52nd British Academy Film Awards

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

Peter Weir, Best Director winner
Roberto Benigni, Best Actor winner
Cate Blanchett, Best Actress winner
Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actor winner
Judi Dench, Best Supporting Actress winner
Andrew Niccol, Best Original Screenplay winner
Elaine May, Best Adapted Screenplay winner

Shakespeare in LoveDavid Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick and Marc Norman

Peter WeirThe Truman Show

Roberto BenigniLife Is Beautiful as Guido Orefice

Cate BlanchettElizabeth as Elizabeth I

Geoffrey RushShakespeare in Love as Philip Henslowe

Judi DenchShakespeare in Love as Elizabeth I

The Truman ShowAndrew Niccol

Primary ColorsElaine May

ElizabethRemi Adefarasin

Velvet GoldmineSandy Powell

Shakespeare in LoveDavid Gamble

ElizabethJenny Shircore

ElizabethDavid Hirschfelder

The Truman ShowDennis Gassner

Saving Private RyanGary Rydstrom, Ron Judkins, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Richard Hymns

Saving Private RyanStefen Fangmeier, Roger Guyett and Neil Corbould

ElizabethAlison Owen, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Shekhar Kapur

Love and Death on Long IslandRichard Kwietniowski (Writer/Director)

The Canterbury Tales – Aida Zyablikova, Renat Zinnurov, Ashley Potter, Dave Antrobus, Claire Jennings, Mic Graves, Joanna Quinn, Les Mills and Jonathan Myerson

  • 1001 Nights – Yukio Sonoyama and Mike Smith
  • Gogwana – Helen Nobarro, Deiniol Morris, Sion Jones, Michael Mart and Joe Turner
  • HumdrumCarla Shelley, Michael Rose and Peter Peake

Home – Hannah Lewis, Morag McKinnon and Colin McLaren

  • Anthrakitts – Natasha Dack and Sara Sugarman
  • Eight – Jon Finn, Stephen Daldry and Tim Clague
  • In Memory of Dorothy Bennett – Catherine McArthur and Martin Radich

Central StationArthur Cohn, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre and Walter Salles


Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Film
15 Shakespeare in Love
12 Elizabeth
10 Saving Private Ryan
7 The Truman Show
6 Little Voice
5 Hilary and Jackie
3 Life Is Beautiful
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
2 Primary Colors
Velvet Goldmine
Films that received multiple awards
Awards Film
5 Elizabeth
4 Shakespeare in Love
3 The Truman Show
2 Saving Private Ryan

See alsoEdit


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