So the winners have been announced, the speeches have been delivered, and the awards picked up and carried off for the (no doubt) mega after party. Who were the lucky winners? Well...
Frances McDormand was named Best Actress for her role in British film The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Dressed in a red, pink and black gown, once up on the podium she immediately addressed why she wasn't – like the other nominees – wearing all black in support of the Time's Up movement: 'I have a little trouble with compliance,' she quipped. 'But I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.'
She continued, 'I appreciate a well-organised act of civil disobedience and I am thrilled that activists all over the world have been inspired by the set decoration of The Three Billboards in Martin's film and have taken to the streets and let it be a part of the positive public discourse that is happening.'
Allison Janney took home the gong for Best Supporting Actress for her role as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya. Accepting the award she joked, 'I wanna clear up a little lie that I've perpetrated for the last thirty years. I did not in fact graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
'I did however attend a two week summer programme, which is probably the reason I'm standing here right now.'
Saoirse was up for Best Actress for her role in Lady Bird
Best Actor went to Gary Oldman for his role as Churchill in Darkest Hour. In his acceptance he thanked Britain's former wartime Prime Minister. 'Last but not least, Winston Churchill, the man himself, in those dark uncertain days in 1940 he held the line for honour, for integrity and freedom for his nation and the world. So I thank you Sir Winston, I thank you the Churchill family and once again, BATFA.'
Winner of Best Supporting Actor was Sam Rockwell for The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Dedicating his award to the late great Alan Rickman, he also spoke of standing 'on the shoulders of women', 'strong intelligent righteous women who have made my life complete,' he said, naming co-star Frances Mcdormand as the person who 'make[s] me proud to be an actor' and his wife, Leslie, 'my life is full because of you, your compassion, your intellect your talent and most importantly your love.'
Guillermo del Toro took home Best Director for The Shape of Water crediting, rather wonderfully, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, who he said was 'the most important figure from English legacy'. 'She has remained a figure as important in my life as if it was family,' he added. 'And so many times when I wanna give up, when I think about giving up, when people tell me dreaming of the movies and the stories I dream, it's impossible, I think of her...'
Best Film was won by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 'We're overwhelmed, really, this is amazing,' director, screenwriter and producer Martin McDonagh said. 'Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways, but it is also an angry one. And as we have seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change, so we're thrilled that BAFTA has recognised us."
Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya picked up the EE Rising Star Award and the highest honour of the night, the BAFTA Fellowship, was awarded to Gladiator director Sir Ridley Scott. 'It's a tremendous honour to join this list of such great recipients,' he said.
In all, a most civilised affair and with Three Billboards picking up a number of the top awards, it's looking good for its cast as we now turn our attention to the Oscars...