Meryl Streep was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; the film was also honoured in the Make-Up & Hair category.
The Help's Octavia Spencer won the Supporting Actress category and Christopher Plummer won Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners.
Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay were awarded to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Senna won the Documentary and Editing BAFTAs. Hugo won two BAFTAs in Production Design and Sound. Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In won the Film Not in the English Language category and Rango won the BAFTA for Animated Film. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was awarded the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.
Director Paddy Considine and Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for their first feature film Tyrannosaur, based upon the short film Dog Altogether that won them the Short Film BAFTA in 2008.
The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award was presented to Adam Deacon, recently seen in Anuvahood and Kidulthood. This award, the only one voted for by the public, recognises an international actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and has begun to be recognised as a film star in the making. The award is now in its seventh year and was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected casting director who passed away in 2004.
A Morning Stroll won the Short Animation award and the Short Film award was presented to Pitch Black Heist.
The award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was received by John Hurt. The Fellowship, the highest accolade which the Academy can bestow, was presented to Martin Scorsese.
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
- My Week with Marilyn - Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
- Senna - Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
- Shame - Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
- We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno, Rory Stewart Kinnear
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
MAKE UP & HAIR
- Hugo - Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
- The Artist - Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley
- War Horse - Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery
- The Adventures of Tintin - Joe Letteri
- Hugo - Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White
- War Horse - Ben Morris, Neil Corbould