1997 Awards Circuit Community Award Nominations Announced – ‘Titanic’ Sets the All-Time Record (Again)


LA Confidential Featured ImageOn our 1ooth podcast episode this past Sunday, I announced the nominees for the 1997 Awards Circuit Community Awards.  If you listened (or watched) the stream, you saw that James Cameron’s Titanic led the nominations with a record setting 14 nominations including Best Picture.  What you didn’t hear was a recount that occurred in the days following when the animated film Hercules ended up making the cut as a nominee for Best Original Score.  Also added were nominations for Funny Games in Best Foreign Language Film, replacing one of the previously named nominees.

Following closely behind the nominations was Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential, which received 13 nominations including three for actors Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, and Kim Basinger.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights jumped on board with an impressive 11 nominations including mentions for Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore.  Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting pulled in nine nominations including Best Cast Ensemble while As Good As It Gets from James L. Brooks scored seven nominations including Best Director.

Completely shut out surprisingly was Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter which didn’t garner a single mention.  Also omitted from any lists was Peter Cattaneo’s The Full Monty, Victor Nunez’s Ulee’s Gold, Alan Rudolph’s Afterglow, and Martin Scorsese’s Kundun.  What didn’t surprise many was the many mentions for Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown which snagged four nominations but failed in Picture and Director.

You can see the full list of nominees below.  Voting will open up this weekend and stay opened until June 21.  On the June 22nd episode of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, we will announce the winners.

Make sure to include  your FYC’s in the comment section.

As Good as It Gets
Boogie Nights
Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential

Paul Thomas Anderson – Boogie Nights
James L. Brooks – As Good as It Gets
James Cameron – Titanic
Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential
Gus Van Sant – Good Will Hunting

Russell Crowe – L.A. Confidential
Matt Damon – Good Will Hunting
Leonardo DiCaprio – Titanic
Jack Nicholson – As Good as it Gets
Mark Wahlberg – Boogie Nights

Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
Judi Dench – Mrs. Brown
Pam Grier – Jackie Brown
Helen Hunt – As Good as it Gets
Kate Winslet – Titanic

Robert Forster – Jackie Brown
Greg Kinnear – As Good as it Gets
Burt Reynolds – Boogie Nights
Kevin Spacey – L.A. Confidential
Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting

Kim Basinger – L.A. Confidential 
Joan Cusack – In & Out
Minnie Driver – Good Will Hunting
Julianne Moore – Boogie Nights
Gloria Stuart – Titanic

James L. Brooks – As Good as it Gets
Paul Thomas Anderson – Boogie Nights
Kevin Smith – Chasing Amy
Ben Affleck & Matt Damon – Good Will Hunting
James Cameron – Titanic

Paul Attanasio – Donnie Brasco
James Schamus – The Ice Storm
Quentin Tarantino – Jackie Brown
Brian Helegand – L.A. Confidential
Hilary Henkin & David Mamet – Wag the Dog

Ted Berner, Sandy Struth – Boogie Nights
Ira Gilford, Ron Gress, Michael Lamont, Jim Morahan, Kevin Phipps, Maggie Gray, Anna Pinnock – The Fifth Element
Jan Roelfs, Nany Nye – Gattaca
Jeannine Oppewall, Jay Hart – L.A. Confidential
Peter Lamont, Michael Ford – Titanic

Janusz Kaminski – Amistad
Robert Elswit – Boogie Nights
Frederick Elmes – The Ice Storm
Dante Spinotti – L.A. Confidential
Russell Carpenter – Titanic

Ruth E. Carter – Amistad
Mark Bridges – Boogie Nights
Jean-Paul Gaultier – The Fifth Element
Ruth Myers – L.A. Confidential
Deborah Lynn Scott – Titanic

Dylan Tichenor – Boogie Nights
Pietro Scalia – Good Will Hunting
Sally Menke – Jackie Brown
Peter Honess – L.A. Confidential
Conrad Buff IV, James Cameron, Richard A. Harris – Titanic

Air Force One
The Fifth Element
L.A. Confidential
Men in Black

The Fifth Element
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Men in Black
Starship Troopers

