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70th Annual Academy Awards

Nominees announced: February 10th, 1998


Ceremony: March 23rd, 1998

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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:


Best Picture of the Year
Titanic (Paramount)
Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau

Other Nominees:
As Good As It Gets (TriStar)
Produced by James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson and Kristi Zea

The Full Monty (Fox Searchlight)
Produced by Uberto Pasolini

Good Will Hunting (Miramax)
Produced by Lawrence Bender

L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Produced by Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson and Michael Nathanson


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets (TriStar)

Other Nominees:
Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting (Miramax)
Robert Duvall, The Apostle (October)
Peter Fonda, Ulee's Gold (Orion)
Dustin Hoffman, Wag The Dog (New Line)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets (TriStar)

Other Nominees:
Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings Of The Dove (Miramax)
Julie Christie, Afterglow (Sony Pictures Classics)
Judi Dench, Mrs Brown (Miramax)
Kate Winslet, Titanic (Paramount)


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting (Miramax)

Other Nominees:
Robert Forster, Jackie Brown (Miramax)
Anthony Hopkins, Amistad (DreamWorks)
Greg Kinnear, As Good As It Gets (TriStar)
Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights (New Line)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)

Other Nominees:
Joan Cusack, In & Out (Paramount)
Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting (Miramax)
Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights (New Line)
Gloria Stuart, Titanic (Paramount)


Best Achievement in Directing
James Cameron, Titanic (Paramount)

Other Nominees:
Peter Cattaneo, The Full Monty (Fox Searchlight)
Atom Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)
Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Gus Van Sant, Good Will Hunting (Miramax)


Best Achievement in Art Direction
Titanic (Paramount)
Art Direction by Peter Lamont
Set Decoration by Michael Ford

Other Nominees:
Gattaca (Columbia)
Art Direction by Jan Roelfs
Set Decoration by Nancy Nye

Kundun (Buena Vista)
Art Direction by Dante Ferretti
Set Decoration by Franceso Lo Shiavo

L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Art Direction by Jeannine Oppewall
Set Decoration by Jay R. Hart

Men In Black (Columbia)
Art Direction by Bo Welch
Set Decoration by Cheryl Carasik


Best Achievement in Cinematography
Titanic (Paramount)
Russell Carpenter

Other Nominees:
Amistad (DreamWorks)
Janusz Kaminski

Kundun (Buena Vista)
Roger Deakins

L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Dante Spinotti

The Wings Of The Dove (Miramax)
Eduardo Serra


Best Achievement in Costume Design
Titanic (Paramount)
Deborah L. Scott

Other Nominees:
Amistad (DreamWorks)
Ruth E. Carter

Kundun (Touchstone)
Dante Ferretti

Oscar And Lucinda (Fox Searchlight)
Janet Patterson

The Wings Of The Dove (Miramax)
Sandy Powell


Best Achievement in Documentary Features
The Long Way Home
Produced by Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank

Other Nominees:
Ayn Rand: A Sense Of Life
Produced by Michael Paxton

Colors Straight Up
Produced by Michele Ohayon and Julia Schacter

4 Little Girls
Produced by Spike Lee and Sam Pollard

Waco: The Rules Of Engagement
Directed by William Gazecki


Best Achievement in Documentary Short Subjects
A Story Of Healing
Produced by Donna Dewey and Carol Pasternak

Other Nominees:
Alaska: Spirit Of The Wild
Produced by George Casey and Paul Novros

Amazon
Produced by Kieth Merril and Jonathan Stern

Daughter Of The Bride
Produced by Terri Randall

Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
Produced by Mel Damski and Andrea Blaugrund


Best Achievement in Film Editing
Titanic (Paramount)
Conrad Buff, James Cameron and Richard A. Harris

Other Nominees:
Air Force One (Columbia)
Richard Francis-Bruce

As Good As It Gets (TriStar)
Richard Marks

Good Will Hunting (Miramax)
Pietro Scalia

L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Peter Honess


Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Character
The Netherlands

Other Nominees:
Beyond Silence
Germany

Four Days In September
Brazil

The Thief
Russia

Secrets Of The Heart
Spain


Best Achievement in Makeup
Men In Black (Columbia)
Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson

Other Nominees:
Mrs Brown (Miramax)
Lisa Westcott, Veronica Brebner and Beverly Binda

Titanic (Paramount)
Tina Earnshaw, Greg Cannom and Simon Thompson


Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score)
The Full Monty (Fox Searchlight)
Anne Dudley

Other Nominees:
Anastasia (Fox)
Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and David Newman

As Good As It Gets (TriStar)
Hans Zimmer

Men In Black (Columbia)
Danny Elfman

My Best Friend's Wedding (TriStar)
James Newton Howard



Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Titanic (Paramount)
James Horner

Other Nominees:
Amistad (DreamWorks)
John Williams

Good Will Hunting (Miramax)
Danny Elfman

Kundun (Touchstone)
Philip Glass

L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Jerry Goldsmith


Best Achievement in Music (Original Song)
"My Heart Will Go On", Titanic (Paramount)
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Will Jennings

Other Nominees:
"Journey To The Past", Anastasia (Fox)
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

"How Do I Live", Con Air (Buena Vista)
Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

"Miss Misery", Good Will Hunting (Miramax)
Music and lyrics by Elliott Smith

"Go The Distance", Hercules (Walt Disney)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel


Best Achievement in Animated Short Films
Geri's Game
Directed by Jan Pinkava

Other Nominees:
Famous Fred
Directed by Joanna Quinn

La Vieille Dame Et Les Pigeons (The Old Lady And The Pigeons)
Directed by Sylvain Chomet

The Mermaid
Directed by Alexander Petrov

Redux Riding Hood
Directed by Steve Moore


Best Achievement in Live Action Short Films
Visas And Virtues
Directed by Chris Tashima and Chris Donahue

Other Nominees:
Dance Lexie Dance
Directed by Pearse Moore and Tim Loane

It's Good To Talk
Directed by Roger Goldby and Barney Reisz

Sweethearts?
Directed by Birger Lrasen and Thomas Lydholm

Wolfgang
Directed by Kim Magnusson and Anders Thomas Jensen


Best Achievement in Sound
Titanic (Paramount)
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Gary Summers and Mark Ulano

Other Nominees:
Air Force One (Columbia)
Paul Massey, Rick Kline, D.M. Hemphill and Keith A. Wester

Con Air (Buena Vista)
Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Arthur Rochester

Contact (Warner Bros.)
Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis Sands and William B. Kaplan

L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Kirk Francis


Best Achievement in Sound Effects Editing
Titanic (Paramount)
Tom Bellfort and Christopher Boyes

Other Nominees:
Face/Off (Paramount)
Mark P. Stoeckinger and Per Hallberg

The Fifth Element (Columbia)
Mark Mangini


Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Titanic (Paramount)
Robert Legato, Mark Lasoff, Thomas L. Fisher, Michael Kanfer

Other Nominees:
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Universal)
Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Randal M. Dutra, Michael Lantieri

Starship Troopers (TriStar)
Phil Tippett, Scott E. Anderson, Alec Gillis, John Richardson


Best Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
Good Will Hunting (Miramax)
Writen by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

Other Nominees:
As Good As It Gets (TriStar)
Screenplay by Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks
Story by Mark Andrus

Boogie Nights (New Line)
Written by Paul Thomas Anderson

Deconstructing Harry (Fine Line)
Written by Woody Allen

The Full Monty (Fox Searchlight)
Written by Simon Beaufoy


Best Screenplay Based On Material Previously Produced Or Published
L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)
Screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson

Other Nominees:
Donnie Brasco (TriStar)
Screenplay by Paul Attanasio

The Sweet Hereafter (Fine Line)
Screenplay by Atom Egoyan

Wag The Dog (New Line)
Screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet

The Wings Of The Dove (Miramax)
Screenplay by Hossein Amini


The Oscar Columns

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


Others' Picks

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.

