It didn’t win Best Picture, although it was nominated. Titanic got the Best Picture win that year (with James Cameron yelling “I’m king of the world!”)
Anyhow, I liked this a lot better than Titanic. I enjoyed the acting of all three - Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck.
Yes, the latter two were unknowns at the time, as it was Williams who obviously had the star power then, in an uncharacteristicly non-comedic role for him (for which he won an Oscar for, and deservingly so). Damon and Affleck indeed won Oscars for the screenplay, and, to this day, I still think it’s probably the best movie either have been in.
It wasn’t the first time director Gus Van Sant worked with Robin Williams in a non-comedic role, as that honor goes to the lesser known Awakenings, also a powerful movie. Since then Gus’ movies have become more obscure, but just as memorable, including an emotionally resonating portrayal of Kurt Cobain in his last days, as well as an intimate, and obviously highly relevant, portrayal of a school shooting.
I didn't think it won, either - I misread the wiliki this morning.
titanic - it took for 45 minutes from iceberg stuck to the ship was pretty going under. when you are rooting for the two main stars to drown into the ocean or at least, one get eating by shark. something to root for.
the male drown save old lady in the wheelchair at the end, and she was not toss in the ocean by the captain of the ship. that worth of the movie ticket. the theme song in the movie is the best thing in the movie.
they could have that the great scene the she hanging over the bow with him holding her waist over the water. I would love it, he let her go face down in the water. that worth , sitting almost four hours in darken movie theater. instead, people crying in the theater. especially, I am the one is crying loudest in the theater.
only good thing in the movie was billy zane that stole the movie as the villain.
irony, of james Cameron, that when " avatar " was nominated Oscar for best picture. he lost to his ex-wife, for brilliant " the hurt locker ". I felt justice for almost the four hours of the most borest hours in my life in movie theater.