Britain's prestigious BAFTA film awards will be held on April 19th 1998. As ever, there are similarities between the nominations for these and the Oscars, although a certain British movie about Sheffield strippers that will remain nameless dominates, with 11 nominations. Much as Film Review is delighted at the astounding success of this movie, we do feel that perhaps the British Academy is getting a bit carried away with itself, particularly nominating it for both 'Best Film' and 'Best British Film' at the expense of other equally deserving nominees. The other three nominees for 'Best Film' - Titanic, LA Confidential and Mrs Brown - feature heavily as does Romeo + Juliet. Whatever the outcome, a full list of winners will be published in the June issue.
DE NIRO SNUB
Robert De Niro has encountered another problem arising from his unfortunate and embarrassing experience in Paris last month. As reported last issue, the actor was questioned for nine hours by a French judge about an international prostitution ring, after his name appeared in a little black book of one of the key 'players'. DeNiro was supposed to read one of Pope John Paul II's poems on a new CD that is being compiled by Father Giuseppe Moscati. Now the actor has been asked to withdraw from the project - as Father Moscati admits, "In view of the news, De Niro's participation no longer seems such a good idea!"
When Titanic fell way behind schedule and got into financial difficulties, director/screenwriter James Cameron gave up his fees and percentage of the profits - profits that would have netted him $50 million by this time. It's a decision that he looks back on with disdain as he admitted to Newsweek magazine that he feels like a chump every time he thinks about it. But, he still might come out all right. 20th Century Fox and Paramount, who produced the movie that has now passed the $1 billion mark, say they are going to do the right thing by Cameron, whatever that means. Hopefully, for him, it means lots of money. The magazine also says that the studios are contemplating giving Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet a million dollars a piece to say thank you.
And, speaking of Titanic, Alfred Hitchcock announced in an interview in 1938, which has been reprinted in the new book Hitchcock On Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews, that he had plans to make a movie about the Titanic as his first American film 60 years ago. He said that he was dissuaded to proceed by the cruise lines who were worried the movie would cause people to stop going on cruises. Hitchcock even promised to show how safe ships became following the Titanic disaster, but they still objected. When this was recently brought to James Cameron's attention, he said he was never pressured by the cruise lines and wasn't concerned about what they thought.
With The X-Files movie set to open this spring, rumours abound that David Duchovny is considering leaving the TV series. But, according to his representatives, the rumours have got out of hand. They began when it was announced that Chris Owens, who has appeared in several X-Files episodes in different roles, including the young Cigarette Smoking Man, will be joining the cast next season playing FBI agent, Jeffrey Spender. I spoke with Owens's agent and she said she was so glad the actor gets on so well with Duchovny or all these rumours could generate tension on the set. So it looks like Mulder is here to stay, at least until the year 2000. And will the series move from Vancouver to Los Angeles, where the movie was filmed? Producer/writer Chris Carter insists that decision hasn't been made as yet.
THE 70th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS
Best Picture: Titanic
Best Director: James Cameron, Titanic
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets
Best Actress: Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets
Best Supporting Actor: Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger, LA Confidential
Best Original Screenplay: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting
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