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Robert Wade, Sam Mendes, Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson and Neal Purvis, winners of Outstanding British Film for "Skyfall". Picture: Getty Images

Skyfall has been named Outstanding British Film of the year at the Bafta awards while the show opened with a performance by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart.

The James Bond film, the third starring Daniel Craig as the suave spy, is already the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office.

The Bafta award was presented by Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck.

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Skyfall director Sam Mendes paid tribute to the "bravery and brilliance" of Craig and "the great" Ian Fleming, who created James Bond.

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence handed the award for Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.

Accepting his award, he said it was an "immense honour" and paid tribute to its "silver-penned" writer.
He said: "Why I get to stand here is really no mystery because it says at the beginning of our film, 'written and directed by Quentin Tarantino'."

George Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway.
The actress thanked the "golden-hearted group" who made the film and wished her co-star Eddie Redmayne, who is ill, well, saying: "Feel better. I mean I'd be holding your hair back, but, you know ... "

She also thanked Victor Hugo - the writer of the original novel which inspired the musical - saying: "Without whom, none of us would be here."

The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to David O Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.

The award for Best Short Film went to Swimmer which was made by We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay.

The Making of Longbird picked up the award for Best Short Animation.

Jacqueline Durran won the award for Costume Design for her work on the Keira Knightley film Anna Karenina.

Lisa Westcott won the award for Best Make-up and Hair for her work on Les Miserables.

Brave, a Disney fantasy set in the Scottish Highlands, was named Best Animated Film.

The awards for Sound and Editing went to Les Miserables and Ben Affleck's Iran hostage crisis drama Argo respectively.

Mark Strong presented the Cinematography award to Claudio Miranda for his work on Life Of Pi which was picked up on his behalf by the film director Ang Lee.

Faith was back on stage with David Morrissey to present the award for Best Original Music to Thomas Newman for Skyfall.

Speaking backstage, the film's director Sam Mendes said he would love to make another Bond film.

"I've had a great time, it's been a huge learning curve and we would want to make a better movie next time around, and if we thought we do that they might let me have another go again," he told reporters.

Lincoln star Sally Field came on stage to present the award for Original Screenplay without her presenting partner Redmayne after he was taken ill backstage.

Field told the audience: "He seems to be puking his guts out back there."

Quentin Tarantino picked up the award for his western Django Unchained and thanked his actors for doing a "bang-up job with my dialogue".

George Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway.

The actress thanked the "golden-hearted group" who made the film and wished her co-star Redmayne well, saying: "Feel better. I mean I'd be holding your hair back, but, you know ... "

She also thanked Victor Hugo - the writer of the original novel which inspired the musical - saying: "Without whom, none of us would be here."

The film has attracted criticism for its liberal use of racial insults and Tarantino thanked his backers for standing by what he described as "a hot potato" film.

Billy Connolly came on stage to present the award for an Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

Joking that he was "presenting an unsuspecting stranger with a deathmask on a stick", the comedian and actor gave the award to Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis for their documentary The Imposter.

The film tells the true story of Frenchman Frederic Bourdin, who posed as a missing Texan teenager so successfully that he moved in with his family and lived as him for several months.

The next award, for Special Visual Effects, went to the 3D spectacular Life Of Pi.

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle presented the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema to FilmFour boss Tessa Ross, who he described as a "shy genius".

He said: "I can pay her no greater compliment than to say she really is the Paul Scholes of the British film industry."