Black Panther’s stars, meanwhile, have their own theories on why the film has struck such a chord with audiences.
In a post on Instagram, actress Lupita Nyong’o paid tribute to her co-star Chadwick Boseman and his “quiet, confident, regal nature”.
“We celebrate BREAKING BOX OFFICE RECORDS with @blackpanther for many reasons, but chief among them is because we had you as our king,” she went on.
Britain’s Daniel Kaluuya, meanwhile, has suggested the film’s success lies in audiences seeing it in cinemas rather than using illegal means to access it.
“If you complain a lot about visibility and representation you have to pay, you have to support it when we do it,” he told 1Xtra presenter Dotty earlier this month.
“You have to support whatever you want to see. Ryan Coogler and us lot, we’ve been given support and we need the support back.”
Black Panther’s success extends beyond America’s borders. The film took $25.3m (£18m) in South Korean cinemas during its opening week – more than anywhere outside the US.
The fact a key action sequences was filmed in the Korean city of Busan is understood to have driven its popularity.
Closer to home, meanwhile, Black Panther has recorded the biggest February opening at the UK and Ireland box office.
Since arriving in British cinemas a week ago, the film has made £17.7m – which, according to The Guardian’s Charles Gant, is more than such previous Marvel releases as Thor and Ant-Man made over their entire UK runs.
A spokesman for Weinstein said: “Mr Parfitt and Mr Weinstein had creative differences on the film, any conflict between them was solely over their different visions for the film… while Mr Weinstein has apologised for boorish behaviour in certain situations in the past, Mr Weinstein unequivocally denies he ever engaged in criminal misconduct of any kind.”
Channel 4′s Working with Weinstein is the first documentary about the film producer to be aired since allegations against him first surfaced in October.
It looks at UK-based claims of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein over the past 30 years.
Weinstein says all the allegations in the documentary are untrue.
Other alleged revelations in Tuesday night’s one-hour film include:
A former Miramax employee describes how, as a young woman – and during what was her first meeting with Weinstein to discuss a further job opportunity – Weinstein requested a massage. When she did not agree, she says he pressured her to remove her clothes so that he could massage her whilst he masturbated himself. Weinstein then pressured her to take a shower with him.
Former employees allege that non-disclosure agreements within The Weinstein Company became widespread and allowed Weinstein to continue to behave badly with impunity. One describes her discomfort at being expected to escort women to Weinstein’s hotel room and having to collect a prescription for erectile dysfunction injections.
Other employee accounts revealed that a ‘code’ existed among assistants where they encouraged one another to avoid Weinstein’s advances by wearing big jackets, staying in pairs or groups in his presence and by not sitting next to him on a sofa.
Lawyer Jill Greenfield, who is representing several women in a UK civil court action, says in the film: “You’ve got an awful lot of women who have been afraid for many years and are still very afraid, but these women now have an awful lot of other women and people around them who are really not afraid and are prepared to go all the way on this.
There’s only one thing we all really want to know about the Baftas: what would that trophy look like if you dipped it in some bright blue hair dye?
Fortunately, the EE Rising Star prize means we no longer have to imagine.
Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya was the winner of the prize this year – the only Bafta to be voted for by the public – and he looked genuinely surprised.
“My mum is the reason why I started, the reason why I’m here and the reason why I keep going,” he said as he accepted the award.
He went blank at one point during his speech, but speaking backstage also remembered to thank Top Boy’s Ashley Walters.
“I want to say to Ashley thanks for leading and inspiring me, he has made it all possible,” he said.
Kaluuya was inspired by seeing Walters on screen as he had come from a similar background.
He also said “levels” about 20 times during his speech, giving the Baftas a much-needed dose of London slang.
2. Frances McDormand refusing to comply
In a fairly non-eventful ceremony, we’re going to go ahead and say that Frances McDormand’s speech certainly stood out.
“Thank you British film people,” the actress said as she took to the stage to accept the prize for leading actress.
The star of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was one of the very few stars who didn’t wear black on the red carpet, unlike many others who did so in support of the #MeToo movement.
