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James Cameron's post-Oscar homecoming

It's Hollywood's biggest night. The Academy Awards are the most important awards in the entertainment industry and one of the biggest TV events in the world. The stars strut down the red carpet in their finest in anticipation of seeing who'll take home the coveted golden statuette — the Oscar. Since the awards were first handed out in 1929, Canada has enjoyed an impressive track record. CBC Archives pays tribute to a handful of Canadians whose Oscar recognition reverberated back home.

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"It's a big day for Chippewa," says one resident about Oscar winning director James Cameron's voyage home, "hometown boy did well." This small Ontario town is buzzing with excitement, as it gets ready to welcome its most famous son. The residents are grateful to Cameron for directing a spotlight on their sleepy little town. "You literally put Chippewa on the map," declares another.

Despite all the accolades he has received for his blockbuster film, Titanic, Cameron seems overwhelmed by the generosity and goodwill of Chippewa residents. "Winning Best Picture I thought was a real peak moment," says Cameron "but I have to say that today was more amazing experience."
• James Cameron's blockbuster film is the top grossing film of all time with an estimated gross of $2 billion.
• The movie was nominated for a record 14 Academy Awards, tying the record long held by Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 film All About Eve. All About Eve won six Oscars while Titanic took home 11.

Titanic was nominated in 14 categories and won 11, being the second movie to win that number (the first was Ben-Hur in 1959 tied by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003).
• The 11 Oscars for Titanic include: Best Director, Best Picture, Cinematography, Music (Original Song), Original Dramatic Score, Art Direction, Effects (Visual Effects and Sound Effects), Sound, Film Editing and Costume Design.

• Canadian Céline Dion sang the film's chart-topping signature song, My Heart Will Go On.
• Cameron received a lot of negative press during the making of Titanic, particularly for its huge budget overruns and delayed release. When Titanic failed to make its scheduled release in July 1997, it sent shockwaves throughout Hollywood.
• The three-hour-plus epic film reportedly cost $260 million, making it the most expensive film ever made.

• James Francis Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ont., on Aug. 16, 1954, but grew up in Chippawa, a small town just outside Niagara Falls, Ont. His family moved to California in 1971.
• Cameron has directed such action thrillers as 1984's The Terminator and its sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) both starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also directed Sigourney Weaver in Aliens (1986) and Ed Harris in The Abyss (1989).
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: June 8, 1998
Guest: James Cameron
Duration: 8:04
Credit: Action drawings: James Cameron “My Heart Will Go On” by James Horner and Wilbur H. Jennings, Famous Music LLC.

Last updated: January 30, 2014

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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