins big at the BAFTAs

"The Revenant," the stark and brutal tale of adventure and survival, on Sunday was named outstanding film of 2015 at the British Academy Film Awards, better known as the BAFTAs.

It was no surprise that Leonardo DiCaprio won lead actor for his performance in "The Revenant" as a frontiersman who survives a vicious bear attack and searches for his son's murderer. He already had won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the role and is the favorite to win the Oscar.

The film's director, Alejandro G. Inarritu, also won the BAFTA in his category Sunday, following earlier wins at the Golden Globes and the DGA Awards. Emmanuel Lubezki won the BAFTA for cinematography for "The Revenant," and the film picked up its fifth BAFTA in the sound category. It's up for 12 Academy Awards later this month.

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"Room" star Brie Larson won lead actress for her turn as young woman held captive with her son in a shed for years. Larson, who is nominated for an Oscar, also has won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild honors.

Supporting performance awards went to Mark Rylance for "Bridge of Spies" and Kate Winslet for "Steve Jobs."

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph won for adapted screenplay for "The Big Short." The duo also won the Writers Guild of America Award on Saturday night.  The BAFTA for original screenplay went to another WGA winner, "Spotlight" writers Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy.

"Brooklyn" won for outstanding British film, and "Amy,' which chronicles the tragic life of the late British singer Amy Winehouse, took documentary honors.

 "Inside Out" earned the BAFTA for feature animation.

"Mad Max: Fury Road" won four BAFTAs: Margaret Sixel for editing, Jenny Beavan for costume design, Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson for production design, and Lesley Vanderwalt and Damian Martin for make-up and hair.

Veteran composer Ennio Morricone received BAFTA for his score of "The Hateful Eight," and Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier was the recipient of the Fellowship Award for his contribution to cinema.

The BAFTA for special visual effects went to a team for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and the blockbuster's star John Boyega won the Rising Star Award, voted by the public.

"Wild Tales" by Damian Szifron won the BAFTA for a film not in the English language, and writer-director Naji Abu Nowar and producer Robert Lloyd won the BAFTA for debut by a British writer, director or producer for "Theeb."

"Operator" won the BAFTA for British short film, and "Edmond" received the award for British animated short.

Stephen Fry hosted the awards from London's Royal Opera House. The awards ceremony will air this evening on BBC America.

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