Stephen Fry was master of BAFTA ceremonies for the tenth time last night, hosting the 68th awards ceremony at London's Royal Opera House. The spotlight shone on the British capital in a night that saw the big films and performances of the year jostle for one last shot at glory before the Oscars voting closes in one week. 

It was a night that saw Richard Linklater's Boyhood, all grown up as it won the night's most coveted award for 'Best Film'. Linklater also walked away with a 'Best Director' win.

Despite its nine nominations and extensive awards tour, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, came away empty handed as it stepped aside for the real British Film of the Year – The Theory of Everything. Whose star, Eddie Redmayne, tipped as the category favourite for 'Leading Actor', was once again on stage thanking the Hawking family in his third big acceptance speech: 

"I want to thank them for their trust, their generosity and their kindness. And for reminding me of the great strength that comes from having the will to live a full and passionate life."

Hawking himself attended the awards and was onstage to present the award for 'Special Visual Effects', which went to Christopher Nolan for Interstellar, an appropriate pairing. Hawking was accompanied by Felicity Jones, who joked he was the only person there that is smarter than Stephen Fry, to which Hawking quipped "yes, and better looking."

Redmayne hailed the BAFTA win as "one of the best nights of my life" giving away the importance of a win on home turf, after a string of success in the stateside awards this season. 

It seems that Redmayne and Julianne Moore come as a pair this awards season. Moore scooped 'Leading Actress' top honours for Still Alice, which is yet another indicator that the Oscars favourite could be looking at a full house this season. In her speech Moore paid tribute to the sufferers of the disease that inspired the film as she thanked: "everybody in the Alzheimer's community who were so generous with their time and telling me their experiences."

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's eccentric comedy, which stars Ralph Fiennes, was the biggest winner of the night on averages – bagging a total of five, including 'Costume Design', 'Production Design', 'Makeup' and 'Original Music'; with Anderson also winning his first Bafta for 'Original Screenplay'.  

Boyhood continued to deliver, by way of Patricia Arquette, for 'Best Supporting Actress', and the jazz drumming tale Whiplash was marching to the beat of its own drum, seeing J.K. Simmons again recognised as 'Best Supporting Actor' for his role in the film, which was a popular offering, also scooping awards for 'Sound' and 'Editing'.

In a startling turn around, Birdman, whose momentum has been almost unstoppable this awards season, seemed to have had its wings clipped at this year's BAFTA, mustering only one win for 'Cinematography'.

Unbroken actor Jack O'Connell won the 'Rising Star' award, the only one of the awards to be voted for by the public. 

With the Oscars voting still open for another week, these wins could play a crucial role in the decision making of the jury. How will Eddie Redmayne fare with his winning streak, when he has to face Bradley Cooper's American favourite American Sniper for the first time? Will Still Alice still be the winning ticket for Julianne Moore on the night? Stay tuned to Buro 24/7 for the news as it happens...

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David Beckham, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne

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Patricia Arquette

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Lea Seydoux

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Reese Witherspoon; J. K. Simmons

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Eddie Redmayne

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Sam Clafin; Natalie Dormer

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Martin Freeman

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Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore

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Monica Bellucci

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Jack O'Connell; James McAvoy

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Tom Cruise, Jonathan Sehring, Cathleen Sutherland, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and John Sloss

The Full List of Winners

Best Film

Boyhood

Outstanding British Film

The Theory of Everything

Leading Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Leading Actress

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Director

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Original Screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson

Cinematography

Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki

Animated Film

The Lego Movie

Adapted Screenplay

The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Pride – Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer)

Original Music

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Documentary

Citizenfour, Laura Poitras

Film not in the English language

Ida

Makeup and Hair

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

British Short Animation

The Bigger Picture

Editing

Whiplash

Sound

Whiplash

Special Visual Effects

Interstellar

The EE Rising Star (Voted for by the public)

Jack O'Connell