'Titanic,' 'Good As It Gets' top Golden Globe nominees list
December 18, 1997
"Titanic" captured a leading
eight nominations for the Golden Globe awards
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BEVERLY HILLS, California (CNN) -- "Titanic" steamed past
critically acclaimed rivals "L.A. Confidential" and "Amistad"
in the total number of nominations it carried off in
Thursday's Golden Globe announcements.
The nominees were announced this year by celebrities including
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. The awards are closely watched as
an indicator of likely Academy Awards winners, which follow a
few weeks later.
A L S O :
Nominees for Golden Globe Awards
Titanic received a total of eight nominations. James
Cameron, the director of "Titanic;" Leonardo DiCaprio,
"Titanic's" lead male actor; his leading lady Kate Winslet;
and the movie itself were all tapped for the motion picture
"Amistad" received four nominations
"Titanic" shares its Best Drama nomination with Steven
Spielberg's latest work, "Amistad;" "Good Will Hunting;" "The
Boxer;" and "L.A. Confidential."
Director James Brooks' "As Good As It Gets" earned six
nominations, including Best Musical or Comic Movie. The crime
thriller "L.A. Confidential" collected five nominations, and
"Amistad" and "Good Will Hunting" each received four nods.
Also nominated in the musical or comedy movie selections were
"As Good As It Gets," "The Full Monty," "Men In Black," "My
Best Friend's Wedding" and "Wag the Dog."
Some critically acclaimed movies received only one or two
nods in Thursday's ceremony. Peter Fonda was nominated for
best actor for his role in "Ulee's Gold," and actress Joey
Lauren Adams got a nod for her part in "Chasing Amy."
Hint of future Oscars
In the last 18 years, 13 of the 36 Golden Globe Best Picture
winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
But the organization also has made some unusual selections,
ranging from an award to actress Pia Zadora to, more
recently, a Best Picture win for "Evita."
Unlike the Academy Awards, voters for the Golden Globes
divide most top film nominations into two categories: drama
and musical or comedy. That means more films and people can
be nominated and movie producers can improve their chances by
submitting work into less competitive fields.
Quentin Tarantino's crime story "Jackie Brown," for example,
was placed in the comedy movie category, even though the
movie has its share of explicit violence.
The Golden Globe awards will be presented in a ceremony
January 18 from Beverly Hills, and will be televised live on