A night to remember for crew of 'Titanic' Oscars: Despite early upsets, blockbuster ties the record for the most Academy Awards with 11.

March 24, 1998|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

"Titanic," James Cameron's $200 million epic about the 1912 sea disaster, tied "Ben-Hur" for the most Oscars in history, winning 11 at last night's 70th annual Academy Awards ceremony.

The blockbuster, which just last summer was rumored to be a flop in the making, won the Oscar for best picture as well as awards for: costumes, sound, sound effects editing, visual effects, original dramatic score, film editing, original song, cinematography, art direction and direction.

Its 14 nominations had tied the record set by the 1950 film "All About Eve." But losses early in the evening prevented it from becoming Hollywood's most-honored film.

The first upset had been for best supporting actress. Gloria Stuart, the 87-year-old actress who portrayed a survivor of the sea disaster, was widely favored to win. Instead, the award went to long shot Kim Basinger for her portrayal of a beautiful prostitute in the 1950s-era mystery "L.A. Confidential."

And Kate Winslet, who played a doomed lover in "Titanic," lost to Helen Hunt for her performance in "As Good As It Gets." (Hunt's co-star, Jack Nicholson, won the best actor award -- his third Oscar.)

"Titanic," the top grossing film in North American history, also was passed over for makeup. The Oscar in that category went to the team that concocted the creatures for the science fiction comedy "Men In Black."

Oscar winners

Best Picture: "Titanic"

Best Director: James Cameron, "Titanic"

Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, "As Good As It Gets"

Best Actress: Helen Hunt, "As Good As It Gets"

Best Supporting actor: Robin Williams, "Good Will Hunting"

Best Supporting actress: Kim Basinger, "L.A. Confidential"

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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