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Saoirse Ronan attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

Saoirse Ronan attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

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Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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British actress Gemma Chan poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016.   AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

British actress Gemma Chan poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016. AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

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Kate Winslet attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016.  Ian West/PA Wire

Kate Winslet attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

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Australian actress Cate Blanchett poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016. 
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Australian actress Cate Blanchett poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Gwendoline Christie attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Gwendoline Christie attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Rooney Mara attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Rooney Mara attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Idris Elba attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Idris Elba attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Michael Fassbender attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

Michael Fassbender attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

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US actor Matt Smith poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016. 
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US actor Matt Smith poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

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Rebel Wilson attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016.  Ian West/PA Wire

Rebel Wilson attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

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Isla Fisher attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016.  Ian West/PA Wire

Isla Fisher attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Annabelle Wallis attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Annabelle Wallis attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Poppy Jamie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Poppy Jamie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Katia Elizarova attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016.  Ian West/PA Wire

Katia Elizarova attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.  Sunday February 14, 2016. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Sunday February 14, 2016. Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Lily Donaldson attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Lily Donaldson attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Yui Mok/PA Wire

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British model Lily Donaldson poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016.   AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

British model Lily Donaldson poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016. AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

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 Ridley Scott and Giannina Facio attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Ridley Scott and Giannina Facio attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Stacy Martin attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Stacy Martin attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Saoirse Ronan attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Sunday February 14, 2016. Ian West/PA Wire

Stephen Fry had harsh words for the winner of the Bafta Award for costume design - although he has insisted they were just "joshing".

Jenny Beavan, who won the prize for Mad Max: Fury Road, took to the stage in trousers, a leather jacket and a scarf.

After she collected the award, awards host Fry quipped: "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards dressed as a bag lady."

The dig drew mixed reactions from the audience, with some booing.

But Fry tweeted: "So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Beavan a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr."

He added: "Will all you sanctimonious f****** f*** the f*** off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate.

"Christ I want to leave the planet."

He said they had worked together on Gosford Park and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

Beavan accepted the awards with the words: "I live, I die, I live again", before praising the directors she had worked with throughout her career.

Fry later tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around Beavan.

He wrote: "Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party."