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Live Updates and Commentary of the OSCAR Ceremony...

Published at: March 21, 1999, 5:02 p.m. CST by staff

Well folks... You'll be seeing my commentary, as well as the results throughout the night. If you want to see what my predictions were... Go HERE!!! Otherwise... Here we go...

As the night goes... I'll be putting these in order of presentation etc...

The Barbara Walters Special....

Ya know what folks? So far... this Barbara Walters Special is really really really lame. Though I must admit that that platinium blonde hair of Elizabeth Taylor's is just.... kinda cool. I'm sort of imagining that this is what an older Jean Harlow would look like as an older woman... but with bigger eyes. It really is amazing she looks as good as she does... I'll never forget how gorgeous she looked in IVANHOE... God... It's so strange to hear Elizabeth talking about Brain Tumors and Child Abuse. 10 to 1, Barbara doesn't ask about that "OZ" film that Taylor is planning to come out of retirement for!

Boy... was that JURASSIC PARK theme park commercial cool or what?

The ACADEMY AWARDS are beginning... right after these damn commercials... God I hate useless commercials for cars... SPIKE LEE commercials are kinda trippy... but seeing him huckster PIZZA HUT is just weird....

HERE WE GO......

The host on the carpet is Geena Davis.... Boy... she looks gooooood, poor Renny... God, these intro things are just... ugh... Ahhh... Gwyneth Paltrow is looking fine in that pink thing.. Roberto... is he like usually insane? I really wish I would have loved LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL... but I just got the feeling throughout that film that it was Benigni trying to do Chaplin like he'd been trying to do Peter Sellers, and I didn't see anything that wasn't really in THE GREAT DICTATOR or THE KID... The romance didn't get me and the music didn't soar... KURT RUSSELL coooooool.

About 22 minutes till it starts... Wow... Helen Hunt is just stunning tonight. She's directing the last episode of MAD ABOUT YOU (co written by Helen, Paul Reiser and Vince Levin) Ooooh... I like this Oscar costume/gown design... Is anyone else noticing that the gown design of about 40 years ago are 100 times cooler... Lynn Redgrave!!!! God, I hope she wins... She so deserves it, and man... I'm gonna explode if Ian doesn't win Actor... Emily Watson is kinda weird looking tonight.. she's got this strange 50's hairdo... Tom Hanks is unshaved and scraggily looking. Coburn just oozes cool...what a voice... I've just been told on this damn OSCAR thing is Live... everywhere.. so this is probably useless... and nobody is reading this stuff...

Liv Tyler was cheated out of her award nomination for ARMAGEDDON... Curses... Damn evil voters... they never vote from the heart. But she is sitting just 2 seats from God. DAMN!!! Australia has 7 Academy Noms... Congrats guys! Kathy Bates is so good. I'd love to see her play Medea in a big budget film version! 10 minutes left... OHMYGOD this is gonna be a Disco night... did you see all those lights. OH NO... rehearsals for bad dance numbers!!! AGH!!!

Well at this point I got Loki and Lloyd reading... Man... does KODAK got the ad that kicks ass.... Absolutely... I think they should run that Academy ad... like during the year... KICK ASS the BRUCE WILLIS vs THE JEFFERSONS ad is super fucking cool!!!! 4 minutes left...

ALLLLLLLL RIIIIIGGGGHHHHHHHTTTTT.... Here we gooooooo.....

The OSCAR CEREMONY BEGINS!!!!!

Aahhh Jennifer Lopez is soooooooo hot!!! The Keepers of the Oscar Ballots!!! Get em you spies!!! Send me the results!!! Hurry!!!

Here's WHOOPI!!! OH GOD!!! That ELIZABETH get up is outstanding!!!!! hahahaha.... "I'm the African Queen" hahahahaha.... GO IAN!!!! I don't care if it's long!

Go away Bob Raimi!!! Shoo... Stop talking... move along... Yeah.. We know the history of the damn Oscars! UH..OH... The THREE MOMENTS in film history.... WOW... here we gooo...

Modern Times, Nanook, M, Wings, All Quiet, Harold Lloyd, The General, The Jazz Singer, 42nd Street,. Anchors Aweigh, Yankee Doodle, Treasure , Saturdy night, Mary Poppins, Singing in the rain, Maltese Falcon, Bringing up Baby, God I wish I could type faster and think, Ah helll... I give up.... God I love THE QUIET MAN... Did someone really suggest 10? Damn... this is a shitload of clips!!!! Zhivago!!!! Yeah baby yeah... All About Eve.... JFK... Apollo 13, KING KONG.... KING KONG.... YEAH ... Come on where the hell is STAR WARS!!!!... ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.... THERE YA ARE TOM JOAD!!!! Damn.... There Is STAR WARS!!!!! Close Encounters reminds me... I had a horrible incident at Regal Cinemas today... Read about it later...

God, this rap of hers is falling flat for me.... Chris Rock didn't even crack a smile! Much Nothing About A Do? Ugh!

Kim Basinger is presenting....

Actor in a Supporting Role


James Coburn in AFFLICTION
Robert Duvall in A CIVIL ACTION
Ed Harris in THE TRUMAN SHOW
Geoffrey Rush in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Billy Bob Thornton in A SIMPLE PLAN

And the winner is..... JAMES COBURN...

Well those clips were pretty good! HOLY SHIT!!!!! I can't believe he won. 'Some of them you do for money... some of them you do for love... this was a lovechild' MY GOD... I was utterly convinced that Billy Bob owned this award. DAMMIT... But this is just like when Jack Palance won, but without the one arm pushups... I love it... but WOW... what a surprise! I wish they'd given him more time... Coburn is great, and hell... like we won't all watch!

Gwyneth Paltrow presents....

Art Direction


ELIZABETH (John Myhre, Peter Hewitt)
PLEASANTVILLE (Jeannine Oppewall, Jay Hart)
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Tom Sanders, Lisa Dean Kavanaugh)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Martin Childs, Jill Quertier)
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (Eugenio Zenetti, Cindy Carr)

And the winner is... SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Go PLEASANTVILLE!!!!! No... GO WHAT DREAMS!!!! Either one... Uh oh... Will this be a big ass sweep, or a mere tip of the bucket... I did love their Globe Theater set... and it was pretty as hell. BUT dammit... WHAT DREAMS MAY COME was ASTOUNDING!!!! Fucking evil people...

PICARD!!!! presents ELIZABETH and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE!!! I wish Geoffrey Rush had been nominated for ELIZABETH.. I prefered him in that movie!

Back to Whoopi... who introduces...

Mike Myers to present...

Makeup


ELIZABETH
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Lois Burwell)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Veronica Brebner)

And the winner is... ELIZABETH

Jenny Shircore Maaaaaaaaan..... I'm not even gonna comment. Ugh!!! How about... NONE OF THE ABOVE!!!

Christina Ricci intros WHEN YOU BELIEVE with Mariah and Whitney... I'd rather see Sandra Bullock and Michelle Pfeiffer singing this. These to just butcher the music IMHO. Really lackluster performance...... No production number (of course that would possibly be in bad taste) Ahhhhhh... here's the big production number... Hahahaha... I knew something was wrong... And.. it does feel a bit like bad taste... (Amen Lloyd; To voice palpatation death)

Where are the cool Summer Movie Commercials? Hello Dutch and Australian Computer Users unable to watch the OSCARS live!!!!

What the hell is up with Whoopi? Ahhhh.... A Costume Design thing....

Brendan Frazier to give the award for...

Short Film—Live Action


CULTURE
ELECTION NIGHT (Valgaften)
HOLIDAY ROMANCE
LA CARTE POSTALE (The Postcard)
VICTOR

And the winner is... ELECTION NIGHT

Given I haven't seen any of them... I really can't comment... Though given their 3 previous noms... It must be good....

Heimleich and Flick present the award for...

Short Film—Animated


BUNNY
THE CANTERBURY TALES
JOLLY ROGER
MORE
WHEN LIFE DEPARTS

And the winner is... BUNNY!!!!!

Pretty good.... BUNNY is AWESOME... Go go go... I wish we were getting clips... He worked on TRON!!!!! Tooooo cool! You have to see this one... it's surreal as hell...

Robin Williams is presenting award for...

Actress in a Supporting Role


Kathy Bates in PRIMARY COLORS
Brenda Blethyn in LITTLE VOICE
Judi Dench in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Rachel Griffiths in HILARY AND JACKIE
Lynn Redgrave in GODS AND MONSTERS

And the winner is... Judi Dench for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE!!!

Uh oh... Robin Williams... be afraid... Can you imagine if the awards were hosted by him? That'd be insane... See folks... that's comedy... He's REAL good!!! Go LYNN!!!!!! COME ON "GODS"!!! WIN WIN... DAMMMMMMMIT!!!! I loved her in it, but DAMMMMMMNNNNNN!!!

Terrible Commercials...

Chris Rock to present the award for...

Sound Effects Editing


ARMAGEDDON
THE MASK OF ZORRO
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

And the winner is... SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns)

Whew... Chris is an evil being... That Kazan remark was COLD. This is sooooo SPR's award! AMAZING... SOUND.... Great work...

Liv introduces AEROSMITH.... Ya know.... I just love AEROSMITH... probably one of the reasons I loved Armageddon (just to tip my hat to the alleged bad taste I have) (of course others are saying "Nothing alleged about it")

Anjelica Huston to present....

Sound


ARMAGEDDON
THE MASK OF ZORRO
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Ron Judkins)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (John Downer)
THE THIN RED LINE (Claude Letessier)

And the winner is... SAVING PRIVATE RYAN Gary Ruydstorm and a whole bunch that the TV people didn't leave on long enough dammit!

Why do they have these little paragraphs about the subjects? Gary's gonna win again... Looks like a technical sweep is possible for SPR...

TOM HANKS.... He's looking scraggily as hell, but intros John "I've been a cool astronaut" Glen. BIO PIC tribute.... Cool.... Great clips... I soooo love SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS... JIM THORPE ALL-AMERICAN... Gandhi.... God, this is hard... ALAMO, one of my Dad's faves... THE GLEN MILLER STORY... God I love Jimmy Stewart... PATTON.... I'm missing a ton of these as I can't type fast enough. Where's INHERIT THE WIND?

UGH!!! A Tribute to BELOVED's costume design.... UGH!!!! AGH!!!!

Sophia Loren to introduce... LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL clip... Roberto is such a ham! I must be a heartless bastard. Don't get me wrong... I liked the film, but it did not 'kill me', I saw all the pieces as pieces not as a full film. And she is going to present the award...

Foreign Language Film


CENTRAL STATION (Brazil)
CHILDREN OF HEAVEN (Iran)
THE GRANDFATHER (Spain)
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Italy)
TANGO From Argentina (Argentina)

And the winner is... LIFe IS BEAUTIFUL...

If it doesn't go to LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL... It did... He's walking on the back of people's chairs... He's... ummmm... Happy... (because he's hugging Sophia Loren!!!) And he won. This guy reminds me of Robogeek. But I do wish that CENTRAL STATION had won... It's utterly fantastic...

Andie MacDowell and Andy Garcia present...

Original Musical or Comedy Score


A BUG'S LIFE (Randy Newman)
MULAN (Matthew Wilder, David Zippel, Jerry Goldsmith)
PATCH ADAMS (Marc Shaiman)
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (Hans Zimmer, Stephen Schwartz)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Stephen Warbeck)

And the winner is... SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Stephen Warbeck)

Go PRINCE OF EGYPT!!!! Go SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE!!!! I love both scores... SIL is gonna win a lot of awards! Miramax did an amazing marketing job for an AMAZING MOVIE!

Genna Davis in an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G art deco-y see through dress presents a musical tribute to the 5 following scores... I hate MODERN dance... Watch his breasts jiggle... OH GOD EMBARRASHMENT!!! HORRID!!!! IT MAKES NO SENSE... MAKE IT STOP.... HOLY SHIT IT'S far WORSE than you can possibly imagine.... This is not working.... Where the hell are the good people? Tapping to the music of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is HORRIBLE!!!!! Dear lord make it stop!!! The pain... the searing agony.... Please Mary mother of God, just end this debacle before televisions implode!

Now Geena presents the award to....

Original Dramatic Score


ELIZABETH (David Hirschfelder)
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Nicola Piovani)
PLEASANTVILLE (Randy Newman)
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (John Williams)
THE THIN RED LINE (Hans Zimmer)

And the winner is... LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Nicola Piovani)

Come on PLEASANTVILLE!!! (though I wish the score for GODS AND MONSTERS had been nominated) UH OH.... LIB is gonna rake em in... 2 down... more to go... Beautifully simplistic acceptance.

JOHN TRAVOLTA to present a tribute, en morte, to Frank Sinatra, edited by Scorsese... Great work MARTY!!! Ya know Sinatra is sooooo good. He's cool, smooth, evil, sleazy, groovy and a DAMN GOOD ACTOR! Come on... show a clip from SUDDENLY.... Come on... come on... come on... Damn this is a great tribute!!! OCEANS 11 Coooooool. Donde SUDDENLY, Marty?

I'm already tired of the COSTUME DESIGN goofy thing... I have to admit though... You have to admit that Whoopi is being a great sport about the makeup and costume changes... It's gotta be a bitch!

Anne Heche to present the Scientific and Technical Awards.... Hahahahahahahaha Sound problems during the Science and Technical Awards.... It's weird... Just a couple of days ago, she was here in Austin for the EDtv premiere thing with Ellen. Including awards to the creators of AVID...

JIM CARREY to present the award for...

Film Editing


LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (SIMONE PAGGI)
OUT OF SIGHT (Ann V Coates)
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Michael Kahn)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (David Gamble)
THE THIN RED LINE (Leslie Jones, Saar Klein, Billy Weber)

And the winner is... SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Michael Kahn)

He's crying and milking laughter... Ya see he didn't get nominated for TRUMAN... and ummm... It's really really fun... Like this ain't going to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.... Come on OUT OF SIGHT... SPR... Another technical award... can it when others?

Rene Zellwegger (sooooo hot, my god I'm in love) to present the song for THE HORSE WHISPERER sung by ALISON MOIRER (msp?) Man... Remember when ISAAC HAYES won.... Now that was cool... this is closer to razor blade death. Help help help!!!

Nicholas Cage to present the IRVING B THALBERG award to NORMAN JEWISON...... Finally some acknowledgement for ROLLERBALL!!!!! YES!!!! I love that movie!!!! Great DVD... Norman’s talk to young filmmakers is exactly RIGHT. Forget about Top Ten... Make movies that kick our ass...

Roberto is being teased by Whoopi....

Liam Neeson to present the award for...

Visual Effects


ARMAGEDDON
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

And the winner is...WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

Come on MIGHTY JOE YOUNG!!!! WOW.... What Dreams May Come won!!!!! Cooool. I just wanted to see Rick Baker.... But Cool.... Truly awe inspiring effects... “Love is Groovy”

Val Kilmer and a 'TRIGGER' Look alike come out to present a tribute to Matinee Cowboys..... Roy, Gene, Wayne, William S Hart, Tom Mix, Gabby Hayes, Hoppalong Cassidy, Ray Crash Corrigan, Buck Jones, Tex Ritter, YAKIMA CANUTT, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Andy Devine, Allan Rocky Lanee, Randolph Scott, Bob Steele, Sunset Carson, Durango Kid, Lash LaRue all in tribute with a cool COWBOY HEAVEN song. Loved this tribute.

Helen Hunt to present the award for...

Actor in a Leading Role


Roberto Benigni in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Tom Hanks in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Ian McKellen in GODS AND MONSTERS
Nick Nolte in AFFLICTION
Edward Norton in AMERICAN HISTORY X

And the winner is... LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Roberto Benigni)

Oh... Boy... Here we go.... Ian doesn't have a chance... I think the Oscars want to see Benigni up there... Please lord... IAN... WIN... Please dear god... Come on, be there a GOD? Come on come on.... IAN IAN IAN IAN IAN.... BENIGNI.... Sigh... Maybe he's just one of those people that I won't understand. "This is a terrible mistake, because I used up all my ENGLISH" "I want to make love to EVERYBODY" "A MOUNTAIN OF SNOW" My god... he's insane... But ya have to love the enthusiasm. IAN WAS ROBBED!!! "I don't deserve this, but I hope to win some other OSCARS!"

Folks... LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL may very well win BEST PICTURE... That's what it's looking like. I'm completely clueless... this is my worst OSCAR 'prediction' Year ever....

Whoopi comes out in a VELVET GOLDMINE costume...

Lisa Kudrow comes out to... (talk about BABE) to introduce THAT'LL DO... sung by Peter Gabriel... I have to say... the set really is a very nice one.... Striking and under gaudied... Nice... small production and quite pretty. Ahhhhh class... at least it sunk in somewhere.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to present the award for...

Documentary Short Subject


THE PERSONALS: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years
A PLACE IN THE LAND
SUNRISE OVER TIANANMEN SQUARE

And the winner is... THE PERSONALS: Improvisations On Romance in the Golden Years...

She was once crowned Ms. Japan.... She is sooooo emotional... What a wonderful acceptance... Beautiful... Lovely... Best acceptance of the night in my opinion so far....

