The Academy Awards

Season 71 Episode 1

The 71st Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 21, 1999 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful) became only the second person to win an Oscar acting award for a film directed by the actor himself. The first one was Laurence Olivier for Hamlet in 1948.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The program won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Drama Series, Variety Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special.


    • Both Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett were nominated for playing 16th Century monarch Queen Elizabeth I. Dench in Shakespeare in Love and Blanchett in Elizabeth.

  • Allusions