Oscar favourite SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE stole the show at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards - scooping six gongs including Best Film and Best Director for Danny Boyle.Brad Pitt's movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took home three awards, while Mickey Rourke beat off competition from Sean Penn (Milk) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) to win Leading Actor for his acclaimed role in The Wrestler.
Kate Winslet saw off Meryl Streep (Doubt) and Angelina Jolie (Changeling) to scoop Leading Actress for post-war drama The Reader.
Heath Ledger was given a posthumous Supporting Actor gong for his part as The Joker in The Dark Knight, while the Supporting Actress award went to Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Man on Wire - a documentary centred on Philippe Petit's daring tightrope walk above New York in 1974 - was named Outstanding British Film and Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke won the Orange Rising Star award.
Veteran movie maker Terry Gilliam was honoured with the Academy Fellowship.
And as well as Best Film and Best Director, Slumdog Millionaire also took home the Adapted Screenplay, Music, Sound, and Cinematography gongs.
Accepting the Best Film award, the movie's producer Christian Colson said, "Slumdog was dragged kicking and screaming into the world - against the advice of many - through the talent and passion of the people who made it.
"Our amazing cast and crew in Mumbai realised the dream through their sweat and blood. On behalf of everybody involved in making the film, I'd like to share this with the people of Mumbai."
The awards ceremony, hosted by British TV presenter Jonathan Ross, was held at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden on Sunday (08Feb09).
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Film - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director - Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Leading Actor - Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Leading Actress - Kate Winslet, The Reader
Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Supporting Actress - Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best British Film - Man On Wire
Original Screenplay - In Bruges, Martin MCDonagh
Adapted Screenplay - Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy
Special Visual Effects - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Eric Barba/Craig Barron/Nathan MCGuiness/Edson Williams)
Music - Slumdog Millionaire (A. R. Rahman)
Sound - Slumdog Millionaire (Glenn Freemantle/Resul Pookutty/Richard Pryke/Tom Sayers/Ian Tapp)
Production Design - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Donald Graham Burt/Victor Zolfo)
Hair and Make Up - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Jean Black/Colleen Callaghan)
Cinematography - Slumdog Millionaire (Anthony Dod Mantle)
Costume Design - The Duchess (Michael O'Connor)
Best Film Not In The English Language - I've Loved You So Long
The Carl Foreman Award For Achievement For A Writer, Director, Or Producer In Their First Feature Film - Steve MCQueen, Hunger
The Michael Balcon Award For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema - Pinewood and Shepperton Studios
2009 Academy Fellowship For Exceptional Contribution To Filmmaking - Terry Gilliam
Orange Rising Star Award - Noel Clarke