Eddie Redmayne scoops BAFTA Best Actor award
Eddie Redmayne has continued his domination of awards season as he carried off the leading actor Bafta for his performance as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.
The industry awards, which attracted stars included Tom Cruise and Keira Knightley, also saw big wins for Richard Linklater's family epic Boyhood and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.
But it was two towering portrayals of the effect of serious illness that won the coveted leading actor and actress awards with Julianne Moore picking up the latter for her role as a woman struck down by Alzheimer's.
Accepting his award, Redmayne reminded the audience of a previous ceremony when he was unable to hand out an award because he fell ill in "an unfortunate fashion".
He said: "I was lucky enough to come to the Baftas a year or three ago when I was suffering from a severe bout of food poisoning and just as Stephen came on to start announcing the awards I had to bolt through that door there and I proceeded to redecorate the corridor of the Royal Opera House in an incredibly unfortunate fashion. It was one of the worst nights of my life, this is one of the best nights of my life."
Redmayne, who has already won a Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild award for the role, dedicated this win to three families - his own, his family on the film and the Hawkings "for their trust in us, their generosity and their kindness".
The biopic, based on a memoir by Professor Hawking's first wife, deals with the onset of motor neurone disease which has left him severely disabled.
The Theory Of Everything started the ceremony with a win when David Beckham presented it with the Bafta for outstanding British film.
Its subject also made an appearance when he arrived on stage with another of the film's stars Felicity Jones.
Hawking, described by Jones as the only man more intelligent than Fry, joked he was also "better looking" before they handed over the Bafta for special visual effects to Interstellar.
Jones herself lost out to Moore for the leading actress award, but the film's writer, Anthony McCarten, won the award for best adapted screenplay.
The Theory Of Everything is widely expected to do well at the Oscars later this month with Redmayne hotly tipped to be named best actor.
Cruise took to the stage to present the Bafta for best film to Boyhood which was filmed with the same cast over more than a decade and follows the life of a boy who grows up in front of the camera.
Its director Richard Linklater was also given the best director award.
Accepting her best actress award, Moore thanked her Scottish relatives who "poured love into me".
The early stages of the event, formally known as the EE British Academy Film Awards, were dominated by The Grand Budapest Hotel which picked awards for original music, production design, costume design and hair and make-up.
Boyhood also won the best supporting actress award for Patricia Arquette, while JK Simmons was named best supporting actor for his role as a tyrannical music teacher in Whiplash.
BAFTA Award Winners
Best Film: Boyhood
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne (Theory Of Everything)
Best Actress: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Supporting Actor: JK Simmons (Whiplash)
Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Outstanding British Film: The Theory Of Everything
Best Director: Richard Linklater: Boyhood
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie