By People Staff
March 23, 1999 12:00 AM

“Shakespeare in Love” was named Best Film, but “Elizabeth” won the most prizes — five — at Sunday’s 51st British Academy Film awards. “Elizabeth”‘s bountiful collection included a Best Actress prize for Cate Blanchett. “Shakespeare” won four awards. “The Truman Show” was compensated for its Oscar shutout, picking up three awards, including one for Best Director Peter Weir and one for Andrew Niccol for Best Original Screenplay. Roberto Benigni, who told the crowd he was full of joy, “like a watermelon,” beat hometown favorite Michael (“Little Voice”) Caine as Best Actor (for “Life is Beautiful”), but Brazil’s “Central Station” won over “Life is Beautiful” for Best Foreign-Language Film. “Saving Private Ryan” went home with only two technical prizes, for sound and visual effects.

  • Elizabeth Taylor received the evening’s only standing ovation when she was awarded a fellowship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “I don’t think of myself as an actress, and I didn’t think any of you did — quite rightly too,” she told the audience. “But it makes me want to act again.”