12 Years a Slave won the biggest prizes at this year's British Academy Film Awards but it was Gravity that won the most – taking home six awards.

Best Film and Best Actor went to 12 Years a Slave and its star Chiwetel Ejiofor while Alfonso Cuaron picked up the Best Director prize.

Elsewhere Jennifer Lawrence caused an upset by beating hot favourite Lupita Nyong'o to the Best Supporting Actress award, and Lupita was snubbed once more later on in the evening as Will Poulter took home the EE Rising Star Award.

Cate Blanchett won Best Actress as expected, while Barkhad Abdi won Best Supporting Actor for his first screen role as a Somalian pirate in Captain Phillips.

Upon receiving the Best Picture prize, director Steve McQueen made sure to mention the 21 million people still in slavery today.

Gravity's six prizes were for direction, Best British Film, Original Music, Cinematography, Score and Visual Effects.

Far behind it was American Hustle, which won three prizes for Original Screenplay, Supporting Actress and Hair and Make-Up.

Behind them was The Great Gatsby and 12 Years a Slave, which each nabbed two prizes. Gatsby won for Costume and Production Design.

The screenplay awards went to American Hustle for original and Philomena for adapted. The latter was a popular surprise, with comic Steve Coogan picking up the award.

The Great Beauty surprised many with its Best Film Not In The English Language win over Blue Is The Warmest Colour and The Act Of Killing. The latter won Best Documentary to make up for it however.

Best British Short went to Room 8, with Best Short Animation going to Sleeping With the Fishes.

Elsewhere Oustanding British Debut was won by Kieran Evans, who wrote and directed Kelly & Victor.