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The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999)

Award of the American academy of cinematographic arts and sciences, from 1940th known as "Oscar", - American film award created in 1929 and traditionally handed to the figures of ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself - Hostess & Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Affleck ... Himself - Presenter
Debbie Allen ... Herself - Audience Member
Gene Autry ... Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Binnie Barnes ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Drew Barrymore ... Herself - Audience Member
Kim Basinger ... Herself - Presenter
Kathy Bates ... Herself - Nominee
Warren Beatty ... Himself - Nominee
Roberto Benigni ... Himself - Winner, Nominee & Accepting Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Annette Bening ... Herself - Presenter
Michael Blakey ... Himself
Cate Blanchett ... Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Brenda Blethyn ... Herself - Nominee
Andrea Bocelli ... Himself - Performer
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Award of the American academy of cinematographic arts and sciences, from 1940th known as "Oscar", - American film award created in 1929 and traditionally handed to the figures of cinematographic art for their contribution to creation of movies.

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USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

All of the 5 Best Picture nominees were period films, and represented two distinct eras - 16th century England (Elizabeth (1998), and Shakespeare in Love (1998)), and World War II (the European theatre: Saving Private Ryan (1998) and La vita è bella (1997), and the Pacific theatre: The Thin Red Line (1998)). See more »

Quotes

Roberto Benigni: "This is a terrible a mistake because I used up all my English, my body is in tumult. Thank a you from the bottom of my a heart."
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ben Affleck/Fiona Apple (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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Why "Shakespeare in Love"?
23 June 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I still can't understand why they gave "Shakespeare in Love" Best Picture. I was rooting for "Life is Beautiful". Even "Saving Private Ryan" and the conspicuously snubbed "Truman Show" were better. But at least they gave Roberto Benigni the two Oscars that he really deserved; does anyone deny that his acceptance speech was the ceremony's highlight? I know that some people deride Whoopi Goldberg as a host, but I really like her (especially with that "20th century fox" remark). Probably the funniest comment of the night was Robin Williams's "Guns and Moses: The Charlton Heston Story. But you can't say Moses; you have to say The Artist Formerly Known as the Prince of Egypt!" As for Elia Kazan, I say that honoring him for his movies would be like honoring Pol Pot for stamping out corruption. At least the cameras showed people not applauding (among them Nick Nolte).

Overall, a worthy ceremony.


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