Documentary Feature


DANCEMAKER
THE FARM: ANGOLA, U.S.A.
THE LAST DAYS
LENNY BRUCE: SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH
REGRET TO INFORM

And the winner is... THE LAST DAYS

Come on LENNY BRUCE.... Well... I can't really complain... I haven't seen any of them, I was rooting for subject matter...

Martin Scorsese and Robert Deniro presents the honorary Oscar to ELIA KAZAN... God I hope there is no protest.... Kazan's work is AMAZING, and pushed film into a new era of acting and drama.... An amazing talent. The awards should be about your work, not your politics. When you see this selection of films... If you watch them.... You should be in AWE... I am. Amazing work.... This is the tense moment of the OSCARS... What's about to happen? When ELIA takes that stage... will there be applause? Will there be BOOS? What's gonna happen? I haven't a clue....

Well... They are Applauding, and there is a good amount of standing ovations, but there are alot of people sitting.... including Spielberg, Nick Nolte, Jim Carrey, and many many others. I'd say maybe 20% stood, and 80% sat. He hugged Scorsese and Deniro... A moment of celebration and bitterness. Scorsese had tears in his eyes, and well... I have loved Kazan's films my entire life... I own ON THE WATERFRONT on 16mm and I want to watch it right now... That period in history is very complicated, and what he did was wrong... but.... DOn't hold it against his talent. That's what this is about.

Whoopi is in Costume again, and it looks like she's gonna present the award for...

Costume Design


BELOVED (Colleen Atwood)
ELIZABETH (Alexandra Byrne)
PLEASANTVILLE (Judianna Makovsky)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Sandy Powell)
VELVET GOLDMINE (Sandy Powell)

And the winner is... SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Sandy Powell)

This award will go to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE... I feel it, though I'd love it if PLEASANTVILLE won... Yup.... SIL won... Duh... Sandy is quite cute looking, and she is wearing a wonderful dress...

Catherine Zeta Jones (gorgeous) presents the QUEST FOR CAMELOT song (ugh) Celine Dion and Andrea Pachelli (msp?) SHUT UP!!!! AGGGGGHHHHH!!!!! Ya know... it's kinda growing on me... OH NO!!!! I'm being brainwashed.... HELP!!!! HELP!!!!

Jennifer Lopez (looking like a Gajillion Bucks) presents the award to...

Original Song


"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from ARMAGEDDON
"The Prayer" from QUEST FOR CAMELOT
"A Soft Place to Fall" from THE HORSE WHISPERER
"That'll Do" from BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
"When You Believe" from THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

And the winner is... "WHEN YOU BELIEVE" Stephen Schwartz THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

Come on AEROSMITH!!! hee hee hee... Actually I'm rooting for WHEN YOU BELIEVE... Cooool....

Annette Bening is about to do the tribute to those that passed away....

Dane Clark, Linwood Dunn, George Davis, Dick O'Neill, Charles Lang, Naorman Fell, James Goldman, CVVinvcent Winter, Freddie Young, E.G. Marshall, Jeanette Nolan, Alan J Paakula, Jerome, Robbins, Susan Starsberg, John Derek, John Akkison, John Marsais, Maureen O'Sullivan, Phil Hartman, Esther Rolle, Gene Raymond, Binnie Barnes, Valerie Hodson, Huntz Hall, Akira Kurosawa, Alice Faye, Robert Young, Roddy McDowall.... but not Kubrick.... Wow... I can't believe they didn't honor Kubrick...

I believed they missed quite a few greats, and I missed typing maybe 4 people, but I was trying my best.

Jack Valenti comes out to intoduce General Colin Powell (weird)... oh he's going to intro the War films... SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and THE THIN RED LINE... A really good intro....

Whoopi honors GENE SISKEL, "A critic, but more importantly... he really loved movies

Uma Thurmann presents the award for...

Cinematography


A CIVIL ACTION (Conrad L Hall)
ELIZABETH (Remi Adefarasin)
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Janusz Kaminski)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Richard Greatrex)
THE THIN RED LINE (John Toll)

And the winner is... SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Janusz Kaminski)

I believe this should go to THE THIN RED LINE, but I think SPR will win... Yup... I was right... Dammit, this friggin sucks.... THIN RED LINE owned that award.

Jack Nicholson presents the award for...

Actress in a Leading Role


Cate Blanchett in ELIZABETH
Fernanda Montenegro in CENTRAL STATION
Gwyneth Paltrow in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Meryl Streep in ONE TRUE THING
Emily Watson in HILARY AND JACKIE

And the winner is... GWYNETH PALTROW (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE)

Please... Cate don't win.... Fernanda deserves it, I hope Gwyneth wins.... If Meryl wins... I'll die. Emily looks like that girl from the movie NAKED UNDER LEATHER. YES!!!!! GWYNETH WON!!!!! YESSSSSS YESSSS, Thank God for the MIRAMAX machine and a great performance.... Oh my god, I'm crying... Yessss!!!! I'm soooo happy, I want to make love to all of you!!!! I feel like a tornado of bowel movements...

Spielberg comes out to do a presentation for Stanley Kubrick.... I can’t ty[e.... I’m transfixed.... by the glory of Kubrick..... KUBRICK..... Why are they not STANDING? What’s wrong with them?????

Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn present the award for

Screenplay- Adaptation


GODS AND MONSTERS (Bill Condon)
OUT OF SIGHT (Scott Frank)
PRIMARY COLORS (Elaine May)
A SIMPLE PLAN (Scott R Smith)
THE THIN RED LINE (Terrence Malick)

And the winner is...BILL CONDON for GODS AND MONSTERS!!!!

Come on Bill.... YESSSSS!!!!!!!!! DAMMIT.... AT LEAST IT GOT ONE!!!!! Dammit it deserved soooooo much more.... This film deserved 1000000 times the ad campaign than it got for the OSCARS.... People really really should see this movie a hundred times!

Screenplay—Original


BULWORTH (Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser)
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami)
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Robert Rodat; with uncredited rewrite by Frank Darabont)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard)
THE TRUMAN SHOW (Andrew Niccol)

And the winner is...SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Come on Shak.... YES... What the hell man? How come the writing awards are sooooo DEAD ON? Perfect awards for screenwriting. YES!!!

Kevin Costner comes out to present the award for...

Directing


Roberto Benigni LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Steven Spielberg for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
John Madden for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Terrence Malick for THE THIN RED LINE
Peter Weir for THE TRUMAN SHOW

And the winner is...

Right now.... I’m rooting for John Madden cause I love his sports coverage.... HOLY SHIT.... SPIELBERG WON!! I can’t believe it... I’d totally written him off. Wow.... I have to say... I love Spielberg, I love his films, and I really really love that he’s picked up his second award, and now I’m so happy he’s making a SCI FI flick next...

Harrison Ford is next to present the final OSCAR of the century for...

Best Picture


Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare in Love
Life Is Beautiful
The Thin Red Line
Elizabeth

And the winner is... SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Ya know... I just love watching Harrison Ford... In a tux... Evil people will begin fighting him at any second... HARVEY WON!!!! He’s a happy happy happy guy right now!!!!

Readers Talkback

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  • March 21, 1999, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I'm listening

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Harry, I got mu TV on the oscars, and I got my computer on you, buddy. So keep it coming, and I'll see if I can update on the talk back, and tell everyone, how I feel.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Keep Writing

    by Loki Trickster

    Keep writing Harry. I'm here...I'm still with you. I have my computer and TV in my dorm room, I've got them both on, and I'm with you. -Loki

  • March 21, 1999, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Celine Dion

    by Lloyd Dobler

    What the fuck is up with that hat? Is she about to go out on Safari? God, I hope she's not singing. Is she?

  • March 21, 1999, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Lloyd

    by Loki Trickster

    We really only need one play-by-play here...and that's Harry's...sorry.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Fun

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I'm just having some fun here, man. You don't have to read. Plus there's nothing wrong with another point of view

  • March 21, 1999, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Whoopi

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Whoopi is cracking my shit up. But, as always, she is way to into himself for me.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:29 p.m. CST

    boring dude

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Isn't this the same speech he gives every year? Aw well, at least he's consitant

  • March 21, 1999, 6:30 p.m. CST

    "Death..."

    by Loki Trickster

    Don't worry about missing "Death of a Salesman"...it's on again at midnight (central time)...believe me, I'm taping it...I wouldn't miss this for the world...this montage is incredible.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Greatest moments

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Whoever edited this thing, should get an award. Breathtaking, I'm glad I taped it.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Whoopi's actually fun

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I'm laughing, I'm shocked, YOU GO WHOOPI.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Supporting Actor

    by Lloyd Dobler

    God, I hope it's ED HARRIS. NOOOOOO!!! DAMMIT. Yo uknow why they gave it to him? Cause he's seventy, that's why. Well, I'm one down in the pool.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Bat-Oscar?

    by YellerDog

    Is it just me, or does the big Oscar statue, imposed over the coloseum background, sort of look to have wings in some shots (like the Supporting Actor acceptance speech?) Creepy, IMHO. Bat-Oscar.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Coburns wife

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Isn't past her bed time? How old is she? Like twenty? Good Job James.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Art Direction

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Good for them. Shakespeare in love was beautiful wasn't it? I picked What Dreams May Come, but this is just as good

  • March 21, 1999, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Music

    by Loki Trickster

    You know, I love "Shakespeare in Love", but I think I'm going to get sick of hearing the same strain from the theme over and over again.

  • March 21, 1999, 6:59 p.m. CST

    MAKE UP

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Mike Myers, kick ass. I didn't see Elizebeth. I just figured that Private Ryan would get it easy. That make up was so COOOOOOLLLL.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Whitney and Maria

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I love this song. But I love the movie version better. Mainly I loved the film, and i just want it to win something. But I guess the two are signing good. The choir, cool. I wish they stop with all the "Diva" voice palpatations

  • March 21, 1999, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Mariah

    by Cullen

    Hi people, im listening Harry. Did you think Mariah was looking a bit on the chubby side?

  • March 21, 1999, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Rancid cows mutilating a good song

    by Psiphi

    Michelle Pfeiffer should have done the song from Prince of Egypt. Instead of the suppsoed "divas" having a voice dominant hissy fit it would have been nice to have the song sung in the spirit fo the movie...and where was the children's part in hebrew! Ugh

  • March 21, 1999, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Old Navy

    by Loki Trickster

    Whoever designed the Old Navy commercials should be executed...not just killed, but tortured until they die a slow death.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Hey!

    by Tom Lee

    Lloyd, lay off. There will be lots of others posting, too. On to business: Shakespeare in Love for art direction? Give me a break! There was nothing original about their approach... and the two theaters weren't distinct enough. What Dreams May Come and Pleasantville were both better by a MILE: they stayed within their concepts constraints, and did what they needed to BEAUTIFULLY... I say give it to pleasantville, because in case of a tie, go with the one that was a good film overall, too. And of course, I'm sore that p-ville didn't get a best pic nod, too...

  • March 21, 1999, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Short film

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Yes, pleasantville reference. One of my favorites. Tasteful Vagina reference Whoopi. Your urning your spot next year. I'm liking Brendon a lot more lately. God's and monstors really boosted him up. I don't know anything about these things, so.....Well Congratulations Election day.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Bug's Life animated short film

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I loved when they did this with Toy Story, and this is still pretty good. I would have liked if the ants from Antz came out. How funny would it be to see Woody Allen as Z give this award.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Supporting Actress

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Williams is presenting, I hope he's funny today. Good Speilberg Joke. Very subtle to keep showing Jim Carrey during robin's speech. My money's on Judi Dench, let's see....YES!!! I got one. She really was good. I think a testement is that she was only on for 8 minutes, and yet everyone remebers her performance. Alright, happy Steve (My real name)

  • March 21, 1999, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Sound Effects editing.

    by Lloyd Dobler

    OK, Commercial note. Guess what show I don't want to see? "I'ts Like, ya know." That's a piece of poop. Chris Rock, the only guy who might be more crude than Whoopi, Chris, that was un called for. He just went down a few notches I think. This has go to be Private Ryan...Chris isn't funny right now,..any way, Come on Private Ryan...I knew it. That movie sounded great, just magnificent.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Lloyd

    by Loki Trickster

    Lloyd, would it insult you if I told you to calm the fuck down on your posting? It's not necessary for you to post every five seconds. -Loki

  • March 21, 1999, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Liv Tyler

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Liv, hhhmmmmmm, I wonder what song she will be presenting? Shock me schock me, it's the Areosmith song. I wonder if these guys ever thought they would be on the oscars? I'm guessing not. Now this is cool. This is really cool. These guys know how to put on a show.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Sound

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I repeat, Saving Private Ryan sounded great. OK, that's about it.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:40 p.m. CST

    I agree

    by MrSID

    Shut the fuck up, Lloyd.

  • March 21, 1999, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks, and John Glen

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Hanks is groing that beard for the castaway zemekis movie, right? God John Glen is cool. Talk about someone who has earned there coolness, this is one of them

  • March 21, 1999, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks, and John Glen

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Hanks is groing that beard for the castaway zemekis movie, right? God John Glen is cool. Talk about someone who has earned there coolness, this is one of them

  • March 21, 1999, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Movie heroes

    by Lloyd Dobler

    William Wallace better be shown...THERE HE IS!!!!! Kick Ass. This is pretty neat, even if it is just a time filler

  • March 21, 1999, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Lloyd

    by Loki Trickster

    Lloyd, please, we don't want to hear your opinion on every fucking little thing that's happening. Please, if you're going to respond, try to limit it a bit. -Loki

  • March 21, 1999, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Sorry guys

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Sorry guys, I'm just excited, I'll calm down, and just post about the awards. There is no reason to start cussing at me though, is there?

  • March 21, 1999, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Foreign Language Film

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Thi sis the Obvious award of the night. If Life is beautiful doesn't win, then there is no god...YES YES YES!!!! That was the Best moment of the night. I just love how happy he is. This is one guy who really does Love life. Man, that's great.

  • March 21, 1999, 8 p.m. CST

    Comedy Musical Score

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I have the soundtrack to this movie. It really is gorgeous. Again, I'm sorry that I'm annoying so many people, but I'm just having fun.

  • March 21, 1999, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Dance Crap

    by cookiepuss

    Debbie Allen should be kicked in the stomach until she bleeds out of her ears. Arrogant, dull, Amistad-stealing, evil and makes the awards FEEL like three hours immediately every year. Great set this year, though - really cool.

  • March 21, 1999, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Lloyd Dobler & Roberto Benigni : Separated at Birth?

    by Dr. Zeus

    Are you guys related?

  • March 21, 1999, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Dramatic score

    by Lloyd Dobler

    This whole tapping thing is kinda neat, but It doesn't really give me a sense of the films. DUDE, that girls ass is hanging out. And the award goes to....Life is beautiful. Wow I didn't see that one coming. I gave it to SPR. Life is Beautiful did have gorgeous music though

  • March 21, 1999, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Chris Rock comment......

    by Bundren

    For those asking, Chris Rock mentioned that he saw Robert DeNiro backstage, and then he said "You better keep him away from Kazan, because you know how much DeNiro hates RATS!" (Yes, he did emphasize the word "rat"). Very uncomfortable moment. I think Chris Rock can't help himself at these kind of things. I think he's incredibly funny and talented ("Bring the Pain" is brilliant) but he seems compelled to puncture any vibes of goodwill at awards shows. Did anyone see when Richard Pryor was given the Mark Twain Award a couple of months ago? Same thing.

  • March 21, 1999, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Roberto Benigni

    by MrSID

    Man, when he won the award... I couldn't help but be reminded of a Saturday Night Live sketch a few weeks ago in which Roberto Benigni goes to a resteraunt and keeps doing socially unaccaptable things, each one getting increasingly dangerous. Like, he pours scalding hot soup on some guy's hands, and he even chops someone hand off with an ax. Of course, everybody loved it, just for the fact that it was...Roberto Benigni.

  • March 21, 1999, 8:19 p.m. CST

    "Beautiful" bad? Liv deserves Oscar for 'Geddon?

    by cookiepuss

    Not really fair to compare Roberto to Chaplin, then claim that Liv Tyler deserved a nomination for Armageddon more than Dench, Redgrave, etc. What are you drinking down there, Harry? Drink more and you'll even start enjoying the dance numbers. You're the best though, Harry - great commentary! You're making the awards interesting this year.

  • March 21, 1999, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Sinatra tribute, and

    by Lloyd Dobler

    First things first, The Sinatra tribute was great. God I miss that man, he was the epitomy of cool. Anne Heche is coming out, oh it's the scientific awards. I'm still not quite sure what these awards are for, but OK. It's JIM, this should be good. Wonder if he'll mention Truman Show. Man I like this guy. Film Editing, gotta be Private Ryan...And it is. Which other movie was better in editing?

  • March 21, 1999, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Visual Effects

    by Lloyd Dobler

    LIAM...HE kicks ass. What dreams may Come had to get it. What a gorgeous film. It deserved it more than anything else. Except maybe pleasentville

  • March 21, 1999, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Live Oscar Chat

    by BackstagePass

    Check out my live updates along with harry's and the live Oscar chat at http://www.bstagepass.com Comments appreciated!

