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The year 1999 in film involved some significant events and was arguably the most successful year for films released in the 1990s. Several new feature films, including Star Wars Episode I, The Sixth Sense, The Green Mile, new sequel Toy Story 2, first of The Matrix, Disney's animated Tarzan, Magnolia, The Iron Giant, Fight Club, The Mummy, and the highly acclaimed American Beauty, were released.

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was awarded to All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre), directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain/France. (For more about films in foreign languages, check sources in those languages.)

Events



Top grossing films

Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker in 1999; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year. The top ten films of 1999 as of January 26, 2006 (U.S. and Canada), January 26, 2006 (UK) and January 26, 2006 (Australia) are as follows:

1999 Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross U.S/Canada Gross U.K. Gross Australia Gross
1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Fox $924,317,558 $431,088,301 £50,734,924 $38,828,310
2. The Sixth Sense Hollywood $672,806,292 $293,506,292 £25,407,279 $29,298,667
3. Toy Story 2 Disney/Pixar $485,015,179 $245,852,179 £43,294,228 $20,131,422
4. The Matrix Warner Bros. $460,379,930 $171,479,930 £250,918,842 $23,160,219
5. Tarzan Disney $448,191,819 $171,091,819 £17,694,331 $11,399,994
6. The Mummy Universal $415,933,406 $155,385,488 £17,362,781 $18,107,396
7. Notting Hill Universal $363,889,678 $116,089,678 £30,403,825 $20,831,399
8. The World Is Not Enough MGM $361,832,400 $126,943,684 £28,367,515 $14,168,737
9. American Beauty DreamWorksmarker $356,296,601 $130,096,601 £21,261,601 $19,016,237
10. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me New Line $312,016,858 $206,040,086 £25,635,589 $22,380,168


As of December 9, 2008, forty films released in 1999 have grossed more than $100 million, reaching blockbuster status. Six films have grossed more than $400 million, reaching "international blockbuster motion picture" status. One film (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace) has grossed more than $900 million, making it the 9th highest grossing film in history. And it was the first time that over five films released in one year reached IBMP status (Only 4 films released in 1990 made IBMP status).

For a complete list of 1999's top-grossing films, follow these links:
    • Worldwide: http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view2=worldwide&yr=1999&p=.htm
    • U.S. & Canada: http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=1999&p=.htm
    • United Kingdom: http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/statistics/boxoffice/
    • Australia: http://www.moviemarshal.com.au/


Awards

Academy Awards

Best Picture: American Beauty
Best Director: Sam Mendes - American Beauty
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
Best Actress: Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine - The Cider House Rules
Best Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie - Girl, Interrupted
Best Foreign Language Film: All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre), directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain / France


Golden Globe Awards

Drama
Best Picture: American Beauty
Best Actor: Denzel Washington - The Hurricane
Best Actress: Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry


Musical or comedy
Best Picture: Toy Story 2
Best Actor: Jim Carrey - Man on the Moon
Best Actress: Janet McTeer - Tumbleweeds


Other
Best Director: Sam Mendes - American Beauty
Best Foreign Language Film: All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre), Spain / France


BAFTA Awards
Best Picture: American Beauty
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey
Best Actress: Annette Bening


Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):
Rosetta, directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, France / Belgium


Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):
Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao), directed by Zhang Yimou, China


Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):
The Thin Red Line, directed by Terrence Malick, Canada / U.S.A.


Films released in 1999

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Births

Deaths

Date Name Age Notes
January 15 Betty Box 83 film producer
February 20 Gene Siskel 53 film critic, Siskel and Ebert'
February 24 Derek Nimmo 68 actor , All Gas and Gaiters'
March 5 Richard Kiley 73 actor
March 7 Stanley Kubrick 70 film director
March 13 Garson Kanin 86 writer/director
March 22 David Strickland 29 actor
April 14 Ellen Corby 87 actress, Grandma Walton in the "The Waltons"
April 21 Buddy Rogers 94 actor, husband of Mary Pickford
April 28 Rory Calhoun 76 actor
May 2 Oliver Reed 61 actor
May 8 Dirk Bogarde 78 actor/author
May 21 Vanessa Brown 71 actress
June 11 DeForest Kelley 79 actor, best known for "Star Trek"
June 29 Allan Carr 62 movie producer
July 1 Sylvia Sidney 88 actress
July 2 Mario Puzo 78 writer/author, "The Godfather"
August 4 Victor Mature 86 actor
September 9 Ruth Roman 76 actress
September 22 George C. Scott 71 Academy Award-winning actor
November 3 Ian Bannen 71 actor
December 3 Madeline Kahn 57 actress
December 17 Rex Allen 78 cowboy actor, singer
December 19 Desmond Llewelyn 85 actor, 'Q" in James Bond films
December 23 Lois Hamilton 56 actress, artist, model


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