Best Picture
TitanicDA, BB, JB, JayB, JoB, JohB, SB, JC, MC, MD, RD, RE, AF, EG, FG, JG, CH, JH, JuH, KH, PH, SH, MJ, DK, DeK, RK, JL, TL, JM, SM, TM, RO, BP, RR, SR, AS, RS, GS, GeS, JS, SS, AT, GT, KT, KevT, LT, PT, MV, SW, SuW
As Good As It GetsDS
Best Actor
Robert Duvall, The ApostleBB, JayB, JohB, SB, JC, JE, RE, RiE, AF, JG, JH, SH, JL, TM, RO, BP, AS, GS, RS, AT, KT, LT, MV
Jack Nicholson, As Good As It GetsDA, RD, EG, FG, KH, PH, MJ, DeK, RK, TL, JM, SM, RR, DS, GeS, JS, SS, GT, SW
Peter Fonda, Ulee's GoldJB, JoB, MC, MD, CH, JuH, DK, SR, KevT, PT, SuW
Best Actress
Helen Hunt, As Good As It GetsMD, JayB, JoB, JohB, JC, MC, RD, JE, RE, AF, EG, FG, JG, CH, JuH, KH, PH, SH, MJ, DeK, RK, TL, JM, TM, RO, BP, RR, DS, GeS, JS, SS, GT, KT, KevT, MV, SuW
Judi Dench, Mrs BrownDA, BB, JB, JH, JL, SM, AT, PT
Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings Of The DoveSR, GS, LT, SW
Julie Christie, AfterglowSB, DK
Kate Winslet, TitanicAS, RS
Best Supporting Actor
Robin Williams, Good Will HuntingJohB, MC, RD, RE, AF, EG, FG, JG, KH, JuH, PH, SH, DeK, JL, JM, SM, RO, BP, RR, SR, DS, GS, JS, SS, AT, GT, KT, LT, MVW
Burt Reynolds, Boogie NightsDA, JB, JayB, JoB, SB, MD, JE, CH, JH, DK, RK, TL, MJ, TM, AS, GeS, KevT, PT, SW
Robert Forster, Jackie BrownBB, RS
Greg Kinnear, As Good As It GetsJC
Best Supporting Actress
Gloria Stuart, TitanicDA, JayB, JohB, MC, MD, RD, JE, AF, EG, JG, JuH, KH, DK, RK, JM, SM, TM, SR, AS, DS, GeS, JS, RS, SS, AT, GT, KT, KevT, MV, SW, SuW
Kim Basinger, L.A. ConfidentialJB, JoB, SB, JC, RE, CH, JH, PH, SH, MJ, DeK, JL, TL, BP, RR, GS, LT
Joan Cusack, In & OutBB
Best Director
James Cameron, TitanicDA, JB, JayB, JoB, JohB, JC, MC, MD, RD, RE, AF, EG, FG, JG, CH, JH, JuH, KH, PH, SH, MJ, DK, DeK, RK, TL, JM, SM, TM, RO, BP, RR, SR, AS, GS, GeS, JS, RS, SS, AT, GT, KT, KevT, LT, PT, MV, SW, SuW
Curtis Hanson, L.A. ConfidentialSB
Best Foreign Language Film
Four Days In SeptemberDA, SB, JE, JH, DK, GK, JM, TM, AS, GS, JS, RS, AT
CharacterDA, RE, AF, TM, AT, KT, KevT
Beyond SilenceDK
Secrets Of The HeartRS
Best Original Screenplay
Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, Good Will HuntingDA, SB, RE, AF, JH, DK, TM, AS, GS, RS, AT, KT
Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks, As Good As It GetsMD, KevT
Best Adapted Screenplay
Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson, L.A. ConfidentialDA, MD, RE, AF, JH, DK, TM, AS, GS, RS, AT, KT, KevT
Atom Egoyan, The Sweet HereafterSB

