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The 39th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1986, honoured the best films of 1985.

39th British Academy Film Awards
Best FilmThe Purple Rose of Cairo
Best ActorWilliam Hurt
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Best ActressPeggy Ashcroft
A Passage to India
Most awardsAmadeus (4)
Most nominationsAmadeus &
A Passage to India (9)


Winners and nomineesEdit

Best FilmEdit

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Best ActorEdit

William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman

Best Actor in a Supporting RoleEdit

Denholm Elliott in Defence of the Realm

Best ActressEdit

Peggy Ashcroft in A Passage to India

Best Actress in a Supporting RoleEdit

Rosanna Arquette in Desperately Seeking Susan

Best Original ScreenplayEdit

The Purple Rose of Cairo - Woody Allen

Best Adapted ScreenplayEdit

Prizzi's Honor - Richard Condon and Janet Roach

Best Foreign Language FilmEdit

Colonel Redl

Best CinematographyEdit

Amadeus - Miroslav Ondricek

Best Costume DesignEdit

The Cotton Club - Milena Canonero

Best EditingEdit

Amadeus - Nena Danevic, Michael Chandler

Best ScoreEdit

Witness - Maurice Jarre

Best Makeup and HairEdit

Amadeus - Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith

Best Production DesignEdit

Brazil - Norman Garwood

Best SoundEdit


Best Visual EffectsEdit


Academy FellowshipEdit

Jeremy Isaacs