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OSCARS WINNERS 1999

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The consensus is that Miramax has bought the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, with an aggressive campaign that made the film ‘top of mind’ among Academy voters; if so, the Awards are lessened. Certainly the film is a worthy nominee, but is it really the best film? While we ponder that, consider the spread of awards this year: and consider this – the film by Terrence Malick, The Thin Red Line, which all of Hollywood was falling over itself to be in or associated with, won nothing. Yet Malick is revered as a demi-god by all of Hollywood, if you believe all the quotes. So what does all that mean?

Here are the winners and nominees:

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, Edwin Zwick, Marc Norman WINNER
The Thin Red Line - Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill

Best Actor Nominees:

ROBERTO BENIGNI - LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL WINNER
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 WINNER
Meryl Streep - One True Thing
Emily Watson - Hilary and Jackie

Best Supporting Actor Nominees:
JAMES COBURN - AFFLICTION WINNER
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 WINNER
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 WINNER
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 WINNER
Andrew Niccol - The Truman Show

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:|
BILL CONDON
- GODS & MONSTERS WINNER
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 WINNER
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 WINNER
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 WINNER
Sandy Powell - Velvet Goldmine

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Argentina - Tango
Brazil - Central Station
Iran - Bacheha-Ye Aseman

ITALY - LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL WINNER
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 WINNER
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 WINNER
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 RYANn WINNER

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 WINNER

Best Makeup Nominees:
ELIZABETH WINNER
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 WINNER

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 WINNER

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

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Shakespeare in Love - seven awards including Best Film, Best Actress, Best Original Music and Best Script (written for screen)


Saving Private Ryan - five awards including Best Director and Cinematography


Life is Beautiful - three glorious awards including Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film


Elizabeth - only one award for make-up


Thin Red Line - very deserving, but won no awards

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Back-stage at the Oscars
From Chris Pickard in Los Angeles

"We (the Americans) are not the only talented people in the world," director Norman Jewison reminded the media back-stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion after receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Award. Exactly at that moment, the television monitors in the press room showed actress Helen Hunt reading out the name of Italy’s Roberto Benigni as the winner of the best actor award.

Benigni’s award - only the second in the major acting categories for a foreign language performance - was one of many destined for the hands of Oscars’ foreign legion which had included nominations for seven Australians.

"Many of the world’s best actors are nominated tonight....some of them are even American!" joked host Whoopi Goldberg at the start of the evening.

Thanks to Shakespeare In Love, the United Kingdom kept up its winning ways and unlike last year, when Hunt beat out four non-Americans for best actress, Judi Dench was not to be thwarted by Kathy Bates, the single American in the supporting actress category.

For several years the members of the Academy, which itself boasts members living in at least 26 countries, has embraced talent rather than nationality, and never has that been more reflected than this year’s nominations and winners. Even in a category like live action short, the foreign-legion, foreign language legion in this case. dominated. An ex-Japanese beauty queen, Keiko Ibi, even won an Academy Award as director of best documentary subject, with The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years.

1999 will be remembered not only as Shakespeare’s year but Roberto Benigni’s year. A year when language was no longer a barrier be it Shakespearean English or Benigni’s Italian.

Oh, and let us not forget, it was Harvey’s year. Harvey Weinstein of Miramax, the man and the money behind Shakespeare in Love and Life Is Beautiful.

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