Cameron's Titanic Triumph

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LOS ANGELES: Hollywood loves a happy ending, even one you could have predicted three hours before it happened. And for James Cameron, Monday night was certainly a fairytale finale. His $200 million epic, "Titanic," an unstoppable juggernaut with a billion-dollar gross, won best picture, best director and nine other Academy Awards. That ties "Ben-Hur" for the all-time Oscar record, just as "Titanic"'s 14 nominations drew even with "All About Eve." So the movie broke no new ground, and neither did Cameron: "I'm the king of the world!" he screamed in acceptance -- stealing the line from his leading man in absentia, Leonardo DiCaprio.

The other big winner was "As Good As It Gets," whose unlikely romantic coupling of Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson got a lock on best actor and actress. "Good Will Hunting" picked up some well-deserved gongs: best supporting actor for Robin Williams, a long overdue first win, and best screenplay for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the freshest faces in town. The biggest loser? It had to be the Awards' director, who, despite draconian efforts to keep speeches to a minimum, watched in agony as the ceremony overran by an hour. Some might say precisely the same of "Titanic."