70th Academy Awards (1997): The Precursors

Note (9/5/06): All of the actual precursor awards are listed below. – OG

(3/22/98) The Independent Spirit Awards gave out their awards. Not a good precursor of the Oscar because of its focus solely on independents.

(3/15/98) Titanic sails on. This past weekend, Titanic carried past Star Wars to become the highest grossing film in Domestic boxoffice history. It also carried away the American Cinema Editors Award for Best Film Editing.

(3/9/98) Another precursor goes to Titanic. Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Gary Summers and Mark Ulano have taken home the Cinema Audio Society’s equivalent to the Best Sound Oscar.

(3/9/98) There was some talk that Kundun could win the Oscar out from under Titanic in Cinematography. However, the American Socitey of Cinematographers has announced its award to Russell Carpenter for Titanic, giving it the power to win.

(3/8/98) An interesting evening with a somewhat surprising win for Robin Williams and Helen Hunt. The shocking win of The Full Monty for Best Ensemble. Not to mention a tie for Best Supporting Actress to Kim Basinger and Gloria Stuart, the leads for the Oscar. Then there was Jack.

(3/7/98) James Cameron picks up the ultimate guarantee of a best director Oscar. Only 4 times in DGA history has the award for best director at the Oscars and the DGA winner not agreed.

(3/4/98) Titanic pops way into the lead with its capture of the Producers Guild of America’s award for Best Picture. The PGA has been in existance for several years and has only failed to predict Best Picture twice. In 1992 with its choice of The Crying Game and 1995 selecting Apollo 13.

(3/3/98) The best forecaster for the Art Direction Oscar, The Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors (SMPTAD) chose Peter Lamont’s production design for Titanic as its best. Titanic should have no problem winning.

(3/1/98) The Chicago Film Critics followed suit selecting L.A. Confidential for Picture, Director and Screenplay. Titanic captured two pivotal awards in Cinematography and Music, while Robert Duvall was aided by an award for best actor. Judi Dench also got some help capturing her fourth prize for best actress. Burt Reynolds received another feather for supporting actor, while supporting actress went to the unnominated Debbi Morgan.

(3/1/98) Titanic walked away with a record 14 Online Motion Picture Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress. If the OMPA is a good precursor as it was last year, we could see them predicting the winners of the Oscars. Titanic continues to steam ahead.

(2/22/98) Titanic walked away with seven Satellite Awards, including Best Picture – Drama. This sets the film in faster motion towards getting the Oscar. It also took Director, Art Direction, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song. Surprise loses came in the categories of Cinematography, where it lost to Amistad and Visual Effects, where it lost to Contact. Contact didn’t get the Oscar nomination, so Titanic could easily take home that award. Overall, however, the awards seem likely to mirror the Oscars with the possible exception of Actor and Supporting Actress.

(2/21/98) The WGA awarded its Top prizes for Original Screenplay to Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks for As Good As It Gets (Likely a runners-up prize for Brooks losing the Oscar director nomiantion), and Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson for L.A. Confidential, the hands-down favorite to win the Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

(2/9/98) The Online Motion Picture Academy announced its nominations today, there are far too many to place here, just check out this link: OMPA. What does this mean? Not a lot as yet, the organization is presenting only its 2nd annual awards. If the organization is at all predictive, look for a Titanic sweep, the film captured a record-breaking 22 nominations, 5 more than last year’s record setter Evita.

(2/9/98) The American Cinema Editors shine a light on Best Film Editing, giving four of the five major contenders for Best Picture a good shot at the Editin Oscar. Air Force One is the only film that doesn’t have a shot at the Oscar and with the way the Oscars change up to one nomination from the ACE to theirs, expect AFO to be the one ousted from the list.

(2/5/98) Original Screenplay is easily moveable to the Oscars, the WGA generally agrees there, but when it comes to Adatped Screenplay, the two organizations generally differ. As Good, Boogie, Titanic and Good Will Hunting will carry over their Original Screenplay nominations. Full Monty coulf find itself in the dust. In Adapted, however, Only L.A. Confidential, The Ice Storm and Wag the Dog are locks. The other two slots will be battled between Donnie Brasco, The Wings of the Dove, Contact, The Sweet Hereafter and Jackie Brown, with the last two the likely nominees.

(2/5/98) A surprise nominee from the American Society of Cinematographers in the selection of The Boxer. The Boxer will likely be the film that is left out when the nominations come out, the Academy tends to leave out one or two nominees when they do their own awards.

