Leonardo DiCaprio has won his first ever Bafta for best actor as The Revenant dominated the annual ceremony by winning three of the biggest awards.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu received the best director gong as the outdoor epic was also named best film.
DiCaprio hailed the influence of British actors on his career, including Tom Courtenay, Gary Oldman and his co-star Tom Hardy, as he collected his first Bafta.
The 41-year-old also paid tribute to his mother on her birthday and after the ceremony he called Kate Winslet his "home girl".
The American, who is hoping to land his first Oscar later this month, said on stage: "I'm absolutely honoured by this award tonight. I have to say as an actor I've been so influenced by so many British actors throughout the years.
"I want to thank one in particular British actor and that was my partner in this process - Mr Tom Hardy.
"I want to thank you for your fierce loyalty, not only as a collaborator but as a friend. I could not have done this journey without you."
Paying tribute to his mother, he added: "There's one person I have to thank. I would not be standing up here if it weren't for this person.
"I didn't grow up in a life of privilege. I grew up in a very rough neighbourhood in East Los Angeles. And this woman drove me three hours a day to a different school to show me a different opportunity. It's her birthday today - Mom, happy birthday, I love you very much."
DiCaprio beat last year's winner Eddie Redmayne, who was nominated for The Danish Girl, as well as Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston.
Speaking after the ceremony, DiCaprio said he was "shocked and amazed, honoured", adding: "All of this was not expected tonight."
Asked if he was looking forward to winning an Oscar, he said: "This is one thing that is absolutely beyond my control. We did the work, we put our heart and soul into this movie. I can't say we didn't put everything on the table creatively as an entire team in making this movie, so you know, it's up to the world now, and voters to decide."
"But I'm really happy to be a part of a film like this, because I think that it's a genre, the epic sort of art house film is something that is basically becoming extinct in our industry.
"And I think there's an urge from audiences around the world to see something that is like I said poetic and epic and existential and all of those things.
Baftas 2016 winners
Baftas 2016 winners
1/17 Kate Winslet
Winner of the Best Supporting Actress for 'Steve Jobs'
2/17 Leonardo DiCaprio
Winner of the Best Leading Actor for 'Revenant'
3/17 Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Winner of the Best Director for 'Revenant'
4/17 Lenny Abrahamson
Lenny Abrahamson, accepts the Best Actress award on behalf of Brie Larson for 'Room'
5/17 John Boyega
Winner of the EE Rising Star
6/17 Eddie Izzard and Pete Docter
Winners of the Best Animated Film Award for 'Inside Out'
7/17 Blake Harrison (L) and Gemma Chan (R) with Nina Gantz (2L) and Emilie Jouffroy
Winners of the British Short Animation award for 'Edmond'
8/17 Hugo Sigman (L) and Damian Szifron
Winners of the Film Not In The English Language award for 'Wild Tales'
9/17 Domhnall Gleeson, Kate Winslet, Julie Walters, Saoirse Ronan, John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby, guest and Idris Elba
Winners of the Outstanding British Film award for 'Brooklyn'
10/17 David Joseph (L) and Chris King (2ndR) pose with winners Asif Kapadia and (2ndL) and James Gay-Rees (R)
Winners of the Best Documentary for 'Amy'
11/17 Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Winners of Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Big Short'
12/17 Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh and Neal Scanlan
Winners of the Visual Effects award for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
13/17 Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montano, Jon Taylor and Randy Thom
Winners of the Sound award for 'The Revenant'
14/17 Director Caroline Bartleet (2ndR) and producer Rebecca Morgan (2ndL) and guests
Winners of the British short film for 'Operator'
15/17 Naji Abu Nowarn and Rupert Lloyd
Winners of the Outstanding Debut award for 'Theeb'
16/17 Jenny Beavan
Winner of the Best Costume Design Award for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
17/17 Tom Hughes (L) and Annabelle Wallis (R) pose the winners Lesley Vanderwalt (2ndL) and Damian Martin (2ndR)
Winners of the Make Up and Hair award for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
"So I'm just happy that more people are going to hopefully finance films like this in future. That's my hope anyway."
Asked about how he feels about all the support he has received from people wanting him to win an Oscar, including from his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet, he laughed at the idea of the actress being his "main groupie", and added: "It feels amazing, honestly. No, honestly, I have a true love for cinema. I have ever since I was a young teenager.
"I grew up in this industry. Ironically I felt very detached from it even though I lived in East LA, in Hollywood.
"I always felt like it was this distant thing that I couldn't touch. So to have worked in this industry ever since I was 13 years old, having done 20 some odd movies, to be here now, and have it be for a film like this that we've worked so very hard on really feels amazing."
Asked about Winslet, he said: "Kate's my home girl."
Mexican director Inarritu, who won the best director Oscar in 2015 for Birdman, said he was "overwhelmed" and described his Bafta win as "a true honour".
Brie Larson was named best actress for her leading role in claustrophobic drama Room.
The American, who was the overwhelming favourite for the award, was unable to attend the event because she was filming elsewhere.
Collecting the award on her behalf, Room director Lenny Abrahamson said: "Brie, looking for a little bit of something light and nice to do after Room, is wrestling a large gorilla in Australia."
He said she is "incredibly honoured" to receive the award and he described her as "one of the best actors of her generation".
Winslet won the best supporting actress award for her performance in Steve Jobs, the biopic on Apple's co-founder.
