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The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)

An award show that honors excellence in filmmaking in each of its separate categories. People are awarded Oscars in a humorous manner that provides an entertaining show.

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Louis J. Horvitz
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Crystal ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaliyah ... Herself - Performer
Ben Affleck ... Himself - Winner
David LeRoy Anderson ... Himself - Co-Winner: Best Makeup
Rick Baker ... Himself - Winner: Best Makeup
Alec Baldwin ... Himself - Presenter
Anne Bancroft ... Herself - Past Winner
Antonio Banderas ... Himself - Presenter
Walter Barnes ... Himself (Memorial Tribute)
Drew Barrymore ... Herself - Presenter
Kim Basinger ... Herself - Winner
Kathy Bates ... Herself - Past Winner
Bart the Bear ... Himself
Warren Beatty ... Himself - Presenter
Tom Bellfort Tom Bellfort ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound Effects Editing
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An award show that honors excellence in filmmaking in each of its separate categories. People are awarded Oscars in a humorous manner that provides an entertaining show.

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News

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 70th Annual Academy Awards See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

To mark the occasion of Oscar's 70th birthday, the show featured a segment called "Oscar's Family Album" in which the Academy invited every living actor who had ever won an Oscar in the four acting categories, honorary recipients and some who had received the now defunct juvenile acting award. They were seated on riser benches and the camera went from actor to actor and announced their name and the film for which they had received an Oscar. Of the 134 recipients who were still living, 70 attended. Marlon Brando and George C. Scott who had both refused their Oscars years earlier were not invited. Due to a clerical error the invitation sent to Dorothy Malone did not arrive, an oversight which is said to have angered her. See more »

Quotes

James Horner - Winner: Best Dramatic Score & Best Original Song: I want to thank, first of all, Rene and Celine for a marvelous, brilliant job. Thank you so much. I cannot thank you enough. Jim Cameron, thank you for being in a good mood that day when I brought you the song. Peter Gelb, Glen Brunman, Sony 550, thank you. And Glen, thank you.
Will Jennings - Winner: Best Original Song: I thank James for his music. And love to my wife Carole. And to all the people all over the world that took "My Heart Will Go On" to their hearts, we're very happy.
James Horner - Winner: Best Dramatic Score & Best Original Song: Thank you all.
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Connections

Features The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Full Monty
to the tune of "Hello, Dolly!" (from "Hello, Dolly!")
Music by Jerry Herman
Performed by Billy Crystal
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A very entertaining Academy Awards!
10 July 2005 | by jccwuSee all my reviews

Why is this one of people's favorite Academy Awards? Was it because "Titanic" had 14 nominations, or that this was Oscar's 70th birthday, or that almost all the surviving actors & actresses who have ever won an academy award were there? Or was it all of the above? These were just a few of the reasons why I enjoyed this particular Oscar presentation. There were so many good acceptance speeches this year. You had Kim Basinger, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, but the two most memorable acceptance speeches were from Robin Williams when he received the Best Supporting Actor Award, and Stanley Donen singing and tap dancing when he accepted his Honorary Award! This was one of Billy Crystal's best work as an Oscar host! His opening film was extremely funny with Leonardo DiCaprio drawing him and Kevin Costner making a cameo for his film (The Postman). When Billy Crystal was singing about the movie (As Good as it Gets), it was great to see Billy Crystal sitting on Jack Nicholson's lap. Some of Billy Crystal's best quotes to Jack Nicholson were "You charm us like we're Laker girls," "Forget about Mars Attacks!" & "I'm a Clippers fan. We don't get to go to the same games." Another memorable moment was when Billy Crystal honored the late & legendary Fay Wray! It was also a sad moment to see the beautiful late Aaliyah sing the song "Journey to the Past." When the Oscars presented almost all of the living actors & actresses who have all received an Academy Award, it was almost heart-breaking to see how many of them are no longer with us. The actor that stands out the most was Gregory Peck. And of course, the Memoriam is always a tear-jerker, with James Stewart as the most popular actor to have pasted away that year.

Last but not least, my favorite moment in this 70th Academy Award presentation, was the film that showed a clip from all 69 movies that have won the Best Picture Oscar. It went so well with the great score by Randy Edelman from the movie (Dragonheart). Too bad the show ended on a sour note with James Cameron's last two acceptance speeches. If you read through my whole post, these are just some of the many memorable moments that occurred on Oscar's longest running televised presentation ever! Hence, why this is one of my favorite Academy Awards show.


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