Davis Awards for 1998 Revealed!

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saving_private_ryan_ver1The Awards Circuit Community Awards winners for Year 1998 will be announced on the podcast this week.  With lots of people weighing in on what they thought the year should have looked like, I offer my own take on a very top heavy year in cinema.  Lots happened in 1998.  I graduated grammar school, started high school, and saw two of my absolute favorite films of all-time.  

My personal nominations ballot, with my winners in gold are down below. 

american_history_xBEST MOTION PICTURE

  • American History X
    John Morrissey
  • Pleasantville
    Robert Jean Degus; Gary Ross; Steven Soderbergh
  • Saving Private Ryan
    Ian Bryce; Mark Gordon; Gary Levinshon; Steven Spielberg
  • Shakespeare in Love
    David Parfitt; Donna Gigliotti; Harvey Weinstein; Edward Zwick; Marc Norman
  • The Truman Show
    Edward S. Feldman; Andrew Niccol; Scott Rudin; Adam Schroeder

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

  • Chris Columbus – Stepmom
  • Tony Kaye – American History X
  • Gary Ross – Pleasantville
  • Steven Spielberg – Saving Private Ryan
  • Peter Weir – The Truman Show

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Jim Carrey – The Truman Show
  • Joseph Fiennes – Shakespeare in Love
  • Tom Hanks – Saving Private Ryan
  • Ian McKellen – Gods and Monsters
  • Edward Norton – American History X

stepmomBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Cameron Diaz – There’s Something About Mary
  • Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love
  • Meg Ryan – City of Angels
  • Susan Sarandon – Stepmom
  • Emma Thompson – Primary Colors

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Jeff Daniels – Pleasantville
  • Lee Evans – There’s Something About Mary
  • Dennis Franz – City of Angels
  • Ed Harris – The Truman Show
  • Harrison Young – Saving Private Ryan

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Joan Allen – Pleasantville
  • Beverly D’Angelo – American History X
  • Judi Dench – Shakespeare in Love
  • Lynn Redgrave – Gods and Monsters
  • Liv Tyler – Armageddon

truman_show_ver1BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • David McKenna – American History X
  • Gary Ross – Pleasantville
  • Robert Rodat – Saving Private Ryan
  • Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard – Shakespeare in Love
  • Andrew Niccol – The Truman Show

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Brandon Boyce – Apt Pupil
  • Dana Stevens – City of Angels
  • Bill Condon – Gods and Monsters
  • Scott Frank – Out of Sight
  • Ronaldo Del Carmen, Ken Harsha, Carole Holliday, Philip LaZebnik, Anthony Leondis, Nicholas Meyer, Frank Tamura – The Prince of Egypt

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE

  • Armageddon – Bruce Willis; Billy Bob Thornton; Ben Affleck; Liv Tyler; Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson; Will Patton; William Fichtner; Peter Stormare; Keith David
  • Pleasantville – Tobey Maguire; Reese Witherspoon; Joan Allen; Jeff Daniels; William H. Macy; J.T. Walsh
  • Saving Private Ryan – Tom Hanks; Tom Sizemore; Edward Burns; Barry Pepper; Adam Goldberg; Vin Diesel; Giovanni Ribisi; Jeremy Davies; Matt Damon; Ted Danson; Paul Giamatti; Dennis Farina; Harrison Young
  • Shakespeare in Love – Gwyneth Paltrow; Joseph Fiennes; Geoffrey Rush; Judi Dench; Ben Affleck; Jim Carter; Simon Callow; Colin Firth; Imelda Staunton; Tom Wilkinson; Mark Williams
  • There’s Something About Mary – Cameron Diaz; Matt Dillon; Ben Stiller; Lin Shaye; Lee Evans; Chris Elliot; Jeremy Tambor; Marky Post; Keith David; W. Earl Brown; Sarah Silverman

city_of_angelsBEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Gabriel Yared – City of Angels
  • Randy Newman – Pleasantville
  • Hans Zimmer & Stephen Schwartz – The Prince of Egypt
  • John Williams – Saving Private Ryan
  • Burkhard Von Dallwitz & Phillip Glass – The Truman Show

BEST FILM EDITING

  • Jerry Greenberg & Alan Heim – American History X
  • William Goldenberg – Pleasantville
  • Michael Kahn – Saving Private Ryan
  • David Kamble – Shakespeare in Love
  • William M. Anderson & Lee Smith – The Truman Show

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Tony Kaye – American History X
  • Elliot Davis – Out of Sight
  • John Lindley – Pleasantville
  • Janusz Kaminski – Saving Private Ryan
  • Peter Biziou – The Truman Show

pleasantville_ver2BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Sanja Milkovic Hays – Blade
  • Bruce Finlayson – Gods and Monsters
  • Judianna Makovsky – Pleasantville
  • Sandy Powell – Shakespeare in Love
  • Marilyn Matthews – The Truman Show

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • Richard Sherman – Gods and Monsters
  • Jay Hart, Jeannine Oppewall – Pleasantville
  • Thomas E. Sanders, Lisa Dean – Saving Private Ryan
  • Martin Childs, Jill Quertier – Shakespeare in Love
  • Richard L. Johnson – The Truman Show

BEST SOUND

  • Armageddon
  • Deep Impact
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • What Dreams May Come

BEST SONG FROM/USED IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Armageddon – “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”
  • City of Angels – “Iris”
  • City of Angels – “Uninvited”
  • The Prince of Egypt – “When You Believe”
  • There’s Something About Mary – “Build Me Up Buttercup”

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of AwardsCircuit.com. He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.