Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton were awarded the top honour at the BFI London Film Festival prizegiving ceremony last night.
The husband and wife duo, who have worked together on projects such as 'Alice In Wonderland' and 'Sweeney Todd', were handed the accolade at the Banqueting House on London's Whitehall last night.
During her acceptance speech, she said: "I never thought I was particularly good at this. I've certainly had my bad reviews over the years, but I kept going.
"My dad's motto is KBO which stands for 'Keep b*ggering on', so I will dad."
On receiving the award at the same time as Burton, she quipped: ''It's good because there's no jealousy at home. It's very handy and very thoughtful for them to give us both one at the same time."
Burton said: "I can't quite believe this because I'm not British. I grew up on British films, Hammer films, James Bond, The Wicker Man.
"Coming from Los Angeles where you feel like you're in a film business, one of the things I love here is you're constantly reminded it's an art form, so that makes it a special honour.£
Best Film was given to 'Rust And Bone', Best British Newcomer went to Sally El Hosaini, and The Grierson Award For Best Documentary was dished out to 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The God House'.
The Golden Couple