  • March 21, 1999, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Best Actor

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I pick Ian McKellen...HOLY SHIT!!! I can't believe it. Roberto. That is fantastic. He was my favorite performance last year, but I never thought he would win. Holy shit, Am I smelling an upset in Best Picture here? That's great.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Peter Gabrial

    by sheared

    PG looks like Darth when Luke took his helmet off!

  • March 21, 1999, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Don King At The Oscars

    by Joe Buck

    Could the Academy get through one awards without a major fuck up?! The Best Actor was a travesty of the Lewis-Holyfield order. Ian McKellan was robbed. I'd be even more outraged if they didn't do this every year. This was the one award I really cared was given correctly. I can live with Coburn over Billy Bob. I know TRL won't win picture or Malick director. Gods & Monsters wasn't even nominated, but to not give Ian McKellan the Best Actor trophy is simply criminal. It was by far the most powerful performance of the year. Benigni was simply himself.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Velvet Goldmine

    by DawsonPSU

    Wow. An orchestral arrangement of "Needle In the Camel's Eye" by Brian Eno. Neato.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I don't know about you guys...

    by Evil Dead

    ...but I'm flipping back and forth between Sphere on HBO. Benigni should have won for Son of Pink Panther. Anyhoo, Chris Rock's got balls. I hope he calls into Howard Stern tomorrow or vise versa. At least someone in Hollywood isn't a suckass. If that's not uncomfortable enough, the whole ceremony is unwatchable. A whole bunch of ego boosted talents(and let's be honest some non-talents as well) patting each other on the back is hardly entertaining. Not to mention some great people not even getting the awards they deserve(the cast and Raimi for Simple Plan, Murray for Rushmore, and yeah at least a nom. for Carrey). Please, even the tributes get a little tiresome.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Affleck

    by Cullen

    Benny boy steals the show

  • March 21, 1999, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Short film, Long Film

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Randy Newman and peter Gabrial. Good song. I didn't get to see any short films this year, and not near as much Documentaries as I'd like to of. She seems really nice though. That was so sweet, thanking her mom for letting her come to the states. The last days is about the holocaust right? Have you noticed that if you make a film about the holocaust, you will win an award.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:15 p.m. CST

    PG & RN

    by Dr. Zeus

    Peter Gabriel & Randy Newman together onstage, amazing! That made my evening. . . yeah, though, he does look like Anakin at the end of Jedi . . .

  • March 21, 1999, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry guys, I have to comment on this one

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Did you notice the cold ovation, where not everyone was standing. I'm not sure how I feel about this guy.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Costume Design

    by Lloyd Dobler

    It was a toss up between Shakespeare, and Elizebeth. I think they went with the film that most of then saw. Deserving, but obvious.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Kazan's Moment

    by MrSID

    Yeah, that was incredibly tense. It really did look like 20% were standing. I was wondering about the guys deciding to do cutaways to Spielberg, Carrey, etc. It's a TRIBUTE, why show more of the people NOT standing? Anyway, complete silence while he was speaking....shit, very uncomfortable.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Costume Design

    by Lloyd Dobler

    It was a toss up between Shakespeare, and Elizebeth. I think they went with the film that most of then saw. Deserving, but obvious.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Osacr Comments

    by TJLpuppy

    Cool people usually have an open enough mind to enjoy all parts of their culture. Your comments about the song for "Horse Whisperer" was narrowminded and foolish. I don't know if you even saw the film, but that song was haunting and powerful. Rent the movie -- listen to the words of the song and open your mind other parts of the culture of the land you live in.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:29 p.m. CST

    O.K. so I didn't switch to Sphere this time...

    by Evil Dead

    ...THE moment. I thought Elia handled his acceptance with taste and poise. Just the right amount of gratitude and acknowledgement of his "situtation." I was proud of everyone who stuck to thier guns on both sides. Ed Harris and Nick Nolte were the most negative with crossed arms and hard faces. Spielberg clapped but, his face spoke volumes. However I was most moved by De Niro's "Forrest Gump hairdo."

  • March 21, 1999, 9:32 p.m. CST

    by Vincent Vega

    Anyone else just feel like jumping up on stage and cutting that commie asshole who shouln't have won a lifetime achievment, I know you should seperate talent and politics, but I'm sorry that guy is a fuckhead. That's just my opinion, you may disagree, but I wish he had been assasinated.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:32 p.m. CST

    that fuckhead

    by Vincent Vega

    Anyone else just feel like jumping up on stage and cutting that commie asshole who shouln't have won a lifetime achievment, I know you should seperate talent and politics, but I'm sorry that guy is a fuckhead. That's just my opinion, you may disagree, but I wish he had been assasinated.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:38 p.m. CST

    song, and Memorium

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Jennifer Lopezis a HOTTIE. Just thought I'd mention that. Prince of Egypt. Obvious. Great song. OK, the "In Memorian" Is it me, or did they forget a bunch a people. Like oh, I don't know....STANLY KUBRICK!!!! They better mention him later. And what about Gene Siskel? I am upset. Is a film Critic not an important part of the process?

  • March 21, 1999, 9:38 p.m. CST

    What the...?

    by DawsonPSU

    Did they forget that Stanley Kubrick made movies?

  • March 21, 1999, 9:49 p.m. CST

    POLITICS DO NOT BELONG IN THE FILM BUSINESS!

    by Uncapie

    I want to know how many of you were even born when HUAC and McCarthyism and all that stuff was going on?! Spielberg, Nick Nolte, Ed Harris and all the other disrespectful people were little kids or not even born yet! They don't know jack of what was happening! They bought into the same crap you guys did! This is an event to honor acting and the techinical side of film making, NOT A FUCKING POLITICAL FORUM! Mr.Scorsese and Mr. De Niro acted like the gentleman that they are! Spielberg is hypocritical! He loves film and filmaking and yet did not show another filmaker(Reguardless of his race, creed, color or POLITICS! And remember, Spielberg adopted two black children last year!) RESPECT! I don't care if Spielberg makes the second coming of Christ and gives away free tickets! I will never see or support another Spielberg, Nolte, Ed Harris or anyone else who didn't show Kazan RESPECT!

  • March 21, 1999, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Where the F was Kubrick!

    by Dr. Zeus

    Man, even in death, the grand master of cinema is overlooked by the Academy! Why don't they just bring Kazan back out for an encore while they're at it!

  • March 21, 1999, 9:50 p.m. CST

    POLITICS DO NOT BELONG IN THE FILM BUSINESS!

    by Uncapie

    I want to know how many of you were even born when HUAC and McCarthyism and all that stuff was going on?! Spielberg, Nick Nolte, Ed Harris and all the other disrespectful people were little kids or not even born yet! They don't know jack of what was happening! They bought into the same crap you guys did! This is an event to honor acting and the techinical side of film making, NOT A FUCKING POLITICAL FORUM! Mr.Scorsese and Mr. De Niro acted like the gentleman that they are! Spielberg is hypocritical! He loves film and filmaking and yet did not show another filmaker(Reguardless of his race, creed, color or POLITICS! And remember, Spielberg adopted two black children last year!) RESPECT! I don't care if Spielberg makes the second coming of Christ and gives away free tickets! I will never see or support another Spielberg, Nolte, Ed Harris or anyone else who didn't show Kazan RESPECT!

  • March 21, 1999, 9:50 p.m. CST

    POLITICS DO NOT BELONG IN THE FILM BUSINESS!

    by Uncapie

    I want to know how many of you were even born when HUAC and McCarthyism and all that stuff was going on?! Spielberg, Nick Nolte, Ed Harris and all the other disrespectful people were little kids or not even born yet! They don't know jack of what was happening! They bought into the same crap you guys did! This is an event to honor acting and the techinical side of film making, NOT A FUCKING POLITICAL FORUM! Mr.Scorsese and Mr. De Niro acted like the gentleman that they are! Spielberg is hypocritical! He loves film and filmaking and yet did not show another filmaker(Reguardless of his race, creed, color or POLITICS! And remember, Spielberg adopted two black children last year!) RESPECT! I don't care if Spielberg makes the second coming of Christ and gives away free tickets! I will never see or support another Spielberg, Nolte, Ed Harris or anyone else who didn't show Kazan RESPECT!

  • March 21, 1999, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Cinematography

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Thank god she mentioned Gene Siskel. Whoopi's one classy move tonight, good for her. Saving Private Ryan, obvious, great , but obvious

  • March 21, 1999, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Kanza, Kubrick, Roberto

    by Hourigan

    Personally, I don't care right now about Elia Kanza's political views. What he did was wrong, but like Harry said, this isn't about politics, it's about movies. And as for Kubrick, he died this year and the video montage was for 1998 deaths only. Unfortunate, but it's true. And as for Ian being robbed, maybe, but Roberto is great anyway. I love this guy. He's what the Oscars are about. Someone who just loves making movies and being there.

  • March 21, 1999, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Best actress

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Gweneth.....YAAAA!!!! Win one for the americans. She really is the most deserving, don't you think. Wow, here acceptence speech is so sad, wow it' shard not to cry at this. What a girl. Good, good, good.

  • March 21, 1999, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Screenplays

    by Lloyd Dobler

    I want Out of Sight, I think Thin Red Line.......It's Gods and Monstors, good for it. It should get something. Alright, I'm happy with this pick. I pick Shakepeare in Love....And I'm right. Cool. This is the category I enjoy the most, because I want to be a screenwriter. But shakespeare is the most deserving here.

  • March 21, 1999, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Director

    by Lloyd Dobler

    It better be Speilburg...It is, Thank god. You have to give it to him, because there is no other director who could direct a movie as powerful as that. Have you ever seen war captured so perfectly on screen. It was impossible task, and he did it, with style. Good Job Steven

  • March 21, 1999, 10:24 p.m. CST

    OH NO!!! What the f***?

    by Mathias

    Shakespeare in Love???? Hell it was the worst of the five. It isn't even a good film, it's OK, but not THE BEST! And where the heck was A Simple Plan (which is the best film of 98). Damn damn damn this sucks!

  • March 21, 1999, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Best Picture, and my farwell

    by Lloyd Dobler

    Shaspeare in love folks. The first movie in some thirty years to win best picture but not win best director. That's a shocker. But, I don't know, somehow it feels right. Well, it's been fun tonight folks, sorry that I pissed some of you off, but as they say, all the people all the time....and so and so. All in all I thought it was a good show, really long, but good. So thanks friends, and thank you Harry for not kicking me off. It was fun. Bye

  • March 21, 1999, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Best Picture: Shakespeare in Love? GIMME A FUCKIN' BREAK

    by The Chief

    What a bunch of horseshit. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was THE best movie of 1998. Who the hell votes for these things, a bunch of thirteen-year-old girls? BLEEECCHHHHHH

  • March 21, 1999, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Shakes

    by reserdc

    This really was the best movie last year. It may be that you need to know some Shakespeare to get some of the jokes, but it was brilliant. Best of all it was not a big message movie, but great entertainment.

  • March 21, 1999, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I knew this was going to happen....

    by DawsonPSU

    Shakespeare in Love? Myself and my namesake aren't too happy about this. If SPR was released in December, you could forget about SIL winning. The backlash and the marketing of SIL killed SPR. The academy finally recognizes a comedy, but they did it 2 years too late (Fargo). Is it just me or did Harvey Weinstein resemble Boss Nass when he was on stage?

  • March 21, 1999, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Best Pic of 98

    by Lando Plenty

    Hands down, the finest film of 1998 was Truman Show. Not even Private Ryan is close in my book, and I was happy it lost. If I ever won an Oscar I'd take it and give it to George Lucas and say, "From now on just send them that way." The Academy really needs to make up for giving the Oscar to Annie Hall.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Didn't Harry say he thought Kubrick was over-rated ?

    by Kubrick

    Why was Harry so hyped up about Kubrick during his report of the Oscars ? Didn't Harry say he disliked Kubrick and thought he was wayy over-rated ? I remember reading Harry's review of Rashomon and Harry saying "Akira Kurosawa is arguably the greatest fillmaker alive (I mean geez, hasn't Kubrick gotten enough attention)". Now, if that isn't a comment by Harry saying that he thinks Kubrick is over-rated and hardly a great god of cinema, I don't know what it is. But hey, it's Harry's opinion and it's his website. He's free to his opinion and I respect him for it. Besides, the folks I've spoken to at Corona Coming Attractions has also admitted to me in an e-mail that they think Kubrick is not worthy of the admiration he gets and Ty Burr, home video critic for Entertainment Weekly in his Hot Topic column has said that Kubrick was an uneven if talented filmmaker but was hardly a god and that when Eyes Wide Shut comes out people will not view it with eyes wide open but instead in a state of sadness and judge it because of Kubrick's death (it's his last movie) and not whether or not it is a great film. Oh well, at least I think Stanely Kubrick is arguably one of the best (if not the best) movie directors of all-time. Kubrick was my idol and has touched my life and created the most memorable powerful moments in cinema which I deeply cherish and I'll always remember them. I'm glad Spielberg gave thanks to Kubrick and god bless him for it. Goodbye, Kubrick and thanks for everything. Also, I'm kind of sad that Malick didn't win anything for The Thin Red Line. Thin Red Line was arguably my favorite film of all the Academy's choices for Best Picture of 1999.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Didn't Harry say he thought Kubrick was over-rated ?

    by Kubrick

    Why was Harry so hyped up about Kubrick during his report of the Oscars ? Didn't Harry say he disliked Kubrick and thought he was wayy over-rated ? I remember reading Harry's review of Rashomon and Harry saying "Akira Kurosawa is arguably the greatest fillmaker alive (I mean geez, hasn't Kubrick gotten enough attention)". Now, if that isn't a comment by Harry saying that he thinks Kubrick is over-rated and hardly a great god of cinema, I don't know what it is. But hey, it's Harry's opinion and it's his website. He's free to his opinion and I respect him for it. Besides, the folks I've spoken to at Corona Coming Attractions has also admitted to me in an e-mail that they think Kubrick is not worthy of the admiration he gets and Ty Burr, home video critic for Entertainment Weekly in his Hot Topic column has said that Kubrick was an uneven if talented filmmaker but was hardly a god and that when Eyes Wide Shut comes out people will not view it with eyes wide open but instead in a state of sadness and judge it because of Kubrick's death (it's his last movie) and not whether or not it is a great film. Oh well, at least I think Stanely Kubrick is arguably one of the best (if not the best) movie directors of all-time. Kubrick was my idol and has touched my life and created the most memorable powerful moments in cinema which I deeply cherish and I'll always remember them. I'm glad Spielberg gave thanks to Kubrick and god bless him for it. Goodbye, Kubrick and thanks for everything. Also, I'm kind of sad that Malick didn't win anything for The Thin Red Line. Thin Red Line was arguably my favorite film of all the Academy's choices for Best Picture of 1999.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:05 p.m. CST

    What the hell

    by the Orangeman

    Well I would like to congradulate Mirmax for buying an Oscar for SIL. Come on in 20 years no one will remember SIL everyone will remember SPR. This goes to show that you can in fact buy your self a little golded dude. Man I am pissed off. Sure Miss Paltrow deserved to win. Steve you were robbed, sure you got the director award but you know you deserved the big one. Hey E just said something Mirmax won both Film Awards (Life and SIL) so don't tell me it is about the movie, it is about the Marketing and Publicity. So from now on I will watch the awards for fun, but trust the critics awards for the true best pics. Fuck it! Carrey was funny though

  • March 21, 1999, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love

    by CRAZ4MOOVZ

    This was the worst Oscar show I have ever seen. Shakespeare in Love? Was it good? Yes. Was it the best picture? NO!!!! It was a piece of fluff that will be forgotten in two minutes. Saving Private Ryan will never be forgotten because it was the best war movie ever made! Gwyneth Paltrow is a pretentious bitch who wouldn't be anywhere in Hollywood if she hadn't slept with Brad Pitt, and she knows it! Man, am I pissed!! Where was The Truman Show?

