Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" and the Oscar-winning Italian film "Cinema Paradiso" swept the British Academy Film and Television Awards.
"GoodFellas," Scorsese's violent portrayal of Mafia life in New York City, won the best film award in Britain's equivalent to the Oscars.Scorsese was named best director for his film, which also took the award for best screenplay.
"Cinema Paradiso," Giuseppe Tornatore's study of the relationship between a film projectionist and a young boy in a small town in Sicily, which last year won an Oscar for the best foreign film, took four BAFTA prizes, including Philippe Noiret, who played the projectionist, and Salvatore Cascio, as the boy, for best actor and best supporting actor.
The film also won awards for best score and best foreign language film.
The ceremony, held in London's West End film and theater district, was linked for the first time by satellite to Hollywood, where Whoopi Goldberg received her award for best supporting actress in "Ghost."
British-born actress Jessica Tandy was named best leading actress for "Driving Miss Daisy," adding to the Oscar she won last year for the role.
The academy presented its highest accolade, the Fellowship Award, for outstanding contribution to the film industry, to French director Louis Malle, whose films include "Pretty Baby" (1978), "Atlantic City" (1981), "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (1987) and "Milou en Mai" (1990).
British actress Deborah Kerr, whose film career has spanned half a century, received a standing ovation when she was given a special award by BAFTA.
Kerr, who has played alongside such stars as Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant and Clark Gable, said her career had given her great satisfaction and she was hoping there was more to come.