1998 in film

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The year 1998 in film involved many significant films including; Shakespeare in Love (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Saving Private Ryan, American History X, The Truman Show, Primary Colors, Rushmore, Rush Hour, There's Something About Mary, The Big Lebowski, and Terrence Malick's directorial return in The Thin Red Line. Animated films included A Bug's Life, Antz, Mulan and The Prince of Egypt.

Warner Bros. Pictures celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1998.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

The top ten films released in 1998 by worldwide gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1998[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide gross
1. Armageddon Touchstone Pictures $553,709,788
2. Saving Private Ryan DreamWorks Pictures / Paramount Pictures $481,840,909
3. Godzilla TriStar Pictures $379,014,294
4. There's Something About Mary 20th Century Fox $369,884,651
5. A Bug's Life Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar $363,398,565
6. Deep Impact DreamWorks Pictures / Paramount Pictures $349,464,664
7. Mulan Walt Disney Pictures $304,320,254
8. Dr. Dolittle 20th Century Fox $294,456,605
9. Shakespeare in Love Miramax Films / Universal Pictures $289,317,794
10. Lethal Weapon 4 Warner Bros. $285,444,603


Awards events[edit]

Academy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Eternity and a Day (Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα, Mia aioniotita kai mia mera), directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greece / France / Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Way We Laughed (Così ridevano), directed by Gianni Amelio, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Central do Brasil (Central Station), directed by Walter Salles, Brazil / France

Awards[edit]

Category/Organization 56th Golden Globe Awards
January 24, 1999
4th Critics Choice Awards
January 1999
5th Screen Actors Guild Awards
March 7, 1999
71st Academy Awards
March 21, 1999
51st BAFTA Awards
April 11, 1999
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare In Love Saving Private Ryan 'Shakespeare in Love' (cast) Shakespeare in Love Shakespeare in Love
Best Director Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan
Peter Weir
The Truman Show
Best Actor Jim Carrey
The Truman Show
Michael Caine
Little Voice
Ian McKellen
Gods and Monsters and Apt Pupil
Roberto Benigni
Life is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni
Life is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni
Life is Beautiful
Best Actress Cate Blanchett
Elizabeth
Gwyneth Paltrow
Shakespeare in Love
Cate Blanchett
Elizabeth
Gwyneth Paltrow
Shakespeare in Love
Gwyneth Paltrow
Shakespeare in Love
Cate Blanchett
Elizabeth
Best Supporting Actor Ed Harris
The Truman Show
Billy Bob Thornton
A Simple Plan
Robert Duvall
A Civil Action
James Coburn
Affliction
Geoffrey Rush
Elizabeth
Best Supporting Actress Lynn Redgrave
Gods and Monsters
Kathy Bates
Primary Colors
Kathy Bates
Primary Colors
Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love
Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love
Best Screenplay, Adapted Shakespeare in Love
Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
A Simple Plan Gods and Monsters
Bill Condon
Primary Colors
Elaine May
Best Screenplay, Original Shakespeare in Love
Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shakespeare in Love
Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
The Truman Show
Andrew Niccol
Best Foreign Language Film Central Station
(Central do Brasil)
Life is Beautiful
(La vita è bella)
Life is Beautiful
(La vita è bella)
Central Station
(Central do Brasil)

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Births[edit]

