A night to remember for crew of 'Titanic' Oscars: Despite early upsets, blockbuster movie 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" with 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.

"Titanic's" 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 longshot 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." "Titanic" also was passed up for makeup; the Oscar in that category went to the team that created the creatures for the science fiction comedy "Men In Black."

Although most filmmakers and studios covet Oscars because they mean increased box office and salaries, "Titanic" at least wasn't laboring under those worries. Having grossed nearly $500 million in its 14 weeks of release, it is already the high.

Jack Nicholson won the Oscar for best actor for his role in "As Good As It Gets."

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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