71st Academy Awards
Date March 21, 1999
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
Host Whoopi Goldberg
Best Picture Shakespeare in Love
Most wins Shakespeare in Love (7)
Most nominations Shakespeare in Love (13)
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The 71st Academy Awards ceremony, which honored the best achievements in film in 1998, was held on March 21, 1999 at Los Angeles' Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It was Whoopi Goldberg's third time hosting the Awards.

Shakespeare in Love won seven awards including Best Picture. Other winners included Saving Private Ryan with five awards and Life is Beautiful with three. Life is Beautiful was the second film nominated simultaneously for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film in the same year. Moreover, its seven nominations were the most for a foreign language film, to date. Best Actor winner Roberto Benigni was the second person to direct himself to an acting Oscar win. Laurence Olivier first achieved this feat for his performance in 1948's Hamlet. He also became the fourth individual to earn acting, directing, screenwriting nominations for the same film. In addition, Benigni was the third performer to win an Oscar for a non-English speaking role. By virtue of their nominations for portraying Queen Elizabeth I of England, Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett and Best Supporting Actress winner Judi Dench became the first pair of actresses to earn acting nominations in the same year for portraying the same character in different films.

Nominees and Winners

The nominees for the 71st Academy Awards were announced on February 9, 1999. The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 21, 1999.

Best Picture

See also: Best Picture

Shakespeare in LoveDavid Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman
ElizabethAlison Owen, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan
Life is BeautifulElda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi
Saving Private RyanSteven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn
The Thin Red LineRobert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill

Best Director

See also: Best Director

Saving Private RyanSteven Spielberg
Life is BeautifulRoberto Benigni
Shakespeare in LoveJohn Madden
The Thin Red LineTerrence Malick
The Truman ShowPeter Weir

Best Actor

See also: Best Actor

Roberto BenigniLife is Beautiful
Tom HanksSaving Private Ryan
Ian McKellenGods and Monsters
Nick NolteAffliction
Edward NortonAmerican History X

Best Actress

See also: Best Actress

Gwyneth PaltrowShakespeare in Love
Cate BlanchettElizabeth
Fernanda MontenegroCentral Station
Meryl StreepOne True Thing
Emily WatsonHilary and Jackie

Best Supporting Actor

See also: Best Supporting Actor

James CoburnAffliction
Robert DuvallA Civil Action
Ed HarrisThe Truman Show
Geoffrey RushShakespeare in Love
Billy Bob ThorntonA Simple Plan

Best Supporting Actress

See also: Best Supporting Actress

Judi DenchShakespeare in Love
Kathy BatesPrimary Colors
Brenda BlethynLittle Voice
Rachel GriffithsHilary and Jackie
Lynn RedgraveGods and Monsters

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

See also: Best Original Screenplay

Shakespeare in LoveMarc Norman, Tom Stoppard
BulworthWarren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser
Life is BeautifulVincenzo Cerami, Roberto Benigni
Saving Private RyanRobert Rodat
The Truman ShowAndrew Niccol

Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

See also: Best Adapted Screenplay

Gods and MonstersBill Condon
Out of SightScott Frank
Primary ColorsElaine May
A Simple PlanScott B. Smith
The Thin Red LineTerrence Malick

Best Foreign Language Film

See also: Best Foreign Language Film

Life is Beautiful from ItalyRoberto Benigni
Central Station from BrazilWalter Salles
Children of Heaven from IranMajid Majidi
The Grandfather from SpainJosé Luis Garci
Tango from ArgentinaCarlos Saura

Best Documentary Feature

See also: Best Documentary Feature

The Last DaysJames Moll, Ken Lipper
DancemakerMatthew Diamond, Jerry Kupfer
The Farm: Angola, U.S.A.Jonathan Stack, Liz Garbus
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the TruthRobert B. Weide
Regret to InformBarbara Sonneborn, Janet Cole

Best Documentary Short

See also: Best Documentary Short

The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden YearsKeiko Ibi
A Place in the LandCharles Guggenheim
Sunrise over Tiananmen SquareShui-Bo Wang, Donald McWilliams