John Williams – Amistad
Danny Elfman – Good Will Hunting
Alan Menken – Hercules
Jerry Goldsmith – L.A. Confidential
Danny Elfman – Men in Black
James Horner – Titanic

4 Little Girls
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas
The Long Way Home
Waco: The Rules of Engagement

Funny Games
Happy Together
Live Flesh
Ma Vie en Rose
Princess Moanoke

good_will_huntingBEST CAST ENSEMBLE
As Good as it Gets
Boogie Nights
Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential

Cats Don’t Dance
Geri’s Game
Princess Moanoke


  • Amistad
  • Chasing Amy
  • Donnie Brasco
  • The Full Monty
  • Gattaca
  • The Ice Storm
  • Jackie Brown
  • Men in Black
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • The Sweet Hereafter

Discuss the nominees!

  • Robert MacFarlane

    Well, I’m not giving a shit about these anymore. It’s obvious the readers don’t.

    • Jamie Teller

      The problem is, to pick your nominees, you have to wade through the same 50 (+/-?) films for each category. I’d say keep it at 25 options per category, with a write-in option.

      • Jamie Teller

        I mean, 1997 wasn’t THAT great of a year either, which doesn’t help in this instance. (Seriously though, no love for Samuel L. Jackson? Pity.)

        • Robert MacFarlane

          The readers are just lazy. More than half of the nominees are the exact same as the Academy’s. It’s obvious they don’t care enough to put any effort into these things. So, I won’t either. I’m not even voting this time.

          • There’s only 1 category that matches up 100% with Oscar (Supporting Actress)

            • Robert MacFarlane

              Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Director and Picture have 4/5. That’s needlessly compliant with AMPAS.

              • Sam Coff

                To support Robert’s point, the areas where the ACCA Community DIFFER from the AMAPS, they tend to kick out a lesser-seen nominee (Peter Fonda, Dustin Hoffman) for performers from movies they’ve seen on TNT a bunch of times (Leo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg).

                Just look…they replaced The Full Monty everywhere possible in lieu not of more original choices, but in lieu of gap-fillers like James L. Brooks. Why bother revisiting Deconstructing Harry when you can nominate Titanic in its Original Screenplay spot?

          • Anthony Moseley

            Voting sure as hell beats whining about the outcome.

            • Robert MacFarlane

              I don’t care enough anymore.

          • Josh Parham

            I’d argue there are some nice selections here. Boogie Nights showing up in full force is a great thing to see, as well as mentions for Jackie Brown, The Fifth Element and Men in Black. Is there stuff I wish had shown up, of course. But I don’t expect an entire readership to exactly agree with my tastes. This is about reaching a consensus, and that’s what we have here.

            I just don’t agree with your assessment in calling the ACCA voters lazy. For instance, I would have put money on Saving Private Ryan winning in 1998, but it went the way of The Truman Show instead. And of course there’s Les Miserables. But if you’re still upset about many categories matching up with Oscars, every ACCA year has that. Almost every category in 2013 matched up at least 3/5 with the Oscars, and it’s practically the same here.

            • Robert MacFarlane

              Oh sure, let’s always go with the Oscar-bait. I swear, the voters have no imaginations. Like I said, I’m done. It’s obvious I won’t be happy with the results. Even when they nominate something that was snubbed, it’s shit like DiCaprio in Titanic. I have *no* faith in the voters to do something interesting. If that makes me an asshole, so be it.

              • Josh Parham

                Having a different opinion about what deserves to be singled out for a great cinematic achievement doesn’t make you an asshole, but the hyperbolic language doesn’t help. I’m not looking to ACCA to be the great redeemer of the Academy’s bad choices. I have my own personal ballot for that, and it requires nobody else’s endorsement except my own. I toss my votes into a huge pile of others and hope people agree. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, and while there are some nominations here I’m not personally fond of, at the very least it sparks debate and interest. Yeah, it would have been nice to not see Titanic show up in Original Screenplay or Lead Actor in place of some other films and performances, but I don’t see any need to feel as if I was personally offended by their inclusion.

