Oscar Rewrite: 1997


Best Picture: Titanic

Conventional wisdom on the blogosphere is that L.A. Confidential should have beaten Titanic for Best Picture. Perhaps so, as the film boasts a far better script. But part of this exercise is to level the playing field between the acclaimed and the mainstream. We simply can’t ignore a phenomenon that’s tied for the most Oscars (11) and remains a Top 5 grosser of all time (even after you adjust for inflation). Celine Dion’s song is a “love or hate” proposition, but in instrumental form, James Horner gives us chills. Not to mention, the movie gave us Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Best Director: James Cameron (Titanic) Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights)

Best Actor: Jack Nicholson (As Good as it Gets) Mike Myers (Austin Powers)

Best Actress: Helen Hunt (As Good as it Gets)

Best Supporting Actor: Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting)

Best Supporting Actress:
Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential)

Best Original Screenplay: Good Will Hunting (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck)

Best Adapted Screenplay: L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland via James Ellroy’s book)

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