In 1997, I dragged my boyfriend (now husband) to the theater to see “Titanic” with me of course. I think he was a little intimidated by my passion for the film. He may also have been put off by the fact that I was also calling Leo my boyfriend and signing my name as "Amy DiCaprio" on my high school textbook covers. I went so far as to sign papers to give to my friends saying they'd be worth something later since they "knew me when".
That year, “Titanic” was up against “Good Will Hunting”, “As Good as It Gets”, “L.A. Confidential”, and “The Full Monty”. I've seen all of those films nominated except for the last one and the winner was obvious. I enjoyed and own “Good Will Hunting” but I believe it was the year's second best film. No movie came close to “Titanic” with regards to popularity and box office sales. In fact, to date, it is the most successful film of all time grossing close to two billion dollars worldwide! It is one of two films in Oscar history that had the largest amount of nominations for awards (14) and it is one of three films to win the largest amount (11). No awards were given to actors though. Interestingly, this was the first time in Oscar history that two females were nominated for playing the same character in the same film (Kate Winslet for young Rose and Gloria Stuart for old Rose.) This didn’t happen again until 2001 when Kate Winslet, of all people, played the younger version of a character also played by Judy Dench.