'Titanic' cruises into Oscars lead
February 10, 1998
Robert Rehme, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and former Academy Award winner Geena Davis announce the nominations
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BEVERLY HILLS, California (CNN) -- "Titanic" moved its
relentless drive into the Oscars race Tuesday morning, leading
the nominations for the 70th Annual Academy Awards with 14,
tying the all-time record set by "All About Eve."
The film itself is up for best picture and several technical
awards, with James Cameron for best director, Kate Winslet
for best actress and Gloria Stuart for supporting actress,
marking the first time in history that two performers were
nominated for playing the same person in the same film.
Stuart, 87, a star in the '30s who had all but retired from films
a half-century ago, becomes the oldest performer nominated
for an acting award, the Academy said.
In contrast to last year's nominations, most of them
small-budget independent films, the big studios returned to
the game this year.
"Titanic's" competition for best picture honors include its
top critical rival, "L.A. Confidential," "As Good As It
Gets," "Good Will Hunting" and a film most industry-watchers
had considered a long shot, the British comedy "The Full
The nomination of relative newcomer Matt Damon as best actor
in "Good Will Hunting" put him among a group of veterans up
for the award, including Dustin Hoffman for the political
satire "Wag the Dog," Robert Duvall for his self-directed
film, "The Apostle," and one of the most predicted
nominations, Peter Fonda for "Ulee's Gold."
Nicholson passes Olivier
Jack Nicholson also was nominated for best actor for his role
in "As Good As It Gets," a nomination which put him in the
record books. With 11 career nominations (he's won twice), he is the most-nominated male performer in Oscars
history, passing the record set by Sir Laurence Olivier.
The best actress field includes one American -- Helen Hunt,
who played opposite Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets" -- and
four English actresses -- Judi Dench for "(Her Majesty) Mrs.
Brown," Helena Bonham Carter for "The Wings of the Dove,"
"Titanic's" Kate Winslet, and Julie Christie for "Afterglow."
It was Christie's second nomination since winning the Oscar for "Darling" 32 years ago. She was also nominated in 1971 for "McCabe and Mrs. Miller."
Comeback kids, fresh faces mingle on list
Several supporting actors also made Oscars comebacks,
including Robert Forster for "Jackie Brown," and Burt
Reynolds for "Boogie Nights." Other supporting actor
nominations included Greg Kinnear ("As Good As It Gets"),
Anthony Hopkins ("Amistad") and Robin Williams ("Good Will
On the supporting actress side, Gloria Stuart faces Kim
Basinger ("L.A. Confidential"), Joan Cusack ("In and Out"),
Minnie Driver ("Good Will Hunting"), and Julianne Moore
("Boogie Nights"). None of this year's acting nominees are
repeats from last year.
And every director on the best director's list is a
first-time nominee, including "Titanic's" Cameron, Gus Van
Sant ("Good Will Hunting"), Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet
Hereafter"), Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential"), and Peter
Cattaneo ("The Full Monty").
The script by actors Damon and Ben Affleck for "Good Will
Hunting" was named in the original screenplay competition.
The other nominees were scripts for "As Good As It Gets,"
"Boogie Nights," "The Full Monty" and Woody Allen's
The adapted screenplay nominees were "Donnie Brasco," "L.A.
Confidential," Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter," "The Wings of
the Dove" and "Wag the Dog," the timely story about a
presidential sex scandal.
With international journalists and Hollywood's biggest stars
looking on, Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis
announced the nominations before dawn on Monday, kicking the
Oscars race into full gallop. The finish line is the Academy
Awards gala on March 23.
Correspondents Dennis Michael, Paul Vercammen and Sherri
Sylvester contributed to this report.