Question about Titanic in Original Screenplay

Home // Forums // Movies // Question about Titanic in Original Screenplay

Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total)
Created
2 years ago
Last Reply
2 years ago
3
replies
290
views
3
users
1
1
1
  • Zooey the Dreamer
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jan 12th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #196198

    I’ve been wondering about this for a long time. It’s one of those terrific yet extremely surprising decisions the writers’ branch does sometimes. Titanic has an awful script – most of the characters are nothing more than simplistic sketches and the dialogue needs a lot of work. But still, the film was a phenomenon and it was a lock to sweep the Oscars. Screenplay is usually crucial and Titanic had all the precursors it needed to be considered a lock. It was a Globe & WGA nominee. I can’t think of another best picture lock to have been nominated by both the Globes and the WGA and to have failed to make the cut at the Oscars. The Academy nominated a little seen Woody Allen film instead – Deconstructing Harry. 
    My question here is: Did somebody expect that snub? Did people think it could affect the film’s best picture chances and probably help the vastly superior L.A. Confidential
    I always love the narratives in the writing categories. They’re so much fun to discuss and I’m surprised that nobody has brought that up. 

    Reply
    tonorlo
    Participant
    Joined:
    Oct 4th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #196200

    It may sound like a pedantic point, but the fact is that while dialogue is certainly not “Titanic”‘s strong suit, the CONSTRUCTION of the screenplay is actually a very solid piece of work.

    The lack of a screenplay nomination wasn’t a major issue for the movie when the nominations were announced. In fact, it was surprisingly close to a non-issue. Much was made of the fact that with its fourteen nominations, it had tied the record set by “All About Eve” over 40 years earlier, and nobody was going to the movie because of its screenplay. “Titanic”‘s trawling net of Oscars was won before the nominations were announced.

    The unanswerable fact was and remains: “L.A. Confidential” is a TERRIFIC movie. “Titanic” was a global phenomenon. There have been some humongous blockbusters released over the past 18 years, and I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that I can’t compare any of them to the way “Titanic” just engulfed EVERYTHING back in 1998. It was inescapable, it was unavoidable, and the Oscars could not overlook its success or its popularity as a throwback to the days of the pull-out-the-stops Hollywood epic.

    ReplyCopy URL
    babypook
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 4th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #196201

    It may sound like a pedantic point, but the fact is that while dialogue is certainly not “Titanic”‘s strong suit, the CONSTRUCTION of the screenplay is actually a very solid piece of work.

    The lack of a screenplay nomination wasn’t a major issue for the movie when the nominations were announced. In fact, it was surprisingly close to a non-issue. Much was made of the fact that with its fourteen nominations, it had tied the record set by “All About Eve” over 40 years earlier, and nobody was going to the movie because of its screenplay. “Titanic”‘s trawling net of Oscars was won before the nominations were announced.

    The unanswerable fact was and remains: “L.A. Confidential” is a TERRIFIC movie. “Titanic” was a global phenomenon. There have been some humongous blockbusters released over the past 18 years, and I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that I can’t compare any of them to the way “Titanic” just engulfed EVERYTHING back in 1998. It was inescapable, it was unavoidable, and the Oscars could not overlook its success or its popularity as a throwback to the days of the pull-out-the-stops Hollywood epic.

     

    This. I’m actually becoming sick of the shit that Titanic’s screenplay gets repeatedly until I want to spit out my eyeballs. Is it a masterpiece? No; of course not. Was the film? You betcha.

    LAC’s screenplay was the star of that ingeniously circular film, even with that terrific cast where, Russell Crowe especially, knocked me out.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Eddy Q
    Participant
    Joined:
    Oct 13th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #196202

    I imagine Titanic’s script might have been a masterpiece if Cameron had hired a co-writer, maybe someone like Julian Fellowes who understands the complexities of class differences. That combined with Cameron’s sense of structure might even have beaten Ben and Matt to that screenplay Oscar. 

    ReplyCopy URL
Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total)
Reply To: Question about Titanic in Original Screenplay

You can use BBCodes to format your content.
Your account can't use Advanced BBCodes, they will be stripped before saving.

Similar Topics
Andrew D - Aug 17, 2017
Movies
Spenser... - Aug 16, 2017
Movies