Obviously the big award of the night is best film - which sees La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Arrival face competition from I, Daniel Blake and Moonlight.
Emma Stone won best actress for La La Land, using her speech to launch into a veiled critique of the ramifications of a Trump presidency. It also has won seven Golden Globes.
Gosling's rivals in the best actor race are Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge; Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea; Jake Gyllenhaal for Nocturnal Animal and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic.
Founded in 1949, The British Academy Film Awards is hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
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Alongside the silver screen royalty were members of the British royal family - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, more commonly known as William and Kate.
With this year's award season coinciding with an increasingly tumultuous political environment, the BAFTAs came with a political tinge.
She said that in a divided world, it was vital to celebrate "the positive gift of creativity and how we can transcend borders and how we help people to feel a little less alone". Winning the BAFTA for Best British Film for I, Daniel Blake, he spoke out about both the benefits systems - which forms the basis for his film - and the Government's failure to welcome refugee children fleeing the atrocities of Syria and other conflicts.
Given that Donald Trump's proposed state visit to the United Kingdom has seen a million-plus signature petition and major street protests, it was perhaps unsurprising that the new USA president - or, more accurately, Trumpian politics - was widely referenced in the country's biggest award ceremony.
Apart from Stephen Fry's restrained jibe at Mr Trump's decision to label Meryl Streep an "overrated actress", Mr Trump was notably absent from the room and all were on their best behaviour.