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 Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks 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
52nd BAFTA Awards
April 11, 1999
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love Saving Private Ryan N/A Shakespeare in Love
Best Director Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan
N/A 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
Apt Pupil
Roberto Benigni
Life is Beautiful
Best Actress Cate Blanchett
Elizabeth
Gwyneth Paltrow
Shakespeare in Love
Cate Blanchett
Elizabeth
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
Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love
Best Screenplay, Adapted Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shakespeare in Love
Scott B. Smith
A Simple Plan
N/A Bill Condon
Gods and Monsters
Elaine May
Primary Colors
Best Screenplay, Original Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shakespeare in Love
N/A Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Shakespeare in Love
Andrew Niccol
The Truman Show
Best Original Score The Truman Show
Burkhard Dallwitz and Philip Glass
Saving Private Ryan
John Williams
N/A Life Is Beautiful
Nicola Piovani
Elizabeth
David Hirschfelder
Best Original Song "The Prayer"
Quest for Camelot
"When You Believe"
The Prince of Egypt
N/A "When You Believe"
The Prince of Egypt
N/A
Best Foreign Language Film Central Station Life is Beautiful N/A Life is Beautiful Central Station

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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
5 Sonny Bono 62 USA Singer, Actor
6 Walter Barnes 79 USA Actor
6 Murray Salem 47 USA Actor, Screenwriter
24 Jack Lord 77 USA Actor
28 Jim Bohan 52 USA Actor
30 Ferdy Mayne 81 UK Actor
February 1 Jack T. Collis 75 USA Art Director
2 Davy Kaye 81 Bahamas Actor
5 Douglas Gamley 73 Australia Composer, Conductor
17 Sheila Raynor 91 UK Actor
18 James Villiers 67 UK Actor
23 Chuck Hayward 89 UK Actor
24 Henny Youngman 91 UK Comedian, Actor
27 J. T. Walsh 54 USA Actor
March 5 Donald Woods 91 Canada Actor
10 Lloyd Bridges 85 USA Actor
10 Bill Alton 73 USA Actor Sweet Lorraine
17 Helen Westcott 70 USA Actress
25 Daniel Massey 64 UK Actor
April 1 Lucille Norman 76 USA Actress
1 Gene Evans 75 USA Actor
3 Charles Lang 96 USA Cinematographer
11 Rodney Harvey 30 USA Actor
21 Peter Lind Hayes 82 USA Actor
28 Jerome Bixby 75 USA Screenwriter
May 2 Maidie Norman 85 USA Actress
9 Alice Faye 83 USA Actress, Singer
10 Robert Jewell 78 Australia Actor
11 Gene Fowler, Jr. 80 USA Film Editor
14 Frank Sinatra 82 USA Singer, Actor
15 Linwood G. Dunn 93 USA Visual Effects Artist
20 Wolf Mankowitz 73 UK Screenwriter
21 Douglas Fowley 86 USA Actor
22 John Derek 71 USA Actor, Director
28 Phil Hartman 49 USA Actor, Comedian
June 1 Darwin Joston 60 USA Actor
4 Josephine Hutchinson 94 USA Actress
5 Jeanette Nolan 85 USA Actress
12 Theresa Merritt 73 USA Actress
23 Kurt Kren 69 Austria Director
23 Maureen O'Sullivan 87 USA Actress
July 4 Gregg Burge 40 USA Actor
6 Roy Rogers 86 USA Actor
10 William Preston 76 USA Actor
16 Leigh Brown 59 USA Screenwriter
17 Joseph Maher 64 Ireland Actor
19 Betty Marsden 79 UK Actress
21 Robert Young 91 USA Actor
21 Kenneth Watson 66 UK Actor Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
22 Don Dunphy 90 USA Announcer, Actor
28 Lenny McLean 49 UK Actor
29 Jerome Robbins 79 USA Director, Choreographer West Side Story
29 O. Z. Whitehead 87 USA Actor
August 11 Derek Newark 65 UK Actor
16 Phil Leeds 82 USA Actor
18 Persis Khambatta 49 India Actress
24 E. G. Marshall 84 USA Actor
24 Gene Page 58 USA Composer
September 2 Fernando Carrere 87 Mexico Art Director
6 Akira Kurosawa 88 Japan Director, Screenwriter
8 Leonid Kinskey 95 Russia Actor
11 Dane Clark 86 USA Actor
19 Patricia Hayes 88 UK Actress
22 John Garrie 75 UK Actor
24 Dennis Ayling 81 UK Cinematographer Alien
30 Marius Goring 86 UK Actor
October 2 Gene Autry 91 USA Actor, Singer
3 Roddy McDowall 70 USA Actor
11 Richard Denning 84 USA Actor
17 Joan Hickson 92 UK Actress
22 Eric Ambler 89 UK Screenwriter
23 Christopher Gable 58 UK Actor
28 James Goldman 71 USA Screenwriter
November 2 Tommy Duggan 89 UK Actor
4 Vincent Winter 50 UK Production Manager
8 Jean Marais 84 France Actor, Director
9 Ursula Reit 84 Germany Actress Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
17 Dick O'Neill 70 USA Actor
17 Esther Rolle 78 USA Actress
19 Alan J. Pakula 70 USA Director, Producer
22 Nicky Blair 72 USA Actor
25 Enrico Sabbatini 66 Italy Costume Designer
25 Flip Wilson 64 USA Comedian, Actor
30 Ruth Clifford 98 USA Actress
December
1 Freddie Young 96 UK Cinematographer
7 John Addison 78 USA Composer
13 Lew Grade 91 UK Producer
14 Norman Fell 74 USA Actor
20 Irene Hervey 89 USA Actress
21 Roger Avon 84 UK Actor
23 David Manners 97 USA Actor
25 Richard Paul 58 USA Actor
26 Hurd Hatfield 81 USA Actor
28 William Frankfather 54 USA Actor
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.