Tuesday, February 9, 1999 Published at 16:26 GMT
Much ado about Shakespeare
Shakespeare in Love swept up 13 nominations
The romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love and Steven Spielberg's epic war drama Saving Private Ryan have scooped the pool in this year's Oscars nominations.
Both are up for the top award of best film, along with Life Is Beautiful, Elizabeth and The Thin Red Line each of which captured seven nominations.
Also in the running are John Madden for Shakespeare in Love, Italian filmmaker Roberto Benigni for Life is Beautiful and Terrence Malick for another war drama The Thin Red Line.
The nod for the best actor has gone to two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks for his role in Saving Private Ryan, along with veteran British actor Sir Ian McKellen for Gods and Monsters.
As expected Gwyneth Paltrow received a best-actess nomination for her starring role in Shakespeare In Love.
The British actress said she was thrilled to be named.
"If I do win that's a wonderful treat, but if I don't, that's a wonderful treat just to have been nominated," she said.
Dench is up against another British actress, Brenda Blethyn for Little Voice, Kathy Bates for Primary Colors, Rachel Griffiths for Hilary and Jackie and Lynn Redgrave for Gods and Monsters.
Next month sees the 71st Annual Academy Awards taking place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Centre in Los Angeles. A glittering ceremony with a night of a thousand stars vying for pole position in the acting and fashion stakes.
The March 21 ceremony will be shown live on television, with Whoopi Goldberg presenting the show for the third time.
In a controversial move, and the Oscars is no stranger to controversy, the Academy announced earlier that it will present a special Oscar to Elia Kazan.
The director of On the Waterfront and Gentleman's Agreement alienated many in the film world by naming names before the House Un-American Activities Committee investigating communist infiltration in Hollywood during the 1950s.
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