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The 38th British Film Awards, which honoured the best films of 1984, were presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 5 March 1985.[1][2]

38th British Academy Film Awards
Date5 March 1985
SiteGrosvenor House Hotel
Hosted byTerry Wogan
Best FilmThe Killing Fields
Best ActorHaing S. Ngor
The Killing Fields
Best ActressMaggie Smith
A Private Function
Most awardsThe Killing Fields (8)
Most nominationsThe Killing Fields (13)

The evening's big winner was the British-made The Killing Fields, which had 13 nominations and won eight of them.


Winners and nominees[3]Edit

Best FilmEdit

The Killing Fields

Best ActorEdit

Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields

Best ActressEdit

Maggie Smith in A Private Function

Best Supporting ActorEdit

Denholm Elliott in A Private Function

Best Supporting ActressEdit

Liz Smith in A Private Function

Best DirectionEdit

Wim Wenders for Paris, Texas

Best Original ScreenplayEdit

Broadway Danny Rose - Woody Allen

Best Adapted ScreenplayEdit

The Killing Fields - Bruce Robinson

Best CinematographyEdit

The Killing Fields - Chris Menges

Best EditingEdit

The Killing Fields - Jim Clark

Best Production DesignEdit

The Killing Fields - Roy Walker

Best Costume DesignEdit

Once Upon a Time in America - Gabriella Pescucci

Best Makeup ArtistEdit

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - Paul Engelen, Peter Frampton, Rick Baker, Joan Hills

Best SoundEdit

The Killing Fields - Bill Rowe, Ian Fuller, Clive Winter

Best Special Visual EffectsEdit

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Dennis Muren, George Gibbs, Mike McAlister, Lorne Peterson

Best ScoreEdit

Once Upon a Time in America - Ennio Morricone

Best Original SongEdit

"Ghostbusters" in Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.

Best Foreign Language FilmEdit


Best Short FilmEdit

The Dress

Most Promising Newcomer to FilmEdit

Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields

Outstanding British Contribution To CinemaEdit

Alan Parker & Alan Marshall