(1/27/98) Damon, Duval, Fonda and Nicholson create nominations locks while Dustin Hoffman moves up in the Actor race. Carter, Dench and Hunt cement nominations while Grier and Winslet hold onto strong hopes for nominations in Actress. Hopkins, Kinnear, Reynolds and Williams create nomination locks while Billy Connolly pulls up to the front for the remaining Supporting Actor slot. Basinger, Moore and Stuart pull up to supporting actress with Driver and Elliott pulling into closer contention for the remaining two slots.

(1/26/98) Being a new organization, the IMCA doesn’t really have much of a prediction record, it’s choices appear to be sound and quite astute as each of their choices appear to be locks for nomination. The sole winner that could face an uphill climb to a nomination is Jodie Foster, the field is tough, but she still remains a front runner.

(1/26/98) The Director’s Guild of America announced their nominees today. The five directors represent the films nominated for the Laurel awards. This holds well for each nominee, giving a lock to James Cameron, Curtis Hanson and James L. Brooks. Spielberg is considered to be a contender based on previous Academy transgressions. Van Sant remains the only unknown, the Academy generally strays by one from the DGA nominations and this is the best place to do it, giving it to Atom Egoyan or Ang Lee would be likely, but with this nod, Van Sant becomes more of a front runner.

(1/19/98) The Southeastern Film Critics showed absolutely nothing new, following the pack of critics to L.A. Confidential, but its win of the Golden Globe eclipses any future announcements until the Laurel Awards make their big Announcement.

(1/19/98) The selection from the final finalists for the Broadcast Film Critics Awards was announced today and given to L.A. Confidential. However, it’s director nod to James Cameron shines light on Titanic indicating that it may have run a VERY close second in the final ballot.

(1/18/98) Titanic’s 4 trophies add to its momentum, not to mention its position at the Top of the weekend box-office for the 5th consecutive week. Its win for Best Picture is more of a lock now than ever before. Look for every winner in every category tonight to be locks for nominations now that everything is said and done.

(1/17/98) The Chicago Film Critics Nominations are Out. As are the Producers Guild of America, one of the BEST predictors of the Best Picture category. Their choices match my predictions exactly and I don’t anticipate the final result to differ much.

(1/13/98) The Internet Movie Critics Association, another new Online film critics association debuted itself with its first nominations in several categories. Some predictable selection, but over-all a veried mix. I’m partial since I founded the organization. The Online Film Critics Society went sheepishly with the crowd selecting L.A. Confidential best picture as well as many other copycat selection, save for giving Gloria Stuart Supporting Actress against two actress nominated for the wrong films. Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects finalists for the Oscars are in. Check the Hopefuls page to see them and a spot of commentary.

(1/9/98) The Online Film Critics Society is a fledgling organization of film critics across the internet. Their nominations are listed below.

(1/9/98) Today’s Additions of the Independent Spirit Awards and Florida Film Critics marks a major winding down of the Critics Awards. There are a few left, but Florida is one of the last few. This year’s IS Award nominees are very varied and very unlikely to turn themselves into Oscar nominations. Only Robert Duvall’s Apostle, Eve’s Bayou and Julie Christie in Afterglow will truly benefit from these nominees. Florida is primarily a rehash of other critics awards and holds no new insights into the nominees.

(1/5/98) What can be seen as only a critical lock for L.A. Confidential, the National Society of Critics voted the film Best Picture, Director and Screenplay. All three of these categories now carry an Oscar nominations lock for the film. Two other Oscars locks as a result are for Supporting Actor nomination for Burt Reynolds and a Cinematography nomination for Roger Deakins of Kundun.

(12/30/97) The Society of Texas Film Critics, not always known for being able to predict the Oscars have strayed from the other critics groups and given Picture to Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Herafter. This sudden shift may be due to Sweet’s snubbing by the Golden Globes. This, however, does not guarantee it a Best Pictre slot. The field is too crowded and Sweet Hereafter has not shown in more than half of the country. Cusack and Bonham Carter both look like guarantees, Robert Duvall pushes towards a nomination and Kevin Spacey finally gets an award for L.A. Confidential. However, this will not get him a nomination, because it was combined with his work in the not-celebrated Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Another feather in Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland’s hat towards a Adapted Screenplay nomination. Neil LaBute’s screenplay for In the Company of Men could also ride high to a nomination, but at this time, no one is certain.

(12/23/97) The Broadcast Film Critics Announced their awards and Titanic is still a contender, with the director prize going to Cameron. Other guaranteed nominees are: Jack Nicholson, Helena Bonham Carter, Joan Cusack and Anthony Hopkins. As well as Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting and Adapted to L.A. Confidential.

