DANIEL Day-Lewis has triumphed again - winning the Bafta for Best Actor for his starring role in Lincoln.
The actor, who plays the assassinated US President in Steven Spielberg’s political biopic, has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award for the role and is hot favourite to carry off an Oscar later this month.
Day-Lewis was joined at the event by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, who braved the wind, rain and sleet to meet fans on the red carpet outside the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.
Performers including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures along with
Jessica Chastain, George Clooney and Dame Helen Mirren - the latter sporting dyed pink hair.
Host Stephen Fry introduced the show which started with a performance by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart, before the first big award - for Outstanding British Film - went to the latest James Bond adventure, Skyfall.
The movie, the third starring Daniel Craig as the suave spy, is already the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office.
Its director Sam Mendes paid tribute to the “bravery and brilliance” of Craig and “the great” Ian Fleming, who created the character of Bond.
It also won the award for Best Original Music.
Lincoln star Sally Field came on stage to present the award for Original Screenplay without her presenting partner Eddie Redmayne after he was taken ill backstage.
She told the audience: “He seems to be puking his guts out back there”, before giving the award to Quentin Tarantino for his western Django Unchained.
One of its stars, Christoph Waltz, won the award for Best Supporting Actor and paid tribute to Tarantino who he described as a “silver-penned” writer.
The award for an Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer went to Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis for their documentary The Imposter.
The film tells the true story of Frenchman Frederic Bourdin, who posed as a missing Texan teenager so successfully that he moved in with his family and lived as him for several months.