Boyhood wins top BAFTA Awards honour
BOYHOOD was named the best film of the year at today's BAFTA Awards, while The Grand Budapest Hotel took home the most gongs of the night.
Boyhood, a film 12 years in the making, won three awards in total, while director/writer Wes Anderson's European romp The Grand Budapest Hotel won five awards including Best Original Screenplay.
Tom Cruise was the surprise guest of the night and presented the British Academy of Film's top honour, the Best Film award, to the cast of Boyhood.
"The truth is it didn't feel like a movie most of the time we were making it," star Ellar Coltrane said.
"It felt like an exercise in collaboration and vulnerability.
"The beautiful thing is I've learned is when you make yourself vulnerable you make everybody around you vulnerable as well."
Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne continue to firm up as Oscars favourites for the Best Actor categories for their films Still Alice and The Theory of Everything.
Both have already taken out Golden Globe and SAG Awards in recent months.
"Film is a collaborative medium," Moore said.
"The thing I value most about my job is my creative partnership with others."
Redmayne recounted the last time he attended the BAFTAs when he had food poisoning.
"I was seen to redecorate the corridor of the Royal Opera House," he said.
"(That was) One of the worst nights of my life; this is one of the best nights of my life."
Aussie Margot Robbie lost out on the EE Rising Star award, which went to Skins and Unbroken star Jack O'Connell.
Australia did score a win with the Sydney animated and produced The Lego Movie, which was named Best Animated Film.
After humorously lamenting missing out on an Oscar nomination, The Lego Movie director Phil Lord tweeted about his BAFTA win:
Stephen Fry presented the awards, which also included a tribute to late actor Lord Richard Attenborough.
BAFTA Awards winners list
Boyhood: Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland
Julianne Moore: Still Alice
Eddie Redmayne: The Theory of Everything
Boyhood: Richard Linklater
EE Rising Star
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Milena Canonero
The Theory of Everything: Anthony McCarten
Film Not In The English Language
Ida: Pawel Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson
Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer
Stephen Beresford (Writer), David Livingstone (Producer): Pride
Birdman: Emmanuel Lubezki
Patricia Arquette: Boyhood
J.K. Simmons: Whiplash
Special Visual Effects
Interstellar: Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter
The Lego Movie: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Whiplash: Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann
Whiplash: Tom Cross
British Short Animation
The Bigger Picture: Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka
British Short Film
Boogaloo and Graham: Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
Make Up & Hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Frances Hannon
Citizenfour: Laura Poitras
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Alexandre Desplat
Outstanding British Film
The Theory Of Everything: James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten