Oscars flashback: Family album of 70 acting winners for 70th anniversary was 20 years ago in 1998 [WATCH]

The 70th annual Academy Awards ceremony on March 23, 1998, brought in the largest audience in the history of the Oscars with 57.25 million people in the U.S. watching. Most of that must-see viewing for the ceremony hosted by Billy Crystal was probably due to the blockbuster “Titanic” dominating as Best Picture and a total of 11 overall wins. Other popular movies “As Good As It Gets,” “The Full Monty,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “L.A. Confidential” in the competition probably helped to boost the numbers as well.

But viewers received an extra special treat when producer Gil Cates united 70 previous acting champions for an Oscars family album segment lasting almost 13 minutes. He repeated this same idea five years later for the 75th celebration (a separate article is coming soon with those details). Could Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, producers for the 90th ceremony upcoming on March 4 of this year, be planning a similar tribute? They will have over 150 living winners from acting categories potentially available to them if their goal is to attract 90 of them (we will feature that list soon in a separate article).

Here is a full list of the 70 competitive and honorary actors and actresses who were part of the 1998 Oscars family album:

Anne Bancroft
Kathy Bates
Ernest Borgnine
Ellen Burstyn
Red Buttons
Michael Caine
George Chakiris
Cher
Julie Christie
Sean Connery
Geena Davis
Robert De Niro
Michael Douglas
Richard Dreyfuss
Faye Dunaway
Robert Duvall
Louise Fletcher
Brenda Fricker
Whoopi Goldberg
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Lee Grant
Joel Grey
Charlton Heston
Dustin Hoffman
Celeste Holm
Holly Hunter
Anjelica Huston
Timothy Hutton
Jeremy Irons
Claude Jarman, Jr.
Jennifer Jones
Shirley Jones
George Kennedy
Ben Kingsley
Martin Landau
Cloris Leachman
Jack Lemmon
Karl Malden
Marlee Matlin
Walter Matthau
Mercedes McCambridge
Frances McDormand
Rita Moreno
Patricia Neal
Jack Nicholson
Jack Palance
Anna Paquin
Estelle Parsons
Gregory Peck
Joe Pesci
Sidney Poitier
Luise Rainer
Vanessa Redgrave
Cliff Robertson
Geoffrey Rush
Harold Russell
Eva Marie Saint
Susan Sarandon
Maximilian Schell
Mira Sorvino
Rod Steiger
Shirley Temple
Marisa Tomei
Claire Trevor
Jon Voight
Denzel Washington
Vincent Winter
Shelley Winters
Teresa Wright

Nicholson won his third trophy earlier in the ceremony. First-time winners Kim Basinger, Helen Hunt, and Robin Williams were then brought back out on stage in front of the seated group of 70.

A few of the notable past winners that did not participate included: F. Murray Abraham, Julie Andrews, Juliette Binoche, Marlon Brando, Nicolas Cage, Art Carney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Olympia Dukakis, Patty Duke, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Joan Fontaine, Jodie Foster, John Gielgud, Alec Guinness, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, William Hurt, Glenda Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Jessica Lange, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Maggie Smith, Sissy Spacek, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Emma Thompson, Christopher Walken, Dianne Wiest, and Joanne Woodward.

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