The 70th Academy Awards were noted for their high ratings and the 11 wins obtained by the Best Picture Titanic. Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony for the sixth time, and received an Emmy award for his performance.
Titanic dominated the evening picking up 11 awards out of 14 nominations. The film tied with the most awards nominated with All About Eve and tied with the most awards won with Ben-Hur. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King would also match that record in 2004.
Due to the popularity of Titanic, which was the #1 movie at the box office at the time, the show earned its highest ratings ever in history based on audience size (57.25 million).
Other notable films were As Good as It Gets, which received seven nominations and two awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress and Good Will Hunting, which received nine nominations and also won two awards.
In addition, the ceremony was also the last time all four winning acting performances were not based on biographies and all four winning acting performers were American
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