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The 49th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 23 April 1996, honoured the best films of 1995.

49th British Academy Film Awards
Date23 April 1996
SiteTheatre Royal, Drury Lane
Hosted byAngus Deayton
Best FilmSense and Sensibility
Best British FilmThe Madness of
King George
Best ActorNigel Hawthorne
The Madness of King George
Best ActressEmma Thompson
Sense and Sensibility
Most awardsBraveheart,
The Madness of King George, The Postman, and Sense and Sensibility (3)
Most nominationsThe Madness of King George (14)

Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility won the award for Best Film. Sense and Sensibility also won awards for Best Actress (Emma Thompson) and Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet). Il postino (The Postman) of director Michael Radford won the awards for Best Film not in the English Language, Director and Film Music. Nigel Hawthorne was voted Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in The Madness of King George. The same film was voted Best British Film of the Year. Tim Roth won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Archibald Cunningham" in Rob Roy.

Winners and nomineesEdit

Best Film Best Director

Sense and Sensibility

Michael Radford - The Postman (Il postino)

Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nigel Hawthorne - The Madness of King George

Emma Thompson - Sense and Sensibility

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Tim Roth - Rob Roy

Kate Winslet - Sense and Sensibility

Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay

The Usual Suspects - Christopher McQuarrie

Trainspotting - John Hodge

Best Cinematography Outstanding British Film

Braveheart - John Toll

The Madness of King George

Best Original Music Best Sound

The Postman (Il postino) - Luis Enríquez Bacalov


Best Production Design Best Special Visual Effects

Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Best Costume Design Best Makeup and Hair


The Madness of King George

Best Editing Best Film Not in the English Language

The Usual Suspects

The Postman (Il postino)

Awards breakdownEdit