the year-end project: 
2018, 2017, 201620152014201320122011, 2010200920082007200620052004
20032002200120001999, 1998 (The Thin Red Line, below) ... 199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
1985198419831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 19761975, 1970-74
1965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1998: Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. The Thin Red Line (dir: Terrence Malick)

  2. Rushmore (dir: Wes Anderson)

  3. The Big Lebowski (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)

  4. Out of Sight (dir: Steven Soderbergh)

  5. Beloved (dir: Jonathan Demme)

  6. The Dreamlife of Angels (dir: Erick Zonca)

  7. Velvet Goldmine (dir: Todd Haynes)

  8. Babe: Pig in the City (dir: George Miller)

  9. The Eel (dir: Shohei Imamura; US release date)

  10. The Butcher Boy (dir: Neil Jordan)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Besieged (dir: Bernardo Bertolucci), The Cruise (dir: Bennett Miller), Decline of Western Civilization III (dir: Penelope Spheeris), Gods and Monsters (dir: Bill Condon), Perfect Blue (dir: Satoshi Kon), Primary Colors (dir: Mike Nichols), Saving Private Ryan (dir: Steven Spielberg), A Simple Plan (dir: Sam Raimi), Slums of Beverly Hills (dir: Tamara Jenkins), There's Something About Mary (dir: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly), The Truman Show (dir: Peter Weir) and Wild Things (dir: John McNaughton)


Best Film of the Year: The Thin Red Line
Director: Terrence Malick Producers: Robert Michael Geisler, Grant Hill, John Roberdeau
US Distributor: Fox


Terence Malick and Jim Caviezel on the set of     The Thin Red Line

Terence Malick and Jim Caviezel on the set of The Thin Red Line

Best Director:
1. Terrence Malick, The Thin Red Line

2. Jonathan Demme, Beloved
3. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski
4. Wes Anderson, Rushmore
5. Steven Soderbergh, Out of Sight

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Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliot in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's  The Big Lebowski

Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliot in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski

Best Actor:
1. Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski
2. George Clooney, Out of Sight
3. Ian McKellan, Gods and Monsters
4. Danny Glover, Beloved
5. Brendan Gleeson, The General

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Cate Blanchett in Shekhar Kapur's  Elizabeth

Cate Blanchett in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth

Best Actress:
1. Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth
2. Elodie Bouchez, The Dreamlife of Angels
3. Jennifer Lopez, Out of Sight
4. Oprah Winfrey, Beloved
5. Misa Shimizu, The Eel

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Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's     Rushmore

Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's Rushmore

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Bill Murray, 
Rushmore
2.Jim Caviezel, The Thin Red Line
3. Elias Koteas, The Thin Red Line
4. Billy Bob Thornton, A Simple Plan
5. Matt Dillon, There's Something About Mary


Thandie Newton in Jonathan Demme’s  Beloved

Thandie Newton in Jonathan Demme’s Beloved

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Thandie Newton, Beloved
2. Julianne Moore, The Big Lebowski
3. Marisa Tomei, Slums of Beverly Hills
4. Kathy Bates, Primary Colors
5. Lisa Kudrow, The Opposite of Sex

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Tara Reid in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's  The Big Lebowski

Tara Reid in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski

Best Original Screenplay:
1. The Big Lebowski – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
2. Rushmore — Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
3. The Eel — Shohei Imamura
4. There’s Something About Mary – Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly
5. The Truman Show — Andrew Niccol

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George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Zahn in Steven Soderbergh's  Out of Sight

George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Zahn in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Out of Sight – Scott Frank
 2. The Thin Red Line – Terrence Malick
3. Beloved — Akousa Busia, Richard LaGravenese, and Adam Brooks
4. The Butcher Boy — Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe
5. A Simple Plan – Scott B. Smith

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Nick Nolte in Terrence Malick's     The Thin Red Line

Nick Nolte in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line

Best Cinematography:
1. The Thin Red Line – John Toll
2. Beloved — Tak Fujimoto
3. Velvet Goldmine – Maryse Alberti
4. Babe: Pig in the City — Andrew Lesnie
5. Saving Private Ryan — Janusz Kaminski

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Don Cheadle and George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's  Out of Sight

Don Cheadle and George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight

Best Original Score:
1. Out of Sight – David Holmes
2. Wild Things – George S. Clinton
3. Beloved — Rachel Portman
4. The Thin Red Line — Hans Zimmer
5. The Butcher Boy — Elliot Goldenthal

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Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's  Out of Sight

Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight

Best Film Editing:
1. Out of Sight Anne V. Coates
2. Pi – Oren Sarch
3. The Cruise — Michael Levine
 4. The Thin Red Line – Leslie Jones, Saar Klein and Billy Weber
5. Velvet Goldmine – James Lyons


Jeremy Davies and Adam Goldberg in Steven Spielberg's  Saving Private Ryan

Jeremy Davies and Adam Goldberg in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan

Best Production Design:
1. Saving Private Ryan — Tom Sanders, Phil Zagajewski and Lisa Dean
2. Dark City — George Liddle and Patrick Tatopoulos
3. Elizabeth — John Myhre and Peter Howitt
4. Beloved — Kristi Zea and Karen O’Hara
5. Babe: Pig in the City — Roger Ford and Kerrie Brown

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Todd Haynes’  Velvet Goldmine

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine

Best Costume Design:
1. Velvet Goldmine — Sandy Powell

2. Elizabeth — Alexandra Byrne
3. Shakespeare in Love — Sandy Powell
4. Beloved — Colleen Atwood
5. Babe: Pig in the City — Norma Moriceau


Best Documentary Feature:
Bennett Miller, The Cruise

Best Animated Feature:
Satoshi Kon, Perfect Blue

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Best Ensemble Cast: Out of Sight
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Darren Aronofsky, Pi

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Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Steven Soderbergh; in alphabetical order): Nancy Allen, Albert Brooks, Paul Calderon, Don Cheadle, George Clooney (pictured), Viola Davis, Dennis Farina, Luis Guzman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Catherine Keener, Keith Loneker, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames (pictured), Isaiah Washington and Steve Zahn

Best First Feature: Darren Aronofsky's Pi


the year-end project: 2018, 2017, 201620152014201320122011, 2010200920082007200620052004
20032002200120001999, 1998... 199719961995199419931992, 1991
199019891988198719861985198419831982198119801975-79
1970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index