(12/18/97) With Titanic being as big as it was in both the Satellites and the Golden Globes, along with Amistad’s garnering, both films stand great Oscar nominations chances. Jackie Brown’s chances have dwindled with a pitance of nominations, Wag the Dog saw significant signs of approval as did The Boxer, but both will find it hard to get nominations come Oscar time. As Good As it Gets and Good Will Hunting performed well in both awards nominations and should carry that potential to the Oscars.

(12/16/97) The Satellite (by Hollywood Foreign Press splinter group The International Press Academy) nominations have been announced. Other than Titanic leading the pack with 12 nominations, Amistad – 9 and Boogie Nights – 8, no other notice has been made. I hope to have that full list here soon.

(12/15/97) L.A. Confidential has so far swept the Critics awards. Only one other film has done that in recent memory and it took home the Oscar, Schindler’s List. Boston wasn’t terribly innovative and nor are they really looked on all that highly as a precursor, still, one more slot for Picture, Writing and Directing to L.A. Confidential and another award to Helena Bonham Carter, put them all in the front.

(12/14/97) With the Los Angeles film critics awards, L.A. Confidential moves into the front-runner position for the Oscars. Also moving into major contention are Jack Nicholson, Helena Bonham Carter and Burt Reynolds.

(12/11/97) Today’s announcement of the New York Film Critics Circle Awards gives L.A. Confidential a strong footing and a shot at the Picture Oscar. Peter Fonda goes for career gold and is assisted by the annoucement. Julie Christie, previous Oscar winner, won Top honors and could get a boost, but its a tough field, a second trophy will help her up. Reynolds is nearly a shoo-in for Oscar with his supporting actor win and Joan Cusack might find herself in Oscar’s light.

(12/10/97) With yesterday’s announcement of the National Board of Reviews Awards, it looks bad for Amistad, but better for L.A. Confidential and Titanic. Titanic pulled into their Top 10 at No. 5, which could boost the film towards an Oscar nomination, however, limited critical support means that Amistad may be left in the dust. Only time will tell, and there are still more critics to come! Another strong point is As Good As It Gets. With Critical support like that, Jack could get a 3rd Oscar.

Independent Spirit Awards

  • Picture: The Apostle
  • First Feature: Eve’s Bayou
  • Director: Robert Duvall – The Apostle
  • Actor: Robert Duvall – The Apostle
  • Actress: Julie Christie – Afterglow
  • Screenplay: Kevin Smith – Chasing Amy
  • Debut Screenplay: Neil LaBute – In the Company of Men
  • Supporting Actor: Jason Lee – Chasing Amy
  • Supporting Actress:Debbi Morgan – Eve’s Bayou
  • Debut Performance: Aaron Eckhart – In the Company of Men
  • Cinematography: Declan Quinn – Kama Sutra
  • Foreign Film: The Sweet Hereafter(Canada)
  • Documentary: Soul in the Hole; Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

American Cinema Editors Awards

  • Film Editing: Titanic

Cinema Audio Society Awards

  • Sound: Titanic

American Society of Cinematographers Awards

  • Cinematography: Titanic

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Lead Actor: Jack Nicholson(As Good)
  • Lead Actress: Helen Hunt(As Good)
  • Supporting Actor: Robin Williams(Hunting)
  • Supporting Actress: Tie: Kim Basinger(L.A.) & Gloria Stuart(Titanic}
  • Ensemble Cast: The Full Monty

Directors Guild of America Awards

  • Director: James Cameron – Titanic

Laurel Awards(Producers Guild of America) Awards

  • Picture: Titanic

Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors Awards

  • Production Design: Peter Lamont – Titanic

Chicago Film Critics Nominations

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Robert Duvall(Apostle)
  • Actress: Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown)
  • Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds(Boogie)
  • Supporting Actress:Debbi Morgan(Eve’s)
  • Director: Curtis Hanson(L.A.)
  • Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?
  • Cinematography: Titanic
  • Most Promising Actor: Matt Damon(Good Will)
  • Most Promising Actress: Joey Lauren Adams(Chasing Amy)
  • Original Score:Titanic

