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Annual Academy Awards


Format: DVD-R (VHS-Transfer)

Date: March 21, 1999

Total Time: 3 h 8 m

Venue: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Hostess: Whoopi Goldberg

John Williams
Nomination for Best Dramatic Score:
Saving Private Ryan

Best Picture: Shakespeare in Love

Whoopi Goldberg

Best Supporting Actor: James Coburn

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston

Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench

Liv Tyler

Roberto Benigni

Best Foreign Language Film: Life is Beautiful

Bill Conti

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Norman Jewison

Babe - Pig in the City: Randy Newman and...

...Peter Gabriel

Elia Kazan is presented with an Honorary Award by Martin Scorsese...

...and Robert de Niro.

Steven Spielberg pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick.

Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin

Harrison Ford presents the Best Picture Award.

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

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

Cate Blanchett -- Elizabeth {"Queen Elizabeth I"}
Fernanda Montenegro -- Central Station {"Dora"}
* Gwyneth Paltrow -- Shakespeare in Love {"Viola De Lesseps"}
Meryl Streep -- One True Thing {"Kate Gulden"}
Emily Watson -- Hilary and Jackie {"Jacqueline du Pré"}

Kathy Bates -- Primary Colors {"Libby"}
Brenda Blethyn -- Little Voice {"Mari"}
* Judi Dench -- Shakespeare in Love {"Queen Elizabeth I"}
Rachel Griffiths -- Hilary and Jackie {"Hilary du Pré"}
Lynn Redgrave -- Gods and Monsters {"Hanna"}

* Roberto Benigni -- Life Is Beautiful {"Guido"}
Tom Hanks -- Saving Private Ryan {"Captain Miller"}
Ian McKellen -- Gods and Monsters {"James Whale"}
Nick Nolte -- Affliction {"Wade Whitehouse"}
Edward Norton -- American History X {"Derek"}

* James Coburn -- Affliction {"Glen Whitehouse"}
Robert Duvall -- A Civil Action {"Jerome Facher"}
Ed Harris -- The Truman Show {"Christof"}
Geoffrey Rush -- Shakespeare in Love {"Philip Henslowe"}
Billy Bob Thornton -- A Simple Plan {"Jacob"}

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

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

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)
* The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years -- Keiko Ibi
A Place in the Land -- Charles Guggenheim
Sunrise over Tiananmen Square -- Shui-Bo Wang, Donald McWilliams

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

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

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

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

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

* To Elia Kazan in recognition of his indelible contributions to the art of motion picture direction.

* To AVID TECHNOLOGY, INC. for the concept, system design and engineering of the Avid Film Composer for motion picture editing. The Avid Film Composer is a digital, non-linear, 24 frame-per-second editing machine usinig compression algorithms, that has revolutionized the art of film editing. Shots can be stored, recalled, manipulated and played back instantaneously, allowing the film editor unprecedented creative freedom and the ability to realize a film more fully than before. [Editorial and Pre-production]

