Mark Rylance was named best supporting actor at the Baftas for his role in Bridge of Spies.
Steven Spielberg collected the award of behalf on Rylance, who was unable to attend the Baftas due to his commitments on Broadway.
Rebel Wilson also used her moment presenting the award to make a dig at over the Oscars diversity row.
She said: " Idris Elba you're making me nervous... I'm sociologically programmed to want chocolate on Valentine's Day. "
Star Wars actor John Boyegahas picked up the EE Rising Star award at the Baftas.
He plays the lead role of Finn in the new Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
Boyega was highly tipped for the rising star gong, which is the only Bafta voted for by the public.
The latest in the Star Wars series also won the Bafta for Special Visual Effects.
The Amy Winehouse film 'Amy' has won the Bafta for best documentary.
British filmmaker Asif Kapadia paid tribute to the tragic star while accepting the award, saying "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.
Period drama 'Brooklyn' has scooped the prize for best outstanding British film at this year's Bafta awards.
The film, which tells the story of an Irish immigrant who travels to America in the 1950s, was one of the first awards to be announced at this evening's event.
Best actor Bafta nominee Eddie Redmayne has said he is "doubtful" that he will be able to pick up the top award for a second year running as he sung the praises of his key competition Leonardo DiCaprio.
ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar spoke to the British film star as he walked the red carpet this evening:
British actress Kate Winslet has said the fact that the issue of diversity in the film industry has sparked attention this year is a "great thing" as it is an "important conversation" that needs to be had.
Winslet, who is nominated in the supporting actress category at this year's Bafta awards, is one of a number of British stars hoping to pick up an award tonight.
Stars have begun to arrive on the red carpet ahead of this year's Bafta awards ceremony in London.
One of the first to arrive was Star Wars actor John Boyega, who stopped to meet members of the crowd and take photos with fans as he made his way into the Royal Opera House where the ceremony will take place.
Addressing the issue of the current awards race row, 'rising star' nominee Boyega said he doesn't expect his colour to impede his career as "the right conversation is being had now".
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