Oscar-winner Mark Rylance lost out on winning another big award as Kenneth Cranham took home the best actor award for The Father.
Denise Gough used her best actress win for People, Places And Things to register her concern that all actresses nominated in her category are white.
After accepting the award from James Norton, she said: "Okay I've got 40 seconds so I've got to be quick.
This is for my people, you all know who you are." She then said she she was "just a bit disappointed" that, in a year marked by widespread uproar about the lack of diversity at awards shows, she was "sad" about the lack of diversity among the nominees in her own category.
Dench had lobbied the group in the form of two very funny videos, in which she revived the character of M, her beloved James Bond boss who was offed in “Skyfall.” The crowd at the Paris Theatre for the Cinema Society screening included Valentino and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, Kathleen Turner and Jane Curtin.
Weinstein brought the real Lee to the after-party at the new Skylark club on West 39th Street, as well as former BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith, whose best seller was the basis of the movie.
Radio 4 Extra, 6.30pm HOSPITAL PEOPLE: Tom Binns' sitcom, based around his inept hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury, starts a full run following a successful pilot last year.
The comedian also plays callous NHS manger, Susan Mitchell, porter and spirit medium Ian D Montfort and over-enthusiastic chaplain Father Kenny Mercer.
Musical revival Gypsy won four awards, the most of the evening, including the much-coveted best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton.
Staunton said performing in Gypsy was "something special" and t hanked her singing teacher as she explained: "We felt we were doing something special every night." Best actor in a musical winner Matt Henry, who won the gong for his role in Kinky Boots, dedicated his award to his co-star Killian Donnelly.
Sky 1, 9pm BILLY CONNOLLY & ME: A CELEBRATION: This one-hour special marking Billy Connolly's five decades in comedy features classic clips, new performance footage, fan stories and a new interview with the man himself.
Famous fans taking part include Dame Judi Dench, David Tennant, Andy Murray, Eric Idle, Armando Iannucci, Elton John, Peter Kay and Adam Hills.
She added: "I'm taking Noma Dumezweni and Marianne Jean-Baptiste with me." The Magic Radio audience award was won by The Phantom Of The Opera.