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Plot, Details & Awards

Titanic

(1997)

Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/19/1997 , 195min.
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Plot & Details

This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she's the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal's reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent. Cameron launched the project after seeing Robert Ballard's 1987 National Geographic documentary on the wreckage. Blueprints of the real Titanic were followed during construction at Fox's custom-built Rosarito, Mexico studio, where a hydraulics system moved an immense model in a 17-million-gallon water tank. During three weeks aboard the Russian ship Academik Keldysh, underwater sequences were filmed with a 35mm camera in a titanium case mounted on the Russian submersible Mir 1. When the submersible neared the wreck, a video camera inside a remote-operated vehicle was sent into the Titanic's 400-foot bow, bringing back footage of staterooms, furniture and chandeliers. On November 1, 1997, the film had its world premiere at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Tina Earnshaw Nominated
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Conrad Buff Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Thomas Fisher Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gary Summers Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Will Jennings Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Russell Carpenter Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Dramatic Score James Horner Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Jon Landau Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Editing Tom Bellfort Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Michael D. Kanfer Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Rob Legato Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director James Cameron Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Michael Ford Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Peter Lamont Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Mark Lasoff Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Richard A. Harris Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture James Cameron Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Deborah L. Scott Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Gloria Stuart Nominated
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Tom Johnson Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Kate Winslet Nominated
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Editing Christopher Boyes Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Simon Thompson Nominated
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song James Horner Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mark Ulano Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gary Rydstrom Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing James Cameron Won
1997 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Greg Cannom Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Will Jennings Won
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Kate Winslet Nominated
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song James Horner Won
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score James Horner Won
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Gloria Stuart Nominated
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay James Cameron Nominated
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Leonardo DiCaprio Nominated
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director James Cameron Won
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Russell Carpenter Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director James Cameron Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Original Score James Horner Won
1997 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Russell Carpenter Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Directors Guild of America Best Director James Cameron Won

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Production Design Peter Lamont Won
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