Satellite Winners

  • Motion Picture Drama: Titanic
  • Motion Picture Comedy/Musical: As Good As It Gets
  • Drama Actor: Robert Duvall(Apostle)
  • Drama Actress: Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown)
  • Comedy/Musical Actor: Jack Nicholson(As Good)
  • Comedy/Musical Actress: Helen Hunt(As Good)
  • Drama Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds(Boogie)
  • Drama Supporting Actress: Julianne Moore(Boogie)
  • Comedy/Musical Supporting Actor: Rupert Everett(Wedding)
  • Comedy/Musical Supporting Actress: Joan Cusack(In&Out)
  • Director: James Cameron(Titanic)
  • Original Screenplay: Good Will Hunting
  • Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Foreign Language Film: Shall We Dance?
  • Animated/Mixed-Media Picture: Men in Black
  • Documentary: 4 Little Girls
  • Art Direction: Titanic
  • Cinematography: Amistad
  • Costume Design: Titanic
  • Film Editing: Titanic
  • Original Score: Titanic
  • Original Song: My Heart Will Go On
  • Visual Effects: Contact

Writers Guild of America Winners

  • Original Screenplay: James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus – As Good As It Gets
  • Adapted Screnplay: Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland – L.A. Confidential

American Cinema Editors Nominations

  • Film Editing:
  • Air Force One
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Good Will Hunting
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Titanic

Writers Guild of America Nominations

  • Original Screenplay:
  • James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus – As Good As It Gets
  • Paul Thomas Anderson – Boogie Nights
  • Simon Beaufoy – The Full Monty
  • Matt Damon, Ben Affleck – Good Will Hunting
  • James Cameron – Titanic
  • Adapted Screnplay:
  • Paul Attanasio – Donnie Brasco
  • James Schamus – The Ice Storm
  • Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland – L.A. Confidential
  • Hilary Henkin, David Mamet – Wag the Dog
  • Hossein Amimi – The Wings of the Dove

American Society of Cinematographers Nominations

  • Cinematography:
  • Amistad
  • The Boxer
  • Kundun
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Titanic

Screen Actors Guild Nominations

  • Lead Actor: Matt Damon(Hunting), Robert Duvall(Apostle), Peter Fonda(Ulee), Dustin Hoffman(Wag), Jack Nicholson(As Good)
  • Lead Actress: Helena Bonham Carter(Wings/Dove), Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown), Pam Grier(Jackie), Helen Hunt(As Good), Robin Wright Penn(She’s So), Kate Winslet(Titanic)
  • Supporting Actor: Billy Connolly(Mrs. Brown), Anthony Hopkins(Amistad), Greg Kinnear(As Good), Burt Reynolds(Boogie), Robin Williams(Hunting)
  • Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger(L.A.), Minnie Driver(Hunting), Allison Elliot(Wings/Dove), Julianne Moore(Boogie), Gloria Stuart(Titanic}
  • Ensemble Cast: Boogie Nights, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, Titanic

Internet Movie Critics Association Awards

  • Drama Picture: Titanic
  • Comedy Picture: As Good As It Gets
  • Actor: Jack Nicholson(As Good)
  • Actress: Jodie Foster(Contact)
  • Supporting Actor: Rupert Everett(Wedding)
  • Supporting Actress:Kim Basinger(L.A.)
  • Director: James Cameron(Titanic)
  • Original Screenplay: Good Will Hunting
  • Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  • Foreign Film: Ma Vie en Rose
  • Cinematography: Titanic
  • Film Editing: Titanic
  • Costume Design: The Fifth Element
  • Production Design: Titanic
  • Original Score: Titanic
  • Original Song: My Heart Will Go On(Titanic)
  • Visual Effects: Titanic

Directors Guild of America Nominations

  • Director:
  • James L. Brooks – As Good As It Gets
  • James Cameron – Titanic
  • Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Steven Spielberg – Amistad
  • Gus Van Sant – Good Will Hunting

Southeastern Film Critics Awards

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
  • Supporting Actor: Greg Kinnear – As Good As It Gets
  • Supporting Actress:Kim Basinger – L.A. Confidential
  • Director: Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Original Screenplay: As Good As It Gets
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?

Broadcast Film Critics Awards

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
  • Supporting Actor: Anthony Hopkins – Amistad
  • Supporting Actress:Joan Cusack – In & Out
  • Director: James Cameron – Titanic
  • Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Original Screenplay: Good Will Hunting
  • Breakthrough Performer: Matt Damon – Good Will Hunting
  • Child Performer: Jurnee Smollett – Eve’s Bayou
  • Family Film: Anastasia
  • Documentary: 4 Little Girls
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?
  • Television Feature: Don King: Only in America

