Boyhood, The Theory Of Everything and The Grand Budapest Hotel were among the big winners at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.
Boyhood scored the coveted Best Film prize, while filmmaker Richard Linklater claimed Best Director and Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress.
The Theory of Everything was another triple winner, scoring Outstanding British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Leading Actor for Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.
The Grand Budapest Hotel landed the most prizes of the night with five but its biggest win was in the Best Original Screenplay category for writer/director Wes Anderson, with the remaining accolades coming in the technical categories, including Costume Design, Production Design and Original Music.
With just weeks until the 2015 Academy Awards, the Baftas are traditionally a good indicator of which films and actors are going to win.
At this stage, it’s too close to call between Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice, making her the first Oscar favourite.
Whiplash supporting actor J.K Simmons also picked up another award for his intense portrayal of a music teacher.
Former Neighbours star Margot Robbie was a no-show and missed out on the rising star award at the Baftas.
Fellow Aussie Nick Cave twirled his way down the red carpet before a film he co-wrote was defeated for best documentary.
Cave missed out on a Bafta when Citizenfour, about former US intelligence officer Edward Snowden, was named best documentary.
The Australian musician and actor co-wrote 20,000 Days On Earth which depicts a fictionalised 24-hour period in his life.
On the red carpet, Cave was asked whether the film was actually a documentary or rather a fiction he was acting in.
“We are not really describing it as a documentary because a documentary suggests that it’s trying to get behind the character to some greater truth and actually we believe that the truth is in front of the mask, not behind it,” the 57-year-old told AAP.
Then, after a moment’s reflection, he added: “That’s the only remotely intelligent thing I’ve said all night.”
Earlier, Cave was asked by online news site BuzzFeed to twirl in order to show off his suit, and he happily obliged.
BuzzFeed was hoping to turn the tables by asking male stars about fashion only.
But it wasn’t all bad news for the Australians at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night with The Lego Movie, made in Sydney, named best animated feature.
The Lego Movie, made by Sydney animation studio Animal Logic, won a Bafta just weeks after missing out on an Oscar nomination.
American director Phil Lord posed with the best animated film award and declared while it wasn’t made of Lego bricks it was “still pretty great”.
“Oh yeah, you are our favourite academy by far,” Lord told the crowd of famous faces which included David Beckham.
The full winners list is as follows:
Best Film: Boyhood
Outstanding British Film: The Theory of Everything
Best Director: Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Best Leading Actor: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Best Leading Actress: Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Best Original Music: Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
EE Rising Star Award: Jack O’Connell
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Film Not in the English Language: Ida
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone – Pride
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Best Special Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter – Interstellar
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hair: Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound: Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann – Whiplash
Best Editing: Tom Cross – Whiplash
Best Short Film: Boogaloo And Graham
Best Short Animation: The Bigger Picture
BAFTA Fellowship: Mike Leigh
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: BBC Films.