Brad Pitt wins at the BAFTA Film Awards but has to skip the ceremony

Margot Robbie accepted Pitt's trophy, with the star unable to attend

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in ONCE UPON TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

Brad Pitt emerged triumphant at tonight’s BAFTA Film Awards but it fell to his co-star Margot Robbie to collect his award for best Supporting Actor.

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Pitt won the gong for his performance as stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

Robbie, who played Sharon Tate in the film, stepped in to pick up the trophy and read Pitt’s speech, explaining that the actor was unable to attend the ceremony due to a “family matter”.

Opening with a cracking Brexit gag – “Hey Britain, heard you just became single – welcome to the club” – Pitt’s speech continued with the star suggesting he was going to name his award “Harry”, because he was looking forward to “really excited about bringing [it] back to the States.”

Pitt beat The Irishman‘s Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, plus Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) and Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood) to win in his category.

Robbie was twice-nominated at the BAFTA, for turns in Once Upon… and Bombshell, but lost out to Marriage Story’s Laura Dern in the Supporting Actress category.

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Tarantino’s script for Once Upon.. was also up for best Original Screenplay, but that accolade went to Han Jin Won and Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite.