While all eyes and ears were on Baftas host Jonathan Ross for any swearing or gaffes it was Hollywood A-lister Mickey Rourke who turned the air blue with his Leading Actor acceptance speech at the glitzy ceremony.

Mickey made a powerful comeback this year with his film The Wrestler, following years in the wilderness. He told the audience he had been "f****** up my career for 15 years".

He also paid tribute to co-star Marisa Tomei, saying she was brave to take her clothes off, adding: "I enjoyed looking at her." After the expletive-laden thank you, Ross joked to the audience: "After that speech, he's now suspended for three months."

Mickey later arrived at the winners' press conference clutching a bottle of champagne. He insisted the bubbles were simply to steady his nerves on an overwhelming night.

"It really is a special moment," he said. "I get really nervous in front of strangers - I'm really shy - so I'm just trying to hold it together."

Kate Winslet was slightly less gushing than when she won a pair of Golden Globes last month, but was still clearly elated at her Leading Actress win.

"The girl from Reading will always be in me and it feels more present than ever in moments like this one - being given a big fat prize," she said.

"These are dreams that as a child I wouldn't even dare to dream.

"I would watch people win big prizes and just think how beautiful they were and how talented they were, how I would not be ever ever ever like one of those people and now here I am."