The 71st Academy Awards ceremony was held on February 25, 1999, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, to honor the best films of 1998. The ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal and was televised live on ABC. The ceremony was notable for the upset victory of Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture. Shakespeare in Love won seven awards in total, including Best Picture, Best Director (John Madden), Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench). Saving Private Ryan won five awards, including Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), and Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn). Other notable winners included Hilary Swank for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Boys Don't Cry, Roberto Benigni for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Life Is Beautiful, and Kevin Spacey for Best Supporting Actor for American Beauty. The ceremony was also notable for the death of actor Sidney Poitier, who was presented with an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievements in film. The 71st Academy Awards was a successful ceremony, with high ratings and positive reviews. It is considered one of the best Academy Awards ceremonies in history.

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The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999)

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The 71st Academy Awards ceremony was held on February 25, 1999, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, to honor the best films of 1998. The ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal and was televised live on ABC. The ceremony was notable for the upset victory of Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture. Shakespeare in Love won seven awards in total, including Best Picture, Best Director (John Madden), Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench). Saving Private Ryan won five awards, including Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), and Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn). Other notable winners included Hilary Swank for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Boys Don't Cry, Roberto Benigni for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Life Is Beautiful, and Kevin Spacey for Best Supporting Actor for American Beauty. The ceremony was also notable for the death of actor Sidney Poitier, who was presented with an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievements in film. The 71st Academy Awards was a successful ceremony, with high ratings and positive reviews. It is considered one of the best Academy Awards ceremonies in history.

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Released

Language

English

Country

United States
Cast
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Whoopi Goldberg

Herself - Host / Presenter: Best Costume Design / Gene Siskel Tribute
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Ben Affleck

Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short and Best Documentary Feature
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Debbie Allen

Herself - Audience Member
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Gene Autry

Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Binnie Barnes

Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Drew Barrymore

Herself - Audience Member
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Kim Basinger

Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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Kathy Bates

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Warren Beatty

Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
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Roberto Benigni

Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Foreign Language Film / Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
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Annette Bening

Herself - Presenter: Memorial Tribute
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Michael Blakey

Himself
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Cate Blanchett

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
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Brenda Blethyn

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Andrea Bocelli

Himself - Performer
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Nicoletta Braschi

Herself - Audience Member
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Nicholas Brooks

Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
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Nicolas Cage

Himself - Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Award to Norman Jewison
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Kate Capshaw

Herself - Audience Member
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Mariah Carey

Herself - Performer: 'When You Believe'
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Jim Carrey

Himself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
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Martin Childs

Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
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Dane Clark

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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James Coburn

Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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Bill Condon

Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay
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Bill Conti

Himself - Orchestra conducter
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Joaquín Cortés

Himself - Performer
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Kevin Costner

Himself - Presenter: Best Director
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Matt Damon

Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short and Best Documentary Feature
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Blythe Danner

Herself - Audience Member
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Geena Davis

Herself - Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score
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Robert de Niro

Himself - Co-Presenter: Honorary Award to Elia Kazan
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Judi Dench

Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (as Dame Judi Dench)
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John Derek

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Laura Dern

Herself - Audience Member
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Céline Dion

Herself - Performer
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Linwood G. Dunn

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Robert Duvall

Jerome Facher (archive footage)
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Alice Faye

Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Norman Fell

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Dave Foley

Filk - Presenter: Best Animated Short Film (voice)
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Harrison Ford

Himself - Presenter: Best Picture
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Brendan Fraser

Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
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Peter Gabriel

Himself - Performer
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Andy Garcia

Himself
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Donna Gigliotti

Herself - Winner: Best Picture
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John Glenn

Himself - Presenter (as Sen. John Glenn)
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James Goldman

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Rachel Griffiths

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Don Gummer

Himself - Audience Member
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Tom Hanks

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
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Ed Harris

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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Phil Hartman

Himself (Memorial Tribute)
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Goldie Hawn

Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay
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Anne Heche

Herself - Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards
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Valerie Hobson

Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Whitney Houston

Herself - Co-Performer: 'When You Believe'
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Helen Hunt

Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
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Anjelica Huston

Herself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
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Richard Hymns

Himself - Winner: Best Sound Editing
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Joel Hynek

Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
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Keiko Ibi

Herself - Winner: Best Documentary Short
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Anders Thomas Jensen

Himself - Winner: Best Live Action Short Film
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Norman Jewison

Himself - Thalberg Award Recipient
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Ron Judkins

Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
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Michael Kahn

Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing
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Janusz Kaminski

Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography
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Elia Kazan

Himself - Honorary Award Recipient
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Richard Kiley

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Val Kilmer

Himself - Presenter: Western Tribute
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Sally Kirkland

Herself - Audience Member
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Stanley Kubrick

Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Lisa Kudrow

Herself - Presenter: song 'That'll Do'
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Akira Kurosawa