  • January 4 - Coco Jones, actress/singer. United States

Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 4 Mae Questel 89 USA Actress, Voice of Betty Boop, Olive Oyl Who Framed Roger RabbitFunny GirlNew York Stories
5 Sonny Bono 62 USA Singer, Actor Good TimesHairsprayAirplane II: The SequelTrollEscape to AthenaUnder the BoardwalkDirty Laundry
6 Walter Barnes 79 USA Actor The Big GundownEscape to Witch MountainDay of the AnimalsEvery Which Way But LoosePete's DragonHigh Plains Drifter
6 Murray Salem 47 USA Actor, Screenwriter Kindergarten CopThe Spy Who Loved Me
24 Jack Lord 77 USA Actor Dr. NoGod's Little AcreMan of the WestThe Hangman
28 Jim Bohan 52 USA Actor American GraffitiPunishment Park
30 Ferdy Mayne 81 UK Actor Ben-HurBarry LyndonConan the DestroyerWhere Eagles DareThe Fearless Vampire KillersRevenge of the Pink Panther
February 1 Jack T. Collis 75 USA Art Director Magnum ForceThe Last TycoonExorcist II: The HereticSave the TigerBorn RecklessThe Delta Factor
2 Davy Kaye 81 Bahamas Actor Chitty Chitty Bang BangThose Magnificent Men in their Flying MachinesCarry On at Your ConvenienceCarry On CowboyThe Millionairess
5 Douglas Gamley 73 Australia Composer, Conductor TronEnigmaThe City of the DeadThe Land That Time Forgot
17 Sheila Raynor 91 UK Actor A Clockwork OrangeThe Omen
18 James Villiers 67 UK Actor For Your Eyes OnlyRepulsionKing Ralph
23 Chuck Hayward 89 UK Actor The Blues BrothersThe Longest YardRooster CogburnCharlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon QueenThe Frisco Kid
24 Henny Youngman 91 UK Comedian, Actor History of the World: Part IGoodfellas
27 J. T. Walsh 54 USA Actor Sling BladePleasantvilleA Few Good MenHannah and Her SistersThe NegotiatorNixonGood Morning, VietnamExecutive DecisionThe Russia HouseBackdraftHoffaBlue Chips
March 5 Donald Woods 91 Canada Actor True GritDimension 5Kissin' Cousins13 Ghosts
10 Lloyd Bridges 85 USA Actor High NoonAirplane!Hot Shots!The Fifth MusketeerSaharaThe RainmakerRocketship X-MWichitaHoney, I Blew Up the KidBlown AwayCousinsWinter PeopleTucker: The Man and His DreamJoe Versus the Volcano
10 Bill Alton 73 USA Actor Sweet Lorraine
25 Daniel Massey 64 UK Actor Star!In Which We ServeThe Entertainer
April 1 Lucille Norman 76 USA Actress Carson CityPainting the Clouds with SunshineFor Me and My Gal
3 Charles Lang 96 USA Cinematographer Some Like It HotThe Magnificent SevenSabrinaCharadeBob & Carol & Ted & AliceOne-Eyed JacksBlue Hawaii40 Carats
11 Rodney Harvey 30 USA Actor My Own Private IdahoGuncrazyFive CornersSalsa
23 Ted Carroll  ?? UK Actor Flash GordonKesDracula
28 Jerome Bixby 75 USA Screenwriter Twilight Zone: The MovieFantastic VoyageThe Man from Earth
May 2 Maidie Norman 85 USA Actress What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?Halloween III: Season of the WitchWritten on the WindAirport '77
9 Alice Faye 83 USA Actress, Singer In Old ChicagoAlexander's Ragtime Band
10 Robert Jewell 78 Australia Actor Dr. Who and the DaleksDaleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.The Terrornauts
11 Gene Fowler Jr. 80 USA Film Editor It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldHang 'Em HighA Man Called JorseSkatetown, U.S.A.Captain Scarface
14 Frank Sinatra 82 USA Singer, Actor From Here to EternityOn the TownThe Manchurian CandidateOcean's ElevenSome Came RunningTony RomeRobin and the 7 HoodsGuys and DollsHigh SocietyThe Tender TrapPal JoeyCan-CanSuddenlyThe Man With The Golden ArmA Hole in the Head4 for TexasVon Ryan's ExpressThe DetectiveLady in CementThe First Deadly Sin
15 Linwood G. Dunn 93 USA Visual Effects Artist West Side Story2001: A Space OdysseyThe Great Race
20 Wolf Mankowitz 73 UK Screenwriter Casino RoyaleA Kid for Two Farthings
