Monday, March 22, 1999 Published at 13:51 GMT
Oscars glory for Brits
Dame Judi Dench is congratulated by her husband, Michael Williams
The Oscar for best picture of 1999 has unexpectedly been awarded to Shakespeare in Love, beating the hotly-tipped Saving Private Ryan.
Including one award each for Elizabeth and Gods and Monsters, the British contingent in Hollywood took nine Oscars.
In a shock result, the Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni won best actor Oscar for his role in Life is Beautiful, beating strong favourite Tom Hanks.
In the process, he becomes the only foreign man ever to win a best actor Oscar for a performance in a foreign language film.
Equally as delighted as Paltrow, but without the sobbing, Benigni said he had used up all his English receiving the award for best foreign film and so he did not know what to say - "my body is in tumult".
"I don't really deserve this but I hope to win some other Oscars," he said as he claimed the film's third of the night.
Dame Judi Dench was the first British nominee to win one of the 1999 Oscars as best supporting actress for her role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love.
Referring to the short amount of time her character spent on screen in the film, which had 13 nominations in all, she said: "I feel I only deserve a little bit of him after only being on screen for eight minutes."
Benigni goes bananas
Roberto Benigni, the exuberant Italian actor/director who is the toast of Hollywood, was ecstatic at winning the best foreign film category.
"I have the Oscar but I want you Sophia," he said "I feel I want to dive into this ocean of generosity, this hailstorm of kindness and gratitude."
Thanking his parents he said: "They gave me the best gift - poverty."
Several big names, including Steven Spielberg, refused to join the standing ovation for the man who "outed" colleagues and friends as communists in 1952.
At the start of the ceremony she appeared on stage in full make-up dressed as Queen Elizabeth I - the first of many costume changes for the queen of the comic one liner.
Veteran actor James Coburn won best supporting actor for his performance in Affliction.
Coburn said: "I have been doing this for a long time, but I guess I have finally got one right. Some you do for money and some you do for love - and this one was for love."