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Charles Lang

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Ken Lipper

Himself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature
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Jennifer Lopez

Herself - Presenter: Best Original Song
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Sophia Loren

Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film & 'La vita è bella' Film Clip
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Kevin Scott Mack

Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
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John Madden

Himself
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Amy Madigan

Herself - Audience Member
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Kim Magnusson

Himself - Winner: Best Live Action Short Film
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Jean Marais

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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E.G. Marshall

Himself - Memorial Tribute
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Steve Martin

Himself - Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay
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Roddy McDowall

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Ian McKellen

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
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James Moll

Himself - Winner: Best Documentary, Features
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Fernanda Montenegro

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
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Allison Moorer

Herself - Performer
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Mike Myers

Himself - Presenter: Best Makeup
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Liam Neeson

Himself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects
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Andy Nelson

Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
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Randy Newman

Himself - Performer
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Jack Nicholson

Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
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Jeanette Nolan

Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Nick Nolte

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
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Marc Norman

Himself - Winner: Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay
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Edward Norton

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
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Dick O'Neill

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Maureen O'Sullivan

Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Alan J. Pakula

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Bruce Paltrow

Himself - Audience Member
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Gwyneth Paltrow

Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
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David Parfitt

Himself - Winner: Best Picture
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Nicola Piovani

Himself - Winner: Best Original Dramatic Score
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Colin Powell

Himself - Presenter: 'The Thin Red Line' & 'Saving Private Ryan' Film Clips
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Sandy Powell

Herself - Winner: Best Costume Design
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Jill Quertier

Herself - Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
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Joe Ranft

Heimlich - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film (voice)
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Gene Raymond

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Lynn Redgrave

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Robert Rehme

Himself
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Christina Ricci

Herself - Presenter: song 'When You Believe'
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Natasha Richardson

Herself
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Stuart Robertson

Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
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Chris Rock

Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Effects Editing
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Roy Rogers

Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Esther Rolle

Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Geoffrey Rush

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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Kurt Russell

Himself - Audience Member
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Gary Rydstrom

Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing
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Martin Scorsese

Himself - Co-presenter: Honorary Award to Elia Kazan
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Jenny Shircore

Herself - Winner: Best Makeup
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Frank Sinatra

Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Gene Siskel

Himself - Special Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Steven Spielberg

Himself - Winner: Best Director & Nominee: Best Picture / Presenter: Stanley Kubrick Tribute
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Patrick Stewart

Himself - Presenter: 'Elizabeth' & 'Shakespeare In Love' Film Clips
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Tom Stoppard

Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
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Susan Strasberg

Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Meryl Streep

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
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Gary Summers

Himself - Winner: Best Sound Mixing
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Billy Bob Thornton

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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Uma Thurman

Herself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
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John Travolta

Himself - Presenter: Frank Sinatra Tribute
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Steven Tyler

Himself - Performer (as Aerosmith)
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Jack Valenti

Himself - Presenter: Colin Powell
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Stephen Warbeck

Himself - Winner: Best Musical or Comedy Score
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Emily Watson

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
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Chris Wedge

Himself - Winner: Best Animated Short Film
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Harvey Weinstein

Himself - Winner: Best Picture
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Peter Weir

Himself - Nominee: Best Director
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Robin Williams

Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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Vincent Winter

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Freddie Young

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Robert Young

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Renée Zellweger

Herself - Presenter: song 'A Soft Place To Fall'
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Catherine Zeta-Jones

Herself - Presenter: song 'The Prayer'
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Edward Zwick

Himself - Winner: Best Picture
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Lauren Bacall

Lisa (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Edouard Baer

French Presentation (uncredited)
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Jack Birch

Rex P. (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Linda Blair

Regan Teresa MacNeil (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Humphrey Bogart

Rick Blaine (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Charles Chaplin

Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Christopher Ciccone

Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
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Carol Connors

Candy Christian (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Carol Coombs

Janie Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Macaulay Culkin

Kevin (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Thierry Dugeon

French Presentation (uncredited)
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Isabelle Giordano

French Presentation (uncredited)
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Karolyn Grimes

Zuzu Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mamie Gummer

Herself (uncredited)
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Oliver Hardy

Ollie (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jimmy Hawkins

Tommy Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Rita Hayworth

Gilda (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Michael Keaton

Batman (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Stan Laurel

Laurel (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Andie MacDowell

Herself - Presenter: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score (uncredited)
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Donna Reed

Mary Hatch Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Christopher Reeve

Superman (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Larry Simms

Peter Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
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James Stewart

George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Liv Tyler

Herself - Presenter: song "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" (uncredited)
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Rita Wilson

Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Crew
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Louis J. Horvitz

Director
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Dave Boone

Writer
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Whoopi Goldberg

Writer
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Jon Macks

Writer
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Billy Martin

Writer
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