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OSCAR NOMINEES '99

Dawn, 10/2/99: It’s the dawn that everyone (in film business) has been waiting for, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unravels the list of nominations for this year’s Oscars. These are the ‘biggest’ awards in the world of film, an event of such magnitude as to rival the Olympics, except it lasts only a few hours. And of course, a nomination is regarded as a great honour. Why, asks Andrew L. Urban.
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One view has it that we are in too much awe about the Oscars; and the Golden Globes. Why do Australians need the approval of a foreign association or two? We should pay more heed to the AFI Awards than to Oscars, Globes, Cesars and BAFTAS… (The Palme d’Or is sacred, though, because it has retained artistic integrity – largely because it has hardly ever had any box office impact for its winner, sad to say.)

But there is a very good reason or three for the Oscars to be so hallowed: it has tradition and it has star power. You walk in the footsteps of the greats when you are nominated. You are on the honour roll of the world's most successful film industry. But even more notably, as foreigner, you are a chosen one from ‘outside’ who has competed with the titans of the American screen – and GOT IN.

It’s one thing to be ranked high among your peers in your own country, and wonderful it is. How much greater, though, is the accolade, when for example, Rachel Griffiths finds herself in the company of actresses like Judi Dench, Lynn Redgrave, Brenda Blethyn and Kathy Bates. And Cate Blanchett alongside Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others.

There’s a saying: You can’t fly with eagles if you walk with turkeys… It could also be said to the nominees, You won’t have to walk (or work) with turkeys again. However, that’s not an ironclad guarantee. This is showbiz.

Best Picture Nominees:
Elizabeth - Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan
Life Is Beautiful - Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi
Saving Private Ryan - Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg
Shakespeare in Love - David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman
The Thin Red Line - Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill

Best Actor Nominees:
Roberto Benigni - Life Is Beautiful
Tom Hanks - Saving Private Ryan
Ian McKellen - Gods and Monsters
Nick Nolte - Affliction
Edward Norton - American History X

Best Actress Nominees:

Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth
Fernanda Montenegro - Central Station
Gwyneth Paltrow - Shakespeare in Love
Meryl Streep - One True Thing
Emily Watson - Hilary and Jackie

Best Supporting Actor Nominees:
James Coburn - Affliction
Robert Duvall - A Civil Action
Ed Harris - The Truman Show

Geoffrey Rush - Shakespeare in Love
Billy Bob Thornton - A Simple Plan

Best Supporting Actress Nominees:
Kathy Bates - Primary Colors
Brenda Blethyn - Little Voice
Judi Dench - Shakespeare in Love

Rachel Griffiths - Hilary and Jackie
Lynn Redgrave - Gods and Monsters

Best Director Nominees:
Life Is Beautiful - Roberto Benigni
Shakespeare in Love - John Madden
The Thin Red Line - Terrence Malick
Saving Private Ryan - Steven Spielberg

The Truman Show - Peter Weir

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominees:
Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser - Bulworth
Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami - Life Is Beautiful
Robert Rodat - Saving Private Ryan
Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard - Shakespeare in Love
Andrew Niccol - The Truman Show

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:|
Bill Condon - Gods and Monsters
Scott Frank - Out of Sight
Scott B. Smith - A Simple Plan
Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line
Elaine May - Primary Colors

Best Cinematography Nominees:
A Civil Action - Conrad L. Hall
Elizabeth - Remi Adefarasin
Saving Private Ryan - Janusz Kaminski
Shakespeare in Love - Richard Greatrex
The Thin Red Line - John Toll

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Nominees:
John Myhre; Peter Howitt - Elizabeth
Jeannine Claudia Oppewall, Bill Arnold; Jay Hart - Pleasantville
Thomas E. Sanders, Daniel T. Dorrance; Lisa Dean Kavanaugh - Saving Private Ryan
Martin Childs; Jill Quertier - Shakespeare in Love
Eugenio Zanetti; Cindy Carr - What Dreams May Come

Best Costume Design Nominees:
Colleen Atwood - Beloved
Alexandra Byrne - Elizabeth
Judianna Makovsky - Pleasantville
Sandy Powell - Shakespeare in Love
Sandy Powell - Velvet Goldmine

