At the start of the 2016 BAFTA Awards on Sunday in London, the 41-year-old star was caught on the show’s audience Kiss Cam with Dame Maggie Smith, who portrays Downton Abbey’s esteemed matriarch, and happily obliged in planting a wet one on the legendary actress.
Leo with Maggie Smith on the kiss cam at the BAFTAs pic.twitter.com/TfAU9Ov9Do— Daily Leo (@dailyleopics) February 14, 2016
In the video below (starting around 1:10), you’ll see the BAFTA Kiss Cam pan to the famous pair as the crowd goes wild and Smith remains stunned. DiCaprio quickly moves in for the kill from behind, gently placing his hand on the actress’s shoulder before giving her a sweet kiss on the cheek. The two stars share a brief, happy moment (and another hug and kiss) before the camera moves on to the next love match (a very passionate Bryan Cranston and Julianne Moore, if you’re curious).
This was just one highlight of a night full of many for DiCaprio, who went on to accept the Leading Actor BAFTA for his starring role in The Revenant, which dominated the show with its five wins, including those for best director, best actor, best film, best sound, and best cinematography. If you thought his Kiss Cam moment was touching, prepare yourself for his acceptance speech.
"There's one person I have to thank," DiCaprio started. "I would not be standing up here is it weren't for this person. I didn't grow up in a life of privilege–I grew up in a very rough neighborhood in East Los Angeles and this women drove me three hours a day to a different school to show me a different opportunity. It is her birthday today. Mom, happy birthday. I love you very much."
Swoon. You’ll bet we’ll be keeping an eye on Leo as he continues his march towards his Oscar goals on Feb. 28.