70th Academy Awards
|70th Academy Awards|
|Date||Monday, March 23, 1998|
Los Angeles, California
|Director||Louis J. Horvitz|
|Most awards||Titanic (11)|
|Most nominations||Titanic (14)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 47 minutes|
35.32 (Nielsen ratings)
The 70th Academy Awards were noted for their high ratings and the 11 wins obtained by the Best Picture Titanic. Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony for the sixth time, and received an Emmy Award for his performance.
Titanic dominated the evening picking up 11 awards out of 14 nominations. The film tied with the most awards nominated with All About Eve and tied with the most awards won with Ben-Hur. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King would also match that record in 2004.
Other notable films were As Good as It Gets, which received seven nominations and two awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress and Good Will Hunting, which received nine nominations and also won two awards.
In addition, the ceremony was also the last time all four winning acting performances were not based on biographies and all four winning acting performers were American.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
Academy Honorary Award 
Gordon E. Sawyer Award 
Scientific and Technical Award 
- Gunnar P. Michelson
Multiple nominations and awards 
The following sixteen films received multiple nominations:
The following four films received multiple awards:
In Memoriam 
Presented by Whoopi Goldberg. The Academy takes a special moment to remember those involved with motion pictures that died in the previous year. Those that were featured: Lloyd Bridges, Richard Jaeckel, composer Saul Chaplin, cinematographer Stanley Cortez, William Hickey, screenwriter Paul Jarrico, screenwriter Dorothy Kingsley, hairstylist Sydney Guilaroff, editor William H. Reynolds, Billie Dove, oceanographic filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, Stubby Kaye, Red Skelton, producer Dawn Steel, Toshiro Mifune, Brian Keith, Chris Farley, executive Leo Jaffe, director Samuel Fuller, Burgess Meredith, J. T. Walsh, Robert Mitchum and James Stewart.
Special events 
- Upon his winning of Best Actor, Jack Nicholson thanked to his longtime friend which also nominated. He said "...And i'm honored to be on any list with you, Bobby, Dusty, and you and your father, Mr. Damon, and my old bike pal, Fonda."
- As a celebration of 70 years of Oscar, the Academy showed clips of all the films that won Best Picture in the past 70 years. The Academy also invited 70 Oscar winning actors and the camera went face to face announcing the actor or actress and the film they won the Oscar for and the year as well.
- Mike Myers introduced a montage of film clips featuring animal actors. The final clip of the montage was a growling shot of Bart the Bear (a large kodiak bear) from the film The Edge. A curtain then rose to reveal Bart on stage, wearing a bow tie and holding a wooden "envelope", which Myers was to retrieve from the bear before presenting the next award. Returning to the microphone, Myers quipped "I just soiled myself."
- Fay Wray made a special guest appearance. Billy Crystal introduced a short clip of her work in King Kong and then moved off the stage. When the lights came back up, he was standing next to Wray in the audience and described her as "the beauty who charmed the beast" and the "legendary Fay Wray". A surprised Wray rose from her seat to instantaneous rapturous applause, which included reaction shots of Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Red Buttons and Martin Landau. Interestingly, she happened to be sitting immediately in front of James Cameron and he can be seen in most of the shots of her. It was her last ever appearance at the Academy Awards show.
- Aaliyah performed "Journey to the Past" from the motion picture Anastasia. At 19 years old, she became the youngest female recording artist to perform at the Oscars.
- Director James Cameron, after winning the Academy Award for Best Picture for Titanic, asked for a moment of silence from the audience to honor the 1,517 people who died in the sinking.
- Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Presenters: Short Subjects Awards)
- Alec Baldwin (Presenter: L.A. Confidential Film Clip)
- Antonio Banderas (Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score)
- Drew Barrymore (Presenter: Best Makeup)
- Warren Beatty (Presenter: Best Director)
- Neve Campbell (Presenter: Aaliyah and Michael Bolton Performances)
- Sean Connery (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Geena Davis (Presenter: The Full Monty Film Clip)
- Robert De Niro (Presenter: Best Documentary Feature)
- Cameron Diaz (Presenter: Best Sound)
- Matt Dillon (Presenter: Good Will Hunting Film Clip)
- Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Djimon Hounsou (Presenter: Best Documentary Short Subject)
- Helen Hunt (Presenter: Best Visual Effects)
- Samuel L. Jackson (Presenter: Best Film Editing)
- Ashley Judd (Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards)
- Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Jennifer Lopez (Presenter: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score)
- Madonna (Presenter: Best Original Song; Trisha Yearwood, Eliott Smith and Celine Dion Performances)
- Frances McDormand (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Geoffrey Rush (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Meg Ryan (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Martin Scorsese (Presenter: Honorary Award to Stanley Donen)
- Elisabeth Shue (Presenter: Best Costume Design)
- Mike Myers (Presenter: Best Sound Effects Editing)
- Susan Sarandon (Presenter: "The Oscar Family Album")
- Arnold Schwarzenegger (Presenter: Titanic Film Clip)
- Mira Sorvino (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Sharon Stone (Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Denzel Washington (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- Sigourney Weaver (Presenter: As Good as It Gets Film Clip)
- Robin Williams (Presenter: 70 Years of Oscar Montage)
- Aaliyah ("Journey to the Past" from Anastasia)
- Michael Bolton ("Go the Distance" from Hercules)
- Celine Dion ("My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic)
- Elliott Smith ("Miss Misery" from Good Will Hunting)
- Trisha Yearwood ("How Do I Live" from Con Air)
See also 
- Academy Award
- Academy Honorary Award
- 55th Golden Globe Awards
- 4th Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 18th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1997 in film
- List of Academy Awards ceremonies
- Submissions for the 70th Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
- 40th Grammy Awards
- 49th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 50th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 51st British Academy Film Awards
- 52nd Tony Awards
- Governors Awards
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