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Argentina - Tango
Brazil - Central Station
Iran - Bacheha-Ye Aseman
Italy - Life is Beautiful
Spain - El Abuelo

Best Sound Nominees:
Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Keith A. Wester - Armageddon
Mask of Zorro
Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Ronald Judkins - Saving Private Ryan
Robin O'Donoghue, Dominic Leste, Peter Glossop - Shakespeare in Love
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer Paul Brincat - The Thin Red Line

Best Film Editing Nominees:
Simona Paggi - Life Is Beautiful
Anne V. Coates - Out of Sight
Michael Kahn - Saving Private Ryan
David Gamble - Shakespeare in Love
Billy Weber, Leslie Jones, Saar Klein - The Thin Red Line

Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing Nominees:
George Watters II - Armageddon
The Mask of Zorro
Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns - Saving Private Ryan

Best Effects, Visual Effects Nominees:
Richard R. Hoover, Pat McClung, John Frazier - Armageddon
Rick Baker, Hoyt Yeatman, Alan Hall, Jim Mitchell - Mighty Joe Young
Joel Hynek, Nicholas Brooks, Stuart Robertson, Kevin Mack - What Dreams May Come

Best Makeup Nominees:
Elizabeth
Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare in Love

Music, Best Song Nominees:
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Armageddon)
"The Prayer" (Quest for Camelot) - David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager
"A Soft Place to Fall" (The Horse Whisperer)
"That'll Do" (Babe: Pig in the City)
"When You Believe" (The Prince of Egypt) - Stephen Schwartz

Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score Nominees:
Randy Newman - A Bug's Life
Jerry Goldsmith - Mulan
Patch Adams
Stephen Schwartz, Hans Zimmer - The Prince of Egypt
Stephen Warbeck - Shakespeare in Love

Best Music, Original Dramatic Score Nominees:
David Hirschfelder - Elizabeth
Nicola Piovani - Life Is Beautiful
Randy Newman - Pleasantville
John Williams - Saving Private Ryan
Hans Zimmer - The Thin Red Line

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AUSSIES SHINE AGAIN
By Paul Fischer

There were no major surprises as the 71st Academy Award nominations were announced in Los Angeles today, Wednesday morning, Eastern standard time. The emphasis here is major. While major nominations were announced for Saving Private Ryan, that alternative war opus, The Thin Red Line, finds itself competing for the Best Picture gong. Jim Carry may hay have been ignored for Best Actor, but a far more deserving substitute emerged in the guise of Edward Norton for his stunning work in American History X.. Aussies did extremely well in this year's nominations. Apart from Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, for their work in the Elizabathen-themed films Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love respectively, Peter Weir was recognised for his direction of Truman Show, and in a major (but well deserved) surprise, Rachel Griffiths scored a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her beautifully eloquent work in Hilary and Jackie. (Ed: Grant Hill as producer on The Thin red Line, David Hirschfelder's nomination for his score for Elizabeth and Thin Red Line sound recordist Paul Brincat bring Aussie nominations to seven - making it one of the best Australian years in Oscar memory.)

Meanwhile, it was Shakespeare in Love that led the Oscar count, with 13 nominations, while Saving Private Ryan was second with 11. Life is Beautiful received both a Best Picture and Foreign Language nod, while Thin Red Line and Elizabeth, each received 7 nominations. Films that were largely, and surprisingly, ignored, were the critically acclaimed Rushmore, and Pleasantville.

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Elizabeth


Life is Beautiful


Saving Private Ryan


Shakespeare in Love


Thin Red Line

Footnote: Sydney based Animal Logic directed and created all visual effects for The Thin Red Line.

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OSCAR TRIVIA:
Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench are nominated for playing Queen Elizabeth I in different films.

Life Is Beautiful is the second film to be nominated in both the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture categories in the same year. The other was Z in 1969, which took home the Oscar for Foreign Language Film. The Emigrants was nominated in both categories, but in different years (1971 and 1972).

5,557 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were balloted for this year's nominations.

The winners will be announced at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sunday, March 21.

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