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James Bond film Skyfall has been named outstanding British film at this year’s Baftas.

The movie beat Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables and Seven Psychopaths to win the honour.

Skyfall also received the award for best original music.

Anne Hathaway was named best supporting actress for her role in Les Miserables, while Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor for Django Unchained.

Accepting the award on stage, director Sam Mendes said: “We all had high expectations for this film and this is really the icing on the cake.”

Backstage, Mendes said the fact that Skyfall star Daniel Craig was not nominated for an award was “the curse of Bond”.

“It was an incredible performance but because Bond is the spine of the movie… You take it for granted.”

An emotional Hathaway said she was “so honoured” to receive her award and paid tribute to her fellow cast members and director Tom Hooper.

Waltz also praised his director, Quentin Tarantino – who won an award himself for best original screenplay for Django Unchained – calling him a “silver-penned devil”.

Backstage, the actor said winning the prize had “knocked the wind out of me”.

Les Miserables was an early winner at the awards held at London’s Royal Opera House.

Christoph Waltz picked up the award for best supporting actor for Django Unchained
The musical adaptation – which went into the ceremony with nine nominations – received awards for best sound and best make-up and hair ahead of Hathaway’s award.

It also collected the prize for production design.

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi also picked up two early awards for cinematography and special visual effects.

Joe Wright’s adaptation of Anna Karenina came away with the award for best costume design, while Disney Pixar film Brave was named best animation.

David O Russell won the award for best adapted screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook, which he also directed.

Accepting the award on stage, Russell said: “This film is about emotions and this is for every family that face those emotions every day.”

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are up for best actor and actress for their roles in the film.

Speaking on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony, Lawrence praised Russell for his work on the film, calling him her “saviour and captain”.

“Anytime you’re doing a movie with him it’s a fun challenge and exciting,” she told BBC News. “He brings so much passion it never feels difficult or exhausting.”

Lawrence will battle it out with Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain, Rust and Bone’s Marion Cotillard, Hitchock’s Dame Helen Mirren and Amour star Emmanuelle Riva.

Director Sir Alan Parker, whose works include The Commitments and Bugsy Malone, will be honoured with a British Academy Fellowship.

The award, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow, was given to Martin Scorsese last year.

There will also be an honour for Channel 4 film boss Tessa Ross, who will receive a lifetime achievement award.

The ceremony itself will be broadcast with a two-hour delay on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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