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71st Academy Awards
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Date Sunday, March 21, 1999
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
Preshow Geena Davis
Host Whoopi Goldberg
Producer Gil Cates
Best Picture Shakespeare in Love
Most awards Shakespeare in Love (7)
Most nominations Shakespeare in Love (13)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 4 hours, 2 minutes
Viewership 45.63 million
28.51 (Nielsen rating)
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The 71st Academy Awards ceremony 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.

Although Saving Private Ryan was widely considered a "front-runner" for Best Picture, it eventually lost to Shakespeare in Love, making it one of few films to have won Best Director without winning Best Picture.


News and recap

The 71st Academy Awards saw the show's first "official" pre-show, as the Academy attempted to compete with the likes of E!'s Joan Rivers and other red carpet denizens.

The show attracted 45.63m viewers, a 18% decline to the previous years 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.")

This would mark the final time the show would originate from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, a venue the Academy Awards called home for nearly thirty-years.

Notable Quotes

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

Achievement in Directing

Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Best Performance by An Actress In A Leading Role

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role

Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year

Adapted Screenplay

Original Screenplay

Achievement In Art Direction

Achievement In Cinematography

Achievement In Costume Design

Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Short Subject

Achievement In Film Editing

Achievement In Makeup

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Dramatic Score)

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Musical or Comedy Score)

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song)

Best Animated Short Film

Best Live Action Short Film

Achievement In Sound Editing

Achievement In Sound Mixing

Achievement In Visual Effects

Honorary Oscars

Elia Kazan was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his work as a prolific director in the motion picture industry. His honor became controversial because during the 1950s, Kazan let out the names of others involved in motion pictures during the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee hearings. When Kazan was awarded the Honorary Oscar from actor Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese, only a few in the audience, including Ed Harris and Nick Nolte, refused to applaud. A video captured the proceedings. Kazan's award also sparked protests outside the auditorium.

Special Events

A special tribute was given to Oscar winner and legendary singer 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 also to pay tribute to singing cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, who both died in the previous year.

In Memoriam

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 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.

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