On this week’s Throwback Thursday Art Rewind, Ovation memorializes 1999, the final year of the glorious 20th century. So impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or find out just what happened in the world of art in 1999. And don’t miss Ovation’s throwback film, Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts on Thursday, February 12th at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
And now, your 1999 Art Rewind…
1. Haley Joel Osment plays a troubled kid in 1999’s supernatural thriller, The Sixth Sense (probably the cutest disturbed child). Considered a psychological masterpiece, the film left us with a tangible sense of dread, fear, suspense, tension and terror, and will be forever remembered for its eerie twist and most-quoted line from a movie: “I see dead people.”
2. In an era of boy bands and girl bands, Britney Spears was the massively successful black sheep. Her first single, “…Baby One More Time” reached No.1 in every country it charted, and 16 years later, it is still considered one of the best-selling and most influential singles of all time. Plus, the iconic music video takes us back to simpler days, when bubblegum pop and schoolgirl outfits were cool.
3. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire took living room televisions by storm when it premiered on ABC in 1999. Hosted by the charismatic Regis Philbin, it was the first U.S. network game show to offer a million-dollar prize…which is why great risk was placed on The Question: “Is that your final answer?” It’s been said that this game show was a spark for reality television.
4. Napster was at the forefront of the digital music revolution and was the first of its kind to offer a file sharing platform. It gave music fans the ability to download and share songs for free without having to spend their entire savings on CDs, but artists, managers and the music industry saw it as an avenue to steal music. There was a lot of gray area (and a lot of lawsuits) with this new form of sharing, and it both excited users and scared the crap out of music labels.
5. We know we aren’t the only ones who believed The Blair Witch Project was a first-hand account of a group documentarians trekking through the woods to find the infamous Blair Witch! In actuality, the scripted film became an instant cult classic as well as the most profitable film of all time. The found footage style film cost $30,000 to make, but grossed $125 million in the box office. And going camping was never the same again…
6. There’s no better way to get acquainted with legendary film-making, than watching director Stanley Kubrick’s films like A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining and Space Odyssey. In 1999 at the age of 70, Kubrick passed away leaving a legacy of amazingly bizarre and twisted cinema.
7. People panicked and anxiety ensued as the dawn of the Millennium approached. Would financial and government organizations shut down? Would computer systems crash when the calendar switched to 2000? Would the world we know and love, end!? Mass paranoia and billions of dollars spent on recoding, the answer was no. Nothing crashed, nothing happened. Only the farewell to a wonderful decade.