A TOME TO TITANIC

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I promised I would get to this and now the time has come. A while ago and this request has been on-going, some fans of DeOscarize.com have stated themselves to be no fans of the movie chosen by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be the Best Picture of 1997.

WINNER Best Picture 1997 TITANIC

WINNER Best Picture 1997
TITANIC

I refer to Titanic, the blockbuster presentation by James Cameron.

WINNER Best Director 1997 JAMES CAMERON Born: 1954 KAPUSKASING, ONTARIO, CANADA TITANIC

WINNER Best Director 1997
JAMES CAMERON
Born: 1954
KAPUSKASING, ONTARIO, CANADA
TITANIC

Now I once said and I still mean it somewhat that I can see their point about Titanic.

JAMES CAMERON PITCHED THE FILM AS "ROMEO AND JULIET ON THE TITANIC"

JAMES CAMERON PITCHED THE FILM AS “ROMEO AND JULIET ON THE TITANIC”

Effects were great,

WINNER BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 1997 TITANIC

WINNER BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 1997
TITANIC

WINNERS BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 1997 Mark A. Lasoff,  Robet Legato and Thomas L. Fisher

WINNERS BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 1997
Mark A. Lasoff, Robet Legato and Thomas L. Fisher

the story predictable but effective, the performances believable if not artistically demanding.

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1997 KATE WINSLET BORN: 1975 TITANIC

NOMINEE BEST ACTRESS 1997
KATE WINSLET
BORN: 1975
TITANIC

NOMINEE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1997 GLORIA STUART 1910-2010 TITANIC

NOMINEE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1997
GLORIA STUART
1910-2010
TITANIC

GLORIA STUART 1936 IN  JOHN FORD'S THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND

GLORIA STUART 1936
IN
JOHN FORD’S THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND

And it had a great song, which always helps.

WINNER BEST ORIGINAL SONG "MY HEART WILL GO ON" COMPOSED BY JAMES HORNER, LYRICS BY WILL JENNINGS PERFORMED BY CELINE DION, BORN: 1968 CHARLAMAGNE, QUEBEC, CANADA

WINNER BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“MY HEART WILL GO ON”
COMPOSED BY JAMES HORNER, LYRICS BY WILL JENNINGS
PERFORMED BY CELINE DION,
BORN: 1968
CHARLAMAGNE, QUEBEC, CANADA

 

But better than some of these other nominees? Mmmm, I dunno.

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

 

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

 

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

 

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

NOMINEE BEST PICTURE 1997

And the Academy snubbed some great films in 1997 that still have the juice to this day.

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY BEST PICTURE 1997

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST PICTURE 1997

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1997 AL PACINO BEST ACTOR 1997 JOHNNY DEPP

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1997
AL PACINO
BEST ACTOR 1997
JOHNNY DEPP

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY BEST PICTURE 1997

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST PICTURE 1997

 

 

Here’s the thing though, sometimes the Academy has gone with the fans rather than peers and critics because that’s where the money is. However if box office returns were to be the sole criteria for being chosen Best Picture by the Academy then look at some of the films of the 1990’s that would have had that ticket to immortality as opposed to an exit on to Easy Street.

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1991 TERMINATOR 2 JUDGMENT DAY $519.8 MILLION

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1991
TERMINATOR 2
JUDGMENT DAY
$519.8 MILLION

 

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1991 THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS BOX OFFICE: $272.7 MILLION

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1991
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
BOX OFFICE: $272.7 MILLION

 

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1995 DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE $366.2 MILLION

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1995
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
$366.2 MILLION

 

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1995 BOX OFFICE: $210.4 MILLION

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1995
BOX OFFICE: $210.4 MILLION

 

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1992 $504 MILLION

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1992
$504 MILLION

 

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1992 BOX OFFICE: $159 MILLION

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1992
BOX OFFICE: $159 MILLION

 

I truly believe there are a lot of reasons to DeOscarize Unforgiven, mainly because of some of the movies that got snubbed by the Academy that year.

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY  BEST PICTURE 1992

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST PICTURE 1992

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY BEST PICTURE 1992

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST PICTURE 1992

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY BEST PICTURE 1992

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST PICTURE 1992

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY BEST PICTURE 1992

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
BEST PICTURE 1992

Food for future thought, though. 

Whereas Independence Day and Armageddon.

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1996 INDEPENDENCE DAY $817.4 MILLION

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1996
INDEPENDENCE DAY
$817.4 MILLION

 

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1998 ARMAGEDDON $553.7 MILLION

#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE 1998
ARMAGEDDON
$553.7 MILLION

Definintely guilty pleasures. Frankly I’d watch Independence Day

JEFF GOLDBLUM (LEFT) BORN: 1952 WILL SMITH (RIGHT) BORN: 1968

JEFF GOLDBLUM (LEFT)
BORN: 1952
WILL SMITH (RIGHT)
BORN: 1968

over The English Patient but point taken. Independence Day would not a good Best Picture 1996 make.

So, let us get to the nub of the question. With the other Best Picture 1997 nominees in mind as well as those, unfairly snubbed by the Academy, does Titanic deserve to be Best Picture 1997? The answer is yes. The reason is that every once in a very long while, a movie will have made so much more money than any other picture in history, the sheer popularity that created those box office returns should and does seem to take priority over the conventional Academy criteria. Titanic made over two billion dollars in 1997. That’s two billion There are less than a handful of movies that are so, so, so successful that they just have to be the Best Picture, no arguments, no if’s, and’s or but’s.

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1997 TITANIC #1 AT THE BOX OFFICE  $2.81 BILLION

WINNER BEST PICTURE 1997
TITANIC
#1 AT THE BOX OFFICE
$2.81 BILLION

 

So welcome to DeOscarize.com. Here, you may affirm or deny my decision not to DeOscarize Titanic despite these other worthy films, nominated and not. Titanic is just too popular to deny and will remain Best Picture in the hearts of a whole generation of movie fans who will watch this movie whenever the opportunity presents itself for sixty years to come. Find me a better reason than that to change my decision. Well, you can try, anyway.

Everyone who comes to DeOscarize.com has a say, provided that what they say is civilized and reasonable. Wit and humour are optional but always welcome at DeOsarize.com.

Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for not DeOscarizing Titanic Best Picture 1997. Can you make the case to DeOscarize it? It shouldn’t be too hard considering the other nominees and the movies that got sunbbed that year. Is there a movie that you would DeOscarize Titanic for? Let’s discuss it.

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