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The 71st Academy Awards (1999) Nominees and Winners

Held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sunday, March 21, 1999,
honoring movies released in 1998.

Best Actress Gwyneth Paltrow with Joseph Fiennes in a scene from Best Picture winner "Shakespeare in Love."

Best Actress Gwyneth Paltrow with Joseph Fiennes in a scene from Best Picture winner "Shakespeare in Love."

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Roberto Benigni in "Life Is Beautiful"
  • Tom Hanks in "Saving Private Ryan"
  • Ian McKellen in "Gods and Monsters"
  • Nick Nolte in "Affliction"
  • Edward Norton in "American History X"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • James Coburn in "Affliction"
  • Robert Duvall in "A Civil Action"
  • Ed Harris in "The Truman Show"
  • Geoffrey Rush in "Shakespeare in Love"
  • Billy Bob Thornton in "A Simple Plan"

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kathy Bates in "Primary Colors"
  • Brenda Blethyn in "Little Voice"
  • Judi Dench in "Shakespeare in Love"
  • Rachel Griffiths in "Hilary and Jackie"
  • Lynn Redgrave in "Gods and Monsters"

Art Direction

  • "Elizabeth" Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Peter Howitt
  • "Pleasantville" Art Direction: Jeannine Oppewall; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
  • "Saving Private Ryan" Art Direction: Tom Sanders; Set Decoration: Lisa Dean Kavanaugh
  • "Shakespeare in Love" Art Direction: Martin Childs; Set Decoration: Jill Quertier
  • "What Dreams May Come" Art Direction: Eugenio Zanetti; Set Decoration: Cindy Carr


  • "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

Costume Design

  • "Beloved" Colleen Atwood
  • "Elizabeth" Alexandra Byrne
  • "Pleasantville" Judianna Makovsky
  • "Shakespeare in Love" Sandy Powell
  • "Velvet Goldmine" Sandy Powell


  • "Life Is Beautiful" Roberto Benigni
  • "Saving Private Ryan" Steven Spielberg
  • "Shakespeare in Love" John Madden
  • "The Thin Red Line" Terrence Malick
  • "The Truman Show" Peter Weir

Documentary (Feature)

  • "Dancemaker" Matthew Diamond, Jerry Kupfer
  • "The Farm: Angola, U.S.A." Jonathan Stack, Liz Garbus
  • "The Last Days" James Moll, Ken Lipper
  • "Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth" Robert B. Weide
  • "Regret to Inform" Barbara Sonneborn, Janet Cole

Documentary (Short Subject)

Film Editing

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

Foreign Language Film

  • "Central Station" Brazil
  • "Children of Heaven" Iran
  • "The Grandfather" Spain
  • "Life Is Beautiful" Italy
  • "Tango" Argentina


  • "Elizabeth" Jenny Shircore
  • "Saving Private Ryan" Lois Burwell, Conor O’Sullivan, Daniel C. Striepeke
  • "Shakespeare in Love" Lisa Westcott, Veronica Brebner

Music (Original Dramatic Score)

  • "Elizabeth" David Hirschfelder
  • "Life Is Beautiful" Nicola Piovani
  • "Pleasantville" Randy Newman
  • "Saving Private Ryan" John Williams
  • "The Thin Red Line" Hans Zimmer

Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score)

  • "A Bug’s Life" Randy Newman
  • "Mulan" Music by Matthew Wilder; Lyrics by David Zippel; Orchestral Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • "Patch Adams" Marc Shaiman
  • "The Prince of Egypt" Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Orchestral Score by Hans Zimmer
  • "Shakespeare in Love" Stephen Warbeck

Music (Original Song)

  • "I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing" from "Armageddon" Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • "The Prayer" from "Quest for Camelot" Music by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster; Lyric by Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster, Tony Renis and Alberto Testa
  • "A Soft Place To Fall" from "The Horse Whisperer" Music and Lyric by Allison Moorer and Gwil Owen
  • "That’ll Do" from "Babe: Pig in the City" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • "When You Believe" from "The Prince of Egypt" Music and Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best Picture

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

Short Film (Animated)

  • "Bunny" Chris Wedge
  • "The Canterbury Tales" Christopher Grace, Jonathan Myerson
  • "Jolly Roger" Mark Baker
  • "More" Mark Osborne, Steve Kalafer
  • "When Life Departs" Karsten Kiilerich, Stefan Fjeldmark

Short Film (Live Action)

  • "Culture" Will Speck, Josh Gordon
  • "Election Night (Valgaften)" Kim Magnusson, Anders Thomas Jensen
  • "Holiday Romance" Alexander Jovy, JJ Keith
  • "La Carte Postale (The Postcard)" Vivian Goffette
  • "Victor" Simon Sandquist, Joel Bergvall


  • "Armageddon" Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Keith A. Wester
  • "The Mask of Zorro" Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Pud Cusack
  • "Saving Private Ryan" Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Ronald Judkins
  • "Shakespeare in Love" Robin O’Donoghue, Dominic Lester, Peter Glossop
  • "The Thin Red Line" Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Paul Brincat

Sound Effects Editing

  • "Armageddon" George Watters II
  • "The Mask of Zorro" David McMoyler
  • "Saving Private Ryan" Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns

Visual Effects

  • "Armageddon" Richard R. Hoover, Pat McClung, John Frazier
  • "Mighty Joe Young" Rick Baker, Hoyt Yeatman, Allen Hall, Jim Mitchell
  • "What Dreams May Come" Joel Hynek, Nicholas Brooks, Stuart Robertson, Kevin Mack

Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

  • "Gods and Monsters" Bill Condon
  • "Out of Sight" Scott Frank
  • "Primary Colors" Elaine May
  • "A Simple Plan" Scott B. Smith
  • "The Thin Red Line" Terrence Malick

Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

  • "Bulworth" Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser; Story by Warren Beatty
  • "Life Is Beautiful" Vincenzo Cerami, Roberto Benigni
  • "Saving Private Ryan" Robert Rodat
  • "Shakespeare in Love" Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
  • "The Truman Show" Andrew Niccol

  • Star indicates a win.
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