We are tempted to look back at seasons beyond, as the 2018 Oscars draw close. A deep-dive into Academy Award history would be incomplete without a trip to one of the most referenced movies of all time: Titanic.
The romantic drama that shaped a generation didn‘t only prove itself a box office winner when it opened over 20 years ago–it was also a bona fide awards magnet.
The 1997 classic went on to make 14 Oscar nominations at the 1998 Academy Awards, after cleaning up at the Golden Globes. In Reality, Titanic’s Oscar trove tied the record for most nominations, alongside All About Eve (1950) and Ben-Hur (1959), as did La La Land in 2016.
Out of the 14, James Cameron’s period piece won a 11 Oscars, including Best Picture’s great honor. That tied the record for most wins alongside Ben-Hur (1959) and in 2003 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King also took home the same number of awards.
Although it might appear just about any category comprised a Titanic nomination, the film’s male lead, Leonardo DiCaprio, was not nominated for his performance. But this was not beginning (nor the ending) of the celebrity’s dealings with the Academy. He was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and in the years since went on to obtain another four nominations, and, eventually, an Oscar of his own in 2016 for The Revenant.
In addition to Best Picture, Titanic took home the Oscar for Best Director (James Cameron), Best Original Music Score, Best Music — Song, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
The three categories in which the film was nominated but did not take home an award were Best Actress (Kate Winslet), Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart), and Best Makeup.
Though not quite as tense as DiCaprio’s journey to Oscar gold, it would also be several years before Winslet maintained the Best Actress trophy. Two years before Titanic, Kate was nominated for her performance in Sense and Sensibility (1996). After Titanic, the British actress was nominated for Iris (2002), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), and Little Kids (2007), before winning an Oscar for her performance in The Reader (2009). Winslet received yet another nomination in 2016 for Steve Jobs.
Cameron, who won three Oscars for Titanic (he shared the awards for Best Picture and Best Film Editing), was nominated for the same three categories with 2010’s dimension-defying Avatar. Although the film was nominated for nine Oscars and took home three, Cameron’s categories were not among the winners.