“As Martin [McDonagh] said, I have a little trouble with compliance,” she said, pointing to her dress.
“But I want you to know I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black. I also want to say that I appreciate a well-organised act of civil disobedience.”
She then referred to the way political campaigners had taken the concept of the film and used it to help their causes – such as this week’s stunt where three billboards demanding justice following the Grenfell Tower fire were driven through London.
“I’m thrilled that activists all over the world have been inspired by the set decoration of Three Billboards in Martin’s film and have taken to the streets and let it be a part of the positive public discourse that’s happening,” McDormand said.
3. The general brilliance of Salma Hayek
You’re always in for a fun night when Salma Hayek is around – as anyone who’s ever seen one of her memorable appearances on Graham Norton will know.
“In this very important and historical year for women, I am here on this legendary stage to celebrate men,” the actress said to laughs and cheers from the audience as she introduced the best actor category.
But she wasn’t done being playful.
She introduced the nominees – Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Jamie Bell, Timothee Chalamet and the eventual winner Gary Oldman.
But, as she opened the envelope, she said: “And the winner is… Frances McDormand,” in an utterly brilliant reference to last year’s best picture mishap at the Oscars.
After the initial gasp from the audience, she said “Nahh, just kidding! The Bafta goes to Gary Oldman.”
4. Timothee Chalamet wins (more) hearts…
Timothee Chalamet added another million to his fanbase by showing his gallantry when he helped James Ivory onstage to accept his award.
The heart-warming moment happened when Ivory – who is 89 – won the best adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, starring Chalamet.
The filmmaker – best known for his work with Merchant Ivory – had never been nominated for a writing Bafta before, having largely focused on directing throughout his career with films such as Howard’s End, The Remains of the Day and Room with a View.
5. Once, twice, three times a Lumley
In awards shows, the host’s opening monologue can often be more interesting and juicy than the awards themselves.
Think of the cutting speeches of Seth Meyers, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey and Amy Poelher at the Golden Globes, or Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel’s recent hosting of the Oscars.
This was Lumley’s first year as host of the Baftas – she took over from Stephen Fry, who has fronted the ceremony 12 times in total.
Some of her high points:
“Quite how Hugh Grant managed to portray a vain and egotistical actor in Paddington 2 is beyond me, it was remarkable stuff.”
“In some of Get Out’s most memorable moments, Daniel Kaluuya is controlled by other people and trapped in a chair powerless to move. A skill that will come in handy tonight because I’m afraid to say no-one gets a comfort break until we’re done here.”
“Oh dear, they’ve left the envelope. We don’t want any mix-ups later. Could somebody come and take this please?”
“In one sense, you’re all winners tonight. But in another sense, if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.”
6. Allison Janney is going to need a bigger trophy cabinet
Allison Janney won best supporting actress for her role as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya – having already picked up the same prize at the Golden Globes last month.
She played Tonya Harding’s mother in the film – a role she felt well-suited to as she did figure skating growing up.
Janney is much loved for playing CJ in The West Wing, but equally has enjoyed her time on the silver screen too.
Speaking in the press room, she commented on her versatility as an actress and said she approaches whatever role, whether film or TV, in the same way:
“I think of every role as neither comedy or drama, I look for the truth in the imaginary circumstances and the messier the role the better!”
7. What the winners might mean for the Oscars
So with the Golden Globes and the Baftas out the way for another year, awards season is now firmly rattling awards the Oscars next month – the biggest night in the Hollywood calendar.
There were no big surprises at this year’s Baftas and the bookies were pretty much spot on with the odds that saw Three Billboards take five awards and The Shape of Water three.
Whilst its now even more likely that Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney will walk away with the supporting gongs and Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman for lead, it could be a different story for the big one – best film.
Three Billboards’ British background may have helped influence the decision for it to receive the big prize at the Baftas, so could it be pipped to the post at the Oscars?
Its lack of a nomination in the best director category at the Oscars dented some of the momentum the film had been picking up – and it also faces tough competition from Get Out and The Shape of Water, which have been huge hits at the US box office.
This year’s Oscars take place on 4 March, so we don’t have long until we find out.