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42nd British Academy Film Awards
Date19 March 1989
SiteGrosvenor House Hotel
Hosted byDavid Dimbleby
Anna Ford
Best FilmThe Last Emperor
Best ActorJohn Cleese
A Fish Called Wanda
Best ActressMaggie Smith
The Lonely Passion of
Judith Hearne
Most awardsEmpire of the Sun &
The Last Emperor (3)
Most nominationsThe Last Emperor (11)

The 42nd British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1989, honoured the best films of 1988.

Jeremy Thomas' and Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won the award for Best Film.



Best FilmEdit

The Last Emperor

Best ActorEdit

John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda

Best ActressEdit

Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Best Actor in a Supporting RoleEdit

Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda

Best Actress in a Supporting RoleEdit

Judi Dench in A Handful of Dust

Best DirectionEdit

Au revoir, les enfants - Louis Malle

Best Original ScreenplayEdit

A World Apart - Shawn Slovo

Best Screenplay, AdaptedEdit

The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Jean-Claude Carrière and Philip Kaufman

Best CinematographyEdit

Empire of the Sun - Allen Daviau

Best Costume DesignEdit

The Last Emperor - James Acheson

Best EditingEdit

Fatal Attraction - Michael Kahn, Peter E. Berger

Best Original ScroreEdit

Empire of the Sun - John Williams

Best Makeup and HairEdit

The Last Emperor - Fabrizio Sforza

Best Production DesignEdit

Tucker: The Man and His Dream - Dean Tavoularis

Best SoundEdit

Empire of the Sun

Best Visual EffectsEdit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Academy FellowshipEdit

Ingmar Bergman

Best Film not in the English LanguageEdit

Babette's Feast


  1. ^ "BAFTA Awards". IMDb. Retrieved March 21, 2017.