Actor-turned-director Paddy Considine and producer Diarmid Scrimshaw took the best British debut prize for the wrenching domestic drama "Tyrannosaur."
"Kidulthood" actor Adam Deacon won the rising star prize, the only category selected by public vote.
"Senna," a portrait of the short, sensational life of race car driver Ayrton Senna, was named best documentary and also won the editing prize.
Scorsese received the BAFTA Fellowship, a lifetime achievement prize, for his "outstanding and exceptional" contribution to cinema in films including "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull."
Veteran British actor John Hurt was given an honor for outstanding British contribution to cinema for a career that includes memorable roles in "Elephant Man," ''The Naked Civil Servant" and "Alien."
Hurt said his advice to young people would be the same as Noel Coward gave to him when he was an aspiring actor: "Press on."
"Press on, and don't let anybody get in the way of your instincts," Hurt said.
In recent years, the British awards have helped underdog films gain momentum for Hollywood success.
In 2010, Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" won seven BAFTAs, including best film; it went on to take eight Oscars. Last year "The King's Speech" won seven BAFTAs and four Oscars, including best picture.
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