21 Douglas Fowley 86 USA Actor Singin' in the RainMighty Joe YoungBattleground
28 Phil Hartman 49 USA Actor, Comedian Pee-wee's Big AdventureJingle All the WaySmall SoldiersGreedyThree AmigosFletch LivesConeheadsSgt. BilkoThe Brave Little ToasterSo I Married an Axe Murderer
June 1 Darwin Joston 60 USA Actor Assault on Precinct 13EraserheadThe FogWild at Heart
4 Josephine Hutchinson 94 USA Actress North by NorthwestThe Story of Louis PasteurSon of FrankensteinNevada SmithAdventure in Baltimore
5 Jeanette Nolan 85 USA Actress The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceThe Fox and the HoundThe Horse WhispererCloak & Dagger
12 Theresa Merritt 73 USA Actress Billy MadisonThe WizThe Goodbye GirlHome FriesAll That Jazz
23 Kurt Kren 69 Austria Director 8/64: Ana – Aktion Brus10/65: Selbstverstümmelung10b/65: Silber – Aktion Brus16/67: 20. September10c/65: Brus wünscht euch seine Weihnachten
23 Maureen O'Sullivan 87 USA Actress The Thin ManTarzan's New York AdventurePeggy Sue Got MarriedThe Tall T
24 Ken Barker 70 UK Stuntman BatmanWillowRobin Hood: Prince of ThievesAn American Werewolf in LondonSuperman III
July 4 Gregg Burge 40 USA Actor A Chorus LineSchool Daze
6 Roy Rogers 86 USA Actor Bells of San AngeloMackintosh and T.J.Son of PalefaceMy Pal TriggerUnder California Stars
10 William Preston 76 USA Actor The Fisher KingWaterworldJoe's ApartmentFar and AwayThe CrucibleThe Exorcist III
16 Leigh Brown 59 USA Screenwriter A Christmas StoryIt Runs in the Family
17 Joseph Maher 64 Ireland Actor Mars Attacks!In & OutThe Out-of-TownersMy Stepmother Is an AlienSister ActI.Q.
19 Betty Marsden 79 UK Actress Night and the CityThe DresserCarry On CampingBritannia HospitalCarry On Regardless
21 Robert Young 91 USA Actor CrossfireThat Forsyte WomanClaudia and DavidThey Won't Believe MeNorthwest PassageThe Enchanted Cottage
21 Kenneth Watson 66 UK Actor Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
22 Don Dunphy 90 USA Announcer, Actor Raging BullThe FighterBananasMatilda
28 Lenny McLean 49 UK Actor Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsThe Fifth ElementMy Cousin Vinny
29 O. Z. Whitehead 87 USA Actor The Lion in WinterThe Grapes of WrathRally 'Round the Flag, Boys!The Romance of Rosy Ridge
August 11 Derek Newark 65 UK Actor City Under the SeaDad's ArmyThe Black Windmill
16 Phil Leeds 82 USA Actor GhostRosemary's BabyFrankie and JohnnieKrippendorf's TribeSoapdishBeachesHistory of the World: Part I
18 Persis Khambatta 49 India Actress Star Trek: The Motion PictureNighthawksShe-Wolves of the Wasteland
24 E. G. Marshall 84 USA Actor 12 Angry MenThe Caine MutinyNixonTora! Tora! Tora!InteriorsChristmas VacationSuperman IITown Without PityCash McCallThe ChaseCreepshowPowerAbsolute Power
24 Gene Page 58 USA Composer BlaculaBrewster McCloudThings Are Tough All Over
September 2 Fernando Carrere 87 Mexico Art Director The Great EscapeThe Pink PantherOn the BeachThe Defiant OnesJack the Giant Killer
6 Akira Kurosawa 88 Japan Screenwriter Seven SamuraiRashomonThrone of BloodKagemushaRan
8 Leonid Kinskey 95 Russia Actor CasablancaDuck SoupThe Man with the Golden Arm
11 Dane Clark 86 USA Actor Action in the North AtlanticDestination TokyoWhiplashBackfire
19 Patricia Hayes 88 UK Actress A Fish Called WandaWillowThe Neverending StoryLittle DorritDanger on Dartmoor
22 John Garrie 75 UK Actor if....The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
24 Dennis Ayling 81 UK Cinematographer Alien
30 Marius Goring 86 UK Actor Ill Met by MoonlightThe MoonrakerThe Girl on a Motorcycle
October 2 Gene Autry 91 USA Actor, Singer The Phantom EmpireThe Singing VagabondThe Old CorralIn Old Santa FeSpringtime in the RockiesRiders of the Whistling PinesRim of the CanyonMelody Ranch