  • March 21, 1999, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare In Love

    by Ben Dobyns

    I might argue that SIL did in fact have a vital message and deeper meaning. It just may have been a bit too subtle for some. However, I find myself moved to tears every time I watch that film, because it affirms the eternity of not only art, but love in its purest form. Its brilliant conclusion marks one of my all time favorite movie highlights. SIL strikes a deep, vital chord in humanity's inner poet, for those who choose to tune in to the whisperings of their souls. Feel free to write an email to me if you don't understand what I hint at here, and I will be happy to elaborate. Peace.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Kurusawa "Tribute"

    by Indomitus

    I hope I'm not the only one who thought that the picture of Kurusawa was not much of a tribute to one of the most influential filmmakers ever. It's not like they didn't have enough time to make one, they got a tribute of Kubrick up in a hurry.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Oscar Wins (and a gleeful dissection of SPR)

    by Shadowcat

    Well, its good to see that they stayed under time this time yet again. Pretty funny.. I started watching Face/Off at about 8:30 EST (wanted to avoid watching a Spielberg love-fest), finished watching it and turned on the Oscars and saw I missed basically NOTHING! The awards are nothing if completely predictable lengthwise, eh? :) Anyway... I am SO happy to see Shakespeare In Love win Best Picture (my pick for a while... saw it again this afternoon). I've been telling people that there was no way in Hell SPR would win Best Picture since around October. Its nice to be vindicated. I'm sorry. Saving Private Ryan was what I would call an "easy" movie. It was only worthwhile for the first 30 minutes, then it meandered into the quaint French village of Contrite-ville. Was anyone else highly insulted by that terrible ending? I swear... I imagine the only ORIGINAL thoughts going through the minds of those making the film were trying to find creative ways to sprinkle body parts on Omaha beach. That and just how heavy to make the sledgehammer to bash its simplified message into the hearts and minds of its viewers. If Shakespeare In Love has a high school reading level, SPR is right around "Superfudge," or some other fifth grade favorite. Oh gee. Yes.. war is bad. Did anyone else walk out of that theatre thinking.. "Gee.. they never did really explain the importance of risking the life of the team for just one man?" I know I did. I cannot believe that SPR won for best cinematography. I can shake a camera as well as the next gal... but you don't see me up there. Sure, some of it was done pretty well... but NOWHERE NEAR the near perfection of Thin Red Line. Argh. Why did Shakespeare win so many awards, including Best Picture? It was SUCH an ORIGINAL setting and concept! What a great story, what an ENTERTAINING story.. what a clever, romantic, exciting, thrilling, hilarious, sweeping and swooping movie that transports you so far far away. It WAS a Shakespearean tale that had everything... it was the "total package." Seeing Paltrow up there pushed me to tears... one of the best Oscar moments ever. Oh my... I'm gonna be rubbing this into friends tomorrow. ;)

  • March 21, 1999, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Oscar Wins (and a gleeful dissection of SPR)

    by Shadowcat

    Well, its good to see that they stayed under time this time yet again. Pretty funny.. I started watching Face/Off at about 8:30 EST (wanted to avoid watching a Spielberg love-fest), finished watching it and turned on the Oscars and saw I missed basically NOTHING! The awards are nothing if completely predictable lengthwise, eh? :) Anyway... I am SO happy to see Shakespeare In Love win Best Picture (my pick for a while... saw it again this afternoon). I've been telling people that there was no way in Hell SPR would win Best Picture since around October. Its nice to be vindicated. I'm sorry. Saving Private Ryan was what I would call an "easy" movie. It was only worthwhile for the first 30 minutes, then it meandered into the quaint French village of Contrite-ville. Was anyone else highly insulted by that terrible ending? I swear... I imagine the only ORIGINAL thoughts going through the minds of those making the film were trying to find creative ways to sprinkle body parts on Omaha beach. That and just how heavy to make the sledgehammer to bash its simplified message into the hearts and minds of its viewers. If Shakespeare In Love has a high school reading level, SPR is right around "Superfudge," or some other fifth grade favorite. Oh gee. Yes.. war is bad. Did anyone else walk out of that theatre thinking.. "Gee.. they never did really explain the importance of risking the life of the team for just one man?" I know I did. I cannot believe that SPR won for best cinematography. I can shake a camera as well as the next gal... but you don't see me up there. Sure, some of it was done pretty well... but NOWHERE NEAR the near perfection of Thin Red Line. Argh. Why did Shakespeare win so many awards, including Best Picture? It was SUCH an ORIGINAL setting and concept! What a great story, what an ENTERTAINING story.. what a clever, romantic, exciting, thrilling, hilarious, sweeping and swooping movie that transports you so far far away. It WAS a Shakespearean tale that had everything... it was the "total package." Seeing Paltrow up there pushed me to tears... one of the best Oscar moments ever. Oh my... I'm gonna be rubbing this into friends tomorrow. ;)

  • March 21, 1999, 11:18 p.m. CST

    A COMPLETE AND UTTER TRAVESTY

    by JJB

    How did the Oscars snub this year, let me count the ways...It was bad enough that they didn't give Jim Carrey a nomination for THE TRUMAN SHOW, it was bad enough that Chris Rock came out on stage and said what he said about Kazan, it was bad enough that morons like Nick Nolte and Ed Harris didn't applaud for Kazan(it's been 50 yrs. for chrissake, let the man have his due), it was bad enough that they had Whoopi instead of Billy hosting(although she wasn't too horrible), but yet the Oscars found yet another way to piss me off when they gave Best Picture to the wrong film and had HARRISON FORD, OF ALL PEOPLE, PRESENTING IT!!!!! I thought the Holyfeild/Lennox Lewis fight was bad, but the people at A.M.P.A.S. are startin' to make Don King look pretty good. Suffice it to say that SPR will be viewed, and studied, and talked about passionately long after this year's Best Picture winner is long forgotten. If the Academy wants to make amends to me next year I'll tell them how: STAR WARS-EPISODE I-THE PHANTOM MENACE. If a lame-ass movie like TITANIC can win, this film sure as hell can.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:18 p.m. CST

    LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL/ROBERTO BENIGNI

    by ricky

    Ok, most of you don't seem to like Roberto and Life is Beautiful too much, especially Harry. Well, I am. I think he is the best actor I have seen in a long time, and the fact that he also wrote it and directed it, so great. I simply loved the film, and I have watched it 3 times already. I think it's beautiful, the comedy, the drama, the love, the beauty itself. I was so happy when he won for best actor, being the foreign guy, now I really wanted him to win so bad, and I expected him not to with competitors like Ian McKellan, Edward Norton and Nick Nolte. Although I haven't seen the performances of any of the last three actors (I'm sorry, but I live in South America and it's hard to find these films), I was sure of one thing, if Tom Hanks won, I'd be so mad I wouldn't watch the damn Oscars again. He did what he could do with a script that had no heart or soul. I was so happy for the little foreign movie that seemed like it maybe could, but of course couldn't. Now I liked Shakespeare in Love, a lot. But I think Life is Beautiful deserved it so much more, it was just, to me, way way better. But I guess the Academy wouldn't like accepting that the best film of 98 was not only foreign, but in a foreign language. If Life is Beautiful, had been made in English, keeping the heart of its italian version, it would have, without a doubt, won the Best movie award. That's my opinion. And according to Best Director, definitely appropiate Spielberg. Ryab was not the best film, but the best directed one by far. That's it.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Wrong

    by Spacey

    When Stone won best director for Born on the Fourth of July, something else won best picture (it is too late). And dear lord, STOP POSTING!

  • March 21, 1999, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Private Ryan dammnit!!

    by Corleone

    Are you kidding me? This is the biggest travesty recent memory at the Oscars. Shakespeare in LOve Best Picture? F that! Saving Private Ryan evoked evoked emotions in me that SIL couldn't even touch. SIL was about politics and money, hype and sleeping with higher ups. This is the Evander Holyfield/Lennox Lewis of entertainment. You can't tell me it aint fixed. SPR is without a doubt one of the greatest war movies in history. I put it right up there with Bridge over the River Kwai, Patton, Platoon, etc. It was probably the most arcurate depiction of war in cinematic history. In ten years, when people start trying to remember what won best picture for 1998, they'll always forget. That damn picture right between Titanic and The Green Mile In time, people will erase SIL and replace SPR in their memories. After all, it is we the people that keep great movies alive...Not the damn academy. Sooner or later, SIL will perish and rot in the filth that it truly is.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm

    by MSJanke

    THE GOOD: Gwyneth Paltrow's victory and wonderfully emotional acceptance speech. SPR sweeping the techincal categories. Spielburg winning for his direction. THE BAD: As deserving as Shakespeare was for the acting and screenplay, it was NOT the best picture of 1998. Saving Private Ryan was robbed. It was epic, a technical masterpiece, and has immense historical significance. Big thumbs down there. And Hans Zimmer was overlooked for his incredible Prince of Egypt score. THE ODD: When Steven Schwartz won for "When You Believe," but Babyface was not recognized. Schwartz refused to let Babyfaces name be added to the nomination. Yet it was Babyface's version of "WYB" that was sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Too strange. And more than slightly ridiculous on Schwartz's part.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:29 p.m. CST

    SIL

    by Tom Lee

    It was a good movie... but best picture? Noooo way. Come now. Clever screenplay, yes (although some of the gags were a little too pronounced and/or cute: the kid being webster, for instance). But uninspired performances (I did think Joseph Fiennes played the part very well, and Judi Dench rocked, but Paltrow was merely ok, as was the supporting cast) and a sluggish feel should definitely throw this out of best picture consideration in my book. The costumes had an inconsistent look, too. The sluggishness was the biggest problem by far; voters seem to have forgotten about it because the end was very well paced and quite climactic -- but that doesn't excuse the middle. Finally, Kazan: my grand-uncle suffered from the red scare unjustly; I can't condone any action like what Kazan undertook. However, his work does speak for itself. This was the chance of every member of the hollywood elite to be a bigger person; some took it, some didn't. I don't blame either. But I don't think the award should have been given in the manner it was. Anything handed out at the Oscars is viewed as the will of Hollywood. If the industry isn't behind an award like this one, you need to get it behind you, in a goodnatured manner, before you hand out awards representative of an industry that dislikes the recipient. Personally, I think a statement of regret on Kazan's part and a humble thanks for appreciating his work would have been the best solution for everybody.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Very happy

    by Rad Dude

    This Oscars was 99.9% perfect! (had Aerosmith won it would have been 100%) Shakesphere is best picture!!!!!! Thank God!!! Easily my fvorite of the 5 with only Life being in the same league in my humble opinion I am so glad it did go to Ryan This is probably the first time in my lifetime a happy movie won the Oscar. Usually you can predict the winner as the film with the most death (ie Titanic, Schindler, Braveheart each have about 800-2,000 over the course of the film) Yes we need serious films but we also need lighthearted comedic romps and mind blowing spectacle and it was good to see a diffrent genre honored. Gwenyth, Benini, and Dench's wins also couldn't have made me happier Whoopi's opening was a hoot and she was on fire all night long. Most of tjhe tributes were excellent. I had very low expectations tonight as I had very little love for most of the field but this was great show and a great night to be a film buff.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:38 p.m. CST

    "Superfudge" and Next Year's oscars

    by Mulch

    Hey, don't bust "Superfudge" or "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". I remember those books. They were spiffy. As for next year, if it's even half as cool as I thing it will be, it should win Best Picture in 2000. Unless Lucas includes some stupid line, like the one from Star Wars that single-handedly ended the film's shot at a Best Picture: "But I was going into Toshy Staion to pick Up some power converters!" Hey Harry, you're read the script. Are there are really stupid lines like that?

  • March 21, 1999, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Game, set, match.

    by Encelladus

    Final score: Shakespeare 7, Malick 0. Roberto Benigni was right... Life is Beautiful. See you in another twenty years, Terrence...!

  • March 21, 1999, 11:43 p.m. CST

    whoopi and writers: insufferable!

    by Mr Furious

    Why does Gil Cates keep coming back to Whoopi Goldberg? Is Carrot Top out of town? Dennis Miller doesn't laugh at his own jokes as much as Whoopi laughs at those shitty jokes those fucking "Hollywood Squares" writers pinch off for her. Now, Steve Martin, that guy could be a great host. Norm Macdonald. John Stewart. Chris Rock. Janeane Garofalo. Craig Kilborn. Gilbert Gottfried. Kathy Griffin, Albert Brooks. Mel Brooks, Bill Murray. Tom Hanks. Don Rickles. Bobcat Goldthwait, Howard Stern, Jonathan Winters, Paul Reubens, Brian Williams. Who couldn't do a better job than Whoopi? I really think that, among the people who actually want to host the Oscars, Dave Letterman is still the guy to go after. Whoopi and the jokewriters notwithstanding, it was another good show.. Here's what I liked about the show: 1. Steve Martin's "Oh please!!" to Goldie Hawn 2. Warren Beatty, who masterminded "Reds," giving Kazan a standing O while Nolte and Amy Madigan refused to applaud. 3. Roberto Benigni 4. Spielberg's win. 5. The tributes, especially the one to Kubrick 6. Peter Gabriel and Randy Newman doing that great song about the pig. 7. Harrison Ford popping in for best picture. Here's what I didn't dig: 1. James Coburn winning over Robert Duvall. Huh?? 2. The Oscars are about movies. Let's see more film and fewer music and dance numbers.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:44 p.m. CST

    SIL vs SPR Publicity

    by Shadowcat

    (I apologize for the double post above... Harry, gotta do something about that "Document Has No Data" problem.. its a bit misleading when trying to judge if your post went through :) ) Oh, and with regards to the comment that SIL just won due to the publicity machine of Miramax... errr, I kind of remember people pushing SPR as best picture since it came out in July. Anyone else remember Tom Hanks's response to it being named as Best Picture by the press back then? What did most newspapers pick as best picture? SPR. Heck... lets not forget Spielberg's own brillaint PR move of publically telling the world that he wouldn't want his son to see the movie when it first came out (crass, but effective). SPR had publicity coming out of its EARS all summer, fall, and winter. Are you trying to tell me that people just forgot about the movie? It wasn't about publicity, it was about the fullness of story and the film experience. And if I may also.... SPR the best war movie of all time? PLEASE! Most realistic? Sure.. I'll grant you that it could be considered that on technical grounds (which were the only awards it WON, you'll notice.). But nowhere near the best war movie ever. Great first 30 minutes, then cardboard city ('cept for Ed Norton, the only interesting (and sympathetic, actually) character of the film). Of course this is all my opinion :)

  • March 21, 1999, 11:47 p.m. CST

    oh, the sadness...

    by holly

    Man, I am just reeling right now from all the excellent people who were totally jipped tonight. And of course, the biggest of them all was Saving Private Ryan. This movie had me crying, shaking, and absolutely riveted. I had to go to the bathroom from about 45 minutes in, but I could not move-- it nearly cost me my bladder, but it was well worth it. Shakespeare-- well, I shed a tear, I laughed a bit, I thought Geoffrey Rush and Judy Dench were great. but it was fluff-- it's certainly not something that I will look back to, even now, and say, wow, that was one great movie. It was good, but that Oscar was bought-- and I just wish that there was better Oscar press for Ryan, because that was a memorable pic. Gwyneth Paltrow? She was trying so hard to act-- I like her, but she isn't in the best actress league yet-- another bought award. I thought Cate Blanchett deserved the award, for her incredible job in Elizabeth. For the last scene alone, I would have given it to her. And as much as I loved Life is Beautiful, Sir Ian Mc Kellen is an INCREDIBLE actor-- he's one of the greats, and since he got ripped off when he wasn't even nominated for Richard III, I thought Hollywood would have realized. But, this is Hollywood-- if you're attractive, throw enough money around, or are funny and foreign, it doesn't matter if you have the most talent-- it all comes down to crap and politics. Here's hoping next year, real talent is recognized.

  • March 21, 1999, 11:58 p.m. CST

    i'd like to thank the members...

    by zooty

    ...of the "ain't it cool news" academy and their follow-up posters for allowing me to glean a few tidbits of information and opinion about the oscars ( i was away from a tv all night), without my having to sit through a single frame of it. while i have to admit i was a little curious about some of the goings on (i also have to admit i have trouble averting my eyes from auto accidents, too), i would have truly hated myself for wasting more than two hours involved in the annual tinseltown popularity contest...which is all the oscars really have been for years. thanks again, one and all.

  • March 22, 1999, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Robert Duvall

    by reserdc

    When I was young, it was fairly fashionable for about half the nominated actors not to show up at the Oscars. Now I think you must sign a contract to show up. So my question is where was Robert Duvall. Does this mean he is PO at the academy?

  • March 22, 1999, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Malick should be slapped, not applauded

    by Encelladus

    Both SIL and "Malick's Masterpiece" had the same advantage over SPR: being released just under the wire to be nominated and still fresh in everybody's mind for the votes. SIL was original, my friend, and well executed. Bruce Springsteen conveyed Malick's vision in under five minutes when he remade "War." If monotoned voice-overs while watching half-naked pygmies swimming across the screen for an hour is your idea of a good movie, then "Wing Commander" should sweep the Oscars next year, hmm?

  • March 22, 1999, 12:14 a.m. CST

    In Defense Of SIL

    by Shadowcat

    Ok. I admit I may have gotten out of hand when I called SIL thrilling and exciting. I went back and forth on those two words when I was writing it... but was filled with too much euphoria. I can admit this. I don't think I ever said that SIL had a message. I said it was entertaining and an experience. Again.. a "total package." Twas why it won. For the longest time before I saw SIL, Thin Red Line was my pick for best picture. Its not that I'm against war movies or anything... I would be jumping for joy if either won. My biggest problem with SPR was that, while realistic, was not satisfying on any level higher than a "simple issue" film. SPR was the movie I wanted to see most of all this summer (and year, until after I saw it). It had the chance to bring up a lot of interesting concepts and make you think.. but it didn't make me think, other than gasping in my disappointment. Maybe it was the ending for me. Maybe it was the fact that I thought it telegraphed things too easily. Maybe I had too high expectations coming into it. These may all be true.. but I wasn't alone in my feelings. I'm not denying that SIL wasn't fluffy... maybe that's why it won, and why I loved it so much. It wasn't out there screaming: "Look at me! Look at me! A message within me ye will find!" Since when is that a prerequisite for Best Picture? People have mentioned the fairly cheap humor in SIL. Thats something else I loved about the movie.. like Shakespearean plays, SIL moved on different levels to catch its audience. Flowing dialogue, corny "groundlings" humor, sword fighting action, romance, a villain (even though he was pretty weak), and wonderful chemistry. This, I am sure, was done intentionally for yet another subtle Shakespearean reference. Elegance of construction over brute force. Again.. that's why SIL beat out SPR in the end.

