The Hurt Locker tonight swept to success at the Baftas with a best director and best film double.
Kathryn Bigelow won the best director gong for her role in the Iraq war drama.
Colin Firth won best actor for his role in A Single Man, while Carey Mulligan took the best actress award following her part in An Education.
The Hurt Locker, which also took the awards for best cinematography, best editing, best sound and best original screenplay, triumphed again over blockbuster Avatar.
After being crowned best director, Bigelow described the gong as “beyond our wildest imagination”.
She said: “This is so unbelievable, we’re just so deeply honoured and humbled.”
She said the film had put “a bit of a spotlight on a very, very difficult situation”.
The award was presented by Dustin Hoffman.
Twilight heart-throb actor Robert Pattinson presented the original screenplay award to Mark Boal for his role in the drama.
Boal said: “This is really a wonderful honour... I was very fortunate on this picture to have tremendous actors.
“I’d like to thank them for this and also Kathryn Bigelow... It was an unpopular story about an unpopular war.”