Film Honors: 1998

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Picture Editing

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Out of Sight
Ringu
Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line

Cast Ensemble

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Out of Sight
Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare in Love
The Thin Red Line

Special Effects

Armageddon
Deep Impact
Godzilla
Ringu
What Dreams May Come

Actress Support

Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice)
Shim Eun-ha (Palwolui Keuriseumaseu)
Laura Linney (The Truman Show)
Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski)
Lynn Redgrave (Gods and Monsters)

Actor Support

Michael Caine (Little Voice)
John Goodman (The Big Lebowski)
Ed Harris (The Truman Show)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Happiness)
Billy Bob Thornton (A Simple Plan)

Cinematography

Remi Adefarasin (Elizabeth)
Ebrahim Ghafori (Sokout)
Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan)
John Lindley (Pleasantville)
John Toll (The Thin Red Line)

Score Composing

John Barry (Playing by Heart)
Randy Newman (Pleasantville)
Thomas Newman (The Horse Whisperer)
Thomas Newman (Meet Joe Black)
Hans Zimmer (The Thin Red Line)

Sound Designing

Armageddon
Deep Impact
Mulan
Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line

Screenwriting Original

Hal Hartley (Henry Fool)
Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show)
Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love)
Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco)

Screenwriting Adapted

Frank Cottrell Boyce (Hilary and Jackie)
Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters)
Scott Frank (Out of Sight)
Mark Herman (Little Voice)
Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan)

Set Designing

Elizabeth
Hai shang hua
The Mask of Zorro
Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare in Love

Costume Designing

Elizabeth
Hai shang hua
Oscar and Lucinda
Shakespeare in Love
Velvet Goldmine

Directing

Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Sokout)
Samira Makhmalbaf (Sib)
Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan)
Peter Weir (The Truman Show)

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Actor Lead

Jim Carrey (The Truman Show)
Han Suk-kyu (Palwolui Keuriseumaseu)
Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters)
Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe)
Edward Norton (American History X)

Actress Lead

Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)
Élodie Bouchez (La vie rêvée des anges)
Jane Horrocks (Little Voice)
Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station)
Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie)

Motion Picture

Central do Brasil (Walter Salles) Brazil / France
La vita è bella (Roberto Benigni) Italy
Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh) USA
Palwolui Keuriseumaseu (Hur Jin-ho) South Korea
Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg) USA
Sib (Samira Makhmalbaf) Iran
Sokout (Mohsen Makhmalbaf) Iran, Tajikistan, France
Ta’m e guilass (Abbas Kiarostami) Iran
The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick) USA
The Truman Show (Peter Weir) USA

A diverse selection again, but even with the array of films from around the world, the English language movies dominated the wins. Comment below with your thoughts on 1998.

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3 thoughts on “Film Honors: 1998

  1. In such a great and deep year, I love many of these nominees and picks for winners. So happy to see The Truman Show is your winner for Motion Picture. I do wonder though why you didn’t nominate Saving Private Ryan for Screenplay. Also, I like how you picked Shakespeare in Love for Cast Ensemble. Gotta think about my picks.

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  2. You have an interesting choice as the best motion picture. My personal favourite is Life is Beautiful. This is not my favourite year at all, but I can never stop being amazed at Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love making it in one year. Cool.

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