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(1999 TV Special)

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A great deal of controversy surrounded the awarding of an honorary Oscar to Elia Kazan, as there remained much lingering resentment stemming from his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee 47 years earlier. In addition to a handful of protesters outside the theater, many members of the audience remained seated when he received his award and refused to even applaud.
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While presenting the award for editing, Jim Carrey humorously feigned deep despondency over his failure to be nominated for The Truman Show (1998).
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With the exception of Frank Sinatra who was given a 'Special' Memorial Tribute, this was the first year that all of the actual actors featured in this year's In Memoriam tribute had never once been nominated, nor won an Oscar for an acting category. The one actress that died within the time period before this year's showing, Peggy Cass, was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Auntie Mame (1958), however she not featured in the tributes.
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Of the 20 nominated actors, Robert Duvall was the only one not in attendance on Oscar night.
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First time ceremony was held on a Sunday night; previous televised ceremonies were on Mondays.
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All of the 5 Best Picture nominees were period films, and represented two distinct eras - 16th century England (Elizabeth (1998), and Shakespeare in Love (1998)), and World War II (the European theatre: Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Life Is Beautiful (1997), and the Pacific theatre: The Thin Red Line (1998)).
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