Golden Globe Awards

  • Motion Picture Drama: Titanic
  • Motion Picture Comedy/Musical: As Good As It Gets
  • Drama Actor: Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold
  • Drama Actress: Judi Dench – Mrs. Brown
  • Comedy/Musical Actor: Jack Nicholason – As Good As It Gets
  • Comedy/Musical Actress: Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets
  • Director: James Cameron – Titanic
  • Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights
  • Supporting Actress:Kim Basinger – L.A. Confidential
  • Screenplay: Good Will Hunting
  • Original Score: Titanic
  • Original Song: My Hear Will Go On
  • Foreign Film: Ma Vie en Rose

Laurel Awards(Producers Guild of America) Nominations

  • Picture:
  • Amistad
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Good Will Hunting
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Titanic

Chicago Film Critics Nominations

  • Picture: As Good As It Gets, Boogie Nights, L.A. Confidential, The Sweet Hereafter, Titanic
  • Actor: Robert Duvall(Apostle), Peter Fonda(Ulee), Ian Holm(Sweet), Jack Nicholson(As Good), Al Pacino(Brasco)
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter(Wings/Dove), Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown), Jodie Foster(Contact), Pam Grier(Jackie), Helen Hunt(As Good)
  • Supporting Actor: Robert Forster(Jackie), Anthony Hopkins(Amistad), Greg Kinnear(As Good), Burt Reynolds(Boogie), Kevin Spacey(L.A.)
  • Supporting Actress: Joan Allen(Ice), Joan Cusack(In&Out), Julianne Moore(Boogie), Debbie Morgan(Eve’s), Sarah Polley(Sweet)
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson(Boogie), James L. Brooks(As Good), James Cameron(Titanic), Atom Egoyan(Sweet), Curtis Hanson(L.A.), Ang Lee(Ice)
  • Screenplay: As Good As It Gets, Chasing Amy, In the Company of Men, L.A. Confidential, The Sweet Hereafter
  • Foreign Film: Irma Vep, La Ceremonie, Shall We Dance?, Ulysses’ Gaze, When the Cat’s Away
  • Cinematography: The Ice Storm, Kundun, L.A. Confidential, The Pillow Book, Titanic
  • Most Promising Actor: Ben Affleck(Chasing, Going All the Way, Good Will), Matt Damon(Good Will), Aaron Eckhart(Company), Djimon Hounsou(Amistad), Guy Pearce(L.A.)
  • Most Promising Actress: Joey Lauren Adams(Chasing Amy), Cate Blanchett(Oscar and Lucinda, Paradise Road), Stacy Edwards(Company), Sarah Polley(Sweet), Jurnee Smollett(Eve’s Bayou)
  • Original Score: Gattaca, Kundun, L.A.Confidential, The Sweet Hereafter, Titanic

Internet Movie Critics Association Nominations

  • Drama Picture: Contact, Good Will Hunting, Jackie Brown, L.A. Confidential, Titanic
  • Comedy/Musical Picture: As Good As It Gets, Chasing Amy, The Full Monty, Grosse Pointe Blank, Wag the Dog
  • Actor: RussellCrowe(L.A.), Matt Damon(Hunting), Leonardo DiCaprio(Titanic), Peter Fonda(Ulee), Jack Nicholson(As Good)
  • Actress: Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown), Jodie Foster(Contact), Pam Grier(Jackie), Helen Hunt(As Good), Kate Winslet(Titanic)
  • Supporting Actor: Rupert Everett(Wedding), Greg Kinnear(As Good), Anthony Hopkins(Amistad), Burt Reynolds(Boogie), Kevin Spacey(L.A.)
  • Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger(L.A.), Kathy Bates(Titanic), Joan Cusack(In&Out), Sarah Polley(Hereafter), Sigourney Weaver(Ice)
  • Director: James L. Brooks(As Good), James Cameron(Titanic), Curtis Hanson(L.A.), Steven Spielberg(Amistad), Robert Zemeckis(Contact)
  • Original Screenplay: As Good As It Gets, Boogie Nights, Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, Titanic
  • Adapted Screenplay: Amistad, Contact, Jackie Brown, L.A. Confidential, The Sweet Hereafter
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, 4 Little Girls, Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
  • Foreign Film: Ma Vie en Rose, Ponette, The Thief
  • Cinematography: Contact, Jackie Brown, L.A. Confidential, Seven Years in Tibet, Titanic
  • Film Editing: Boogie Nights, Contact, Jackie Brown, L.A. Confidential, Titanic
  • Costume Design: Amistad, Boogie Nights, The Fifth Element, L.A. Confidential, Titanic
  • Production Design: Amistad, Contact, The Fifth Element, L.A. Confidential, Titanic
  • Original Score: Amistad, L.A. Confidential, Men in Black, Seven Years in Tibet, Titanic
  • Original Song: How Do I Live(ConAir), Men in Black(MiB), My Heart Will Go On(Titanic), Once Upon a December(Anastasia), Surrender(Tomorrow Never Dies)
  • Visual Effects: Contact, The Fifth Element, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Titanic

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Jack Nicholson(As Good As It Gets)
  • Actress: Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown)
  • Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds(Boogie Nights)
  • Supporting Actress:Gloria Stuart(Titanic)
  • Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Director: James Cameron(Titanic)
  • Documentary: 4 Little Girls
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?