Key
DADavid Ansen (Newsweek)
BBBonnie Britton (Indianapolis Star/News)
JBJami Bernard (N.Y. Daily News)
JayBJay Boyar (Orlando Sentinel)
JoBJoe Baltake (Sacramento Bee)
JohBJohn Beifuss (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
SBSheila Benson (Microsoft Cinemania)
JCJay Carr (Boston Globe)
MCMike Clark (USA Today)
MDManohla Dargis (L.A. Weekly)
RDRod Dreher (N.Y. Post)
JEJim Emerson (Microsoft Cinemania)
RERoger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
RiERich Elias (Delaware [Ohio] Gazette)
AFAlex Fung (me; owner of this web page)
EGEdward Guthmann (S.F. Chronicle)
FGFrank Gabrenya (Columbus Dispatch)
JGJudy Gerstel (Toronto Star)
CHChris Hewitt (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
JHJohn Hartl (Seattle Times)
JuHJulie Hinds (San Jose Mercury News)
KHKaren Hershenson (Contra Costa Times)
PHPeter Howell (Toronto Star)
SHStephen Howell (Washington Post)
MJMichael Janusonis (The Providence Journal-Bulletin)
DKDave Kehr (N.Y. Daily News)
DeKDennis King (Tulsa World)
RKRita Kempley (Washington Post)
JLJeffrey Lyons
TLTerry Lawson (Detroit Free Press)
JMJack Mathews (Newsday)
SMSean P. Means (Salt Lake City Tribune)
TMTodd McCarthy (Variety)
RORobert Osborne (Hollywood Reporter)
BPBetsy Pickle (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
RRRene Rodriguez (Miami Herald)
SRSteve Rosen (Denver Post)
ASAndrew Sarris (N.Y. Observer)
DSDavid Sheehan (CBS)
GSGavin Smith (Film Comment)
GeSGene Siskel (Chicago Tribune)
JSJoel Siegel (ABC-TV)
RSRichard Schickel (Time)
SSSusan Stark (Detroit News)
ATAnne Thompson (Premiere)
GTGary Thompson (Philadelphia Daily News)
KTKenneth Turan (L.A. Times)
KevTKevin Thomas (L.A. Times)
LTLawrence Toppman (Charlotte Observer)
PTPeter Travers (Rolling Stone)
MVMal Vincent (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
SWStephen Witty (New Jersey Star Ledger)
SuWSusan Wloszczyna (USA Today)


The Ceremony

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.

