Daniel Day-Lewis added to his ever expanding trophy cabinet by picking up the award for Best Actor at the BAFTAs 2013.
His portrayal of US President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's political biopic earned him the honour.
Day-Lewis has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild award for the role and is tipped to pick up an Oscar later this month.
Stephen Fry hosted the show which saw the first big award - for Outstanding British Film - go to Skyfall.
Director Sam Mendes paid tribute to the "bravery and brilliance" of Daniel Craig and "the great" Ian Fleming, who created James Bond.
Ben Affleck had a good night. He was named Best Director for his work on Argo which was also named Best Film.
Lincoln star Sally Field presented the award for Original Screenplay. She had to do it alone after her presenting partner Eddie Redmayne was taken ill backstage.
The award went to Quentin Tarantino for his western Django Unchained. One of stars of the film, Christoph Waltz, won the award for Best Supporting Actor.
Emmanuelle Riva was named Best Actress for her performance in Amour, which took the award for Film Not in the English Language.
George Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway. She paid tribute to the "golden-hearted group" who made the film.
The award for an Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer went to Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis for their documentary The Imposter.
Best Documentary went to Searching for Sugarman and Life Of Pi won the Special Visual Effects award.
The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to David O Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, before FilmFour boss Tessa Ross was rewarded for her Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
The EE Rising Star Award - which is voted for by the filmgoing public - went to Juno Temple, who starred in Killer Joe.