To his co-star, lead actress Mc Dormand he said: 'Frances you're the rock.
National treasure Joanna Lumley - who has this year taken the hosting reigns over from Stephen Fry - had the audience immediately eating from the palm of her hand as she took part in a pre-show skit, leaving the celeb-packed audience in hysterics.
In the routine, Lumley was seen in her living room, making calls to people to tell them she was going to be hosting this year's awards.
Earlier in the evening, the men were accepting the Best British Film gong, with screenwriter Mc Donagh - who took home another award for the movie, this time for Best Original Screenplay - joking that he’s half Irish so he’s not allowed to make the speech.
Broadbent then said: 'We finished this film about a year ago about a woman taking on the establishment.
Acclaimed American screenwriter James Ivory, 89, looked dapper in a black suit and bow tie as he collected the accolade.'I've been here before but never by myself and never for writing a screenplay,' he said in his acceptance speech.