Summary of the Academy Awards ceremony

  1. Robert Rehme (AMPAS president) introductory speech
  2. Billy Crystal opening movie montage
  3. Cuba Gooding Jr. presents Best Achievement by an Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar
  4. Elisabeth Shue presents Best Achievement in Costume Design Oscar
  5. Dustin Hoffman introduces montage of Best Picture Oscar winners 1928 - 1997
  6. Neve Campbell introduces Aaliyah and Michael Bolton
  7. Aaliyah performs "Journey To The Past"
  8. Michael Bolton performs "Go The Distance"
  9. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduces clip for Best Picture nominee Titanic
  10. Mira Sorvino presents Best Achievement by an Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar
  11. Cameron Diaz presents Best Achievement in Sound Oscar
  12. Mike Myers introduces "Animals In Film" montage
  13. Mike Myers and Bart The Bear present Best Achievement in Sound Effects Editing Oscar
  14. Helen Hunt presents Best Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar
  15. Homage to King Kong and Fay Wray
  16. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon present Best Achievement in Live Action Short Films and Best Achievement in Animated Short Films Oscars
  17. Geoffrey Rush presents Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Oscar
  18. Salute to Bill Conti, conductor of the orchestra for the ceremony
  19. Antonio Banderas presents Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score) Oscar
  20. Jennifer Lopez introduces choreographed dance sequence and presents Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) Oscar
  21. Drew Barrymore presents Best Achievement in Makeup Oscar
  22. Alec Baldwin introduces clip for Best Picture nominee L.A. Confidential
  23. Samuel L. Jackson presents Best Achievement in Editing Oscar
  24. Ashley Judd recaps the ceremony for Scientific and Technical Achievements
  25. Martin Scorsese presents honourary Oscar
  26. Matt Dillon introduces clip for Best Picture nominee Good Will Hunting
  27. Madonna introduces Trisha Yearwood, Elliott Smith, and Celine Dion
  28. Trisha Yearwood performs "How Do I Live"
  29. Elliott Smith performs "Miss Misery"
  30. Celine Dion performs "My Heart Will Go On"
  31. Madonna presents Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) Oscar
  32. Djimon Hounsou presents Best Achievement in Documentary Short Subjects Oscar
  33. Robert DeNiro presents Best Achievement in Documentary Features Oscars
  34. Whoopi Goldberg introduces "In Memorium" montage
  35. Meg Ryan presents Best Achievement in Art Direction Oscar
  36. Robin Williams introduces "70 Years of Oscar highlights" movie montage
  37. Frances McDormand presents Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Oscar
  38. Sharon Stone presents Best Foreign Language Film Oscar
  39. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau present Best Screenplay based on Material Previously Produced or Published and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Oscars
  40. Geena Davis introduces clip for Best Picture nominee The Full Monty
  41. Denzel Washington presents Best Achievement in Cinematography Oscar
  42. Susan Sarandon introduces surviving acting Oscar winners
  43. Sigourney Weaver introduces clip for Best Picture nominee As Good As It Gets
  44. Warren Beatty presents Best Achievement In Direction Oscar
  45. Sean Connery presents Best Picture Of The Year Oscar

Scheduled presenters, as announced in chronological order, were:

  • Juliette Binoche
  • Denzel Washington
  • Geoffrey Rush
  • Frances McDormand
  • Madonna
  • 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:

  • Anne Bancroft
  • Kathy Bates
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Red Buttons
  • Michael Caine
  • George Chakiris
  • Cher
  • Julie Christie
  • Sean Connery
  • Geena Davis
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Michael Douglas
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Faye Dunaway
  • Robert Duvall
  • Louise Fletcher
  • Brenda Fricker
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Lee Grant
  • Joel Grey
  • Charlton Heston
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Celeste Holm
  • Holly Hunter
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Timothy Hutton
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Claude Jarman Jr.
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Shirley Jones
  • George Kennedy
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Martin Landau
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Karl Malden
  • Marlee Matlin
  • Walter Matthau
  • Mercedes McCambridge
  • Frances McDormand
  • Rita Moreno
  • Patricia Neal
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Jack Palance
  • Anna Paquin
  • Estelle Parsons
  • Gregory Peck
  • Joe Pesci
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Luise Rainer
  • Vanessa Redgrave
  • Cliff Robertson
  • Geoffrey Rush
  • Harold Russell
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Maximillian Schell
  • Mira Sorvino
  • Rod Steiger
  • Shirley Temple
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Claire Trevor
  • Jon Voight
  • Denzel Washington
  • Vincent Winter
  • Shelley Winters
  • Teresa Wright


Voting

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.


Odds

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.

