It was a fantastic night for the ex-wife of James Cameron. Kathryn Bigelow's war film The Hurt Locker won an amazing six awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
Cameron, who was nominated in the same categories for Avatar, had said he would not mind missing out to Bigelow as he believes she is a great director.
All eyes were on Avatar, and although it was nominated for eight awards, the biggest selling movie of all time only picked up two – Special Visual Effects and Production Design. Yet it was more than Cameron's previous epic Titanic, which failed to picked up a single BAFTA in 1998.
The Best Actor award went to British actor Colin Firth for A Single Man, who praised first time director Tom Ford. “I think an encounter with Tom Ford is to come away resuscitated, a little more worldly, better informed, better groomed, more fragrant and more nominated than one has ever been before.
“I’ve worked with a lot of great directors and he’s definitely up there with the very best of them.”
Firth explained that he almost turned down the chance to star in the film, but was persuaded otherwise by his refrigerator repair man.
The Best Actress award saw British actress Carey Mulligan deliver a less polished speech, as she genuinely did not believe she would win. “I really didn’t expect this at all so I didn’t think of anything to say,” she said. “Thank you so much BAFTA. I was here a year ago and I didn’t imagine in a million years that this would happen. I wish I could do a speech like Colin Firth and talk about fridges but I can’t.”
Mulligan's win is welcome news after she revealed recently that she was rejected by three drama schools.
Kristen Stewart was presented with the Orange Rising Star Award for her performances in films including The Twilight Saga.
BAFTA’s new President HRH Prince William attended the awards.
Below is the full list of winners:-
The Hurt Locker
Outstanding British Film
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Duncan Jones, Director of Moon
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Film Not In The English Language
Michael Giacchino, Up
Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker
Bob Murawski & Chris Innis, The Hurt Locker
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg & Kim Sinclair, Avatar
Sandy Powell, The Young Victoria
Ray Beckett & Paul N. J. Ottosson, The Hurt Locker
Special Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham & Andrew R. Jones, Avatar
Make Up & Hair
Jenny Shircore, The Young Victoria
Sally Arthur & Emma Lazenby, Mother Of Many
James Bolton & Martina Amati, I Do Air
The Orange Rising Star Award (Voted For By The Public)