  • March 22, 1999, 12:16 a.m. CST

    A travesty of epic prapotions

    by Badger

    "Saving Private Ryan"'s failure to take home the Oscar for Best Picture will no doubt please all those unintelligent morons who were against it from the start. However, "Private Ryan" will win over time. "Shakespeare in Love" will be forgotten over time. Hell, if they can do it, so can I. I'm off to Hollywood. Paying off the Academy and slating my fellow nominees is the way to go. Hell, it worked for Miramax. Hmmm, I better make space on my mantle shelf for the slew of Oscars I will win come this time next year.

  • March 22, 1999, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Oscars... General thoughts...

    by Ophidiann

    I can say that I was semi-happy with the results... I'm really glad that Life is Beautiful won best foreign film... cause Roberto is so freaking funny. Also thought Whoopi Goldberg was a great host... best actor was a good choice also. The tribute to the ELIA KAZAN was well justified and it pissed me off to see them sitting there glaring at him. How horrible he must feel? Plus it's not about him... it's about his work that we are talking about... so even if you don't like him... don't scoff at his work because of it... jeez. I was really happy with the Visual Effects winner... cause What Dreams May Come really was unique and it deserved it for all the work put into it. I was surprised with a few of the results... like Shakespeare in Love winning so many (guess I need to go see that now)... and was disappointed that the Truman show, let alone not being nominated for more, didn't win one award. And for the animated shorts... why didn't the little film before a Bug's Life nominated for a short animated film. Overall, I thought the Oscar's were enjoyable... although I hate so much focus on clothing... seems so trivial and superficial... but I guess enough people do. Next year... Musical score is going to John Williams!!! Star Wars baby!!! Can't wait!! Peace out ya'll.

  • March 22, 1999, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Nolte was robbed

    by Crassus

    What's with the fucking italien horse-shit? Did the white house call up hollywood and say "please repair the damage done by the fucking marine corps last week? Coburn and Nolte both deserved to get their well-earned awards; Coburn did but what is Nolte's problem? doesn't he belong to the right temple nowadays? Fuck, I forgot, he's irish... well shit, fuck him. Let's give it to the dip-ship Italien. After all, Nolte's movie didn't mention the death camps and we all know that is just a no no....

  • March 22, 1999, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Kubrick

    by wheelchair

    Harry, You're entitled to your opinion and it's your site but please let up on the deification of Kubrick, who at best should be described as an eccentric auteur with flashes of talent. Unfortunately for those of us who love movies these flashes ended with 20-30 minutes left in 2001. Faced with no ending, he gave us a light show. This probably places better if you're high while watching it but it was a downer for me. Perhaps he considered it a prequel for his other for his other cure for insomnia, Barry Lyndon. Believe me, if you can stay awake during any part of that one, get to a doctor quickly because you have a serious sleep disorder. But I don't want to leave the impression that Kubrick did nothing of merit. The Killing is a fine movie. Paths of Glory is great. I love Spartacus (though Kubrick didn't, perhaps because he didn't have complete control, I don't know). I only saw Lolita once and it made not much of an impression on me, but I don't hate it. As I said, 2001 is fine until the light show. Full Metal Jacket is good, but one of the problems with working at a snail's pace (and sometimes that's okay) is that you can miss the tide. How much of an effect could this movie have had if it had arrived during the Vietnam War? We'll never know the answer to that one? The Shining, though, is vastly overrated. Though it had a couple of genuinely scary moments, it also shoved Jack Nicholson at his worst down our throats. Nicholson as we all agree has shown us much better. Well that's it for me. I'm sure all of your readers who like to talk in terms of film instead of movies will jump down my throat or dismiss me as an indiot. I'll live throiugh both. Oh, I didn't mention Clockwork Orange for the simplest of reasons. I haven't seen it, though my older brother says it's pretty good. Like me, though, he's not awed by Kubrick.

  • March 22, 1999, 1:10 a.m. CST

    MIRAMAX BOUGHT THEIR OSCAR!

    by Uncapie

    Miramax pushed it down everyone's throat! I wonder how much they spent, total, in the ad campaign just for a bald, gold statuett that has no genitalia! Also, what is the CONNECTION BETWEEN MIRAMAX AND SCIENTOLOGY?! I have heard information and double checked on the xenu net that most of their head honchos are into that phoney shit! What's up with that? Hey, Mulch, I thought when you were talking about "Superfudge" and "Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing", I thought you were talking about Whoopi Goldberg!

  • March 22, 1999, 1:40 a.m. CST

    TPM FOR BEST PICTURE

    by JJB

    THE 72ND ACADEMY AWARDS: BEST ACTOR: EWAN McGREGOR--BEST ACTRESS: NATALIE PORTMAN--BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: DAAVID TATERSALL--BEST SOUND: BEN BURTT--BEST SOUNDTRACK: JOHN WILLIAMS--BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: LIAM NEESON--BEST DIRECTOR: GEORGE LUCAS--BEST PICTURE: STAR WARS-EPISODE I-THE PHAN...aw shit, the next time CAPS LOCK is stuck somebody freakin' tell me!!!!!

  • March 22, 1999, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Stuff

    by MZ

    First off, Elia Kazan is a jerk. He never once apologized for his actions, which destroyed the lives of many innocent people. Don't give me crap about supporting Stalin. Most of them had probably quit the Communist party long ago. And last time I checked, you couldn't punish people just because they happened to have certain ideologies. Kazan did it purely for money. Plus, he's never showed one ounce of remorse about selling his friends out. Most of the people who testified in front of the HUAC at least had the courage to admit they were wrong. And if it's just about art, he already has two friggin' Oscars. Which is two more than Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and a bunch of others all of whom made movies that were just as good and often better. Saving Private Ryan was just retreading material that's already been covered a thousand times in other, better war films. Paths of Glory, Apocalypse Now, All Quiet on the Western Front, Platoon, FMJ, The Big Red One, etc etc. Realism? Go read or see All Quiet on the Western Front. That's realism SPR can't even begin to approach. (Just because Spielberg has a huge budget and good special effects doesn't make it real). Shakespeare in Love's subject may have been old (as if there haven't been any war movies before...), but it approached it in a damn novel way. If SIL is fluff, then so is every single one of Shakespeare's comedies. (Not that SIL exactly approaches the greatness of Shakespeare's work...)

  • March 22, 1999, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Correction

    by MZ

    When I made the comment about having two more Oscars than those directors, I meant Oscars for directing.

  • March 22, 1999, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Kazan

    by quikstrike

    "Pure scum"? I'll tell you who I consider pure scum: the people who sold out their country for a half-baked, morally bankrupt political ideology; who surrendered their consciences to the Comintern, and who gave their allegiance to a monomaniacal master of butchery like Iosef Stalin. Maybe you kids don't know what was going on at the time--perhaps you ought to check out what's recently been recovered from newly-opened KGB archives. The USSR was in the midst of the largest, most expensive effort in the history of mankind of one country attempting to subvert the political system of another country. This effort covered everything from economic leverage, to political corruption, to military & political espionage, to disinformation & propagandization. Why do you think Kazan left the CPUSA in the '30's?! Because the Communist Party was trying to tell him how to run a damned THEATER for chrissake! I find it so interesting that in all those shows from the '30s and '40s, Communists are romanticized (remember Rick in 'Casablanca', who fought for the Republicans in Spain?) Maybe you don't know that the Communists in this country were busy cheerleading for Hitler, back during the days of the Russo-German Pact; as soon as Hitler invaded Russia, they were screaming for America to enter the war against Germany. Who do you think they took their orders from? Of course, the left & the liberals ignored the foreign influence--Alger Hiss was sainted, Whittaker Chambers was condemned. The Rosenbergs were martyrs to the "Cause", innocent scapegoats of American "fascism". Nolte, Spielberg, and you make me want to vomit. Kazan took a stand against totalitarianism. He took a stand against treason. He took a stand for truth. Communism=Nazism (check out the body count, people). Kazan is a hero. And you're shallow, ill-informed dupes.

  • March 22, 1999, 2:30 a.m. CST

    What a nice night!

    by Essemtee

    I thought it went quite well, it had more good moments than bad... Geena Davis: you look very nice, but it just seemed like you got your interviewing skills from Julie Moran! Loved the movie montage at the beginning. Whitney and Mariah were tolerable this time around. That Roy Rogers et al. tribute almost lost the respect it deserved with Val and his unco-operative horse. The other tributes made me misty-eyed, Paltrow's weepy thank-yous did not. One thing I admire about the Brits: they know when to end their acceptance speeches!! Begnini took out the show's starchiness. Whoopi had to laugh at her own jokes, and genuinely thank the audience when they let out a mild chuckle. Lisa Kudrow couldn't have looked more nervous up there. Nick Nolte didn't win, and made sure we all knew he was Really P.O'ed! We got to see Terrence Malick's... director's chair(?!) And now I wish I got to see Shakespeare In Love during while it was here, but I'm guessing it won't have a smidgen of impact on me as a certain stunning war story I wanted to see get the coveted baldy gold statue (no, not THAT war story, the other one). And to Oscar announcer Randy Thomas: it wasn't the last award of the century, that will be given out next March!

  • March 22, 1999, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Kazan Response

    by MZ

    JDANIELSON, your points are well taken. However, I must disagree. We don't know if maybe deep in his heart Kazan has regrets, but he sure as hell tries to make it look like he doesn't. He's definitely never apologized at all. (Unlike, say, Sterling Hayden.) And I'm not exactly a big fan of Spielberg either, but I think Schindler's List was a much fairer portrayal than SPR. As for Kazan having good intentions, "the road to hell..." I mean, the truth is, that guy wouldn't bug me as much if he would just make the tiniest concession that maybe he was wrong at the time. quikstrike, you're so right. I'm sure every one of those named to the HUAC was busy every night making Molotov cocktails and getting ready to overthrow the US government. Never mind that many if not most of them hadn't been involved with the Communist party for years. And many of them weren't all that involved in the first place. Hell, you sound exactly like McCarthy. I'm sure he's one of your heroes. And Franco was such a nice and benign leader too. And oh, I hate what people claiming to be Communists did and are doing in countries like the USSR and China. I lived in China for many years and personally felt the evils of the dictatorship there. But to suggest that everybody who might happen to have been connected to the Communist Party in the 30's and 40's was a die hard fan of Stalin and supported his murderous actions is ludicrous. And I challenge you to tell me just how many of those named before HUAC actually committed illegal acts. McCarthy (and you) are just people who would like to destroy Communists by doing the exact things that you claim to detest in Communism. Yes, true Communism would never work. Yes, many many people have committed many heinous acts in the name of Communism. But to punish people for being idealistic is simply hogwash. And don't forget that there's been many who have committed atrocious acts in the name of fighting Communism too. Sukharto, Pinochet, and Franco come to mind first and foremost, but there's many many others.

  • March 22, 1999, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Re. mz

    by quikstrike

    I love the dichotomy. I don't think I defended Franco--but I find irony in the fact that while Nazis are invariably (and with excellent reason) portrayed as evil by Hollywood, somehow Communists (a system which is just as thoroughly murderous and execrable) are typically pictured as "cute and cuddly". Did you manage to stay awake through "Reds"? That was a movie about those "idealists" you were talking about, mz. Oh, now it turns out John Reed was being payed by the KGB to write his agit-prop in American newspapers. Just like many of his contemporaries claimed--but of course, they were just reactionaries, right? Just like the Whittaker Chambers case. The elites could never forgive him for being *right* that Alger Hiss was a treasonous spy. If Elias Kazan had come out to "name names" of closet Nazis in Hollywood, he would have been cheered from the rooftops (and rightfully so). Instead, he informed on the "fashionable" murderers. You say that these members of the CPUSA weren't involved in anything illegal. Neither were the members of the German-American Bundt in 1940. You think THEIR activities were excusable?! mz, I don't cut Nazis (or neonazis, or whatever) any slack. I don't cut murderers slack. I don't cut racists slack. I don't cut dictators of any ilk slack. And I don't cut Communists slack. 100 million dead (at a minimum)--and the "idealists" of Hollywood ignored, aided, abetted, and cheered from the sidelines. Someone needs to wake up and smell the blood on their hands. They were (and are) accomplices to murder. Kazan saw this--and he said something about it. Good for him. Apologize?! He should get a medal.

  • March 22, 1999, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Next years OSCARS

    by cussack

    Star Wars : The Phantom Manace.....technical awards, Eyes Wide Shut wins everything else.....Place your bets!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 22, 1999, 4:09 a.m. CST

    American Hist X

    by cussack

    God Damn IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ed Norton is the Man!!!!!!

  • March 22, 1999, 4:14 a.m. CST

    mz is the man (woman?)!!!

    by Jonte

    If you are american I think there's still hope that USA wont take over the world with their imperialist propaganda;-) PS.I want Billy Crystal back DS.

  • March 22, 1999, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Ms Paltrow

    by cussack

    Uh you forgot to mention me in your acceptance speech.......and after all I did for you

  • March 22, 1999, 4:35 a.m. CST

    A rat is a rat is a rat...

    by Nihilon

    DAMN chris rock that was COLD but it was also RIGHT ON!!! Im glad SOMEONE had the balls to say what a lot of others felt but wouldnt say. Now as far as this bullshit about, "It's about the work and the films and not politics." Are you on fucking CRACK?!?!?! We're talking about the blacklist here folks.... and that IS about film, that is about the art much more than politics... It doesnt matter WHY Kazan ratted on people, what matters is he and others like him destroyed the careers of hundreds of actors, directors, screenwriters, and in the process we were deprived of the wonderful films that these people may have given us, that we will never have a clue what we missed due to the selfish and evil actions of a few like Kazan. Honoring Kazan this way is the same as saying that all those people he named, all those people whose careers and lives were destroyed, were worthless, that their work was meaningless, and that its ok to destroy other people to further your own career. The real message is that it doesnt matter what you do to other people if you happen to make a good movie. Im not stupid... im not gonna say that Kazan didnt make great films, that he didnt make a real impact on the way movies are made.... but what he did when he named names to HUAC had just as much if not more impact on the filmmaking industry, and if youre talking about lifetime achievement, then why only look at the positive aspect and totally disregard the negative impact he had. A few great films.... and a whole lot of ruined lives and destroyed careers... a lot of films that we will never have the pleasure of seeing because of one man's actions. THAT is Elia Kazan's lifetime achievement, and if that's what the Academy wants to honor, then maybe the name of the award should be the Benedict Arnold award. As far as forgiveness for what he did, i believe in forgiveness, but i also believe that forgiveness requires repentance, and that rat bastard is still PROUD of what he did. So he hasnt earned any forgivness. Props go out to all those who refused to applaud Kazan... Holly Hunter (damn she looked mad), Ed Harris, Nick Nolte... and im sure a lot more that didnt make it on air... Carrey and Spielberg, who clapped politely but werent exactly effusive with their praise... and as for DeNiro and Scorsese, man am i disappointed in those two, but i aint gonna hold it against them. They have the right to their own opinions on it, no matter how wrong they are.

  • March 22, 1999, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Kubrick

    by cussack

    Did anyone else notice the sad departure of this centuries greatest film maker, the academy obviously didn't, the coverage was utter crap!

  • March 22, 1999, 5:47 a.m. CST

    About The Oscars, Kurosawa and Kubrick.....

    by Kubrick

    To the guy on TalkBack who said Kubrick was over-rated...well, that's Kubrick. You either love him or you hate him. I love him and don't agree with your opinion of him but hey, you're entitled to your own opinion and I respect it. As for the other guy who said Kubrick's tribute on the Oscars was weak, I agree with you. Spielberg's heart was in the right place but his speech didn't make sense and had nothing really important to say, considering they're supposedly friends. I'd hardly call ACO or Dr.Strangelove films of "hope and wonder". Plus, the clip show seemed short and thrown together at the last minute, considering the long almos 20 minute clip show tributes to Eliza Kazan, Norman Jewison and Frank Sinatra. Also to yet another fellow on the forum, yes, I agree Kurosawa should have gotten more than just a mention on the memorium clip show. Kurosawa influenced film and changed the way we look at it and arguably deserved some kind of tribute. Perhaps by George Lucas who worked with Kurosawa and is a big fan and friend of him and whose Star Wars films are arguably influenced by Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress ?