Best Picture
As Good As It Gets10:116:1[ 10:1 ]
The Full Monty15:133:1[ 20:1 ]
Good Will Hunting3:19:2[ 8:1 ]
L.A. Confidentialeven11:4[ 5:1 ]
Titaniceven2:9[ 1:3 ]
Best Director
James Cameron, Titaniceven
Peter Cattaneo, The Full Monty10:1
Atom Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter15:1
Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidentialeven
Gus Van Sant, Good Will Hunting3:1
Best Actor
Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting3:116:1[ 7:2 ]
Robert Duvall, The Apostleeven9:2[ 10:1 ]
Peter Fonda, Ulee's Goldeven7:2[ 5:4 ]
Dustin Hoffman, Wag The Dog10:140:1[ 8:1 ]
Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets8:11:3[ 5:2 ]
Best Actress
Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings Of The Doveeven3:1[ 6:4 ]
Julie Christie, Aftergloweven10:1[ 10:1 ]
Judi Dench, Mrs Brown3:14:1[ 2:1 ]
Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets8:14:7[ 4:1 ]
Kate Winslet, Titanic5:116:1[ 6:1 ]
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Forster, Jackie Brown10:1
Anthony Hopkins, Amistad3:1
Greg Kinnear, As Good As It Gets8:1
Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nightseven
Robin Williams, Good Will Huntingeven
Best Supporting Actress
Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidentialeven
Joan Cusack, In & Out5:1
Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting8:1
Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights3:1
Gloria Stuart, Titaniceven

Legend:
Lenny Del Genio, Bally's Las Vegas, 98/02/10
Ladbrokes, Great Britain, 98/03/19 [98/02/10]


Eligibility

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 TITLECountry of OriginDirector

Ashes From ParadiseArgentinaMarcel Pineyro
The Unfish AustriaRobert Dornhelm
Ma Vie En RoseBelgiumAlain Berliner
Four Days In SeptemberBrazilBruno Barretto
CosmosCanadaJennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin, Denis Villeneuve
The DebtColombiaManuel Jose Alvarez, Nicolas Buenaventura
Macadam TribuDemocratic Republic of CongoJose Laplaine
Lapitch, The Little Shoemaker CroatiaMilan Blazekovic
Amor VerticalCubaArturo Sotto Diaz
A Forgotten LightCzech RepublicVladimir Michalek
BarbaraDenmarkNils Malmros
DestinyEgyptYoussef Chahine
The CollectorFinlandAuli Mantila
WesternFranceManuel Poirier
Beyond SilenceGermanyCaroline Link
Slaughter Of The CockGreeceAndreas Pantzis
The Witman BoysHungaryJanos Szasz
Blossi/810551IcelandJulius Kemp
GuruIndiaRajiv Anchal
GabbehIranMohsen Makhmalbaf
Pick A CardIsraelJulie Shles
The Best ManItalyPupi Avati
Princess MononokeJapanHayao Miyazaki
EllesLuxembourgLuis Galvao Teles
Gypsy MagicMacedoniaStole Popov
Deep CrimsonMexicoArturo Ripstein
Character The NetherlandsMike van Diem
Junk MailNorwayPal Sletaune
MilagrosThe PhilippinesMarilou Diaz-Abaya
Love StoriesPolandJerzy Stuhr
Journey To The Beginning Of The WorldPortugalManoel De Oliveiera
The Thief RussiaPavel Chukhrai
Orbis PictusSlovak RepublicMartin Sulik
OutsiderSloveniaAndrej Kosak
PaljasSouth AfricaKatinka Heyns
Secrets Of The HeartSpainMontxo Armendariz
Tic TacSwedenDaniel Afredson
For Ever MozartSwitzerlandJean-Luc Godard
Yours And MineTaiwanShaudi Wang
Daughter 2ThailandChartichalerm Yukol
The BanditTurkeyYavuz Turgul
A Friend Of The DeceasedUkraineVyacheslav Krishtofovich
One Life & Two TrialsVenezuelaAlberto Arvelo
Three Summer DaysYugoslaviaMirjana 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
Contact
The Fifth Element
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Men In Black
Starship Troopers
Titanic


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
Con Air
Face/Off
The Fifth Element
L.A. Confidential
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Titanic


Alex Fung (aw220@freenet.carleton.ca)

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