Online Film Critics Society Nominations

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential, The Sweet Hereafter, Titanic
  • Actor: Peter Fonda(Ulee’s Gold), Ian Holm(Hereafter), Jack Nicholson(As Good As It Gets)
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter(Wings of the Dove), Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown), Kate Winslet(Titanic)
  • Supporting Actor: Rupert Everett(Best Friend’s Wedding), Anthony Hopkins(Amistad), Burt Reynolds(Boogie Nights)
  • Supporting Actress: Joan Cusack(Grosse Pointe Blank), Julianne Moore(Myth of Fingerprints), Gloria Stuart(Titanic)
  • Screenplay: Boogie Nights, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson(Boogie), James Cameron(Titanic), Curtis Hanson(L.A.)
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, 4 Little Girls, Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
  • Foreign Film: La Promesse, Ponette, Shall We Dance?

Independent Spirit Nominees

  • Picture: The Apostle, Chasing Amy, Loved, Ulee’s Gold, Waiting for Guffman
  • First Feature: The Bible and Gun Club, Eve’s Bayou, Hard Eight, In the Company of Men, Star Maps
  • Director: Robert Duvall(Apostle), Larry Fessenden(Habit), Victor Nunez(Ulee), Paul Schrader(Touch), Wim Wenders(End of Violence)
  • Actor: Duvall(Apostle), Fonda(Ulee), Christopher Guest(Guffman), Philip Baker Hall(Hard 8), John Turturro(Box of Moonlight)
  • Actress: Stacy Edwards(Company), Julie Christie(Afterglow), Alison Folland(All Over Me), Lisa Harrow(Sunday), Robin Wright Penn(Loved)
  • Screenplay: Duvall(Apostle), Guest & Eugene Levy(Guffman), Nunez(Ulee), Schrader(Touch), Kevin Smith(Amy)
  • Debut Screenplay: Anderson(Hard 8), Miguel Artera(Maps), Daniel J. Harris(Bible), LaBute(Company), Steven S. Schwartz(Critical Care)
  • Supporting Actor: Efrain Figueroa(Maps), Samuel L. Jackson(Hard 8), Jason Lee(Amy), Ajay Naidu(SubUrbia), Roy Scheider(Myth of Fingerprints)
  • Supporting Actress: Farah Fawcett(Apostle), Amy Madigan(Loved), Debbi Morgan(Bayou), Miranda Richardson(Apostle), Patricia Richardson(Ulee)
  • Debut Performance: Tyrone Burton/Eddie Cutanda/Phuong Duong(Squeeze), Aaron Eckhart(Company), Lysa Flores(Maps), Darling Narita(Bang), Douglas Spain(Maps)
  • Cinematography: Michael Barrow & John Foster(Sunday), Frank DeMarco(Habit), Robert Elswit(Hard 8), Declan Quinn(Kama Sutra), Alex Vendler(Bible)
  • Foreign Film: Happy Together(Hong Kong), Mouth to Mouth(Spain), Nenette et Boni(France), The Sweet Hereafter(Canada), Underground(Bosnia)

Florida Film Critics Awards

  • Picture: Titanic
  • Actor: Robert Duvall – The Apostle
  • Actress: Helen Hunt-As Good As It Gets
  • Supporting Actor: Rupert Everett – My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • Supporting Actress:Julianne Moore – Boogie Nights
  • Director: Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Screenplay: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?
  • Cinematography: Russell Carpenter – Titanic
  • Ensemble Acting: Boogie Nights
  • Newcomer of the Year: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon(Screenplay) – Good Will Hunting
  • Outstanding Achievement in Film: Victor Nunez

National Society of Film Critics Awards

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Robert Duvall – The Apostle
  • Actress: Julie Christie – Afterglow
  • Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights
  • Supporting Actress:Julianne Moore – Boogie Nights
  • Director: Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Screenplay: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
  • Foreign Film: La Promesse
  • Cinematography: Roger Deakins – Kundun

Texas Film Critics Awards

  • Picture: The Sweet Hereafter
  • Actor: Robert Duvall – The Apostle
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
  • Supporting Actor: Kevin Spacey – L.A. Confidential, Midnight in the Garden…
  • Supporting Actress:Joan Cusack – In & Out
  • Director: Atom Egoyan – The Sweet Hereafter
  • Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Original Screenplay: In the Company of Men
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?

