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The 50th BAFTA Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 29 April 1997, honoured the best films of 1996.

50th British Academy Film Awards
Date29 April 1997
SiteRoyal Albert Hall
Hosted byLenny Henry
Highlights
Best FilmThe English Patient
Best British FilmSecrets & Lies
Best ActorGeoffrey Rush
Shine
Best ActressBrenda Blethyn
Secrets & Lies
Most awardsThe English Patient (6)
Most nominationsThe English Patient (13)

Anthony Minghella's The English Patient won for Best Film, while Secrets & Lies won the "Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film". Geoffrey Rush won for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Shine and Brenda Blethyn won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in Secrets & Lies, respectively.

Winners and nomineesEdit

Best Film Best Director

The English Patient

FargoJoel Coen and Ethan Coen

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

Geoffrey RushShine

Brenda BlethynSecrets & Lies

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

Paul ScofieldThe Crucible

Juliette BinocheThe English Patient

Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay

Secrets & LiesMike Leigh

The English PatientAnthony Minghella

Best Cinematography Outstanding British Film

The English PatientJohn Seale

Secrets & Lies

Best Original Music Best Sound

The English PatientGabriel Yared

Shine

Best Production Design Best Special Visual Effects

Richard III – Tony Burrough

Twister

Best Costume Design Best Makeup and Hair

Richard III Shuna Harwood

The Nutty ProfessorRick Baker

Best Editing Best Film Not in the English Language

The English PatientWalter Murch

Ridicule

Award breakdownEdit

Winners (minimum one win)

Losers (minimum two nominations)

ReferencesEdit