Titanic (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

USA, 1997.  Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Lightstorm Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Cameron.  Cinematography by .  Produced by James Cameron, .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , James Cameron, .   

James Cameron’s expansive version of the Titanic story takes A Night To Remember and adds two fictional protagonists, a poor little rich girl (Kate Winslet) trapped in an unwanted engagement and a poor drifter (Leonardo DiCaprio) who ends up on the ship thanks to a lucky poker game.  Cameron creates a story that brings history to the forefront and involves you emotionally thanks to how personal it is, though the historical significance is not worth ignoring:  the ship is meticulously recreated by production designer Peter Lamont, and Deborah L. Scott’s gorgeous costume designs evoke the early teens without a doubt to authenticity.  Winslet is stunning in a performance that deservedly made her a star, capped off beautifully by Gloria Stuart as an aged version of the same character recounting her experiences on the ship and during its tragic sinking.   State-of-the-art visual effects, beautiful music by James Horner and an all-around epic feel add up to a great night at the movies, and if you’re the one person left in the world who hasn’t seen it yet, catch up to the rest of us.

Academy Awards:  Best Picture; Best Director (James Cameron); Best Cinematography; Best Visual Effects; Best Art Direction; Best Costume Design; Best Film Editing; Best Sound; Best Sound Effects Editing; Best Original Score-Drama; Best Original Song (“My Heart Will Go On”)
Nominations: Best Actress (Kate Winslet); Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart); Best Makeup

European Film Award Nomination:  Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema (Kate Winslet)

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Picture-Drama; Best Original Score; Best Original Song (“My Heart Will Go On”)
Nominations: Best Actor-Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio); Best Actress-Drama (Kate Winslet); Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart); Best Screenplay

Screen Actors Guild Award:  Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart) (tie)
Nomination:  Best Ensemble Cast; Best Actress (Kate Winslet)

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