The big winner on the night was The Revenant. Not only was it named Best Film, it also brought awards for its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, and its director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and also received the awards for cinematography and sound.
Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson were on hand to celebrate with director John Crowley. There was further home-grown success when Brie Larson won Best Actress for her role in Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma O’Donoghue.
Receiving the Rising Star award, the only gong voted for by the public, Boyega said: “I want to thank God for this moment. I have some very special people in my life... I’m going to share this award with all the young dreamers who are hard-working... This is for you.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also won the Bafta for special visual effects.
Amy, which chronicles the troubled life and times of soul singer Amy Winehouse won the documentary award. Asif Kapadia, who directed the documentary, said: “In the end, it was all about Amy.
“We really fell in love with her when making the film. And our aim and mission was really to try and tell the truth about her. To show the world what an amazing person she was, how intelligent, how witty, how beautiful she was, before it all kind of got out of control and went a bit crazy.”
The Bafta for original screenplay went to Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight — the film about how the Boston Globe newspaper uncovered a child molestation scandal within the local Catholic archdiocese.
Mad Max: Fury Road took the Baftas for editing, production design, and make-up and hair, while the Bafta for original music went to The Hateful Eight and Ennio Morricone.
Collecting her award for Best Supporting Actress, Winslet said she was quite “overwhelmed”, telling the audience: “Oh my gosh. What an amazing year to be nominated.”
She paid tribute to her fellow nominees and said: “It has been an amazing year for women.”
Winslet hailed director Danny Boyle as “amazing” to work with, and called the film’s lead star, Michael Fassbender, “an extraordinary actor”.
Meanwhile, a British costume supplier which has provided clothes for some of the most successful films in history including Star Wars, Titanic, and Lawrence Of Arabia won the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
Angels Costumes, founded in 1840, has worked with the film industry for more than a century. The family-run business, based in London, is the world’s largest professional costume house and has received 36 Best Costume Oscars, dating back to Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet in 1948 and most recently for The Grand Budapest Hotel last year.
Chairman Tim Angel picked up the award and said: “Wow. Team Angels, this is for you wherever you are.” He said he was “incredibly thrilled”.
Sidney Poitier won the Bafta Fellowship Award but could not be at the event due to ill-health. Instead, the award was presented to him on screen by actor Jamie Foxx and Poitier’s daughter. The 88-year-old described it as an “extraordinary moment”.
Oprah Winfrey said of Poitier: “I just love this man... He became a symbol of what was possible as an African-American in the United States. You are an unyielding example of how true strength of character has the power to shift an industry.”