the Truman showIf you listened to the Awards Circuit Power Hour on Monday then you already know that Peter Weir’s imaginative and creative drama The Truman Show won the prestigious Awards Circuit Community Award (or ACCA) for Best Picture.  In what presented a surprising result, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was heavily favored to take the top award.  Weir’s film only managed three wins including Picture, Original Screenplay for Andrew Niccol, and Original Score for Burkhard von Dallwitz and Phillip Glass.  Spielberg’s film performed quite well however, picking up four awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Film Editing.

John Madden‘s Shakespeare in Love, a film notoriously known for upsetting Saving Private Ryan at the Oscars, still has lovers on the internet as it netted four wins as well.  Judi Dench picked up her first ACCA for Best Supporting Actress, a result that many didn’t see repeating.  The film also won Art Direction, Costume Design, and Cast Ensemble.  Dench wasn’t the only Queen Elizabeth rewarded as Cate Blanchett became the most rewarded person in ACCA history, picking up her fourth win in just sixteen years for her work in Elizabeth.

In Lead Actor Edward Norton won his first award for Tony Kaye’s American History X while surprisingly John Goodman also won his first award for his comedic turn in Joel Coen’s The Big Lebowski.  Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line won a much deserved prize in Adapted Screenplay, also his first win.

Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful picked up the Foreign Language award while The Brandon Teena Story scooped up Documentary Feature.  Repeating its win for Visual Effects, Vincent Ward’s What Dreams May Come walked away with the award.

Down below you can see the winners along with the runners up.  I’ve also shared the Staff Top Tens for 1998 and where we stand today on the year.  Lots of love in different places.


  • RUNNER UP – Saving Private Ryan

BEST DIRECTOR – Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan

  • RUNNER UP – Terrence Malick for The Thin Red Line

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – Edward Norton for American History X

  • RUNNER UP – Jim Carrey for The Truman Show

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth

  • RUNNER UP – Cameron Diaz for There’s Something About Mary

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – John Goodman for The Big Lebowski

  • RUNNER UP – Ed Harris for The Truman Show

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – Judi Dench for Shakespeare in Love

  • RUNNER UP – Joan Allen for Pleasantville

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Andrew Niccol for The Truman Show

  • RUNNER UP – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen for The Big Lebowski

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Terrence Malick for The Thin Red Line

  • RUNNER UP – Bill Condon for Gods and Monsters

BEST CAST ENSEMBLEShakespeare in Love

  • RUNNER UP – Saving Private Ryan

BEST ART DIRECTION – Martin Childs, Jill Quertier for Shakespeare in Love

  • RUNNER UP – Jay Hart, Jeannine Oppewall for Pleasantville

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Janusz Kaminski for Saving Private Ryan

  • RUNNER UP – John Toll for The Thin Red Line

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Sandy Powell for Shakespeare in Love

  • RUNNER UP – Alexandra Byrne for Elizabeth

BEST FILM EDITING – Michael Kahn for Saving Private Ryan

  • RUNNER UP – William M. Anderson & Lee Smith for The Truman Show

BEST SOUNDSaving Private Ryan

  • RUNNER UP – The Thin Red Line


  • RUNNER UP – Armageddon

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Burkhard von Dallwitz & Phillip Glass for The Truman Show

  • RUNNER UP – Hans Zimmer for The Thin Red Line


  • RUNNER UP – Run Lola Run – Germany


  • RUNNER UP – The Last Days


1. American History X
2. The Truman Show
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. Pleasantville
5. Shakespeare in Love
6. There’s Something About Mary 
7. Stepmom
8. The Prince of Egypt
9. City of Angels
10. Out of Sight
1. Saving Private Ryan
2. The Truman Show
3. Pi
4. Life is Beautiful
5. What Dreams May Come
6. Primary Colors
7. Deep Impact
8. American History X
9. Pleasantville
10. City of Angels
1. The Thin Red Line
2. Velvet Goldmine
3. Taste of Cherry
4. Primary Colors
5. Love and Death on Long Island
6. The Opposite of Sex 
7. The Truman Show
8. The Prince of Egypt
9. Saving Private Ryan
10. Gods and Monsters
1. Saving Private Ryan
2. Life is Beautiful
3. The Thin Red Line
4. The Big Lebowski
5. American History X
6. Shakespeare in Love
7. Rushmore
8. The Truman Show
9. Rounders
10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Pleasantville
3. American History X
4. The Truman Show
5. Saving Private Ryan
6. Rushmore
7. The Parent Trap
8. Shakespeare in Love
9. You’ve Got Mail
10. Stepmom
1. Shakespeare in Love
2. Wild Things
3. Pleasantville
4. Mulan
5. The Parent Trap
6. Enemy of the State 
7. The Prince of Egypt
8. Blues Brothers 2000
9. The Truman Show
10. Gods and Monsters
1. The Prince of Egypt
2. Wild Things
3. Mulan
4. The Thin Red Line
5. The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
6. The Mask of Zorro
7. Saving Private Ryan
8. The Big Lebowski
9. Elizabeth
10. There’s Something About Mary
1. Pleasantville
2. Rushmore
3. The Truman Show
4. Armageddon
5. Lolita
6. American History X 
7. A Bug’s Life
8. The Opposite of Sex
9. There’s Something About Mary
10. Wild Things
1. The Truman Show
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. The Wedding Singer
4. Pleasantville
5. Rush Hour
6. Shakespeare in Love 
7. A Bug’s Life
8. The Mask of Zorro
9. The Big Lebowski
10. Rushmore
1. Saving Private Ryan
2. American History X
3. Rounders
4. Shakespeare in Love
5. The Thin Red Line
6. The Truman Show 
7. A Simple Plan
8. Elizabeth
9. Stepmom
10. Pleasantville
1. Elizabeth
2. The Truman Show
3. Life is Beautiful
4. Paulie
5. Gods and Monsters
6. Mulan 
7. Shakespeare in Love
8. Hilary and Jackie
9. Primary Colors
10. You’ve Got Mail
1. Life is Beautiful
2. Shakespeare in Love
3. Gods and Monsters
4. The Big Lebowski
5. Elizabeth
6. Primary Colors 
7. Mulan
8. A Bug’s Life
9. Saving Private Ryan
10. Armageddon
1. American History X
2. The Wedding Singer
3. The Truman Show
4. Rushmore
5. Pleasantville
6. Elizabeth 
7. A Bug’s Life
8. Saving Private Ryan
9. The Big Lebowski
10. Mulan


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