  • March 22, 1999, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Kazan was rightly snubbed by a brave few.

    by Epsilon3

    I haven't read other people's reactions on talk back about the Kazan issue, but I feel I must respond to Harry's statement from his running commentary (which was quite cool, BTW): "what he did was wrong... but.... DOn't hold it against his talent. That's what this is about." Um...no, and I'll tell you why: most of the time I would agree that such things would be about talent and not politics, but what Kazan did in informing during the dismal period of American history that was the McCarthy era was take away other artists' rights to make the art for which he's now being honored. That's just horrid. I mean, through being blacklisted, a lot of America's most talented people did not get to make their art *at all.* In this way, Kazan represents the antithesis of the freedom to create which is at the heart of artistic expression. Kudos to everyone who had the balls to snub. I wish more people did.

  • March 22, 1999, 6:30 a.m. CST

    The problem with SPR was that it was spotty

    by JohnGradyCole

    Saving Private Ryan may have been the best war movie ever made, but it was spotty. Aside from the beginning and ending battles, the movie was weakly constructed, poorly written, the dialog was stilted, and the acting was so-so. The scene that buttressed the movie (the grandfather with his family in the cemetery) was contrived and cloying. It felt like a B-movie inside a great movie inside a sack of saccharin. SPR didn't get many Oscars, and that is why. While the movie did have impressive moments, it was certainly not best picture worthy. It may have been Best Director worthy, but tonight's awards really pointed out the difference between the Best Director and Best Movie awards. The Best Director award salutes greatness in Directing, but the Best Movie award salutes a greatness overall - which movie stands up when you think about the acting, plot, cohesiveness?

  • March 22, 1999, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Kazan

    by JohnGradyCole

    People weren't deprived of work because of Kazan's speaking out. He spoke out from principle - something half the people in that theatre couldn't muster even for the camera. They were deprived of work because of a climate of hysteria that surrounded Communism at the time. They decided to play for the wrong team, that's all. Now, people have no principles, so who's there really to piss off? The religious right? Do we really care about a bunch of pissed off actors? People have many different lives in the course of their life, and if all their lives were exposed in front of the camera, very few awards would be given out. What they were saluting last night was one of Mr. Kazan's many lives, and it deserved the award, without question.

  • March 22, 1999, 7:39 a.m. CST

    future memories

    by aycmic

    I'm sure this post is too late to be read by many people, but maybe someone like me will come along today to look at commentary. Many of you have said that in coming years Shakespeare in Love will be forgotten while Saving Private Ryan will be known as a great war movie; I think that statement needs to be qualified. The first twenty minutes of SPR will be remembered and studied, while the rest will be an afterthought. It's easy to imagine the film class of the future racking up SPR during a lecture and watching the landing, in awe of its technical mastery, then stopping the film and getting on with business. SIL, Life Is Beautiful, and The Thin Red Line, on the other hand, have a shot at greater canonization, I feel. I don't think they will become classics, but they might stand the test of time.

  • March 22, 1999, 7:42 a.m. CST

    At least SPR didn't win...

    by howsannie

    I was hoping against hope that the Academy would have a rare attack of intelligence and give The Thin Red Line the nod, but Shakespeare was my 2nd choice anyway.... GO EYES WIDE SHUT FOR NEXT YEAR!!!!!

  • March 22, 1999, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Elia Kazan

    by Interloper

    There's NO fucking excuse for the "reception" that Kazan received! Sure, he was a member of the communist party. Sure, he also "named names" during the witch hunts. BIG FUCKING DEAL!! That hardly makes him the Anti-Christ, now does it!? AND, I'm glad SAVING PRIVATE RYAN didn't win the best picture award. That movie had "over-hyped" and " gimme an oscar" written all over it!!

  • March 22, 1999, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Kazan

    by howsannie

    Quite simply, the Oscars is about MOVIES!!! Not petty, stupid American politics. To all the pricks who didn't cheer Kazan: FUCK YOU!!!! This guy made On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire for christ's sake! He deserves a little respect for that even if there are other aspects of him that you don't like. This should have been a night where differences were put aside to concentrate on one thing: MOVIES. Nick Nolte and his bitch wife can go to hell! Scorsese and DeNiro rule!

  • March 22, 1999, 8:51 a.m. CST

    god damnit!!!! I'm annoyed!!

    by letseatcheese

    Right, there's a few things that piss me off. Firstly, Out Of Sight didn't win anything. It should have won SOMETHING!!!, secondly Shakespear was a good film but not as good as THAT! (i think THin Red Line Should have got best film or at the very least SPR) and thirdly and most annoyingly The Thin Red Line didn't get Cinematography. Now THAT is a tragedy!! How can you say any of those other films had better cinematography??? You just can't!!! It's a fact. Argghhhhhhhh, i'm pissed off. And you know, they didn't even bother showing the oscars on terrestrial T.V here in the UK this year?!?!?!?! For the first time in years I don't have sky T.V and they go and shove it on that. Grrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 22, 1999, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Screenplays

    by Ghost Dance

    ROBERT RODAT NOMINATED FOR SPR??? It must be some sick joke, what is he doing there. Now, don

  • March 22, 1999, 9:10 a.m. CST

    bring back Dave LEtterman...

    by letseatcheese

    He rocks!!

  • March 22, 1999, 9:39 a.m. CST

    CATE WAS ROBBED!!!

    by KiowaScout

    Those 'old fogies' of the Academy should be ashamed of themselves. They have loved and revered the 'grand dame' Blythe Danner for ages, yet they did not recognize her in the oversung "Shakespeare in Love". How the comparison has NOT been made before, I don't understand. Of course, Gwyneth's impersonation of her mother was flawless. Why shouldn't it be? She has had her entire existence to perfect the act. She not only usurped her mother's vocal qualities, but her very mannerisms. Including the way Blythe strokes her own throat in contemplative moments. I dare anyone to watch a film of Blythe Danner, then "Shakespeare" and NOT note the unmistakable similarities in their performances. In all fairness, I must note that "Shakespeare in Love" is the only film in which young Ms. Paltrow usurped her mother's persona. This is an indication to me that the imitation was calculated and deliberate. Yet another blatant cue missed by the critics and film experts. It is a downright shame that the GREAT Blythe Danner has not received Oscar consideration. She is a consummate actress who has turned in remarkable subtle performances on film and stage. I have loved her for eons! Cate Blanchette's performance was truly magnificent! She created a living breathing human from history and art. She infused an icon with frailties, passions, and weaknesses. This queen will stand the test of time as a masterful depiction by a young actress who has a steady grasp of her craft. It is time those blind fools at the Academy pull their collective heads out of the clouds. They are clearly suffering from the lack of oxygen to their senile brain cells. Ms. Blanchette was robbed of a well-deserved recognition for her outstanding performance in a true work of art that is "Elizabeth".

  • March 22, 1999, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Why SPR deserved the Oscar for Best Picture

    by S. Eisenstein

    Not to take anything away from SIL, which was a brilliant film, but SPR was a transcendent one and deserved the Best Picture award. I offer the following comments in hope of countering the painful level of ignorance that seem to dog SPR's message and intent: Despite the success and popularity of Steven Spielberg's *Saving Private Ryan,* there still seems to be a great deal of confusion as to whether the movie has a clear meaning or not. Some see it as an ultrarealistic but flawed and sentimental war movie in the typical Spielberg style, while others puzzle over the reality of the plot premise of sacrificing eight soldiers to save the life of one, or whether or not the battle scenes ring true, while other still see it as conveying a muddled anti-war message. It seems surprising to me that the real meaning of the film escapes so many people, but then again, I do believe that confusion to be one of the fundamental reasons why Spielberg chose to make this particular film about World War II. The central intent of *Saving Private Ryan* is very simple: to convey as accurately as the medium of film can, the nature of the sacrifice made by a generation of American citizen soldiers, in foreign lands over fifty years ago. Historian Steven Ambrose, a consultant on the film, commented that *Saving Private Ryan* could only be made in the post-Vietnam era. He is likely correct, in that this is the first war film to graphically and accurately capture the visceral horror and chaos of the combat experience of non-professional draftees fighting to end the war as fast as possible so they could return to their lives, families and loved ones. Unlike most of Hollywood's previous accounts, soldiers do not simply get shot, fall and expire. They are horribly maimed, burned, torn to pieces and drowned. Death is capricious and omnipresent. The noise is deafening. Soldiers cower in fear and cry out in pain. They die for seemingly stupid, negligent and unnecessary reasons. In fear and anger American soldiers shoot surrendering Germans, but just as easily risk their lives attempting to aid French civilians. These are the realities of warfare. Yet, despite this hellishness, these men, mostly nineteen or twenty-year old boys really, somehow found something inside themselves that drove them to press on and carry out their assigned missions. That was true bravery, not of the John Wayne or *Top Gun* kind, but the heroism of the schoolteacher, or the clothier, or the boy next door. Thus far, veterans of the Normandy invasion are nearly unanimous in their opinion that the movie is the closest attempt yet to capturing the character of combat at that time. Only uninformed nitpickers seem to fail to understand the effects of modern weapons upon the human body, and the confusion in the extraordinarily accurate battle sequences caused by what Carl von Clausewitz termed rather benignly "the fog of war." [For those who might believe that Spielberg was sensationalistic in his depiction of the violence, take a look at the U.S. Army Official History of World War II, informally known as the "Green" series. The Medical Corps volume entitled *Wound Ballistics* provides a graphic, and sobering, clinical account of the destructive effects of the modern implements of war upon the human body.] Of course, there are always details that can be quibbled over. The discussion about the merits of the mission between Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and Private Reiben (Edward Burns) probably would not have taken place, and certainly not in the field. Combat veterans would not have walked along a ridge line to be dangerously, if cinematically, back-lit by artillery exchanges. The final battle would probably have taken place at night, allowing the German armor to avoid the deadly Allied "Jabos" (jagdbombers - fighter bombers). Some details inevitably have to be fudged in order to bring an historical event to the screen in a comprehensible and dramatic fashion. But such minor inconsistencies do not obscure the fact that Spielberg succeeds admirably in his basic intent. If the film's basic message is so clear and simple, then why is there so much confusion about it? *Saving Private Ryan* is only partly Spielberg's testament to World War II veterans like his father. He is also concerned with the way those who did not share those experiences, particularly the generations that followed, relate to those men who fought and sacrificed in the war. The film is a product of a generational perspective; it looks backward. A baby-boom filmmaker is showing Generation X what Grandad did in the war. The wartime scenes are depicted in the muted, time-worn colors of World War II-era color photographs, which convey a startling familiarity that black and white images do not. Spielberg clearly demonstrates his perspective in the opening and closing sequences set in the modern day, which show an aged Private James Ryan (Harve Presnell) returning to France to visit one of the many American military cemeteries dotting the countryside. He is accompanied by his wife, children and grandchildren, who cannot seem to understand what is deeply affecting their husband, their father, their grandfather. In these scenes, Spielberg is holding a mirror up to his audience; they are us, and James Ryan is our husband, father or grandfather. Like the befuddled family in these scenes, we no longer connect with the experiences these men lived through, if any non-veterans ever did. Despite the fact that serving in the Second World War remains within the living memory of our brothers, uncles, husbands, fathers and grandfathers, that experience of war has largely passed into the realm of textbook, black-and-white-photograph, boring-old-story history for most Americans. Although the plot is based upon a real-life incident, the character of Private James Francis Ryan from Iowa is a storytelling device, a metaphor representing the friends, family, loved ones, and descendants for whom America's citizen soldiers sacrificed. The characters in the film discuss the dubious military logic of sending eight men to save one, but they also address the time old question of what motivated these non-professionals to risk their lives to carry out seemingly illogical missions. It wasn't for the geopolitical visions of their political leaders, or even to rid the world of the perils of German Nazism or Japanese imperialism. In day-to-day terms, it was the camaraderie and loyalty these men felt toward each other that compelled them to fulfill their responsibilities. But in the broader sense, these citizen soldiers risked and sacrificed to make the world a safer and better place for their friends and loved ones, and their future sons and daughters. The soldiers in the film may have fought to save Private Ryan, but America's citizen soldiers fought for all the rest of us. Following the climactic battle near the end of the film, where Private Ryan has been saved, at great cost, a gravely wounded Captain Miller tells the young Ryan (Matt Damon), "earn this." The film subsequently flashes back to the elder Ryan standing in the military cemetery, among his fallen friends. Overcome with emotion he falls to his knees and his wife rushes to his side. He turns to her, asking her to "tell me that I'm a good man. Tell me that I lived a good life." This isn't simply a sentimental moment in the film. Spielberg thinks we should all be asking these questions of ourselves, as we reflect on the sacrifices that were made on our behalf, and the world we've made from that inheritance. *Saving Private Ryan* isn't an anti-war film in the conventional sense. It asks very difficult question about the logic and morality of war, but offers no simple, clear-cut answers. Military conventions and institutions are treated with respect. Officers aren't stereotypically portrayed as callow, uncaring or incompetent. Yet the simple phrase "fubar" aptly illustrates the ample and often inexplicable stupidity of war readily apparent to the weary and experienced citizen soldiers. And the demonstration of simple human compassion on the battlefield results in tragic consequences. *Saving Private Ryan* is not a particularly patriotic film; there is no motivating talk of duty, honor, country. The sun-faded colors in the opening and closing shots of the American flag symbolize a quiet, dignified patriotism dedicated not to self-aggrandizing righteousness, but to accomplishing the mission and going home. Although the movie may be a product of a post-Vietnam sensibility, it can be seen as a direct response to the bloodlessly guilt-free Gulf War, and the era of video game, push-button, "smart-bomb" warfare. Unlike most other war films, *Saving Private Ryan* demonstrates the real human cost in terms of wasted lives inherent in war, but it also clearly shows that there are things of inherent value worth fighting for. The film should make us all very mindful of the price to be paid the next time we debate committing America's sons and daughters to combat. But above all, it should remind us of the appreciation we owe for the sacrifices made by our husbands, fathers and grandfathers in faraway lands over fifty years ago. The question is, as we live in the safer, better and prosperous future they fought to provide for us, will we continue to remember what it was they did, and why?

  • March 22, 1999, 9:54 a.m. CST

    the price of an oscar

    by spike lee

    I was stunned by Shakespear in Love winning over Saving Private Ryan, and then I understood why. The brothers Weinstein paid everyone off with this huge marketing campaign, and everything else to buy the votes of people who havent even seen the nominated films. You mean to tell me that Shakespear in Love (which is a good film, but will be forgotten by next year), was better that Saving Private Ryan (sure it wasnt perfect, but the first 20 minutes was and deserved an oscar for that). I would like to praise the Oscars for the Kubrick tribute, and Woopi for mentioning Gene Siskel, Woopi I now forgive you for your body of work.

  • March 22, 1999, 10:42 a.m. CST

    PREDICTABLE AND UNFAIR

    by DrLoomis

    Well , everything went smoothly for miramax and spielberg , huh ? A whole lot of money spent , and apparently it paid off . The thin red line , got nothing , still I don

  • March 22, 1999, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Black listing

    by Akambe

    To the "brave protesters" of Kazan's award and to all who were so "brave" as to support their silence during the applause: It's a good thing YOU don't have black lists, isn't it? (Ya friggin' hypocrits)

  • March 22, 1999, 11:04 a.m. CST

    let's talk about Rushmore

    by mambo bwana

    a big fuck you to the self-righteous who disown Kazan. Not once have I heard a empirically-factual account of what Kazan did, yet most everyone is able to pass such swift judgement. If he made a mistake, it is a mistake repeated and perpetuated by the American people and the American Government. Not to mention American allies like Canada, the U.K. and the cast of others. Now about Rushmore, cinema's pearl in 1998/99. It is a piece of genius. I have seen it three times, and plan to see it again this Tuesday.

  • March 22, 1999, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare In Love

    by utz_world

    BEST PICTURE??????? I DON'T THINK SO! it was a very good movie, but come on! there's no way in heck that you can sit there and tell me that this was better than SPR!!! oh well, it don't matter what i think because Harvey Weinstein is giving all of us the big middle finger and drinking champagne! it sucks...but i'll get over it.

  • March 22, 1999, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by Rico

    Bollocks! SPR really deserved to win Best Picture. Judging by the reaction on Harrison Ford's face you could see he did too. Sure, SIL is a good enough film, but like a lot of people have been saying, it won't be remembered ten years down the line. SPR is a technically brilliant historical document that will be used to shock disrespectful teenagers 30 years from now. And why does everyone forget the final battle in SPR? Yes, the opening sequence was based on truth and realistic as you can get - but the final hour was just as emotionally draining and technically brilliant. The 'sticky bombs', the one on one battles, the ominous tanks...the last meaningful scenes should be thought of too. I'm bummed that TTRL didn't get something though. It's the only movie I wouldn't have minded winning in score and cinematography over SPR. And next year, please no more dancing (and if there is, make it go with the rhythm and not some interpretive nonsense that slaughters the beautiful scores).

