In pictures: Bafta Film Awards 2016
The two leading men of the night were undoubtedly The Revenant's Leonardo DiCaprio and its director, Alejandro G Inarritu. DiCaprio - winning his first ever Bafta - will now be widely viewed as unbeatable in the race to the best actor gong at the Oscars later this month.
Cate Blanchett brought unmistakeable glamour and elegance to the proceedings, wowing the press with a stunning McQueen gown. Sadly, lesbian love story Carol - for which Blanchett was shortlisted in the best actress category - walked away with no Baftas, despite going into the awards with nine nominations.
A year after his triumph for The Theory of Everything, Britain's Eddie Redmayne was beaten to the best actor gong by Leonardo DiCaprio. "I think he is extraordinary and deserves it all," he said of his rival. The 34-year-old attended the ceremony with his pregnant wife Hannah.
Star Wars veteran Carrie Fisher fooled around with her Force Awakens co-star Domhnall Gleeson, as they presented the Bafta for best film in a foreign language. After Gleeson introduced the award, Fisher joked: "I have no idea what you said. Could we get some subtitles in here?" Gleeson replied: "Is that a joke because I'm Irish?"
British costume designer Jenny Beavan won the costume award for Mad Max: Fury Road - but host Stephen Fry attracted animosity on Twitter when he suggested her outfit made her look like a 'bag lady'. Turns out the pair are old friends. On Twitter, Fry retorted: 'She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr'.
Ladies in Black. Alicia Vikander rocked the red carpet in a leather dress weighing 35lbs. The twice-nominated star - for The Danish Girl and Ex Machina - came away empty-handed. Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson brought the house down with her suggestive remarks about the Oscars and diversity.
Two homegrown performers triumphed in the acting categories, with Mark Rylance and Kate Winslet picking up Baftas in their respective supporting fields. Winslet shared a giggle with her Steve Jobs co-star, Michael Fassbender, on the red carpet - a man she hailed in her victory speech as "an extraordinary actor".
Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson and Bel Powley - best known for The Diary of a Teenage Girl - braved the red carpet in plummeting temperatures. Both were shortlisted for the Bafta Rising Star award, but had to concede victory to Star Wars favourite John Boyega.