On this date in 1912, the unsinkable ship, the Titanic, went down. There has been a plethora of items created that deal with the Titantic's sinking, but perhaps the most famous is the film Titanic [DVD TIT] starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Back in 1997 the film swept the Academy Awards. It was nominated for 14 Oscars and won eleven, including "Best Picture," "Best Actress in a Leading Role," "Best Visual Effects," and "Best Original Song." The "Best Director" Oscar went to Titanic's director, James Cameron, who became fleetingly ultra-famous for his role in directing the blockbuster. (We have the book, James Cameron's Titanic [791.43 KIR], which was photographed by Douglas Kirkland.) Since that time, it seems that Cameron's work has been mainly in doumentary films and television.
It was the male lead, Leonardo DiCaprio, who made the film as popular as it was. With DiCaprio's fresh good looks he was the reigning Hollywood "hottie" for several years! He wasn't nominated for "Best Actor" in his role as the young hero, Jack, but none of the under-16 girls who flocked to the movies seemed to care! Here's the trailer:
DiCaprio has gone on to star in many roles after Titanic, including Catch Me If You Can (2003) [DVD CAT], The Aviator (2005) [DVD AVI], and The Departed (2007) [DVD DEP]. He even garnered a nomination for his 2005 role as Howard Hughes in The Aviator, but he lost to Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray [DVD RAY]. Look for Leonardo to play Theodore Roosevelt in Martin Scorcese's film The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, to be released some time in 2009.