MAGGIE SMITH has admitted that she was “thrilled” to be on the receiving end of a kiss from Leonardo DiCaprio at the BAFTA Awards earlier this month. The veteran actress found herself appearing on BAFTA’s Kiss Cam – where stars were asked to smooch for the cameras, as they do at many American sporting events – and, unlike some poor sports, she happily obliged.
“He did indeed give me a big kiss,” the 81-year-old actress laughed during a radio interview earlier this week. “That was a thrill for me. A real thrill. I think he is a terrific actor. And I’ve been rooting and voting for him since What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. I thought he was so amazing in that when he was so young.”
Although Smith didn’t appear to be expecting the kiss, she laughed and reciprocated – while actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander declined to kiss on camera, despite being a real-life couple.
Smith could certainly offer some advice to DiCaprio ahead of this weekend’s Oscars, having won two Academy Awards in the past while the actor is still chasing that elusive prize, despite having earned five nominations in his career. He is by far the favourite to win on Sunday night when he goes up against Eddie Redmayne and Michael Fassbender among others for the Best Actor Academy Award – see all the nominees here.