|70th Annual Academy Awards
Nominees announced: February 10th, 1998
Ceremony: March 23rd, 1998
The nominees for the 70th Annual Academy Awards were announced on February 10th, 1998 at 8:38 a.m. EDT by AMPAS President Robert Rehme and actor Geena Davis. The winners, as presented March 23rd, 1998:
Preliminary thoughts and musings. (periodic column)
Column #1 - Pre-Awards musings (97/12/07)
Column #2 - The National Board of Review Awards (97/12/10)
Column #3 - The New York Film Critics Circle Awards (97/12/13)
Column #4 - The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (97/12/17)
Column #5 - The Golden Satellite nominees and some Golden Globe nominee predictions (late 97/12/17)
Column #6 - The National Society of Film Critics Awards, Golden Globe commentary and award predictions (98/01/15)
Column #7 - Golden Globe Award reactions (98/01/18)
Column #8 - Oscar nominee predictions (98/02/05) ["Big Six" 22 / 30 (a small child could beat this); overall 71 / 99 (my record best -- how strange) and overall nominee reactions]
Column #9 - Oscar winner predictions (98/03/16) [overall 16 / 21; "Big Six" 4 / 6]
Column #10 - Oscar reactions
The following is a listing of how various other film critics and reviewers picked the winners of this year's Oscar race.
Almost all of this information was provided to me by JMSTREEP, as ever, the messiah of Oscar information.
In the Big Six categories, Peter Howell of The Toronto Star, Dennis King of Tulsa World, and Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald correctly picked all winners.
The 70th Annual Academy Awards was presented on March 23rd, 1998 at the Shrine Auditorium (seating: approximately 6300), and broadcast on the ABC television network 6 p.m. (PST) / 9 p.m. (EST). Gilbert Cates served as producer the telecast for the eighth time.
Billy Crystal acted as host of the telecast for the sixth time.
Stage design for the ceremony was handled by production designer Roy Christopher.
Director and choreographer Stanley Donen received an honourary Academy Award "in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation". His credits include SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and FUNNY FACE.
Celebrated Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote an official 45-second theme for the annual Academy Awards, "Fanfare For Oscar". This was heard during the nomination annoucements and the awards ceremony.
To commemorate the 70th annual Academy Awards ceremony, all former acting Academy Award winners (lead, supporting, honorary, or juvenile categories) were invited to the ceremony to take part in an on-stage salute hosted by Susan Sarandon. 70 out of the 130+ surviving Academy Award winners appeared.
Scheduled presenters, as announced in chronological order, were:
- Juliette Binoche
- Denzel Washington
- Geoffrey Rush
- Frances McDormand
- Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Martin Scorsese
- Ben Affleck
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Ashley Judd
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Meg Ryan
- Jack Lemmon
- Walter Matthau
- Matt Damon
- Jennifer Lopez
- Sean Connery
- Mike Myers
- Drew Barrymore
- Neve Campbell
- Elisabeth Shue
- Djimon Hounsou
- Antonio Banderas
- Helen Hunt
- Matt Dillon
- Susan Sarandon
- Warren Beatty
- Sharon Stone
- Sigourney Weaver
Thanks to JMSTREEP for presenter information.
Juliette Binoche was forced to cancel her appearance as a presenter at the Academy Awards due to a sprained ankle suffered during her March 21/98 performance in her play "Naked" in London. 1996 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Mira Sorvino filled in on her behalf to present the Best Supporting Actor prize.
Musical performers for the ceremony were:
Previous acting Academy Award-winners which took part in the commemorative on-stage salute included:
Voting for the Academy Award nominees are handled by the specific branches of AMPAS -- that is, the actors' branch vote on the acting nominees, the directors' branch vote for the direction nominees, the visual effects branch vote on the nominees for visual effects, and so forth. All AMPAS members with voting rights can vote for nominees in the Best Picture category.
A performer with performances in multiple films in the same year cannot compete with him/herself in the same category. (ie. Matt Damon could not be nominated for Best Actor in both GOOD WILL HUNTING and JOHN GRISHAM'S THE RAINMAKER.) If a performer is seen to be garnishing support for multiple performances during the tallying of the ballots, vote-counters are instructed to only count votes for the performance which appears to be gaining the most support, and votes for the other performance(s) are disregarded. Votes are not combined -- voting is for the performance, not the performer.
A non-performer can compete with him/herself in the same category. (ie. James Horner was nominated for Best Dramatic Score for APOLLO 13 and BRAVEHEART.)
Multiple performers from the same film can compete with each other in the same category. (ie. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were Best Actress nominees for THELMA & LOUISE; Dianne Wiest and Jennifer Tilly were Best Supporting Actress nominees for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY.)
