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Encyclopedia > 70th Academy Awards
70th Academy Awards
Date Monday, March 23, 1998
Site Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California
Host Billy Crystal
Producer Gil Cates
Director Louis J. Horvitz
Duration 3 hours, 45 minutes

The 70th Academy Awards were noted for their high ratings and the 11 wins racked up by the Best Picture, Titanic. Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony for the sixth time, and received an Emmy award for his performance. March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... An early postcard view of the Shrine The Shrine Auditorium is a landmark large-event venue in Los Angeles, California, USA. It is also the headquarters of the Al Malikah Temple, a division of the Shriners. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City  498. ... Billy Crystal (born Israel William Krisstalsterne on March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is a Jewish American actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director. ... Gilbert Gil Cates (born: 6 June 1934 in New York, New York) is an American television producer and director. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Billy Crystal (born Israel William Krisstalsterne on March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is a Jewish American actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director. ... An Emmy Award. ...


Although the evening was dominated by Titanic, the picture notably did not receive any awards for its actors' performances. Other pictures picked up the acting awards; Good Will Hunting, which was nominated for 9 awards and won 2; L.A. Confidential, which was nominated for 9 awards and won 2; and As Good as It Gets, which was nominated for 7 awards and won 2. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Good Will Hunting is a 1997 film directed by Gus Van Sant, set in greater Boston, Massachusetts. ... L.A. Confidential is a crime novel by James Ellroy published in 1990 that was adapted into a 1997 feature film. ... As Good as It Gets is a 1997 film which tells the story of an obsessive-compulsive, cantankerous, racist, homophobic writer named Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) who, because of his anxiety disorder, lives in a world that has shrunk to about the size of his apartment and the books he...


Due to the popularity of Titanic, the show earned its highest ratings ever in history based on audience size (57.55 million), though the highest rated show based on percentage of households watching was in 1970. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...

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Notable Quotes

  • "I'm the king of the world!", Titanic director James Cameron, on winning the Best Picture Oscar.
  • "My friend James Cameron and I made three films together: True Lies, Terminator, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Of course, that was during his early low-budget art-house period." - Arnold Schwarzenegger, presenting an Award.
  • "I just soiled myself." actor Mike Myers, on retrieving an envelope from animal actor Bart the Bear, who was brought on stage
  • "Comic Relief is going to be rough this year." host Billy Crystal, immediately following the Oscar win of his friend and Comic Relief co-creator Robin Williams.
  • "I know Gil Cates is startin' to sweat back there." Jack Nicholson, on producer Cates' reaction to his Best Actor acceptance speech running long.
  • "Matt Damon must feel like he's on the Seniors' Tour." Billy Crystal, regarding Matt Damon competing for Best Actor against four veteran actors - Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Robert Duvall, and Dustin Hoffman.
  • "This may be the first time I'm speechless." Robin Williams' first words upon receiving the Best Supporting Actor award

For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... True Lies is a 1994 action movie/comedy remake of the 1991 french film La Totale!, directed by James Cameron. ... The Terminator (also known as Terminator in some early trailers and posters) is a 1984 science fiction/action film featuring body-builder Arnold Schwarzenegger in what would become one of his best-known roles. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947, in Graz, Austria) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Michael Myers can refer to: The Rt Hon Sir Michael Myers was the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. ... Bart the Bear (January 19, 1977 – May 10, 2000), was a male Alaskan Kodiak Bear who appeared in several Hollywood films throughout his career. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... John Joseph Nicholson, better known as Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey) is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven time Golden Globe winning American method actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Peter Fonda Peter Henry Fonda, born February 23, 1940 in New York, New York, is an American actor. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...

The Awards

For a complete list of nominees and winners, see: 70th Academy Awards nominees and winners This is a complete list of nominees and winners of the 70th Academy Awards. ...


Feature Films

  • Best motion picture of the year: Titanic
  • Best foreign language film of the year: Character

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Acting

John Joseph Nicholson, better known as Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey) is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven time Golden Globe winning American method actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... As Good as It Gets is a 1997 film which tells the story of an obsessive-compulsive, cantankerous, racist, homophobic writer named Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) who, because of his anxiety disorder, lives in a world that has shrunk to about the size of his apartment and the books he... Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American actress, perhaps best known for her role in the television sitcom Mad About You. ... As Good as It Gets is a 1997 film which tells the story of an obsessive-compulsive, cantankerous, racist, homophobic writer named Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) who, because of his anxiety disorder, lives in a world that has shrunk to about the size of his apartment and the books he... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Good Will Hunting is a 1997 film directed by Gus Van Sant, set in greater Boston, Massachusetts. ... Kimila Ann Basinger (pronounced ) (born December 8, 1953 in Athens, Georgia) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... L.A. Confidential is a crime novel by James Ellroy published in 1990 that was adapted into a 1997 feature film. ...

