1998 Oscars 70th Academy Awards

1998 Oscars 70th Academy Awards

  • Winners Announced: March 23, 1998
  • Held at: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
  • Host: Billy Crystal
  • Eligibility Year: 1997


  • Titanic Triumph: Titanic won 11 Oscars, tying with Ben-Hur for the most Academy Awards ever won by a single film.
  • Iconic Line: One of the most famous lines, “I’m the king of the world!”, was shouted by James Cameron as he accepted the award for Best Director.
  • First Time’s the Charm: Kim Basinger won Best Supporting Actress for her role in L.A. Confidential, her first nomination ever.
  • Humanitarian Award: Stanley Kramer was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, honoring his work in film that tackled social issues.
  • Documentary Feature: The Long Way Home, about Jewish refugees after World War II, won in the Best Documentary Feature category.
  • Animated Shorts: Geri’s Game, a Pixar short, won the award for Best Animated Short Film, showing Pixar’s growing influence.
  • Musical Score: James Horner won for his original dramatic score for Titanic, and his song “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Céline Dion, also won Best Original Song.
  • “I am king of the world!”
    – James Cameron, Best Director, Titanic”
  • I just want to thank everybody I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
    – Kim Basinger, Best Supporting Actress, L.A Confidential
  • “I just said to Matt, ‘Losing would suck and winning would be really scary.’ And it’s really, really scary.”
    – Ben Affleck, Best Original Screenplay, together with Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting
  • “Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.'”
    – Robin Williams, Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting

1998 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Picture:
Titanic – James Cameron and Jon Landau, producers (WINNER)
As Good as It Gets – James L. Brooks, Bridgit Johnson and Kristi Zea, producers
The Full Monty – Uberto Pasolini, producer
Good Will Hunting – Lawrence Bender, producer
L.A. Confidential – Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson and Michael Nathanson, producers
Best Director:
James Cameron – Titanic (WINNER)
Peter Cattaneo – The Full Monty
Gus Van Sant – Good Will Hunting
Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
Atom Egoyan – The Sweet Hereafter
Best Actor:
Jack Nicholson – As Good as It Gets as Melvin Udall (WINNER)
Matt Damon – Good Will Hunting as Will Hunting
Robert Duvall – The Apostle as Euliss “Sonny” Dewey, a.k.a. “The Apostle E.F.”
Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold as Ulysses “Ulee” Jackson
Dustin Hoffman – Wag the Dog as Stanley Motss
Best Actress:
Helen Hunt – As Good as It Gets as Carol Connelly (WINNER)
Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove as Kate Croy
Julie Christie – Afterglow as Phyllis Mann
Judi Dench – Mrs Brown as Queen Victoria
Kate Winslet – Titanic as Rose DeWitt Bukater
Best Supporting Actor:
Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting as Dr. Sean Maguire (WINNER)
Robert Forster – Jackie Brown as Max Cherry
Anthony Hopkins – Amistad as John Quincy Adams
Greg Kinnear – As Good as It Gets as Simon Bishop
Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights as Jack Horner
Best Supporting Actress:
Kim Basinger – L.A. Confidential as Lynn Bracken (WINNER)
Joan Cusack – In & Out as Emily Montgomery
Minnie Driver – Good Will Hunting as Skylar Satenstein
Julianne Moore – Boogie Nights as Amber Waves/Maggie
Gloria Stuart – Titanic as Rose Dawson Calvert
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:
Good Will Hunting – Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (WINNER)
As Good as It Gets – Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks
Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson
Deconstructing Harry – Woody Allen
The Full Monty – Simon Beaufoy
Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:
L.A. Confidential – Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson from the novel by James Ellroy (WINNER)
Donnie Brasco – Paul Attanasio based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley
The Sweet Hereafter – Atom Egoyan adapted from the novel by Russell Banks
Wag the Dog – David Mamet and Hilary Henkin from the novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart
The Wings of the Dove – Hossein Amini adapted from the novel by Henry James
Best Foreign Language Film:
Karakter (Netherlands) in Dutch – Mike van Diem (WINNER)
Beyond Silence (Germany) in German – Caroline Link
Four Days in September (Brazil) in Portuguese – Bruno Barreto
Secrets of the Heart (Spain) in Spanish – Montxo Armendáriz
The Thief (Russia) in Russian – Pavel Chukhray
Best Documentary Feature:
The Long Way Home – Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank (WINNER)
4 Little Girls – Spike Lee and Sam Pollard
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life – Michael Paxton
Colors Straight Up – Michèle Ohayon and Julia Schachter
Waco: The Rules of Engagement – Dan Gifford and William Gazecki
Best Documentary Short Subject:
A Story of Healing – Donna Dewey and Carol Pasternak (WINNER)
Alaska: Spirit of the Wild – George Casey and Paul Novros
Amazon – Kieth Merrill and Jonathan Stern
Family Video Diaries: Daughter of the Bride – Terri Randall
Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies – Mel Damski and Andrea Blaugrund
Best Live Action Short Film:
Visas and Virtue – Chris Tashima and Chris Donahue (WINNER)
Dance Lexie Dance – Tim Loane
It’s Good to Talk – Roger Goldby and Barney Reisz
Sweethearts – Birger Larsen and Thomas Lydholm
Wolfgang – Anders Thomas Jensen and Kim Magnusson
Best Animated Short Film:
Geri’s Game – Jan Pinkava (WINNER)
Famous Fred – Joanna Quinn
The Old Lady and the Pigeons – Sylvain Chomet
Redux Riding Hood – Steve Moore and Dan O’Shannon
Rusalka – Alexander Petrov
Best Original Dramatic Score:
Titanic – James Horner (WINNER)
Amistad – John Williams
Good Will Hunting – Danny Elfman
Kundun – Philip Glass
L.A. Confidential – Jerry Goldsmith
Best Original Musical or Comedy Score:
The Full Monty – Anne Dudley (WINNER)
Anastasia – Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Orchestral score by David Newman
As Good as It Gets – Hans Zimmer
Men in Black – Danny Elfman
My Best Friend’s Wedding – James Newton Howard
Best Original Song:
“My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic – Music by James Horner; Lyrics by Will Jennings (WINNER)
“Go the Distance” from Hercules – Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by David Zippel
“Journey to the Past” from Anastasia – Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
“How Do I Live” from Con Air – Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
“Miss Misery” from Good Will Hunting – Music and Lyrics by Elliott Smith
Best Sound Effects Editing:
Titanic – Tom Bellfort and Christopher Boyes (WINNER)
Face/Off – Mark Stoeckinger and Per Hallberg
The Fifth Element – Mark Mangini
Best Sound:
Titanic – Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Gary Summers and Mark Ulano (WINNER)
Air Force One – Paul Massey, Rick Kline, Doug Hemphill and Keith A. Wester
Con Air – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Art Rochester
Contact – Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis S. Sands and William B. Kaplan
L.A. Confidential – Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Kirk Francis
Best Art Direction:
Titanic – Art Direction: Peter Lamont; Set Decoration: Michael D. Ford (WINNER)
Gattaca – Art Direction: Jan Roelfs; Set Decoration: Nancy Nye
Kundun – Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
L.A. Confidential – Art Direction: Jeannine Oppewall; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
Men in Black – Art Direction: Bo Welch; Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik
Best Cinematography:
Titanic – Russell Carpenter (WINNER)
Amistad – Janusz Kaminski
Kundun – Roger Deakins
L.A. Confidential – Dante Spinotti
The Wings of the Dove – Eduardo Serra
Best Makeup:
Men in Black – Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson (WINNER)
Mrs Brown – Lisa Westcott, Veronica Brebner and Beverley Binda
Titanic – Tina Earnshaw, Greg Cannom and Simon Thompson
Best Costume Design:
Titanic – Deborah Lynn Scott (WINNER)
Amistad – Ruth E. Carter
Kundun – Dante Ferretti
Oscar and Lucinda – Janet Patterson
The Wings of the Dove – Sandy Powell
Best Film Editing:
Titanic – Conrad Buff, James Cameron and Richard A. Harris (WINNER)
Air Force One – Richard Francis-Bruce
As Good as It Gets – Richard Marks
Good Will Hunting – Pietro Scalia
L.A. Confidential – Peter Honess
Best Visual Effects:
Titanic – Robert Legato, Mark Lasoff, Thomas L. Fisher and Michael Kanfer (WINNER)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Randal M. Dutra and Michael Lantieri
Starship Troopers – Phil Tippett, Scott E. Anderson, Alec Gillis and John Richardson
Academy Honorary Award:
Stanley Donen