                You can do whatever you like, but I would encourage you to stick with voting. Maybe also use the comment section to run your own FYC campaign for certain films and performances in hopes people can have at least an awareness of them. It might not change the outcome significantly, but at least you can say you tried. I might do that for the next round myself. Obviously you’re passionate about this, so it would be a shame to walk away just because of a little frustration.

                • Robert MacFarlane

                  It’s not even that it offends me. It’s just so dull. This has been more or less a recurring thing with me.

                  Fine, I guess it could be worse. If they nominated Billy Zane for Best Supporting Actor, I would have staged a site coup.

                  • Josh Parham

                    James Cameron being nominated for a writing achievement is bad enough. But Pam Grier got in, so that makes me happy.

                    • Robert MacFarlane

                      Well, I guess the L.A. Confidential love was nice, even if they snubbed my two favorite performances in the movie (Pearce and Cromwell).

                    • moviewatcher

                      Just out of curiosity, Robert, what is your top 10 for 1997? You’re actually one of the AC writers I most agree with.

                      I don’t know how many people vote on an average ACCA for pre-2000 years, but I would guess the problem is that we are an awards website that naturally focuses mostly on awards-bait films, so that means no foreign films basically. There’s also the problem of consensus. Whenever a large group of people come together and vote on the best films of the year, the most widely seen and least divisive will always flow to the top.

                    • Robert MacFarlane

                      My top 10 (subject to change):

                      1. L.A. Confidential
                      2. The Wings of the Dove
                      3. Donnie Brasco
                      4. Boogie Nights
                      5. Good Will Hunting
                      6. The Sweet Hereafter
                      7. Titanic (only for the second half)
                      8. Trekkies
                      9. Hard Eight
                      I’ll get back to you on #10.

                    • moviewatcher

                      Interesting list. Haven’t seen Trekkies, so I might check that out.

                      I must say though that I watched The Sweet Hereafter very recently and while there are certainly many good and very good parts to it, namely the performances (by Holm, Greenwood and Polley especially) and the direction, I did think the writing missed the mark in representing the town setting for the payoff it tries to reach in the end.

                      The glimpses we see of the community are always focused on very small clusters of people and relationships and almost never anything broader than than. The final voice-over and some of the final scenes, however, speak of a new town that was radically different from the one before the accident, but I don’t think the film adequately expressed that thesis. Of course, the people were shocked and saddened and reacted in their own ways to the accident, so in that way they were different. But the “feeling” of the town, how those different clusters related to each other differently now, was something that was nearly absent from the film, imo.

    • Ryan

      I am struggling to understand what it is you mean by lazy. I’m assuming you mean that the readers just haven’t seen enough of these films to make a sound decision about what was truly the best of that year. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen Boogie Nights, and I didn’t nominate it hopefully because I am not lazy, but because I haven’t gotten around to see it yet. I liked Titanic and L.A. Confidential, actually I loved them. I just hope that I am not lazy for having a taste too similar to the Academy, because couldn’t it just be for once that they are actually good films?

      • Robert MacFarlane

        Well, you would be lazy if you didn’t bother to at least watch some more movies for the year before voting.

    • Sam Coff

      snap. Them’s fighting words.

  • Manning Franks

    This is what I felt, the exact moment when both Guy Pearce and Joey Lauren Adam’s names weren’t mentioned, but all this Titanic love occurred…

    • Phillip Milner

      You, sir, have summed up my feelings entirely!

    • Sam Coff

      best. response. ever.

  • Joe G

    Where’s the love for Gary Oldman in ‘Air Force One”‘, or Victor Garber in ‘Titanic’?

  • Squasher88

    I don’t think the results indicate laziness, it’s just a matter of taste. I’m not surprised that the results are more “safe” than even the Academy. Anyone is allowed to vote and your readers aren’t necessarily arthouse fanatics like bloggers/critics/filmmakers. You can’t force the public to like something. Sit them in front of more underseen films and they are still likely to choose the popular choice like Titanic.