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)
* To DR. THOMAS G. STOCKHAM, JR. and ROBERT B. INGEBRETSEN for their pioneering work in the areas of waveform editing, crossfades and cut-and-paste techniques for digital audio editing. The foundation of current digital audio editing equipment for motion pictures has its roots in the late seventies work of these digital pioneers. [Sound]
* To JAMES A. MOORER for his pioneering work in the design of digital signal processing and its application to audio editing for film. This early work in systems architecture and software has had a significant impact on the digital creation of sound effects and the editing of audio for motion picture sound tracks. [Sound]
* To STEPHEN J. KAY of K-Tec Corporation for the design and development of the Shock Block. This specially designed ground fault interrupter eliminates the electric shock hazard when working in water, wet conditions or from an accidentally exposed power line. [Lighting]
* To GARY TREGASKIS for the primary design; and to DOMINIQUE BOISVERT, PHILIPPE PANZINI and ANDRÉ LEBLANC for the development and implementation of the Flame and Inferno software. The Inferno System, and its predecessor, Flame, provide high-speed, efficient integrated digital compositing and visual effects tools. [Special Photographic]
* To ROBERT PREDOVICH, JOHN SCOTT, MOHAMED KEN T. HUSAIN and CAMERON SHEARER for the design and implementation of the Soundmaster Integrated Operations Nucleus operating environment. The Soundmaster system provides motion picture audio post production facilities with a completely integrated capability for synchronization of audio and picture elements with the numerous methods of synchronization in use today. [Sound]
* To ROY B. FERENCE, STEVEN R. SCHMIDT, RICHARD J. FEDERICO, ROCKWELL YARID and MICHAEL E. MCCRACKAN for the design and development of the Kodak Lightning Laser Recorder. The Kodak Lightning laser recorder system established higher operational and quality standards and achieved wide industry acceptance for digital film recording onto intermediate film stock. [Special Photographic]
* To COLIN MOSSMAN, HANS LEISINGER and GEORGE JOHN ROWLAND of Deluxe Laboratories for the concept and design of the Deluxe High Speed Spray Film Cleaner. This innovative and effective high speed film cleaning machine is unique in its use of spray technology, providing the flexibility to use alternative solvents, and to anticipate changes in environmental legislation. [Laboratory]
* To ARNOLD & RICHTER CINE TECHNIK, and ARRI USA, INC. for the concept and engineering of the Arriflex 435 Camera System. The 435 enhances the creative process via its programmability and reliability, and provides the camera operator with the widest feature and performance capability of any MOS camera in use today. [Camera]
* To ARNOLD & RICHTER CINE TECHNIK and the CARL ZEISS COMPANY for the concept and optical design of the Carl Zeiss/Arriflex Variable Prime Lenses. This series of variable prine lenses opens many creative possibilities, since any focal length can be continuously selected throughout the entire range. They offer sharp, high-contrast, high-resolution images with minimized vignetting, superior to many prime lenses. [Lenses and Filters]
* To DEREK C. LIGHTBODY of OpTex for the design and development of Aurasoft Luminaires. The Aurasoft offers a radical new type of reflector design for the production of soft, very even and relatively shadowless light, with superior coverage and significantly higher intensity than existing softlights. [Lighting]
* To MARK ROBERTS, RONAN CARROLL, ASSAFF RAWNER, PAUL BARTLETT and SIMON WAKLEY for the creation of the Milo Motion-Control Crane. This radically original and effective solution to the problems of high-speed camera motion was achieved with the combination of novel geometry and dedicated 3-dimensional control software. [Camera Cranes]
* To MICHAEL SORENSEN and RICHARD ALEXANDER of Sorensen Designs International, and DONALD TRUMBULL for advancing the state-of-the-art of real-time motion-control, as exemplified in the Gazelle and Zebra camera dolly systems. Over the past decade, Sorensen, Alexander and Trumbull have improved the speed, repeatability and portability of robotic camera platforms through novel engineering concepts and the pioneering use of composite materials. [Camera Cranes]
* To RONALD E. UHLIG, THOMAS F. POWERS and FRED M. FUSS of the Eastman Kodak Company for the design and development of KeyKode latent-image barcode key numbers. KeyKode numbers are machine-readable bar codes on camera negative films that exactly replicate the human-readable key numbers. Together with an appropriate reader and database software, they reduce errors and speed important post-production operations, leading to significant cost savings. [Laboratory]
* To IAIN NEIL for the optical design; TAKUO MIYAGISHIMA for the mechanical design; and PANAVISION, INCORPORATED, for the concept and development of the Primo Series of spherical prime lenses for 35mm cinematography. The Primo Series of lenses for 35mm cinematography represents a thorough and comprehensive approach to prime lens design, development and manufacture. This family of lenses has a wide range of focal lengths, all color matched, with improved modulation transfer function characteristics. [Lenses and Filters]