  • March 22, 1999, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Duty and Sacrifice

    by Teta

    To S. Eisenstein: Well may it be said that WWII has receded to the level of boring old B/W drama in books and films. I just don't think that we, the younger generation, (those under 35) can relate, because America has changed. We are no longer the great nation who feels it is her moral duty to help the beleagured and suffering of the world. We are not the nation anymore who would sacrifice hundrds of American lives to in the treacherous mountain forests of Italy to save the lives of few hapless trappedGI's in 1944. We are not even the nation that went to war with a kind of twisted ideology related to the good old ways of thinking--IE, to protect the good people of Vietnam from the invading, godless Commies. No, it is not the American citizen who is no longer willing to make sacrifices; it their picky, pusillanimous gov't. Call it the curse of Vietnam, a war which has in effect created a chinashop Army, which we are afraid to break. These days, we are VERY picky and choosy about whom we choose to help. No Casualties, that is the mantra. We went to war to "free Kuwait" (oops, I mean, keep our gas tanks full)for very selfish reasons. And it was a very strange war, in which we never saw the face of an enemy soldier, never saw any footage of the "enemy"at all, a "splendid little war" in which a few dozen US soldiers were killed and something like 100,000 Iraquis, and 5 yrs later it seems to have had absolutely no effect on the American experience at all. I keep thinking of the books, films and TV specials about Nam. Absolutely NOTHING on the gulf conflict. A CNN Peter Arnett video and a novel or two, none of which was really talked about much. a few newsblurbs about a mysterious illness, which was promptly hushed up.It was almost as if it hadn't existed. Contrast this with the horrific farce that was played out 2 yrs later. I'm sorry, butevery time someone preaches to me about duty and honor and sacrifice, how ungrateful and pulish and whining the young are about their parent's and grandparents' noble sacrifice, I feel like jabbing a finger in their eye and saying, "Then where the F*** were you for 4 yrs while the innocent people of Bosnia were being slaughtered? Where were you when these EUROPEANS were being gunned down every day, where were you when CNN was showing almost daily footage of their skin splattered all over a city wall?" For when Bosnai was INVADED, the people were innocent. They did not rise up and commit atrocities, nor did they fight each other. How could they fight each other? Hald of them were interethnically married to each other. No, their only crime was thinking that they were NOT Moslems; they were EUROPEANS and as such, (unlike, say, your usual ethnic conflict between geurillas in Dweebsistan, they deserved the same help, the same heroic sacrifice, that their ancestors had gotten 50 yrs before. Usually, when there is a foreign crisis, NATO is sent in; and when the peace treaty is signed, NATO pulls out and the UN peacekeepers are sent in (that's why they are called peacekeepers, duh). But in the case of Bosnia, which was being INVADED by the SERBS from NEIGHBORING SERBIA, thank you very much (all 3 ethnic "races" in Bosnai defended theior country against them, they didn't start fighting each other until it became clear we'd abandoned them) into this murderous hellhole, we somehow F***** it up, sending the unarmed peackeepers into the war zone and then sending in NATO, bristling with sophisticated weaponry, when the conflict has died down. I WONDER WHY?? And the very first thing we did, the US of A and Uerope did, in 1991, was make the BOSNIANS ONLY, sign a treaty not unlikre the one the Albanians just signed, making them hand over their arms. The Serbs kept their, and THEN invaded. So we disarmed them and left them helpless, and THEN sat back and watched them get slaughtered for 3 yrs. Is it any wonder that in '95 they went beserk? That they realized they had to try to fight back and drive out the invader, even if it meant committing atrocites? it was kill or be killed, because Europe decided it wouldn't doa dan thing and waited for the US of A, the Police Cop of the world, to do the dirty work. Both Bush and Clinton will always have blood on their hands. Esp Bush, who had the power to do something to stop the Serbian Invader in 1992, when he was SCARED. For there was no comparison between Bosnai and Vietnam. The Viet Cong were never scared of us; they were arrogant and defiant. They knew we "couldn't do jungles" and time was on their side. Wheras the first time NATO did a teeny little airstrike on a Serbian outpost oputside of Sareevo in early 93, the Serbs GOT SCARED and TURNED and RAN. If NATO had purued this attacka few more days, yhe bastard Milosevich would have signed a treaty , to save his hide. All demagogues respond to nothing but the fist. But we didn't. And Bosnia disentegrated into chaos. The bridge at Mostar and the National Library at Sarejevo were destroyed. And the peoples' bitterenss at being abandoned has turned them against each other, to the point where we now have tohave fences to keep them apart. Ironincally, in doing nothing, the West suceeded in creating the very ethnic warfare State that didn't exist in the beginning, or at least not on that dimension. We made the problem worse. In my mind, there is no difference, militarily speaking, between Slobadan Milosevisch and his crony, Radivan Karedich, than there was between Hitler and Eichmann in 1934. The wars of the 21st century will NOT be fought for Causes. Oh, we'll always be fed a load of B****t about how it is our noble duty to liberate the slave and correct injustice. But in the past Americans haven't gone to war to keep the price of gas at $1.24 or whatever a gallon. Bosnia had no oil. Kuwait did. I'm sorry, there will BE no more Hitlers. Unless we end up fighting them in China 60 years from now, a still-Communist China which we are MAking all the more dangerous because we support it economically, as we NEVER supported Russia. But I have a feeling it may not be China either. Our grandchildren may well end up dying at the hands of a deadly beam of light at the hand of a pilot eho whispers, "Remember the Bridge at Mostar." And oh, how guilty the West feels, that it did nothing, that it now has to re-write history and say that it had no choice but to come in and pull apart warring factions. Ours will be the greatest guilt. No, we CANNOT understand their sacrifice, becuase from now on, we will fight only when it directly serves our economic interest. And we will not go the last mile, either, with our china army that the US public is so damned afraid to break, except in the impossible cases where they are sent into situation where they have been promised they will NOT have to fight, and not only that, will be stationed away from any fighting. Sure, we may help someday to again liberate a stricken people, but we will be very choosy about who. Only if we get paid, in effect. And there will never again be any Marshall Plans--Too expensive, and nothing in it for us. And helpong your former enemy back up, after you've taight them a lesson, like we did for Japan? In your dreams, Senator. Find the money. In those 3 yrs, 1992-1995, I kept telling myself that if I were a man and in the Army, I would have been proud to die for the beleagured people of Bosnia, who were suffering genocide. And there were thousands like me who weren't fooled. And weren't surprised to see the formerly innocent victims begin to slaughter each other. But were surprised when the West began a massive damage control campaign to cover up their own guilt. A sham Treaty.After we took away their arms and left them to rot. I've run on much too long. SORRY! But everyone someone preaches to me about duty, honor and sacrifice, I want to say, "Is your gas tank empty, Sir?"

  • March 22, 1999, 12:10 p.m. CST

    BILLY BOB GOT ROBBED (try saying that five times fast)

    by HAL9000

    Jimmy Coburn was fantastic in Affliction. He managed to hold his own against the vociferous likes of Nick Nolte and turned in a career defining performance. Let's face it though folks, his oscar win was nothing more than a sympathy ploy. The guys been acting for decades, and this is his first (and presumably last) acting nomination. As good as he was in the aforementioned film, it didn't even come close to Billy Bob's inspired work in the single most underrated film of 1998, A Simple Plan. This was truly a once in a lifetime performance, and I was shocked and unnerved that Billy Bob was given the shaft. Aside from the Coburn sympathy factor, Thornton didn't win because A Simple Plan underperformed at the box office and it failed to snag any other major nominations (with the exception of adapted screenplay, which it also should've won). I'm so tired of all these Hollywood politics, oscars should be distributed based on quality, which A Simple Plan was chock full of. I'm really glad for Coburn though, mainly because he deserved the recognition for being such a damn good actor. In a perfect world, both performers would've tied.

  • March 22, 1999, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Fucking enough already

    by fear of a ted

    Nic Cage, Geena Davis, that goddamn awful woman who choreographs every show, that tap-dancing guy who is soooooo over, Val Kilmer, Anne Heche, Andie McDowell, Andy Garcia, weepy close-ups, 'raise the dead' tributes, Joan Rivers, Duff + Ebert (if you live in LA), overly long speeches (yes Paltrow), Celine Dion dragging that blind opera guy out again, Harry and his overly-positive-gushing-about-everything-and-anything-jesus-christ-take-a-stand-for-once, that tired cliche Bernini/Beligni/inni who cares already?, me, and reeeeeaaall long posts that no one will read. Anything I missed?

  • March 22, 1999, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Has the movie indusrty reached its lowest point yet?

    by Vincent Vega

    Oh lord, this is it, we've reached a new low, Shakespear In Love for best pic and Screenplay? No, I would've picked Buffalo 66 for best film, and Your Friends and Neighbors for best screenplay, this was just horrible, I have never been so insulted in my life, it's all politics and popularity, it's shit, I might just make my own awards show, I gaurentee it will be better than the academy awards, this sucks, Miramax pours money into Oscar campaigns so they win all the awards, politics, money, popularity, it has nothing to do with films, I bet they didn't even watch the movies they voted for. Judi Dench? Maybe for Best Cameo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They give lifetime acheivment to someone who by all rights should have been killed several times by now, they give best actress to Paltrow? WHY! She should have won an award for best tits, but not best actress!!! That award should have gone to Christina Ricci for Buffalo '66, GOD THESE PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS! I can not imagine what was going through their minds when they voted for some of these things, I hope they burn in hell with Kazen.

  • March 22, 1999, 1:41 p.m. CST

    bomb

    by Money G

    Man oh man. Entertaining show for the wrong reasons. GPaltrow. Nepotism at its finest. Gets the role in SIL because her dad is Weinstein's best pal. Nominated because Miramax/English films are in and she is flava of the month. Wins because she's American and Blanchett is not. Who has ever heard of Blanchett anyway? If Cate had the Miramax machine behind her, she woulda walked away with the gold man. SIL best pic? Yet Madden not best director? Again, the Miramax machine got the job done. Plastered up the unravel scene all over the place. Where was Joe Fiennes? He was better than Gwyn for chrissakes?? UGH. SPR was the right play, yet missed. Shades of Color Purple here. They gave Spielberg the Director statue as consolation. That was by far the superior film of the year. Why does it win every other meaningful award in the US but not the Oscar? Befuddlin. Spielberg is held to a higher standard against himself. If Weir or anyone else does SPR, it wins. But it was just another supermovie by Spielberg that it was washed away. SPR also called the greatest war film by many. Better than Platoon, From here to Eternity, Best Years of our LIves, etc, and does not join them with a best pic win. Pathetic. Tributes to Kubrick, sinatra. Were they the only two that died this year? Kurasawa and McDowell deserved more and I could go on here. Speaking of Kubrick, Academy forgot him for the Thalberg and the Lifetime achievement award. Kazan award was wrong. Politics aside, his only achievement was Gentlemen's Agreement. On the Waterfront was Brando's movie, period. Without him it is no classic. ANd A Streetcar Named Desire was not a Kazan original, but was a quintessential American play that anyone could direct. Wyler, Ford, Mankiewicz... all capable. Jewison honored but not Kubrick? Not that Jewison does not deserve it. He does (nice acceptance, also). But Academy missed the boat. So hats off to the MIramax bankbook. The Yankees of Movies. Buy the glory. I'm out. Rack me.

  • March 22, 1999, 1:57 p.m. CST

    oscars

    by alcester

    all hollywood does is slober over themseves, their over-awarded , and think thier gods gift to humanity.

  • March 22, 1999, 1:57 p.m. CST

    oscars

    by alcester

    all hollywood does is slober over themseves, their over-awarded , and think thier gods gift to humanity.

  • March 22, 1999, 2:17 p.m. CST

    *Thin Red Line*, Vietnam and SPR

    by S. Eisenstein

    Teta: I would be glad to respond to your comments, but I'm afraid that I am unable to decipher your point. Make no mistake: the U.S. weighed into World War II for self-serving reasons, popular rhetoric notwithstanding. Had Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan been left unchecked, the world today would be a very bleak place for everyone, including America. The U.S. waged the Second World War to make it a better place for America and Americans. "Making the world safe for democracy" was a means to that end, and has ended up benefiting far more people that just Americans. But to romanticize American goals in World War II and to castigate them since is to seriously misread the lessons of history. JDanielson: I would beg to differ with your opinion of the relative merits of SPT and TRL. TRL is Terrance Malick's take on the Vietnam War; any resemblance between his film and James Jones' novel and World War II is purely coincidental. It fails on two counts *in my opinion*. 1.) It is an inaccurate, unfaithful interpretation of actual historical events; and 2.) it is a muddled, incomprehensible piece of film-making. I can see how this film might appeal to those whose closest experience of war and warfare is through novels and film. I can also see how Malick's vision reverberates with those whose opinions and perspectives are shaped by their emotional relationship to the Vietnam War experience. To that, I can only offer the views of numerous World War II veterans who found SPR to be the vastly more accurate depiction of *their* experiences. There were elements in TRL that were fresh and interesting. What that film depicted however, was Terrance Malick's rumination on the nature of war, viewed through the lens of the Vietnam experience. He is certainly entitled to his opinion, but the assertion that TRL is somehow more accurate or honest than SPR is simply unsupported by anything resembling fact.

  • March 22, 1999, 2:49 p.m. CST

    best picture categories

    by vansmak

    Lately there have been 4 kinds of oscar best picture winners. The Big hit movie, that hit a chord with the moviegoing public. Titanic, Forrest Gump, Rainman. Then there's the stuff that the Academy and Hollywood drool over, which unfortunately is the longest list Shakespeare In Love, English Patient, Braveheart, Driving Miss Daisy, Out Of Africa, Terms Of Endearment. Than there's the historical dramas Dances With Wolves, Amadeus, Last Emperor. Than there are the truly great movies that will last forever, and that's Schindler's List, Platoon, Silence Of The Lambs & Even Unforgiven. I fear there are many movies that if they had won would have been in the last list, but are much more memorable than anything in the first 3 lists, stuff such as Saving Private Ryan, Fargo, Pulp Fiction, and even stuff that goes back 20 years, that you couldn't tell me what beat it out. Star Wars, Raiders, Close Encounters, Jaws. It's a shame that most of these best picture movies are easily forgettable, when many more important movies don't win

  • March 22, 1999, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Irony and the Oscars

    by Char Azanable

    I remember back when I was a film student at USC, we had a class that screened the latest films and had the opportunity to usually ask questions of the directors, actors and/or producer. During my year in the class we had screened Guilty by Suspicion. For those of you unfamiliar with the film it is all about the Hollywood blacklist and its effect on a director (Played by Robert De Niro)who refuses to name names. Martin Scorcese also appears in the film as a director who would chose to flee the country rather than name names. So it is with great Irony that I watched the Oscars and see these two men, proudly giving an award to a man who did name names and ruined lives. Now somebody might say "well they were just acting. Actors can play roles that are morally, idelogically or politically against their real views." But as I said earlier, this was a screening for a class and the guests who attended after the screening were Irwin Winkler (the director) and Robert De Niro. And during the class De Niro told us that he wouldn't have done this film except that he was very sympathetic to the lives of those people who were blacklisted during the 50's and 60's because they refused to name names. Winkler also said that Martin Scorcese insisted that he work in this film for the same reason. Now 9 years later, these two gentlemen are giving a pat on the back to the man who named names and ruined lives. One last note, people in Hollywood aren't just angry at Elia Kazan for just naming names. There were many others in Hollywood who named names (some did it after much resistance other cooperated quickly and quietly). Many of those blacklisted said that if Kazan just admitted he did it to save his own skin, they may have found it in their heart to forgive him. But the day after he appeared before House on UnAmerican Activities Committee, he paid for a full page ad in the New York Times saying how happy and proud he was to do it. So in the end, he didn't just stab his friends in the back, he was kicking them while they lay on the ground. By the way, I thought I was said that Kurosawa wasn't mentioned in more length, but at least he did recieve a lifetime achievement award many years ago which both Lucas and Spielberg presented to him. Ufortunately for the world nobody thought to bestow the same honor on Kubrick while he was still alive.

  • March 22, 1999, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Quickstrike

    by Tom Lee

    Quickstrike, bringing up comparatively obscure examples of "justified" american oppression hardly proves your case, although it may have scared off your opponents. You continue to gloss over the distinction between the ideologies of the people hurt by the HUAC's actions and the ideologies of Communism's very worst leaders. In implementation, there is no question that Communism has been horrifically repressive and murderous -- but the socioeconomic philosophy itself does NOT call for that. Whether communism can be implemented without those negative consequences is a debate for another time, and one that I suspect we are much closer to agreement upon. However, you can't seriously think that those in Hollywood who were involved, or were accused of being involved with communist organizations actually espoused murder and opression as a means to their ends. To think so is ridiculous. A small number of people at the time advocated ideas that were in opposition to those of the majority of america... so what? They're allowed to. Should we go through hollywood today and ruin all of the scientologists? No. I think they're wrong, but that gives me no more right to destroy their professional lives than it gives them to force their ideas upon me. Finally, on the Nazi/Communist distinction: Naziism specifically calls for genocide. Communism does not (although admittedly some flavors do call for world revolution -- but not all). There's a big difference: one's goal is destruction, the other's is restructuring in an effort to improve things (although some destruction would no doubt accompany it).

  • March 22, 1999, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Oh, the irony of it all...

    by Rico Suave

    The same people (*cough*liberals*cough*) who have been screaming to "forgive and forget" and saying over and over again that personal character has nothing to do with the job a person does are now protesting Kazan for something that happened when they were just children. Can we say "hypocrites"?