Honorary Oscars

Stanley Donen received an honorary Oscar for his years as a director on such musicals including Singin' in the Rain. Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as the King of the Hollywood musicals. His most famous work is Singin In The Rain, which he co-directed with Gene Kelly. ... Singin in the Rain is a 1952 musical film starring Gene Kelly, Donald OConnor, and Debbie Reynolds and directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also handling the choreography. ...


Writing

Matthew Paige Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter and Academy Award-nominated actor. ... Benjamin Géza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film actor, director, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Good Will Hunting is a 1997 film directed by Gus Van Sant, set in greater Boston, Massachusetts. ... Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a movie writer and director, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. ... Curtis Lee Hanson (born 24 March 1945) is a film director from in Reno, Nevada, whose movies include: Losin It (1983) Bad Influence (1990) The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) The River Wild (1994) L.A. Confidential (1997) Wonder Boys (2000) 8 Mile (2002) In Her Shoes (2005) Lucky... L.A. Confidential is a crime novel by James Ellroy published in 1990 that was adapted into a 1997 feature film. ...

Direction

For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Technical Awards

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent DOnofrio. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Special Events

  • As a celebration of 70 years of Oscar, the Academy showed clips of all the films that won Best Picture in the past 70 years. The Academy also invited 70 Oscar winning actors and the camera went face to face announcing the actor or actress and the film they won the Oscar for and the year as well.
  • Mike Myers introduced a montage of film clips featuring animal actors. The final clip of the montage was a growling shot of Bart the Bear (a large kodiak bear) from the film The Edge. A curtain then rose to reveal Bart on stage, wearing a bow tie and holding a wooden "envelope", which Myers was to retrieve from the bear before presenting the next award. Returning to the microphone, Myers quipped "I just soiled myself."

Michael Myers can refer to: The Rt Hon Sir Michael Myers was the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. ... Bart the Bear (January 19, 1977 – May 10, 2000), was a male Alaskan Kodiak Bear who appeared in several Hollywood films throughout his career. ... The Edge is a 1997 survival and relationship drama film directed by Lee Tamahori starring Anthony Hopkins as billionaire magazine publicist Charles Morse and Alec Baldwin as Robert Green, one of his ambitious employees. ...

In Memoriam

Presented by Whoopi Goldberg. The Academy takes a special moment to remember those involved with motion pictures that died in the previous year. Those that were featured: Lloyd Bridges, Richard Jaeckel, composer Saul Chaplin, cinematographer Stanley Cortez, William Hickey, screenwriter Paul Jarrico, screenwriter Dorothy Kingsley, hairstylist Sydney Guilaroff, editor William H. Reynolds, Billie Dove, oceanographic filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, Stubby Kaye, Red Skelton, producer Dawn Steel, Toshiro Mifune, Brian Keith, Chris Farley, executive Leo Jaffe, director Samuel Fuller, Burgess Meredith, J.T. Walsh, Robert Mitchum and James Stewart. Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson, November 13, 1955),[1] is an American comedian, film actor and radio DJ. Goldberg is one of only a few individuals (including Barbra Streisand, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn and Helen Hayes) who have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a... Bridges in The Sound of Fury (1950) Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. ... Richard Jaeckel Richard Hanley Jaeckel (October 10, 1926 - June 14, 1997) was an American actor. ... Saul Chaplin (born February 19, 1912 - died November 15, 1997) was one of Hollywoods preeminent composers and musical directors. ... Stanley Cortez (1908-1997) was a cinemataographer. ... William Hickey has also been the name of a diary column in the Daily Express William Hickey (September 19, 1928 – June 29, 1997) was an American actor. ... Paul Jarrico (January 12, 1915 – October 28, 1997) was an American screenwriter and film producer who was Blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism. ... Dorothy Kingsley was one of the three co-writers of the movie script for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. ... There have been several historical figures named William Reynolds. ... Billie Dove (born May 14, 1900 (although most sources incorrectly ascribed the year 1903; died December 31, 1997) was an American actress. ... Jacques-Yves Cousteau (June 11, 1910 - June 25, 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. ... Stubby Kaye (November 11, 1918 – December 14, 1997), born Bernard Kotzin in New York, New York, was an American comic actor. ... Richard Bernard Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedian whose greatest impact — in a career which began as a teen circus clown and graduated to vaudeville, Broadway, MGM films, and radio — began when he reached television stardom with The Red Skelton Show (NBC, 1951–1952... Dawn Steel (August 19, 1946 – December 20, 1997) was the first woman to run a major Hollywood film studio. ... Toshiro Mifune in the film Drunken Angel. ... Brian Keith (November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American stage, film and television actor. ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... Samuel Fuller Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1911 – October 30, 1997) was an American film director. ... Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907 – September 9, 1997) was a versatile American actor and is best known for portraying Rocky Balboas trainer Mickey Goldmill in the Rocky films and The Penguin in the television series Batman. ... J.T. Walsh (September 28, 1943–February 27, 1998) was an American actor best known for his roles as quietly sinister white-collar sleazeballs (quote from Leonard Maltin) in numerous feature films. ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... Brigadier General James Maitland Jimmy Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an iconic, Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen persona. ...


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