The ceremony held at The Royal Opera House saw Carey beat Meryl Streep and Audrey Tatou to win Best Leading Actress while Kristen led the pack to pick up the Orange Rising Star Award.
Colin Firth took away the Best Actor award for his role in Tom Ford’s A Single Man, while Mo’Nique won Best Supporting Actress for Precious and Inglourious Basterds actor Christoph Waltz clinched the Best Supporting Actor gong.
Katheryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker was a surprise winner on the night taking six awards including Best Film, beating James Cameron’s Avatar to the top spot.
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The Hurt Locker also won the Director’s award, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editng and Sound, while Avatar did win Production Design and Special Effects.
The Young Victoria won two awards including Costume Design and Make Up & Hair, as did UP which took away Best Animated Film and Music.
The final award of the evening was presented by New Academy President HRH Prince William and Uma Thurman. The Academy Fellowship went to Vanessa Redgrave, who received a standing ovation when she went to collect the award on stage.
Next stop, the Oscars…