The Academy Award ceremony ran extremely long, due largely to extended acceptance speeches. Notable films included Shakespeare in Love, which received 13 nominations and won 7 awards, Saving Private Ryan, which received 11 nominations and won 5 awards, and Life Is Beautiful, which received 7 nominations and won 3 (including Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film).
The show attracted 45.63m viewers, a 18% decline to the previous years 57.25 million, yet a high rating compared to most other ceremonies.
This was the first time that two people have been nominated for Academy Awards for playing the same person in different films - Queen Elizabeth I - played by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth and Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love.
|Best motion picture of the year||Shakespeare in Love||David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, and Marc Norman|
|Best foreign language film||Life Is Beautiful||Italy|
|Best documentary feature||The Last Days||James Moll and Ken Lipper|
|Best actor in a leading role||Roberto Benigni||Life Is Beautiful|
|Best actress in a leading role||Gwyneth Paltrow||Shakespeare in Love|
|Best actor in a supporting role||James Coburn||Affliction|
|Best actress in a supporting role||Judi Dench||Shakespeare in Love|
|Original screenplay||Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard||Shakespeare in Love|
|Adapted screenplay||Bill Condon||Gods and Monsters|
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