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Joan Rivers, along with daughter Melissa, will be doing much talk-
ing on the red carpet tonight. The Rivers clan is hosting E!
Entertainment Television's Live Oscar Preshow, which begins at 7
p.m. and continues until the curtain goes up on Oscar at 9 p.m.
Catch all the fashions and catty commentary on channel 58.

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* Don't miss a preview of the Rolling Stone magazine Covers
exhibition, which comes to campus tomorrow. Also, check
out reviews of the latest albums from Semisonic and Marc
Cohn in Breaking Records.
Monday
March 23, 1998

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As Gold as it ets
'Titanic' awaits its night to remember at 70th Annual Academy Awards

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By Joshua Rich
Daily Arts Writer
One week after surpassing "Star
Wars" as the highest-grossing movie of
all time, director James Cameron's film
"Titanic" heads into'tonight's Academy
Awards ceremony poised to collect
something itf blockbuster predecessor
never received - an Oscar for the
year's best picture.
And the race to become the 1997
movie most lauded by the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its
70th annual presentation shouldn't even
be close.
"There never has been a doubt in my

Best Director:
* James Cameron, "Titanic"
Peter Cattaneo, "The Full Monty"
Atom Fgoyan, "The Sweet Hereafter"
V Curtis lanson, "L.A. Confidential"
I Gus Van Sant, "Good Will Hunting"
Best Actor:
att Damon, "Good Will Hlunting"
Robert Duvall,
"The Apostle"
Peter Fonda, "Ulee's Gold"
Dustin I lof'man, "Wag the Dog"
* ~ Jack Nicholson, "As
Good as it Gets"

Art Direction
"Gattaca"
"Kundun"
"L.A. Confiden
"Men in Black"
"Titanic"
Costume Desig
"Amistad"
"Kundun~
"Oscar and Luci
"Titanic"
"The Wings of t

Best Actress:
i elena Bonham Carter,
I"The Wings of the Dove"
PJulie Christie, "Afterglow"
Judi Dench, "Mrs. Brown"
* llelen hunt. "As Good
as It Gets"
Kate Winslet, "Titanic"
Best Supporting Actor:
I Robert Forster, "Jackie

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"Mrs. Brown" I
"'Titanic''
Foreign Language Film
"Beyond Silence"Germany
"Character" the Netherlands
"Four Days in September"'
Brazil
"Secrets of the Heart" Spain
"The Thief," Russia
Original Song I
"Go The Distance,"
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"Good Will Hunting"
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mind since I walked
70th
Annual
Academy
Awards
Tonght at 9 p m. on ABC

out of the picture
in December that
'Titanic' and
James Cameron
would win,' said
E n t e r t a i n m e nt
Weekly movie
critic and
University alum-
nus Owen
Gleiberman.
He attributes
the epic
romance's criti-
cal, popular and
expected Oscar
successes to its

as "Titanic"'s aged female protagonist
brought her a Screen Actors Guild
award two weeks ago, is one person
hoping to cash in on her film's popular-
ity. "She is this old woman who has
been around forever, who gives a really
good, solid performance," Gleiberman
said.
Stuart's main competition should
come from "L.A. Confidential"'s Kim
Basinger, a winner of several critical
accolades, who gave a performance
that Gleiberman called "way, way
overrated."
Kate Winslet, "Titanic"'s best actress
category entrant, however, may be one
of the film's few losses tonight. Instead,
TV veteran Helen Hunt, star of the
comedy hit "As Good as it Gets" and
the lone American best actress nomi-
nee, should be all smiles when the enve-
lope for her category is opened.
Hunt's "As Good as it Gets" costar
Jack Nicholson, whose best actor nom-
ination made him the most-recognized
male performer in Oscar history, is also
a favorite to win what Gleiberman said
is "basically a three-way race between
('The Apostle"s Robert) Duvall,
('Ulee's Gold"s Peter) Fonda and
Nicholson."
He notes that Academy voters usual-

Courtesy of Paramount
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are on the lookout for as many as 14 Oscar
wins for a little film called "Titanic."

sance of sorts with his portrayal of a
pornography patriarch in "Boogie
Nights," could be one of the night's
many industry backlash victims.
Although Reynolds is a critical favorite,
his Oscar stock went down after he

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e Nights"' Burt
ds should win.

pivotal role in making this a "feel-good
year in movies. It is the kind of movie
that dignifies crying."
That overwhelming happiness is
expected to make Academy voters -
more than 5,000 actors, directors, pro-
ducers, cinematographers and others
responsible for making movies -
honor "Titanic" in most of the record-
tying 14 categories in which it is nomi-
nated.
Eighty-seven-year-old best support-
ing actress hopeful Gloria Stuart, a
Hollywood veteran who achieved little
of note in recent decades until her role

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Anthony Hopkins,
L"Amistad"
ireg Kinnear, "As Good as It (Jets"
E Burt Reynolds, "Boogie Nights"
* Robin Williams, "Good Will Hunting"
Best Supporting Actress:

