Ben Affleck romps home in star studded night at the BAFTAs

Ben Affleck was the star of last night’s BAFTAS as Argo romped home in Best Film and Best Director

Affleck, who was presented with the Best Director award by Ian McKellen, said: 'I want to say this is a second act for me and you've given me that, this industry has given me that and I want to thank you and I'm so grateful and proud.'

Argo beat Les Miserables, Life Of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty to claim the Best Film title, while Affleck beat Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, Ang Lee for Life Of Pi, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Michael Haneke for Amour in the director stakes.

Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln as he became odds on favourite for the Oscar while Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress prize for her role in Les Miserables. She also won random quotes of the night as she directed 'Feel better. I mean I'd be holding your hair back, but, you know...' to presenter Eddie Redmayne who began vomiting theatrically backstage – and then produced the ultimate luvvie platitude when she thanked Victor Hugo ‘'without whom, none of us would be here.'

Nice to know all that writing wasn’t in vain eh Victor?

Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor prize for Django Unchained, while 85 years old Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress for Amour.

Brave won the best animated film prize for Disney while best short film went to Swimmer.

Django Unchained won Best Screenplay as Quentin Tarantino thanked his backers for standing by his ‘hot potato’ film.

Outstanding British Film was predictably won by Skyfall, and the man who single-handedly restored British self image and pride, Danny Boyle presented the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema to FilmFour boss Tessa Ross, who he described as a 'shy genius'.

He said: 'I can pay her no greater compliment than to say she really is the Paul Scholes of the British film industry.'

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