71st Academy Awards

The 71st Academy Awards ceremony was the last to take place at Los Angeles County Music Center, and was Whoopi Goldberg's third time hosting the Awards.

It was the first time the ceremony took place on a Sunday.

The Academy Award ceremony ran extremely long, due largely to extended acceptance speeches. Notable films included Shakespeare in Love, which received 13 nominations and won 7 awards, Saving Private Ryan, which received 11 nominations and won 5 awards, and Life Is Beautiful, which received 7 nominations and won 3 awards.

Although Saving Private Ryan was considered a "front-runner" for Best Picture, it eventually lost to Shakespeare in Love, making it one of few films to have won Best Director without winning Best Picture.

The 1998 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Shakespeare in Love
Actor: Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful)
Actress: Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)
Supporting Actor: James Coburn (Affliction)
Supporting Actress: Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love)
Director: Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan)
Adapted Screenplay: Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters)
Original Screenplay: Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love)
Song: "When You Believe" (Prince of Egypt)
Original Score: Shakespeare in Love (Musical or Comedy) / Life is Beautiful (Drama)
Cinematography: Saving Private Ryan
Costume Design: Shakespeare in Love
Art / Set Decoration: Shakespeare in Love
Film Editing: Saving Private Ryan
Foreign Language Film: Life is Beautiful
Sound: Saving Private Ryan
Sound Effects: Saving Private Ryan
Makeup: Elizabeth
Visual Effects: What Dreams May Come
Short Films: Bunny (Animated) / Election Night (Valgaften) (Live Action)
Documentaries: The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years (Short) / The Last Days (Feature)

The seventy-first Academy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful) stole the show when he was announced the winner for best director. Excited and jubilant are understatements. When he heard his name announced, he jumped up onto his chair, nearly falling over. Talking quickly in faltering English (he's Italian), Benigni thanked everyone and excitedly said, "I want to kiss everybody!" Whoopi Goldberg hosted the ceremony.