"Hercules"
"How Do I Live
"Journey to the
"Miss Misery"
"My Heart Will

I ~ Kim Basinger, "L.A. Confidential" Original Musical or Comedy Score
Joan Cusack. "in & Out" "Anastasia" t
Minnie Driver, "Good Will Hunting" "As Good as It Gets"
Julianne Moore, "Boogie Nights" "The Full Monty"
* Gloria Stuart, "Titanic" "Men in Black"
"My Best Friend's Wedding"
& est Screenplay (Original):
Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks, Original Dramatic Score
"As Good as It Gets" "Amistad" F
I Paul Thomas Anderson, "Good Will Hunting"
"Boogie Nights" "Kundun"
Woody Allen "Deconstructing Harry" "L.A. Confidential"
Simon Beaufoy, "The Full Monty" "Titanic"
* V Ben Aftleck and Matt Damon,
"Good Will Hunting" Live Action Short Film
"Dance Lexie Dance"
Best Screenplay (Adapted): "It's Good to Talk"
'aul Attanasio, "Donnie Brasco" "Sweethearts?"
k V Brian Ilelgeland and Curtis "Visas and Virtue"
I Janson, "L.A. Confidential" "Wolfgang" I
Atom Egoyan, "The Sweet Hereafter" I
I Hilary Henkin and David Mamet, Animated Short Film I
"Wag the Dog" "Famous Fred" I
Hossein Amini, "The Wings of the Dove" "Geri's Game"
"La Vielle Dame et les Pigeons"
Cinematography "The Mermaid"
"Amistad" "Redux Riving Hood"
S"Kundun"I
aLA. Confidential" Documentary Feature
'Titanic" "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"
"The Wings of the Dove" "Colors Straight Up"
"4 Little Girls"
'Editing "The Long Way Homne"I
"ir Force One" "Waco: The Rules o' Engagement"
'As Good as it Gets"
"Good Will Hunting" Documentary Short Subject
L.A. Con fidential" "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild"
"Titanic" "Amazon"
"Daughter of the Bride"
Visual Effects "Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs
&The Lost World" Follies"
"Starship Troopers" "A Story of Ilealing"
"Titanic" The Daily Film Staf predict- 4 I
ed who or n'har 'will, and ':
Sound Effects Editing should, win Oscars in the eight
"Faee Off" major categories. ,
i.,~ "The Filth Element" * denotes will win. t
"Titanic" V denotes should win. .
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ly look to award both artistic and " sunned publicity tours for "Boogie
especially this year - feel-good perfo Nights," and then fired his agents for
mances. Peter Fonda, son of the la4 getting him a role that eventually won
Henry and brother of Jane, both pa him numerous accolades and could get
Oscar winners and Hollywood legends, hTY his first Academy Award.
thus should edge out the com #tion t" was looking for a while like it
for his solid and moving portray a wot be Reynolds (as the winner of
Florida beekeeper. tb best supporting actor award), but
Also up for best actor is relative 'dew- n think it will be Robin Williams,"
comer and of-the-moment Hollywood ; leiberman predicted. "People seem to
heartthrob Matt Damon, who is a hea'y 1 ve his film ... there is a real
favorite to win an Oscar as the origita undswell for 'Good Will Hunting'
screenplay writer of the independt 'iAW"
smash "Good Will Hunting," which leiberman suggested that films like
penned with costar, best friend and fed- .'1od Will Hunting,' as well as fellow
low hunk Ben Affleck. Voters would est picture nominees "Titanic," "As
loathe to ignore them, Gleiberman sa ood as it Gets" and British import
"Those guys have become hot youn< K'Xhe Full Monty' are representative of
stars ... their literary capabilities g f e trend that popular and profitable
them street cred." ovies generally fare well at the
The word on the street is that best scars. "Hollywood, throughout its his- .
picture hopeful "L.A. Confidential ory, has been suspicious of movies that
which received near-universal auei are nt big hits" he said. "Hollywood
from organizations like the NM rk<4no -hat there is such a thing as
and Los Angeles film critic R nt, and it knows that there is
will be one of the many moviiiswept such a4hing as art. 'Titanic' is celebrat-
under "Titanic"'s mighty bow tonight. ed as both.'
Still, writers Brian Helgeland and So what of "Titanic"'s light-hearted
Curtis Hanson - who is al"' t .cam especially surprise nomi-
ed for an Oscar as the filmr t -;' ti$e" ' Monty,' which has tend-
should be easy winners f . ir sleek .,d to achie nore kudos from the pub-
gripping adaptation of the dense James "'i7c than from critics? "'The Full Monty'
Ellroy novel on which "L.A. has become undeniably popular, so
Confidential" is based. "It is the quin- that's probably the best reason for it
tessential adapted screenplay," being nominated," Gleiberman said.
Gleiberman said. Seeing as how popular preferences
Early best supporting actor favorite often differentiate the few winners from
Burt Reynolds, who had a career renais- the masses who claim "it was an honor

just to be nominated," many have been..
surprised that "Titanic"'s Leonardo
DiCaprio was among the numerous per--
formers who the Academy did not rec-
ognize this year. But Gleiberman.
doubts the annual claims that "snubs".
are prevalent at the Oscars, especially
since there is no possibility of conspira-
cy when hundreds or thousands of peo-
ple vote for most awards.
"If someone doesn't get nominated,.
there is always someone else to fill their
place," Gleiberman asserted. That is"
probably why DiCaprio was not recog-,
nized, especially since the 23-year-old .
is currently one of the most loved and
admired actors in the world, he said.
"There is no anti-Leonardo sentiment."'
It doesn't seem as if anyone wants
"Titanic" to lose, either. So look for the
big ship to stay afloat tonight, for a,
change. Expect it to soar.

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Why are each of the Best Picture
nominees deserving of an Oscar?
Turn to page BA fora com plete
rundown of"As Good as It ets,"
"The Full Monty," "Good Will
Hunting,-"'L.A.ConfidentCal."and
"Titanc.

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