Leonardo DiCaprio plays down Oscar buzz for 'The Revenant'

Leonardo DiCaprio speaking exclusively on ITV's This Morning programme. Credit: ITV

Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has played down Oscar buzz surrounding his new role in the film 'The Revenant'.

Speaking exclusively to ITV's This Morning programme about the critically-acclaimed film ahead of its UK premiere tonight in Leicester Square, DiCaprio said "he did not do the work" to win awards.

But he acknowledged that "being recognised by your peers" is "the cherry on the cake".

DiCaprio has been hotly-tipped to finally win an Oscar for his role as fur trapper Hugh Glass and has been nominated for the Best Actor award.

During filming the actor and crew are said to have operated in extreme weather in remote areas of Canada and Argentina - while Dicaprio also slept in an animal carcass, ate raw Bison liver and went in and out of freezing cold icy waters.

He has already won a Golden Globe for his role in the film which is set in the 1820s and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his mother Irmelin at the Academy Awards ceremony in 2014. Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake

DiCaprio also revealed which lucky lady is most likely to accompany him on the red carpet on Oscar night - his mum.