Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with the Best Film award for the film 'The Revenant' presented by actor Tom Cruise backstage at the BAFTA 2016 film awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo)
"The Revenant" beat several hotly tipped awards contenders, including Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies" and Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol." Each had nine BAFTA nominations, but "Bridge of Spies" won only for Rylance's performance, while "Carol" was shut out.
Irish emigrant saga "Brooklyn" was named best British film, a distinct category, while the documentary prize went to "Amy," a powerful portrait of the rise and fall of singer Amy Winehouse.
George Miller's dystopian thrill ride "Mad Max: Fury Road" took four prizes: editing, production design, costume design, and hair and makeup.
Two leading Oscar contenders also won awards: "Spotlight," the drama about newspaper reporters investigating sex abuses in the Catholic Church, for original screenplay, and financial-crisis dramedy "The Big Short" for adapted screenplay.