Best Live Action Short

See also: Best Live Action Short

Election Night (Valgaften)Kim Magnusson, Anders Thomas Jensen
CultureWill Speck, Josh Gordon
Holiday RomanceAlexander Jovy, JJ Keith
La Carte Postale (The Postcard)Vivian Goffette
VictorSimon Sandquist, Joel Bergvall

Best Animated Short

See also: Best Animated Short

BunnyChris Wedge
The Canterbury TalesChristopher Grace, Jonathan Myerson
Jolly RogerMark Baker
MoreMark Osborne, Steve Kalafer
When Life DepartsKarsten Kiilerich, Stefan Fjeldmark

Best Original Dramatic Score

See also: Best Original Score

Life is BeautifulNicola Piovani
ElizabethDavid Hirschfelder
PleasantvilleRandy Newman
Saving Private RyanJohn Williams
The Thin Red LineHans Zimmer

Best Original Musical or Comedy Score

See also: Best Original Score

Shakespeare in LoveStephan Warbeck
A Bug's LifeRandy Newman
MulanMatthew Wilder, David Zippel, Jerry Goldsmith
Patch AdamsMarc Shaiman
The Prince of EgyptHans Zimmer, Stephen Schwartz

Best Original Song

See also: Best Original Song

"When You Believe" from The Prince of EgyptStephen Schwartz
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from ArmageddonDiane Warren
"The Prayer" from Quest for CamelotCarole Bayer Sager, David Foster, Tony Renis, Alberto Testa
"A Soft Place to Fall" from The Horse WhispererAllison Moorer, Gwil Owen
"That'll Do" from Babe: Pig in the CityRandy Newman

Best Cinematography

See also: Best Cinematography

Saving Private RyanJanusz Kaminski
A Civil ActionConrad L. Hall
ElizabethRemi Adefarasin
Shakespeare in LoveRichard Greatrex
The Thin Red LineJohn Toll

Best Art Direction

See also: Best Art Direction

Shakespeare in LoveMartin Childs, Jill Quertier
ElizabethJohn Myhre, Peter Howitt
PleasantvilleJeannine Oppewall, Jay Hart
Saving Private RyanTom Sanders, Lisa Dean Kavanaugh
What Dreams May ComeEugenio Zanetti, Cindy Carr

Best Costume Design

See also: Best Costume Design

Shakespeare in LoveSandy Powell
BelovedColleen Atwood
ElizabethAlexandra Byrne
PleasantvilleJudianna Makovsky
Velvet GoldmineSandy Powell

Best Makeup

See also: Best Makeup

ElizabethJenny Shircore
Saving Private RyanLois Burwell, Conor O'Sullivan, Daniel C. Striepeke
Shakespeare in LoveLisa Westcott, Veronica Brebner

Best Film Editing

See also: Best Film Editing

Saving Private RyanMichael Kahn
Life is BeautifulSimona Paggi
Out of SightAnne V. Coates
Shakespeare in LoveDavid Gamble
The Thin Red LineBilly Weber, Leslie Jones, Saar Klein

Best Sound

See also: Best Sound

Saving Private RyanGary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Ronald Judkins
ArmageddonKevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Keith A. Wester
The Mask of ZorroKevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Pud Cusack
Shakespeare in LoveRobin O'Donoghue, Dominic Lester, Peter Glossop
The Thin Red LineAndy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Paul Brincat

Best Sound Effects Editing

See also: Best Sound Effects Editing

Saving Private RyanGary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns
ArmageddonGeorge Watters II
The Mask of ZorroDavid McMoyler

Best Visual Effects

See also: Best Visual Effects

What Dreams May ComeJoel Hynek, Nicholas Brooks, Stuart Robertson
ArmageddonRichard R. Hoover, Pat McClung, John Frazier
Mighty Joe YoungRick Baker, Hoyt Yeatman, Allen Hall, Jim Mitchell

Honorary Awards

  • Elia Kazan in recognition of his indelible contributions to the art of motion picture direction.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award