Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who plays the real-life Cambodian refugee Dith Pran in the movie "The Killing Fields," received two awards, for Best Actor and Most Outstanding Newcomer, in Tuesday's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards in London. Ngor received an emotional response from the black-tie audience, and brought costar Sam Waterston and Pran on stage to share the applause. The film, set during the 1975 Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia, was also chosen as Best Film of 1984, and the film's scriptwriter, Bruce Robinson, won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award.
David Lean's "A Passage to India," considered the main competition to "The Killing Fields" at the March 25 Oscars, was ineligible for consideration because the film had not yet been released in Britain.
In other categories, German filmmaker Wim Wenders was selected Best Director for "Paris, Texas" (written by the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard), and Woody Allen won Best Original Screenplay for "Broadway Danny Rose." Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," a movie which received five nominations at the British ceremony and no Oscar nominations, won Ennio Morricone the Best Film Score award.
"The Jewel in the Crown" TV series dominated the television awards, winning Best Drama Series and, for Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Tim Pigott-Smith, Best Actress and Best Actor awards.