3 Roddy McDowall 70 USA Actor Planet of the ApesThe Poseidon AdventureCleopatraMy Friend FlickaMidnight Lace5 Card StudLord Love a DuckA Bug's LifeBedknobs and BroomsticksThe Greatest Story Ever ToldThat Darn Cat!Funny LadyOverboardEvil Under the SunFright Night
17 Joan Hickson 92 UK Actress ClockwiseTheatre of BloodMurder, She SaidThe Man Who Never WasThe Horse's Mouth
22 Eric Ambler 89 UK Screenwriter A Night to RememberTopkapiThe Way Ahead
23 Christopher Gable 58 UK Actor The Boy FriendThe Lair of the White Worm
28 James Goldman 71 USA Screenwriter The Lion in WinterThey Might Be Giants
November 2 Tommy Duggan 89 UK Actor The OmenSuperman IIOmen III: The Final Conflict
4 Vincent Winter 50 UK Production Manager Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomSupermanThe Color PurpleFor Your Eyes OnlySanta Claus
9 Ursula Reit 84 Germany Actress Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
17 Dick O'Neill 70 USA Actor The Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeThe JerkPrizzi's HonorThe Mosquito CoastWolfen
17 Esther Rolle 78 USA Actress Driving Miss DaisyRosewoodCape Fear
19 Alan J. Pakula 70 USA Director, Producer All the President's MenTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Pelican BriefSophie's ChoicePresumed InnocentKlute
22 Nicky Blair 72 USA Actor The Godfather Part IIIRocky VA Bronx TaleNew YorkViva Las Vegas
25 Enrico Sabbatini 66 Italy Costume Designer Seven Years in TibetThe MissionCutthroat Island
25 Flip Wilson 64 USA Comedian, Actor Skatetown, U.S.A.The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
30 Ruth Clifford 98 USA Actress Behind the LinesThe SavageThe Invisible RayThe Face on the Bar-Room FloorAs Man DesiresThe Show of Shows
December
1 Freddie Young 96 UK Cinematographer Lawrence of ArabiaDoctor ZhivagoYou Only Live TwiceRyan's DaughterLord Jim
7 John Addison 78 USA Composer A Bridge Too FarSleuthTorn CurtainTom JonesThe Loneliness of the Long Distance RunnerThe Seven-Per-Cent SolutionThe Loved OneA Taste of HoneyLook Back in Anger
14 Norman Fell 74 USA Actor Inherit the WindIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldThe GraduateBullittThe BoatniksCleopatra Jones and the Casino of GoldAirport 1975PaternityThe Stone KillerCharley VarrickOcean's 11Catch-22The End
14 Lew Grade 91 UK Producer The Dark CrystalSophie's ChoiceThe Muppet MovieOn Golden PondThe Boys from BrazilThe Last UnicornCapricorn OneThe Eagle Has LandedAll Quiet on the Western FrontThe Cassandra CrossingThe Medusa Touch
14 Harry Pottle 72 or 73 UK Art Director You Only Live TwiceChitty Chitty Bang BangLoose CannonsMurder by DecreeTurk 182The Big SleepNo Highway in the Sky
14 Tom Bartholomew 68 USA Stand-by Painter One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestChinatownCluelessRocky IIIDeath Becomes Her
17 John Robert Lloyd 78 USA Production Designer Midnight CowboyClue
20 Irene Hervey 89 USA Actress Play Misty for MeCactus Flower
21 Roger Avon 84 UK Actor Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.Curse of the Crimson AltarMutiny on the Buses
23 David Manners 97 United States Actor, Soundtrack DraculaThe MummyThe Black Cat
25 Richard Paul 58 USA Actor The People vs. Larry FlyntEating RaoulThe Independent
26 Hurd Hatfield 81 USA Actor The Boston StranglerEl CidKing of KingsThe Picture of Dorian GrayVon Richthofen and Brown
28 William Frankfather 54 USA Actor Death Becomes HerThe RocketeerMouseHuntHarry and the HendersonsWhen a Man Loves a Woman
29 Don Taylor 81 USA Actor, Director Stalag 17Father of the BrideDamien: Omen IIEscape from the Planet of the ApesThe Island of Dr. Moreau

Film debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1998 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 1, 2014.