Broadcast Film Critics Awards

  • Picture: Amistad, As Good As It Gets, Boogie Nights, Donnie Brasco, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, Titanic, Wag the Dog and The Wings of the Dove
  • Actor: Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
  • Supporting Actor: Anthony Hopkins – Amistad
  • Supporting Actress:Joan Cusack – In & Out
  • Director: James Cameron – Titanic
  • Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential
  • Original Screenplay: Good Will Hunting
  • Breakthrough Performer: Matt Damon – Good Will Hunting
  • Child Performer: Jurnee Smollett – Eve’s Bayou
  • Family Film: Anastasia
  • Documentary: 4 Little Girls
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?
  • Television Feature: Don King: Only in America

Golden Globe Nominations

  • Motion Picture Drama: Amistad, The Boxer, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, Titanic
  • Motion Picture Comedy/Musical: As Good As It Gets, The Full Monty, Men in Black, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Wag the Dog
  • Drama Actor: Matt Damon, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter Fonda, Djimon Hounsou
  • Drama Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Jodie Foster, Jessica Lange, Kate Winslet
  • Comedy/Musical Actor: Jim Carrey, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Kline, Jack Nicholason
  • Comedy/Musical Actress: Joey Lauren Adams, Pam Grier, Helen Hunt, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts
  • Supporting Actor: Rupert Everett, Anthony Hopkins, Greg Kinnear, Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Robin Williams
  • Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger, Joan Cusack, Julianne Moore, Gloria Stuart, Sigourney Weaver
  • Director: James L. Brooks, James Cameron, Curtis Hanson, Jim Sheridan, Steven Spielberg
  • Screenplay: As Good As It Gets, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, Titanic, Wag the Dog
  • Original Score: Gattaca, Kundun, L.A. Confidential, Seven Years in Tibet, Titanic
  • Original Song: Go the Distance, Journey to the Past, My Heart Will Go On, Once Upon a December, Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Foreign Film: Artemsia, The Best Man, Lea, Ma Vie en Rose, The Thief

Satellite Nominations

  • Motion Picture Drama: Amistad, Boogie Nights, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, Titanic
  • Motino Picture Comedy/Musical: As Good As It Gets, Deconstructing Harry, The Fully Monty, In & Out, My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • Drama Actor: Russell Crowe(L.A.), Matt Damon(Hunting), Leonardo DiCaprio(Titanic), Robert Duvall(Apostle), Djimon Hounsou(Amistad), Mark Wahlberg(Boogie)
  • Drama Actress: Joan Allen(Ice Storm), Helena Bonham Carter(Wings/Dove), Julie Christie(Afterglow), Judi Dench(Mrs. Brown), Kate Winslet(Titanic)
  • Comedy/Musical Actor: Robert Carlyle(Monty), Dustin Hoffman(Wag the Dog), Tommy Lee Jones(MiB), Kevin Kline(In&Out), Jack Nicholson(As Good), Howard Stern(Private Parts)
  • Comedy/Musical Actress: Pam Grier(Jackie Brown), Helen Hunt(As Good), Lisa Kudrow(Romy & Michele’s), Parker Posey(House of Yes), Julia Roberts(Wedding)
  • Drama Supporting Actor: Billy Connolly(Mrs. Brown), Danny DeVito(Rainmaker), Samuel L. Jackson(Eve’s Bayou), Burt Reynolds(Boogie), Robin Williams(Hunting)
  • Drama Supporting Actress: Minnie Driver(Hunting), Ashley Judd(Kiss the Girls), Debbi Morgan(Bayou), Julianne Moore(Boogie), Sigourney Weaver(Ice)
  • Comedy/Musical Supporting Actor: Mark Addy(Monty), Rupert Everett(Wedding), Cuba GoodingJr.(As Good), Greg Kinnear(As Good), Rip Torn(MiB)
  • Comedy/Musical Supporting Actress: Joan Cusack(In&Out), Cameron Diaz(Wedding), Linda Fiorentino(MiB), Anne Heche(Wag), Shirley Knight(As Good)
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson(Boogie), James Cameron(Titanic), Curtis Hanson(L.A.), Steven Spielberg(Amistad), Gus Van Sant(Hunting)
  • Original Screenplay: Good Will Hunting, Boogie Nights, The Full Monty, Mrs. Brown, Titanic
  • Adapted Screenplay: The Wings of the Dove, The Sweet Hereafter, Amistad, L.A. Confidential, The Ice Storm
  • Foreign Language Film: Live Flesh, Ma Vie en Rose, Ponette, La Promesse, Shall We Dance?
  • Animated/Mixed-Media Picture: Alien Resurrection, Anastasia, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Starship Troopers
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, 4 Little Girls, Hype!, Shooting Porn, Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
  • Art Direction: The Wings of the Dove, Amistad, Titanic, L.A. Confidential, Gattaca
  • Cinematography: Contact, Titanic, Amistad, L.A. Confidential, Eve’s Bayou
  • Costume Design: Amistad, Mrs. Brown, The Wings of the Dove, Titanic, Beaumarchais
  • Film Editing: Titanic, Air Force One, L.A. Confidential, Amistad, Boogie Nights
  • Original Score: One Night Stand, L.A. Confidential, Titanic, Anastasia, Amistad
  • Original Song: Journey to the Past, Once Upon a December, A Song for Mama, My Heart Will Go On, Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Visual Effects: Men in Black, Titanic, Contact, The Fifth Element, Starship Troopers

