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|2nd British Academy Film Awards|
|Date||29 May 1949|
|Site||Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London|
|Best British Film||The Fallen Idol|
|Most awards||Hamlet, The Fallen Idol (1)|
|Most nominations||Hamlet, The Fallen Idol (2)|
The 2nd British Film Awards, known retroactively as the British Academy Film Awards, were given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) (known then as the British Film Academy) on 29 May 1949, and honoured the best films of 1948. Three new awards were handed out for Best Documentary, Special awards for film and the United Nations Award for the "best Film embodying one or more of the principles of the United Nations Charter". British films The Fallen Idol and Hamlet received the awards for Best British Film and Best Film from any Source, respectively.
British films The Fallen Idol and Hamlet received the awards for Best British Film and Best Film from any Source, respectively, and were additionally nominated in both categories; Louisiana Story received the award for Best Documentary; Atomic Physics received the Special Award for Film; and the United Nations Award was handed out to Atomic Physics, Hungry Minds and screenplay The Winslow Boy.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface; the nominees are listed below alphabetically and not in boldface.
|Best British Picture||Best Film from any Source|
|Best Documentary Picture||Special Award for Film|
Awarded for the best Film embodying one or more of the principles of the United Nations Charter.