71st Academy Awards
|71st Academy Awards|
|Date||Sunday, March 21, 1999|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
|Best Picture||Shakespeare in Love|
|Most awards||Shakespeare in Love (7)|
|Most nominations||Shakespeare in Love (13)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||4 hours, 2 minutes|
28.51 (Nielsen rating)
The 71st Academy Awards ceremony, Sunday, March 21, 1999, was the last to take place at Los Angeles County Music Center, and was Whoopi Goldberg's third time hosting the Awards. It was the first time the ceremony took place on a Sunday.
The Academy Award ceremony ran extremely long, due largely to extended acceptance speeches. Notable films included Shakespeare in Love, which received 13 nominations and won 7 awards, Saving Private Ryan, which received 11 nominations and won 5 awards, and Life Is Beautiful, which received 7 nominations and won 3 awards.
Three of the films nominated for Best Picture (Life is Beautiful, Saving Private Ryan, and The Thin Red Line) were set in World War II, while the other two films nominated (Shakespeare In Love and Elizabeth) were set in Elizabethan England.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
Academy Honorary Award
Irving G. Thalberg Award
Scientific and Technical Award
Multiple nominations and awards
The following nineteen films received multiple nominations:
The following three films received multiple awards:
Presented by Annette Bening. The Academy takes a moment to remember those motion picture icons that left us in the previous year: Dane Clark, special effects artist Linwood G. Dunn, art director George Davis, Dick O'Neill, cinematographer Charles Lang, Norman Fell, cinematographer Freddie Young, executive John P. Veitch, E. G. Marshall, Jeanette Nolan, director Alan J. Pakula, choreographer and director Jerome Robbins, composer John Addison, Susan Strasberg, Vincent Winter, screenwriter James Goldman, John Derek, Richard Kiley, Maureen O'Sullivan, Phil Hartman, Esther Rolle, Jean Marais, Binnie Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Gene Raymond, Huntz Hall, director Akira Kurosawa, Alice Faye, Robert Young and Roddy McDowall.
News and recap
The show attracted 45.63m viewers, a 18% decline to the previous year's 57.25 million, yet a high rating compared to most other ceremonies.
This was the first time that two people have been nominated for Academy Awards for playing the same person in different films — Queen Elizabeth I, played by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth and Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love. (Host Whoopi Goldberg marked the occasion by appearing in a complete Elizabeth costume, including wig and whiteface, and dubbing herself "the African queen.")
As of 2011 this is the only Oscars where no nominated actor or actress were featured in the In Memoriam segment; though Sinatra did have his own tribute.
While presenting Best Film Editing Jim Carrey made a joke about he was not nominated but Roberto Benigni was. Part of this was due to how he was considered the frontrunner for The Truman Show. As of 2011 he is one of only 6 people who have won the Golden Globe for best Actor/Actress in a Drama but were not nominated for the corresponding Oscar.
- A special tribute was given to Oscar winner Frank Sinatra, who died in the previous year.
- Also another special tribute, presented by Steven Spielberg, was made to Stanley Kubrick, who had died only two weeks prior to the ceremony.
- A special tribute was given to the western genre, in order to pay tribute to singing cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, who both died in the previous year.
- A brief impromptu special tribute was given to famous film critic Gene Siskel who had died earlier that year.
- Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Kim Basinger (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Annette Bening (Presenter: In Memoriam Montage)
- Nicolas Cage (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Norman Jewison)
- Jim Carrey (Presenter: Best Film Editing)
- Kevin Costner (Presenter: Best Director)
- Geena Davis (Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score)
- Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese (Presenters: Honorary Award to Elia Kazan)
- Flik (voiced by Dave Foley) and Heimlich (voiced by Joe Ranft) (Presenters: Best Animated Short Film)
- Harrison Ford (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Brendan Fraser (Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film)
- John Glenn (Presenter: Historical Figures in Cinema Montage)
- Whoopi Goldberg (Presenter: Best Costume Design, Gene Siskel Tribute)
- Tom Hanks (Presenter: John Glenn Introduction)
- Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Anne Heche (Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards)
- Anjelica Huston (Presenter: Best Sound)
- Helen Hunt (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Val Kilmer (Presenter: Gene Autry and Roy Rogers Tribute)
- Lisa Kudrow (Presenter: Peter Gabriel and Randy Newman Performance)
- Jennifer Lopez (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Sophia Loren (Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film and Life Is Beautiful Film Clip)
- Andy Garcia and Andie MacDowell (Presenters: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score)
- Jack Nicholson (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Mike Myers (Presenter: Best Makeup)
- Gwyneth Paltrow (Presenter: Best Art Direction)
- Colin Powell (Presenter: The Thin Red Line and Saving Private Ryan Film Clips)
- Christina Ricci (Presenter: Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston Performance)
- Chris Rock (Presenter: Best Sound Effects Editing)
- Steven Spielberg (Presenter: Stanley Kubrick Tribute)
- Patrick Stewart (Presenter: Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love Film Clips)
- Uma Thurman (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
- John Travolta (Presenter: Frank Sinatra Tribute)
- Liv Tyler (Presenter: Aerosmith Performance)
- Jack Valenti (Presenter: Colin Powell Introduction)
- Robin Williams (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Renée Zellweger (Presenter: Alison Moorer Performance)
- Catherine Zeta-Jones (Presenter: Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion Performance)
- Aerosmith ("I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon)
- Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion ("The Prayer" from Quest for Camelot)
- Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston ("When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt)
- Peter Gabriel and Randy Newman ("That'll Do" from Babe: Pig in the City)
- Alison Moorer ("A Soft Place to Fall" from The Horse Whisperer)
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- "The 71st Academy Awards (1999) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
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- The 71st Annual Academy Awards at the Internet Movie Database