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]

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Eternity and a Day (Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα, Mia aioniotita kai mia mera), directed by Theo 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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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 4 Mae Questel 89 USA Actress, Voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl Who Framed Roger RabbitFunny Girl
5 Sonny Bono 62 USA Singer, Actor Good TimesHairspray
6 Walter Barnes 79 USA Actor The Big GundownEscape to Witch Mountain
6 Murray Salem 47 USA Actor, Screenwriter Kindergarten CopThe Spy Who Loved Me
24 Jack Lord 77 USA Actor Dr. NoGod's Little Acre
28 Jim Bohan 52 USA Actor American GraffitiPunishment Park
30 Ferdy Mayne 81 UK Actor Ben-HurBarry Lyndon
February 1 Jack T. Collis 75 USA Art Director Magnum ForceThe Last Tycoon
2 Davy Kaye 81 Bahamas Actor Chitty Chitty Bang BangThose Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
5 Douglas Gamley 73 Australia Composer, Conductor TronEnigma
17 Sheila Raynor 91 UK Actor A Clockwork OrangeThe Omen
18 James Villiers 67 UK Actor For Your Eyes OnlyRepulsion
23 Chuck Hayward 89 UK Actor The Blues BrothersThe Longest Yard
24 Henny Youngman 91 UK Comedian, Actor History of the World, Part IGoodfellas
27 J. T. Walsh 54 USA Actor HoffaPleasantville
March 5 Donald Woods 91 Canada Actor Anthony AdverseThe Case of the Stuttering Bishop
10 Lloyd Bridges 85 USA Actor High NoonAirplane!
10 Bill Alton 73 USA Actor Sweet Lorraine
17 Helen Westcott 70 USA Actress The GunfighterGod's Little Acre
25 Daniel Massey 64 UK Actor Star!In Which We Serve
April 1 Lucille Norman 76 USA Actress Carson CityPainting the Clouds with Sunshine
1 Gene Evans 75 USA Actor The Steel HelmetShock Corridor
3 Charles Lang 96 USA Cinematographer Some Like It HotThe Magnificent Seven
11 Rodney Harvey 30 USA Actor My Own Private IdahoGuncrazy
21 Peter Lind Hayes 82 USA Actor The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. TThe Senator Was Indiscreet
28 Jerome Bixby 75 USA Screenwriter Twilight Zone: The MovieFantastic Voyage
May 2 Maidie Norman 85 USA Actress What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?Halloween III: Season of the Witch
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.
11 Gene Fowler, Jr. 80 USA Film Editor It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldHang 'Em High
14 Frank Sinatra 82 USA Singer, Actor From Here to EternityOn the Town
15 Linwood G. Dunn 93 USA Visual Effects Artist West Side Story2001: A Space Odyssey
20 Wolf Mankowitz 73 UK Screenwriter Casino RoyaleA Kid for Two Farthings
21 Douglas Fowley 86 USA Actor Singin' in the RainMighty Joe Young
22 John Derek 71 USA Actor, Director Knock on Any DoorSaturday's Hero
28 Phil Hartman 49 USA Actor, Comedian Pee-wee's Big AdventureJingle All the Way
June 1 Darwin Joston 60 USA Actor Assault on Precinct 13Eraserhead
4 Josephine Hutchinson 94 USA Actress North by NorthwestThe Story of Louis Pasteur
5 Jeanette Nolan 85 USA Actress The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceThe Fox and the Hound
12 Theresa Merritt 73 USA Actress Billy MadisonThe Wiz
23 Kurt Kren 69 Austria Director 8/64: Ana – Aktion Brus10/65: Selbstverstümmelung
23 Maureen O'Sullivan 87 USA Actress Tarzan the Ape ManThe Thin Man
July 4 Gregg Burge 40 USA Actor A Chorus LineSchool Daze
6 Roy Rogers 86 USA Actor Son of PalefaceDark Command
10 William Preston 76 USA Actor The Fisher KingWaterworld
16 Leigh Brown 59 USA Screenwriter A Christmas StoryIt Runs in the Family
17 Joseph Maher 64 Ireland Actor Mars Attacks!In & Out
19 Betty Marsden 79 UK Actress Night and the CityThe Dresser
21 Robert Young 91 USA Actor CrossfireThat Forsyte Woman
21 Kenneth Watson 66 UK Actor Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
22 Don Dunphy 90 USA Announcer, Actor Raging BullThe Fighter
28 Lenny McLean 49 UK Actor Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsThe Fifth Element
29 O. Z. Whitehead 87 USA Actor The Lion in WinterThe Grapes of Wrath
August 11 Derek Newark 65 UK Actor City Under the SeaDad's Army
16 Phil Leeds 82 USA Actor GhostRosemary's Baby
18 Persis Khambatta 49 India Actress Star Trek: The Motion PictureNighthawks
24 E. G. Marshall 84 USA Actor 12 Angry MenThe Caine Mutiny
24 Gene Page 58 USA Composer BlaculaBrewster McCloud
September 2 Fernando Carrere 87 Mexico Art Director The Great EscapeThe Pink Panther
6 Akira Kurosawa 88 Japan Screenwriter Seven SamuraiRashomon
8 Leonid Kinskey 95 Russia Actor CasablancaDuck Soup
11 Dane Clark 86 USA Actor Action in the North AtlanticDestination Tokyo
19 Patricia Hayes 88 UK Actress A Fish Called WandaWillow
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 Moonraker
October 2 Gene Autry 91 USA Actor, Singer The Phantom EmpireThe Singing Vagabond
3 Roddy McDowall 70 USA Actor Planet of the ApesThe Poseidon Adventure
11 Richard Denning 84 USA Actor An Affair to RememberCreature from the Black Lagoon
17 Joan Hickson 92 UK Actress ClockwiseTheatre of Blood
22 Eric Ambler 89 UK Screenwriter A Night to RememberTopkapi
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 II
4 Vincent Winter 50 UK Production Manager Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomSuperman
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 Jerk
17 Esther Rolle 78 USA Actress Driving Miss DaisyRosewood
19 Alan J. Pakula 70 USA Director, Producer All the President's MenTo Kill a Mockingbird
22 Nicky Blair 72 USA Actor The Godfather Part IIIRocky V
25 Enrico Sabbatini 66 Italy Costume Designer Seven Years in TibetThe Mission
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 Savage
December
1 Freddie Young 96 UK Cinematographer Lawrence of ArabiaDoctor Zhivago
7 John Addison 78 USA Composer A Bridge Too FarSleuth
14 Norman Fell 74 USA Actor Inherit the WindIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
14 Lew Grade 91 UK Producer The Dark CrystalSophie's Choice
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 Altar
23 David Manners 97 USA Actor DraculaThe Mummy
25 Richard Paul 58 USA Actor The People vs. Larry FlyntEating Raoul
26 Hurd Hatfield 81 USA Actor The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Boston Strangler
28 William Frankfather 54 USA Actor Death Becomes HerThe Rocketeer
29 Don Taylor 81 USA Actor, Director Stalag 17

Film debuts[edit]

References[edit]

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