James Bond film Skyfall has won the Outstanding British Film category at the Baftas.
The first award was presented by Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck.
Film-maker Sam Mendes paid tribute to the 'bravery and brilliance' of Daniel Craig and 'the great' Ian Fleming who created James Bond.
Host Stephen Fry introduced the show which started with a performance by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart.
Faith was back on stage with David Morrissey to present the award for Best Original Music to Thomas Newman for Skyfall.
Speaking backstage, Mendes said he would love to make another Bond film.
He told reporters: 'I've had a great time, it's been a huge learning curve and we would want to make a better movie next time around, and if we thought we do that they might let me have another go again.'
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.
Field told the audience: 'He seems to be puking his guts out back there.'
Quentin Tarantino picked up the award for his western Django Unchained and thanked his actors for doing a 'bang-up job with my dialogue'.
The film has attracted criticism for its liberal use of racial insults and Tarantino thanked his backers for standing by what he described as 'a hot potato' film.
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence handed the award for Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.
Accepting his award, he said it was an 'immense honour' and paid tribute to its 'silver-penned' writer.
He said: 'Why I get to stand here is really no mystery because it says at the beginning of our film, 'written and directed by Quentin Tarantino'.'
George Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway.
The actress thanked the 'golden-hearted group' who made the film and wished her co-star Redmayne well, saying: 'Feel better. I mean I'd be holding your hair back, but, you know...'
Meanwhile, the award for Best Short Film went to Swimmer which was made by We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay.
The Making of Longbird picked up the award for Best Short Animation.
Jacqueline Durran won the award for Costume Design for her work on the Keira Knightley film Anna Karenina.
Lisa Westcott won the award for Best Make-up and Hair for her work on Les Miserables.
Brave, a Disney fantasy set in the Scottish Highlands, was named Best Animated Film.
The awards for Sound and Editing went to Les Miserables and Ben Affleck's Iran hostage crisis drama Argo respectively.
Mark Strong presented the Cinematography award to Claudio Miranda for his work on Life Of Pi which was picked up on his behalf by the film director Ang Lee.