  • March 22, 1999, 3:52 p.m. CST

    71st Academy Awards

    by W. Leach

    Boy, it was an unpredictable night. I'm glad I didn't bet on who would win. While I agreed on some winners, most of my favorites were shunned. I'm glad Judi Dench won for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. She stole the movie in her eight minutes of screen time. I'm also glad that James Coburn won. He's been around for over forty years in the business, and its about time the Academy recognized his talent. For Best Actor, I would have picked Ian McKellen. This guy could do no wrong. GODS AND MONSTERS was a masterpiece, and thanks to Mr. McKellen, I was able to believe he really WAS James Whale, a director who has fascinated me for years with his Gothic horror films. Until GODS AND MONSTERS, I only had a nutshell of information on Whale. Unlike Tom Hanks or Nick Nolte, I actually believed I was seeing James Whale in the flesh on screen. That's what good acting is all about, isn't it? For Best Actress, I would have picked the magnificent Cate Blanchett. Like McKellen, she made me believe I was seeing the real Queen Elizabeth on screen, and not some Hollywood actress. I think the Best Director award should have gone to either Terrence Malick or Peter Weir. THE THIN RED LINE and THE TRUMAN SHOW are just two of my favorites of 1998. Like Kubrick, Malick is an acquired taste. You either love his work, or you don't. I think he should have been recognized by the Academy for being such a maverick. Three movies since 1973, each one lyrical and poetic classics. Not for mainstream tastes, which is why he lost. I am not a fan of Steven Spielberg. Every movie he makes practically screams OSCAR!! Like he didn't know he wasn't going to win. "I really wanted this." Thanks, Steven, for telling us. I could have told you that last July when you opened SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Which brings us to Best Picture. Anything but SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. True, the opening was breathtaking (in a theater), but everything after that is cliched and taken from virtually every other war movie (the coward, the smartass, the kid from Brooklyn, etc.) I was really rooting for THE THIN RED LINE, but I knew it was a long shot. At least my second choice won. As for Elia Kazan: true, he shouldn't have done what he did, but like many other posters said, don't let that get in the way of his art. Eliza Kazan brought the realistic style of acting to the screen. Before A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in 1951, most movie acting was still personality-driven (i.e. Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, etc.) When Kazan directed the first Broadway production of Streetcar in 1947, he made sure his actors (Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Karl Malden) performed as realistically as possible, eschewing typical grand theatrical acting. Kazan brought the Method mainstream when he made the film version of STREETCAR in 1951, and continued with VIVA ZAPATA, ON THE WATERFRONT, EAST OF EDEN, A FACE IN THE CROWD, and AMERICA AMERICA. There was never a moment in a Kazan film when you thought someone was acting. Everything on screen was realistic, and soon other filmmakers and actors followed suit. With such pioneering actors such as Marlon Brando, James Dean, Eva Marie Saint, and Montgomery Clift, all appearing in Kazan films, a whole new way of acting was realized, both on stage and on screen. Soon everyone from Paul Newman to Gene Hackman to Robert De Niro to Al Pacino to Meryl Streep were using the Method in their own screen performances, and when Kazan made one of his last films, 1976's THE LAST TYCOON, he signed De Niro for the lead. Without Kazan taking realistic acting to the screen, where would film acting be today? On another less controversial note, I thought Norman Jewison was great. I loved his speech, especially when he noted that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. Right on!! Overall, I enjoyed the show, and didn't know what to expect, unlike last year when TITANIC was a shoo-in, and in 1995 when we all knew that FORREST GUMP would sweep the Awards. I'm also glad they paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick (on such short notice), although I think the clip-fest should have been longer and more detailed. Only a snippet of BARRY LYNDON? Kudos also to Whoopi for remembering Gene Siskel.

  • March 22, 1999, 4:07 p.m. CST

    ?

    by Biggie

    hey harry you said last oscar of the century, don't you remember why it's called 2001?

  • March 22, 1999, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Erm... Whoopi's finale

    by cheap

    Nobody seems to have mentioned this yet but didn't Whoopi flash a little more (ahem) cleavage than is strictly permitted in her final costume? I'm referring to the unfortunate high breast-low breast syndrome and her slipping neckline during her wrap up speech. That being said, I thought SinL deserved its best picture win - let's face it, Ryan was good but uneven. I liked Gwyneth Paltrow's tribute to Streep in her acceptence speech, and Meryl seemed really touched. Roberto annoyed me, and I don't think he deserved best actor.

  • March 22, 1999, 5:27 p.m. CST

    General Lunacy

    by claymore

    Mariah is a whore. Kazan should have said he was sorry for what he did in the 50's it would have been the decent thing to do. What happened to Chris Rock? He sucked. Whoopi was entertaining. Nick Nolte looked real pissed the whole time. I wonder if Bengini will ever learn english?

  • March 22, 1999, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Harry's skewed world....

    by Pat Riot

    Gotta take issue with Harry's comment about Kazan being "wrong." Has anybody who STILL harbors this resentment against Kazan read any recent history? Y'know, since the Soviet Empire fell and several heretofore "secret" files have been opened, it's know common knowledge that Communists were deeply entrenched in several American associations and institutions, Hollywood included. I would like to ask those who snobbishly condemn Kazan to be forced into the sort of decision he was forced into. It's sort of a simple 'walk in their shoes' argument, but it's valid. Yes, the blacklist was wrong...but the ideals behind the Communist movement (a political ideology that lead to tens of millions suffering and dead) are far worse.

  • March 22, 1999, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line

    by Tony Montana

    WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ALL ABOUT? 7 NOMINATION AND ALL IT GOT WAS JACK SHIT. TRL is without a doubt the best picture of the year. I've seen all those other war movie and i've seen Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line kicked all their asses. You hear about the first 20 minutes of SPR how great it was yada yada yada. WHAT ABOUT THAT 1 HOUR BATTLE ON HILL 209 IN TRL? THAT WAS THE BEST ACTION I HAVE EVER SEEN. I'm not one of those people who spend my money on Spice World or Varsity Blues. I watch quality films so I know what the hell i'm talking about. Terrance Malick should have won best director. His style was DIFFERENT. Not like those other directors that just follow whatever is moving. And best cinamotograhy. OH MY GOD. That should have been handed to TRL. TRL is the most beuatiful movie I have EVER seen.Best adapted screenplay...well I read the book, and it was different but c'mon...just give Malick a damn oscar. And best Dramatic Score? What was that crap they played with those people dancing around? Thats not the song. Thought the song nominated was the one where the islanders are singing but without the singing. Know which song i'm talking about? Well anyways, when all you people saw the clips they showed of the TRL you said "DAMN THAT LOOKS GREAT." Didn't you? Yeah I know you did. "OH. Thin Red Line was boring." SHUT UP. Thanks alot academy voters. You just gave Malick another reason to wait 20 years to make another film. I'm glad Malick didn't show up (like he ever does) why would he want to come to the oscars then be sent back empty handed. OSCARS SUCKS. Have a nice day

  • March 22, 1999, 6:38 p.m. CST

    The Oscars

    by Nordling

    Quick rundown. Whoopi - pretty funny, but not all the time...Roberto, you go, guy! The greatest gift in the world is poverty...man, how true. Elia Kazan...judge the films, not the man. Everyone's entitled to his opinions, but you need to know that On The Waterfront is one of the most anti-capitalist films ever made. Let the man go in peace, or just "slip away." Roberto, again, yeah, baby! Spielberg wins again, well-deserved, the first 30 mins of SPR clinched that...and Shakespeare in Love as Best Picture - awesome. Shakespeare is the original Best Director, Screenplay writer, producer, etc., and all those who picked SPR over this, well, opinions are like assholes - they all need to be wiped once in a while.

  • March 22, 1999, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Kazan again

    by MZ

    Alright. I hate to sound like a broken record here, but there's some points that have to be made which everybody seems to be ignoring: 1: Art should be separated from politics. Fine. But Kazan has already been amply rewarded for his artistic achievements (two directing Oscars). Many other better directors have never gotten their due from the Academy. 2: To those who look to Kazan as a hero, you might as well give McCarthy a medal too. The only way their actions could be in any way justified would be if every single one of those destroyed by the HUAC can be proven to have been actively involved with the Communist Party (not just going to a couple of meetings) and plotting toward the downfall of the US government. Something tells me the actual fraction of people who did that is very low. Most of those who joined were probably just looking at alternate ideologies because it seemed like Capitalism wasn't working. Remember this was right in the middle of the Great Depression. And many if not most of the accused had long left Communism behind (just like Kazan), except they stoicly fought the unconstitutional HUAC instead of selling out their friends. And in case anybody thinks Kazan did what he did because of his ideals, it might be interesting to consider that at first, he pretty much refused to cooperate with the HUAC. Kazan was negotiating movie deal with Zanuck. But Zanuck was worried that the cloud of Communism still hung over Kazan. So he urged Kazan to somehow solve the problem. Shortly afterwards, Kazan started naming names. Shortly after that, the deal was done. Hmm... 3: As for giving Kazan a break after 50 years, I think a lot of people would, if he would only show even an ounce of remorse. He's still damn proud of what he did. 4: Remember, if we use the same tactics Nazis and Stalinists use to oppress ideologies we don't like, we are no better. It's just like burning the flag. If we don't allow people to do that (I would never actually burn the flag), then we are destroying exactly what the flag stands for. If we use oppressive tactics to fight oppression, then that's hypocrisy of the worst kind.

  • March 22, 1999, 8:20 p.m. CST

    WhOoPiE! NIPS!

    by C3PreO

    Yes, it is hard to believe ONLY ONE person mentioned the noticeable edge of the Goldberg aeroela (forgive my spelling). A nipple on live TV. I wonder if she did it on purpose. Hard to believe the costumers would let her go out on stage like that. Maybe it was like LUCY LAWLESS. Does anyone know, if Lucy Lawless did that on purpose? I assume so, after seeing it. And I wonder if Whoopee did too. "They'll never have me back," she said at one point. Anyway, less bitter HUAC talk, more nipchat!

  • March 22, 1999, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Thank You Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, Nick Nolte, Et al..

    by gunny

    For reconfirming for me what a petty place Hollywood is, whose inhabitants are more interested in protecting and propagandizing their own shallow, dumbass, kneejerk politics, than in acknowledging a truly great filmmaker.

  • March 22, 1999, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Speilberg and the academy

    by prbis

    Well we thought that the academy was over being jealous of Steven Speilberg but after the ceremony last night they have said resoundingly that they still are!How in the world did any film other than SRP get best picture? Didn't these people watch it? You know you didn't have to see another film for the rest of the year to know that this film had won.Then again it will not hurt as much as it did when they snubbed The Colour Purple anyway and he will survive to make other great films which we hope Americans will embrace regardless of the ethnicity depicted, (thinly veiled reference to purple ,amistad and potentially geisha)and that the academy will just give the man his due when he deserves it .What they did last night was a disgrace!

  • March 22, 1999, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Kazan

    by Cronksty

    No one here has an understanding about what this man did. He was FORCED to make a list, or he was to be cast out from his career. Not everyone can be brave and make such a tremendous sacrifice. Please, learn about what really happened. It's not as if the man stood up and shouted "I saw Goody Proctor talking to the communist devil!" Once again he was FORCED into a position that he should have never been in. Blame it on senator McCarthy. If anything Katzan was a victim. Leave him alone.

  • March 22, 1999, 9:15 p.m. CST

    20 Minutes Does Not A Movie Make

    by Unico

    I was so glad SIL won. I absolutely love this film. I was indifferent to SPR. Saw it but forgot it. SIL was absolute magic. It was better written, better acted, and a better story. A better movie overall. I went with the movie I love and I loved Shakespeare and I always will.

  • March 22, 1999, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Kubrick...

    by Cronksty

    You know, all of your ramblings about how "kubrick should have got this...and that" are really starting to make me hate the man. He was a talented filmmaker. Certainly NOT the best filmmaker of the 20th century. Just because you live the life of a reclusive genius does not make you one.

  • March 22, 1999, 9:29 p.m. CST

    ok, I'm only gonna say this once...

    by 4-LOM/Zuckuss

    ...but this is the reason that Saving Private Ryan, the best movie I've ever seen, was not rewarded with the ultimate prize. Because Miramax pushed everyone into voting for their film. But it's not all Miramax's fault. The fault lies within the people who voted for SIL and not SPR. UNTIL YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH THE HORRORS OF WAR CAN YOU TRULY APPRECIATE WHAT THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT. William Tecumseh Sherman once said, "War is Hell." That was the point of this movie. Robert E. Lee once said, "It is a good thing that war is so terrible, else we would grow too fond of it." That was the point of this movie. I say, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." To all those who turn their noses up at this movie, this is my message: it will your sons and your daughters, nephews, etc. that must make the ultimate sacrifice at some point. There will be a World War 3. They will have to fight in it. I know this has nothing to do with SIL but the point is this. Spielberg made this movie to honor all of those who had to make the ultimate sacrifice. Any of you who says that SPR is a bad movie in anyway (acting, which was great, screenplay, which was incredible, or effects, the point of the movie was the violence that they went through) and you go say that to a D-Day veteran, expect to be called an asshole. Because that is what you all are. Thank you, Mr. Spielberg. You have shown some of us what it is like to live in the real world.

  • March 23, 1999, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Re Cronksty and other who say Kazan was forced to name names.

    by Char Azanable

    I am not one who wants to prolong this debate on Kazan, but to anybody who says Kazan was forced to name names, explain to us why the man paid for a full page ad in the New York Times, praising himself for naming names and asking others to do the same? I can believe HUAC and maybe Zanuck applied pressure on Kazan to name names (even though others didn't buckle to the pressure) but who put the gun to Kazan's head and made him pay for a full page ad in the NY Times? Others who who were forced to name names, like Ed Demetryk later apoligized for their actions explaining that they did it to protect their careers. Kazan has never shown an ounce of regret for what he did as a purely selfish act.

  • March 23, 1999, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Re Cronksty and other who say Kazan was forced to name names.

    by Char Azanable

    I am not one who wants to prolong this debate on Kazan, but to anybody who says Kazan was forced to name names, explain to us why the man paid for a full page ad in the New York Times, praising himself for naming names and asking others to do the same? I can believe HUAC and maybe Zanuck applied pressure on Kazan to name names (even though others didn't buckle to the pressure) but who put the gun to Kazan's head and made him pay for a full page ad in the NY Times? Others who who were forced to name names, like Ed Demetryk later apoligized for their actions explaining that they did it to protect their careers. Kazan has never shown an ounce of regret for what he did as a purely selfish act.

  • March 23, 1999, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Spielberg

    by cussack

    If I were Spielberg, I'd be gutted. He makes an absolutely superb film, tackling a difficult subject matter and is not afraid to show aspects of WW2 that other directors may have shyed away from or overly focused on. He sits patiently until he accepts the Oscar for Best Director and then he must be a little bemused as SIL takes Best Picture. After all the last time Best Picture and Best Director were from different films was in 1989 when Oliver Stone took Best Director for "Born On The 4th Of July", but lost out to "Driving Miss Daisey" for Best Picture, if my memory serves me correct.

  • March 23, 1999, 8:42 a.m. CST

    What about Star Trek?

    by Stone Cold

    I can't believe those idgits at the acadamy overlooked Star Trek: Insurrection for best picture. It should have won, but it was not even nominated. And although I agree with Spielberg winning best director, I still think Jonathan Frakes should have been at least nominated for his superb work on Insurrection.

  • March 24, 1999, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Kazan already has two oscars

    by Mr Orange

    Regarding Kazan's award, don't say you should separate politics and movies. Everything has a political impact, and Kazan ruined people's careers. The likes of Zero Mostel would have made many great movies if Kazan and others hadn't decided to restrict people for their political beliefs. And anyway, he's already won two best director oscars!

  • March 24, 1999, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Is anyone else tired of this political correctness?

    by dennis

    1) In a LA Times article that was published Sunday in the Calendar section, Whoopi stated that she didn't want to host, but decided to because she would be one of the few "black" representatives at the Oscars. What a poser. Using her ethicity for publicity. I thought she did a good job, though. 2)Kazan bashing. There was nothing wrong with people SILENTLY protesting them awarding him a lifetime achievement award. For people to suggest it was wrong, it's like saying that if someone does good things in their lifetime, it overrides any of the wrongs. 3)Roberto. He annoys me, even more than Jim Carrey. I smell Bergnini-Burnout. He's borderline obnoxious, and even his wife looked like she was tired of the "act". 4)Gwenneth Paltrow. Who's she fooling? When your whole life revolves around a shallow world, of course your going to gush buckets when you win "the big one". I would also like to thank her "good friend Ben" for putting up with her toothpick ass.

  • March 26, 1999, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Best Actress: Miss Understanding

    by bswise

    Ironic, that despite the best efforts of the little old Academy, to present a united, patriotic front -- honoring the living dead of both WWII and our Anglophiliac, Elizabethan roots -- they instead ended up with a typical stew of resentment, backbiting and, as Baba Booey might say,

  • July 14, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    We're saving Private Ryan for a rainy day.

    by Wolfpack