The director and producer Sir Alan Parker has been awarded the 2013 Bafta Fellowship, the final award of the night.
Sir Alan, who made films including Evita, Midnight Express and Bugsy Malone during a long career, said the award was "incredibly flattering".
He said: "When you're halfway through your first film you're sure it's going to be your last then you blink and 40 years have gone by and you've made 14 films."
Stars braving the rain-soaked red carpet at the Bafta awards chose to play it safe, with many dressing in black.
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