Sure James Cameron cribbed a line from that boat movie he directed, but the guy's right, Titanic rules.
The ubiquitous ship flick, already the biggest moneymaker in moviedom, earned a record-tying 11 Oscars Monday night, including Best Picture, Best Director, and, inevitably, Best Song (the sappy Celine Dion ballad, "My Heart Will Go On"). That equals the standard set 39 years ago by Ben-Hur.
Also doing some history-making was Jack Nicholson, who became only the second guy thespian to put three statuettes on his mantle after winning Best Actor for As Good As It Gets. (The previous wins: Best Actor, for 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Best Supporting Actor, for 1983's Terms of Endearment.) Old-time character actor Walter Brennan Oscared three times in supporting roles.
Also scoring was Nicholson's costar Hunt, named Best Actress on the day she inked a big-money contract that'll keep her on TV's Mad About You for one more season.
Feel-good prizes went to the Good Will Hunting crew. Three-time Oscar loser Robin Williams captured the Best Supporting Actor trophy, upsetting Burt Reynolds in the process. And pretty boy acting pals-turned-scribes Matt Damon and Ben Affleck took home shiny bald guys for their original screenplay.
Still, the evening's big story was the year's big film, even with star Leonardo DiCaprio MIA. The film sailed away with cinematography, editing, score, art direction, sound, sound effects editing and visual effects awards. The icebergs keeping Titanic from collecting all 14 statuettes it was up for: Best Actress Hunt; Best Supporting Actress, L.A. Confidential siren Kim Basinger; and makeup, won by Men In Black.
Then there was the ceremony itself. Worst performance goes to virtually gagless host Billy Crystal and director Gil Cates, whose neverending Oscarcast clocked in at a Titanic-like three hours, 40 minutes, thanks to tedious dance numbers and a Zzz-inducing 70-year retrospective.
Check out our Oscar scorecard for the complete rundown of winners.