70th Academy Awards (1997): Analysis


  • (1) Titanic

Titanic claimed victory and yet another record with this award. It tied Ben-Hur for the most honored picture in Oscar history with 11 Oscars tonight.


  • (1) Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets

Nicholson ties one record and assists another. He is only the second actor to win 3 Oscars in history, the other is Walter Brennan. With Helen Hunt, they are only the seventh pair of winners to take the two leading trophies for the same film. Only three of those were NOT from the Best Picture winner.


  • (1) Helen Hunt – As Good as It Gets

Hunt sets a record, with her co-star above.

Supporting Actor

  • (1) Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting

Robin Williams picks up one of two awards for Good Will Hunting tonight. He takes home his first Oscar in four nominations.

Supporting Actress

  • (2) Kim Basinger – L.A. Confidential

Kim Basinger was not a surprise winner, but stopped Titanic from collecting a record number of Oscars.


  • (1) James Cameron – Titanic

James Cameron successfully captures a hat trick of awards, the only one of its kind: Picture, Director and Film Editing.

Original Screenplay

  • (1) Good Will Hunting – Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Good Will captured its second award of the evening in this category to over-joyed Damon and Affleck.

Adapted Screenplay

  • (1) L.A. Confidential – Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson, (James Ellroy)

Thank god there was no Titanic in this category is what L.A. Confidential supporters were saying. L.A. picked up its second award of the evening here.

Foreign Film

  • (1) The Netherlands – Character

Foreign Film is always tricky to predict, this choice comes from putting my ear to the right rail.

Original Song

  • (1) “My Heart Will Go On” – Titanic

Celine Dion gives a powerful performance and helps Titanic win another award.

Original Dramatic Score

  • (1) Titanic – James Horner

Dramatic Score went predictably to Titanic.

Original Comedy/Musical Score

  • (1) The Full Monty – Anne Dudley

The Full Monty wins its only award in this category.

Film Editing

  • (1) Titanic

Titanic takes another


  • (1) Titanic

And another.

Art Direction/Set Decoration

  • (1) Titanic

And another.

Costume Design

  • (1) Titanic

And another.


  • (1) Men in Black

Men in Black captured its only award and helped prevent Titanic from breaking the record here.


  • (1) Titanic

And another.

Sound Effects Editing

  • (1) Titanic

And another.

Visual Effects

  • (1) Titanic

And this makes 11.

Documentary Feature

  • (2) The Long Way Home

Spike Lee may have rubbed members a little too raw and lost his trophy to yet another Holocaust documentary.

Documentary Short Subject

  • (4) A Story of Healing

Who knows, sometimes who cares? The Documentary Short Subject is hardly predictable unless you’ve seen the nominees.

Animated Short Film

  • (5) Geri’s Game

I had fogotten last week to adjust Geri’s Game and move it up into second place, but didn’t and can’t cry over spilt milk.

Live-Action Short Film

  • (1) Visas and Virtue

Let’s just say: “If it’s the Holocaust, it will win.”