The stars celebrated in style at the BAFTAS - see the lucky winners celebrating here
The red carpet impressed with big names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba and Maggie Smith, and inside the Royal Opera House, the British Academy’s guests couldn’t wait to toast a fine year for the film industry.
This year’s winners varied – from blockbusters like The Revenant to many wins for Mad Max, and two nods the the Oscars-snubbed Star Wars. Brie Larson was awarded the Best Actress award and Mark Rylance took the Best Supporting actor gong, while the BAFTA Fellowship was awarded to Sidney Poitier, but all were missing from the ceremony due to busy schedules or ill health.
Unsurprisingly the biggest award, Best Film, was given to The Revenant – a picture that’s been sweeping the board at awards ceremonies this year and looks to be in with a good chance to continue to impress.
First up, Leonardo DiCaprio beat competition from Eddie Redmayne and Michael Fassbender to win the Best Actor award. His awards season wins have been much-documented in the hopes that 2016 will be the year that he finally takes away an Oscar. With a Golden Globe and now a BAFTA under his belt, even we’ll be watching the Oscars from behind our hands!
The Outstanding Contribution to Film awards was handed to Angels Costumes, who celebrated their 175th birthday with the win. The legendary costume company have dressed the cast of Star Wars, Titanic, Marie Antoinette and many more. Chairman Tim Angel collected the award on behalf of the company.
She faced tough competition from the likes of Alicia Vikander and Julie Walters, but it was Kate Winslet who took home the award for Best Supporting Actress following her role in Steve Jobs. She said: ‘It’s been an extraordinary year for women, I really am quite overwhelmed.’
He impressed audiences around the world in Star Wars: so much so that he won the publicly-voted EE Rising Star Award. In his speech he joked it was a ‘fluke’, before going on to say: ‘I’m going to share this with all the young dreamers who are hard working and are quite frankly amazing.’
Inside Out director Pete Docter made a plea for creativity to aid mental health in his acceptance speech, saying: ‘…anyone out there who is in secondary school and is feeling angry, scared or sad, please express yourself. Draw, act, write – the world will be better for it.’
The Revenant was the big winner of the evening, scoring 5 awards in total, including the big ‘Best Film’. Great news for the cast and crew ahead of the Oscars – it certainly could be Leo’s year.
Brooklyn beat out the likes of Amy, 45 Years, The Lobster, Ex Machina and everyone’s bet – The Danish Girl – to win Best British Film. The film tells the story of a young Irish immigrant in America in the 1950s, and stars Saoirse Ronan.