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'Titanic' cruises Golden Globes, gains steam heading into Oscars


Veteran actors dominate acting awards

BEVERLY HILLS, California (CNN) -- It was smooth sailing for box office champ "Titanic" Sunday night. The odds-on favorite won Best Picture and three other Golden Globe awards, commonly seen as an oracle for the Oscars.

"Titanic" director James Cameron won for best motion picture director, James Horner won best original score and the blockbuster won best original song award for "My Heart Will Go On."

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The winners: a complete list

Veterans on the comeback trail dominated the motion picture acting awards -- Peter Fonda won best actor in a motion picture drama for his portrayal of a beekeeper in "Ulee's Gold," and British stage vet Dame Judi Dench won for playing Queen Victoria in "(Her Majesty) Mrs. Brown."

Burt Reynolds, who played a pornography impresario in "Boogie Nights," won the award for best supporting actor, while Kim Basinger, who portrayed a mob moll in "L.A. Confidential," won for best supporting actress.

"If you hang onto things long enough, they get back in style -- like me," said Reynolds. He said he was "flabbergasted" at winning.

Basinger, whose box-office success has been mixed in recent years, said she was "overwhelmed" by the recognition she's received for her role in the critically-acclaimed movie.

"From Cannes on, it's been a great ride," she said.

"As Good As It Gets" dominated the musical/comedy categories -- the awards are divided, unlike the Oscars -- winning best motion picture, best actor for Jack Nicholson, and best actress for Helen Hunt.

The first two awards for television performers went to a veteran comedy actor, Michael J. Fox for his role in "Spin City" and newcomer Calista Flockhart, who has the title role in Fox Network's "Ally McBeal."

The winner for best television mini-series or movie went to TNT's "George Wallace."

Best supporting actress in a television show or movie went to Angelina Jolie for her work in "Wallace." Best supporting TV actor was George C. Scott for Showtime's "Twelve Angry Men."

The Golden Globes, broadcast live on NBC, are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to honor work in both television and film. On the film side, they are considered a bellwether for the Academy Awards, which will be presented March 23.

In the last 15 years, 11 films that won best motion picture honors at the Golden Globes went on to take the same prize at the Oscars.

One award was announced before the ceremony. Shirley MacLaine was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the entertainment field.


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