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  •    Second: The Sweet Hereafter
  •    Third: Donnie Brasco
  • Actor: Al Pacino – Donnie Brasco
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
  •    Second: Katrin Cartlidge – Career Girls
  •    Third: Tilda Swinton – Female Perversions
  • Supporting Actor: Kevin Spacey – L.A. Confidential
  •    Second: Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights
  •    Third: Robert Downey Jr. – One Night Stand
  • Supporting Actress: Sarah Polley – The Sweet Hereafter
  •    Second: Joan Cusack – In & Out
  •    Third: Allison Elliot – The Wings of the Dove
  • Director: Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  •    Second: Atom Egoyan – The Sweet Hereafter
  •    Third: Mike Newell – Donnie Brasco
  • Screenplay: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  •    Second: Kevin Smith – Chasing Amy
  •    Third: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck – Good Will Hunting
  • Cinematography: Kundun – Roger Deakins
  •    Second: The Wings of the Dove
  •    Third: The Sweet Hereafter
  • Foreign Language Film: Underground
  •    Second: Shall We Dance?
  •    Third: Irma Vep
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
  •    Second: Sick
  •    Third: Message to Love
  • New Filmmaker: Paul Thomas Anderson – Hard Eight, Boogie Nights

Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Robert Duvall – The Apostle
  •    Runner-Up: Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
  •    Runner-Up: Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets
  • Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights
  • Supporting Actress: Julianne Moore – Boogie Nights
  • Director: Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Screenplay: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Cinematography: L.A. Confidential – Dante Spinotti
  • Foreign Language Film: La Promesse
  • Documentary: Riding the Rails
  • Production Design: Titanic – Peter Lamont
  • Music Score: Philip Glass – Kundun
  • New Generationn Award: Paul Thomas Anderson – Boogie Nights
  • Animation: Hercules, The Spirit of Christmas
  • Experimental Film Award: Finished
  • Career Achievement: Peter Bogdanovich

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold
  • Actress: Julie Christie – Afterglow
  • Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights
  • Supporting Actress: Joan Cusack – In & Out
  • Director: Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • First Film: In the Company of Men – Neil LaBute
  • Cinematography: Kundun – Roger Deakins
  • Foreign Film: Ponette
  • Screenplay: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Non-Fiction Film Award: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

National Board of Review

Top 10

  1. L.A. Confidential
  2. As Good As It Gets
  3. The Wings of the Dove
  4. Good Will Hunting
  5. Titanic
  6. The Sweet Hereafter
  7. Boogie Nights
  8. The Full Monty
  9. The Rainmaker
  10. Jackie Brown
  • Picture: L.A. Confidential
  • Actor: Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets
  • Actress: Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
  • Supporting Actor: Greg Kinnear – As Good As It Gets
  • Supporting Actress:Anne Heche – Wag the Dog, Donnie Brasco
  • Director: Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
  • Documentary: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
  • Foreign Film: Shall We Dance?
  • Breakthrough: Bai Ling – Red Corner
  • Debut Director: Kasi Lemmons – Eve’s Bayou
  • Special Achievement: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck – Good Will Hunting
  • Ensemble Performance: The Sweet Hereafter

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