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award)
* To GARRETT BROWN and JERRY HOLWAY for the creation of the Skyman flying platform for Steadicam operators. This cable-driven, manned camera platform allows the operator to spin 360 degrees for unimpeded pans while controlling the downhill speed via brakes. As a device for achieving otherwise impossible shots, Skyman has had a definite influence on later cable-suspended camera systems. [Camera Cranes]
* To JAMES RODNUNSKY, JAMES WEBBER and BOB WEBBER of Cablecam Systems, and TROU BAYLISS for the design and engineering of Cablecam. This radio-controlled, cable-driven camera platform with its ultra-smooth synthetic cables and powerful hydraulic motors, enables runs in excess of 3000 feet with quick return to start. Operating unmanned, it can function at speeds and through perils that would be unsafe for on-board operators. [Camera Cranes]
* To DAVID DIFRANCESCO, BALA S. MANIAN and THOMAS L. NOGGLE for their pioneering efforts in the development of laser film recording technology. This pioneering laser film recorder, designed and used for motion pictures, demonstrated the potential of this technology for recording digital data onto intermediate film stock. [Special Photographic]
* To MICHAEL MACKENZIE, MIKE BOLLES, UDO PAMPEL and JOSEPH FULMER of Industrial Light & Magic for their pioneering work in motion-controlled, silent camera dollies. This silent, high-speed motion control modification of a Panther dolly makes it possible to film moving camera composite shots of actors while recording live dialogue. [Camera Cranes]
* To BARRY WALTON, BILL SCHULTZ, CHRIS BARKER and DAVID CORNELIUS of Sony Pictures Imageworks for the creation of an advanced motion-controlled, silent camera dolly. This extensive modification to the Panther dolly allows high-speed moves to be silent, smooth and stable. [Camera Cranes]
* To BRUCE WILTON and CARLOS ICINKOFF of Mechanical Concepts for their modular system of motion-control rotators and movers for use in motion-control. These components have become the de facto industry standard for use in precision motion control equipment. [Camera Cranes]
* To REMY SMITH for the software and electronic design and development; and JAMES K. BRANCH and NASIR J. ZAIDI for the design and development of the Spectra Professional IV-A digital exposure meter. The design and execution of the Spectra Professional IV-A meter has resulted in a practical and successful tool for the film production community. [Photography]
* To IVAN KRUGLAK for his commitment to the development of a wireless transmission system for video-assisted images for the motion picture industry. Through years of persistent effort, Mr. Kruglak has commercialized and popularized a technique of great utility for motion picture camera operations. By introducing diversity antennas and a time code insertion accessory, he has optimized camera wireless video-assist components. [Camera]
* To DR. DOUGLAS R. ROBLE for his contribution to tracking technology and for the design and implementation of the TRACK system for camera position calculation and scene reconstruction. The TRACK system is an integrated software tool that uses computer-vision techniques to extract critical 2D and 3D information about a scene and the camera used to film it. [Special Photographic]
* To THADDEUS BEIER for the design and implementation of ras_track, a system for 2D tracking, stabilization, and 3D camera and object tracking. Ras_track allows the user to determine the postiton and location of the camera and objects in a scene by tracking points in a scanned sequence. [Special Photographic]
* To MANFRED N. KLEMME and DONALD E. WETZEL for the design and development of the K-Tek Microphone Boom Pole and accessories for on-set motion picture sound recording. The K-TEK series microphone boom pole provides production recording personnel with a self-lubricated, light-weight, sturdy pole with multiple accessories. [Sound]
* To NICK FOSTER for his software development in the field of water simulation systems. This software technique provides an efficient and flexible method for the creation of flowing streams, oceans, tidal waves and turbulence for motion picture visual effects. [Special Photographic]
* To CARY PHILLIPS for the design and development of the 'Caricature' Animation System at Industrial Light & Magic. By integrating existing tools into a powerful interactive system, and adding an expressive multi-target shape interpolation-based freeform animation system, the 'Caricature' system provides a degree of subtlety and refinement not possible with other systems. [Special Photographic]
* To DR. MITCHELL J. BOGDANOWICZ of the Eastman Kodak Company, and JIM MEYER and STAN MILLER of Rosco Laboratories, Inc. for the design of the CalColor Calibrated Color Effects Filters. Designed to correspond to the spectral sensitivity of color negative film stocks, these filters provide for improved color control in motion picture lighting. [Lenses and Filters]
* To DR. A. TULSI RAM, RICHARD C. SEHLIN, DR. CARL F. HOLTZ and DAVID F. KOPPERL of the Eastman Kodak Company for the research and development of the concept of molecular sieves applied to improve the archival properties of processed photographic film. The use of zeolite crystals as molecular sieves to absorb moisture, acetic acid, methylene chloride and a variety of solvents created an effective deterrent to the effects of vinegar syndrome in stored film stock. [Laboratory]
* To TAKUO MIYAGISHIMA and ALBERT K. SAIKI of Panavision, Inc. for the design and development of the Eyepiece Leveler. This leveler keeps the camera eyepiece at the same level, regardless of whether the camera position is tilted up or down, enabling the camera operator to concentrate on the composition of the image. [Camera]
* To EDMUND M. DI GIULIO and JAMES BARTELL of Cinema Products for the design of the KeyKode Sync Reader. The KeyKode Sync Reader provides a fast, accurate and user-friendly means of utilizing the KeyKode information on film, thereby expediting the editorial and post-production processes. [Laboratory]
* To IVAN KRUGLAK for his pioneering concept and the development of the Coherent Time Code Slate. Time code slates have had significant impact on the filmmaking process by simplifying post-production. This development makes the synchronization process faster and more precise, particularly when multiple cameras are used. [Editorial and Pre-production]
* To MIKE DENECKE for refining and further developing electronic time code slates. Due to their features and simplified operational procedures, the Denecke slates have had significant impact on the motion picture industry and have become the standard for electronic time code slates. [Editorial and Pre-production]
* To ED ZWANEVELD and FREDERICK GASOI of the National Film Board of Canada, and MIKE LAZARIDIS and DALE BRUBACHER-CRESSMAN of Research in Motion for the design and development of the DigiSync Film KeyKode Reader. The DigiSync Film KeyKode Reader provides a fast, accurate and user-friendly means of utilizing the KeyKode information on film, expediting the editorial and post-production processes. [Laboratory]

* To David W. Gray in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

* Norman Jewison

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