A performer can be nominated in both the lead and supporting category. (ie. Holly Hunter - Best Actress nominee for THE PIANO and Best Supporting Actress nominee for THE FIRM; Al Pacino - Best Actor nominee for SCENT OF A WOMAN and Best Supporting Actor nominee for GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.)
All AMPAS members with voting rights can vote for the Academy Award winners from the designated selection of nominees in all categories, except for the Foreign Language Film, Documentary Film (feature-length and short), and Short Film categories where the voter is required to sign a decree stating that they have seen all nominated entries in the category.
There are 5371 AMPAS members. Annual dues are $200.
Betting odds, as listed by bookmakers in Las Vegas and in Britain. Note that betting on the Academy Awards may be illegal in your area. Check your local statutes.
Lenny Del Genio, Bally's Las Vegas, 98/02/10
Ladbrokes, Great Britain, 98/03/19 [98/02/10]
To be eligible for consideration, a feature-length film must be first publicly exhibited in 35mm or 70mm in a theatre in the Los Angeles county, opening in the 1997 calendar year before December 31, and must play for a minimum of seven consecutive days. Special consideration is given to films submitted in the foreign language, documentary, and short film awards categories.
The following is a list of the 44 films submitted for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year. Each country may submit one film for consideration. Films need not necessarily play in Los Angeles county in 1997, and may be eligible for other Academy Awards providing they meet the requirements of those categories. These films were screened by AMPAS' Foreign Language Award committee beginning December 3rd, 1997.
|FILM TITLE||Country of Origin||Director|
|Ashes From Paradise||Argentina||Marcel Pineyro|
|The Unfish||Austria||Robert Dornhelm|
|Ma Vie En Rose||Belgium||Alain Berliner|
|Four Days In September||Brazil||Bruno Barretto|
|Cosmos||Canada||Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin, Denis Villeneuve|
|The Debt||Colombia||Manuel Jose Alvarez, Nicolas Buenaventura|
|Macadam Tribu||Democratic Republic of Congo||Jose Laplaine|
|Lapitch, The Little Shoemaker||Croatia||Milan Blazekovic|
|Amor Vertical||Cuba||Arturo Sotto Diaz|
|A Forgotten Light||Czech Republic||Vladimir Michalek|
|The Collector||Finland||Auli Mantila|
|Beyond Silence||Germany||Caroline Link|
|Slaughter Of The Cock||Greece||Andreas Pantzis|
|The Witman Boys||Hungary||Janos Szasz|
|Pick A Card||Israel||Julie Shles|
|The Best Man||Italy||Pupi Avati|
|Princess Mononoke||Japan||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Elles||Luxembourg||Luis Galvao Teles|
|Gypsy Magic||Macedonia||Stole Popov|
|Deep Crimson||Mexico||Arturo Ripstein|
|Character||The Netherlands||Mike van Diem|
|Junk Mail||Norway||Pal Sletaune|
|Milagros||The Philippines||Marilou Diaz-Abaya|
|Love Stories||Poland||Jerzy Stuhr|
|Journey To The Beginning Of The World||Portugal||Manoel De Oliveiera|
|The Thief||Russia||Pavel Chukhrai|
|Orbis Pictus||Slovak Republic||Martin Sulik|
|Paljas||South Africa||Katinka Heyns|
|Secrets Of The Heart||Spain||Montxo Armendariz|
|Tic Tac||Sweden||Daniel Afredson|
|For Ever Mozart||Switzerland||Jean-Luc Godard|
|Yours And Mine||Taiwan||Shaudi Wang|
|Daughter 2||Thailand||Chartichalerm Yukol|
|The Bandit||Turkey||Yavuz Turgul|
|A Friend Of The Deceased||Ukraine||Vyacheslav Krishtofovich|
|One Life & Two Trials||Venezuela||Alberto Arvelo|
|Three Summer Days||Yugoslavia||Mirjana Vukomanovic|
The following is a list of the seven films selected as semi-finalists for the Best Visual Effects Oscar by the AMPAS visual effects steering committee. Three or more of these films could have been the final nominees for the Oscar. On February 4, a nominating committee made up of members of the Academy's visual effects branch screened excerpts of the films in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre before casting their nomination ballots.
|VISUAL EFFECTS semifinalists|
|Batman & Robin|
|The Fifth Element|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park|
|Men In Black|
The following is a list of the seven films selected as semi-finalists for the Best Sound Effects Editing Oscar by the AMPAS sound effects editing steering committee. Three or more of these films could have be the final nominees for the Oscar. On February 3, a nominating committee made up of members of the Academy's sound engineers branch screened selected excerpts of the films before casting their nomination ballots.
|SOUND EDITING semifinalists|
|Air Force One|
|The Fifth Element|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park|
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