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The 52nd BAFTA Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 11 April 1999, honoured the best in film for 1998.[1]

52nd British Academy Film Awards
Date11 April 1999
SiteBusiness Design Centre
Hosted byJonathan Ross
Best FilmShakespeare in Love
Best British FilmElizabeth
Best ActorRoberto Benigni
Life is Beautiful
Best ActressCate Blanchett
Most awardsElizabeth (5)
Most nominationsShakespeare in Love (15)

Shakespeare in Love won the award for Best Film (also won the Academy Award for Best Picture) and Best Editing. Elizabeth was voted Best British Film. Both Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett won awards for their portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I. Geoffrey Rush won the award for Best Supporting Actor. Italian actor Roberto Benigni won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful). He went on to win the Academy Award. Peter Weir, director of The Truman Show, won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Directing.

The ceremony took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London and was hosted by Jonathan Ross.[2]


Winners and nomineesEdit

Best FilmEdit

Shakespeare in Love

Best ActorEdit

Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful

Best ActressEdit

Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth

Best Supporting ActorEdit

Geoffrey Rush in Elizabeth

Best Supporting ActressEdit

Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love

David Lean Award for DirectionEdit

Peter Weir for The Truman Show

Alexandra Korda Award for Best British FilmEdit


Best Costume DesignEdit

Velvet Goldmine - Sandy Powell

Best EditingEdit

Shakespeare in Love - David Gamble

Best CinematographyEdit

Elizabeth - Remi Adefarasin

Best Production DesignEdit

The Truman Show - Dennis Gassner

Best SoundEdit

Saving Private Ryan

Best Adapted ScreenplayEdit

Primary Colors - Elaine May

Best Original ScreenplayEdit

The Truman Show - Andrew Niccol

Best Film Not in the English LanguageEdit

Central Station

Best Visual EffectsEdit

Saving Private Ryan

Best Makeup/HairEdit

Elizabeth - Jenny Shircore

Best ScoreEdit

Elizabeth - David Hirschfelder


  1. ^ "IMDb: BAFTA Awards: 1999". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  2. ^ Staff, Guardian (7 April 1999). "And the Bafta for saddest Oscar loser goes to..." The Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2019.