The Theory Of Everything has become an early winner at the 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards by scooping the Outstanding British Film prize.

The biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, beat competition from The Imitation Game, Paddington, Under the Skin, '71 and Pride to claim the coveted title at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday (08Feb15).

The drama is nominated in nine other categories including Best Film, Best Actor for Redmayne, Best Actress for Felicity Jones and Best Director for James Marsh.

Filmmakers behind Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel also had reason to celebrate after taking home the accolade for Best Original Music.

The oddball comedy leads the nominees with 11 nods, closely followed by Birdman and The Theory of Everything with 10.

British rockers Kasabian opened the show, which is being presented by actor/comedian Stephen Fry for the 10th time.

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