Collecting her third Bafta, Winslet, 40, hailed director Danny Boyle as "amazing" to work with and called the film's lead star Fassbender "an extraordinary actor".
She also mentioned her husband Ned Rocknroll, saying: "Hi babe, happy Valentine's day."
Fellow British star Mark Rylance was named best supporting actor for his role as a Russian spy in Bridge Of Spies.
The film's director Steven Spielberg collected the award on his behalf as Rylance is performing in the off-Broadway play Nice Fish.
Presenting the award, Australian actress Rebel Wilson had a dig at the Oscars diversity row.
She said: "Idris Elba you're making me nervous... I'm sociologically programmed to want chocolate on Valentine's Day."
In a successful night for The Revenant, the film also received Baftas for cinematography and sound.
Brooklyn, the Irish immigrant drama starring Saoirse Ronan, was named outstanding British film, while Amy took the documentary award.
Asif Kapadia, who directed the documentary which told story of singer Amy Winehouse's life and premature death, said: "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."
Mad Max: Fury Road took the Baftas for editing and make-up and hair while the award for original music went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was awarded for special visual effects. Mad Max: Fury Road won the Baftas for costume design and production design.
The award for outstanding British contribution to cinema was given to a British costume supplier which has provided clothes for some of the most successful films in history including Star Wars, Titanic and Lawrence Of Arabia.
Angels Costumes, founded in 1840, has worked with the film industry for more than a century.
Operator took the prize for British short film while Edmond was named as best British short animation. The award for a film not in the English language went to Wild Tales.
The ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, was staged at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London.
Complete list of winners:
Outstanding British Film
The Danish Girl - Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Gail Mutrux, Lucinda Coxon
Brooklyn - John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby *WINNER*
Ex Machina - Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
Amy - Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
45 Years - Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher
The Lobster - Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou
Best Make-Up And Hair
Brooklyn - Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
The Revenant - Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini
Mad Max: Fury Road - Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin *WINNER*
The Danish Girl - Jan Sewell
Carol - Jerry Decarlo, Patricia Regan, Morag Ross
Mad Max: Fury Road - John Seale
The Revenant - Emmanuel Lubezki *WINNER*
Sicario - Roger Deakins
Carol - Ed Lachman
Bridge of Spies - Janusz Kaminski
Amy - Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees *WINNER*
Listen to Me Marlon - Stevan Riley, John Battsek, George Chignell, R.J. Cutler
He Named Me Malala - Davis Guggenheim, Walter Parkes, Laurie Macdonald
Sherpa - Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson
Cartel Land - Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
Best Original Music
The Hateful Eight - Ennio Morricone *WINNER*
Bridge of Spies - Thomas Newman
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - John Williams
Sicario - Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Revenant - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto
British Short Film
Elephant - Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith
Mining Poems or Odes - Callum Rice, Jack Cocker
Samuel-613 - Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway
Operator - Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan *WINNER*
Over - Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
Best British Short Animation
Manoman - Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
Prologue - Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
Edmond - Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy *WINNER*
The Big Short - Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road - Margaret Sixel *WINNER*
Bridge of Spies - Michael Kahn
The Revenant - Stephen Mirrione
The Martian - Pietro Scalia
The Revenant - Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom *WINNER*
Mad Max: Fury Road - Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson
Bridge of Spies - Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
The Martian - Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
Best Special Visual Effects
Ant-Man - Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan *WINNER*
Mad Max: Fury Road - Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
The Martian - Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
Ex Machina - Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
EE Rising Star
John Boyega *WINNER*
Best Supporting Actor
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies *WINNER*
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
Benicio Del Toro - Sicario
Best Animated Film
Shaun the Sheep Movie - Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Minions - Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Inside Out - Pete Docter *WINNER*
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
Julie Walters - Brooklyn
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs *WINNER*
Rooney Mara - Carol
Best Costume Design
Brooklyn - Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Mad Max: Fury Road - Jenny Beavan *WINNER*
The Danish Girl - Paco Delgado
Cinderella - Sandy Powell
Carol - Sandy Powell
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer
Sean Mcallister, Elhum Shakerifar - A Syrian Love Story
Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd - Theeb *WINNER*
Debbie Tucker Green - Second Coming
Stephen Fingleton - The Survivalist
Alex Garland - Ex Machina
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short - Adam McKay, Charles Randolph *WINNER*
Steve Jobs - Aaron Sorkin
Brooklyn - Nick Hornby
Carol - Phyllis Nagy
Room - Emma Donoghue
Best Original Screenplay
Inside Out - Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg Lefauve
The Hateful Eight - Quentin Tarantino
Ex Machina - Alex Garland
Bridge of Spies - Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Spotlight - Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer *WINNER*
Best Film Not in the English Language
The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Force Majeure - Ruben Östlund
Timbuktu - Abderrahmane Sissako
Wild Tales - Damián Szifron *WINNER*
Theeb - Naji Abu Nowar
Best Production Design
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales
Mad Max: Fury Road - Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson *WINNER*
The Martian - Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
Carol - Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Bridge of Spies - Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich
Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant *WINNER*
Adam McKay - The Big Short
Steven Spielberg - Bridge of Spies
Ridley Scott - The Martian
Todd Haynes - Carol
Best Leading Actress
Maggie Smith - The Lady in the Van
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room *WINNER*
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
Best Leading Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant *WINNER*
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Matt Damon - The Martian
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
The Revenant - Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
Spotlight - Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar
Bridge of Spies - Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
The Big Short - Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
Carol - Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
Additional reporting by the Press Association
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