1997's Titanic. Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack, Kate Winslet as Rose. On the bow of the ship
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Revisiting ‘Titanic’ 23 Years After It Swept the Oscars

It's been 23 long years since Titanic set out on its maiden voyage, and swept the 1998 Academy Awards. Looking back, does it still hold up?
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    “I will never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go,” an ice-covered Rose whispers in the middle of the dark, freezing waters of the Atlantic. And then she lets go of poor Jack and watches him sink into the abyss.

    "never let go" scene from Titanic
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    Of course, she wasn’t talking about physically letting him go. It was a metaphor for not giving up, so she could make it out alive. But at the time — and really, still to this day — it makes me snicker a little.

    It’s been over 20 years since Titanic hit theaters and became the world’s highest-grossing movie up until that point. The money made at the box office must have been a relief, considering it was also the most expensive movie ever made at the time, with a production budget of $200 million.

    On March 23, 1998, the romance film went on to storm the Academy Awards. Titanic won 11 Oscars, including awards for Best Picture and Best Director. And, of course, Best Original Song for Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”

    Now, 23 years later, let’s take a look back at James Cameron’s epic film about an epic disaster. Does it still hold up? And are Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet still the best on-screen couple ever? (Spoiler alert: I love them and they will always be the best on-screen couple ever to me. Sorry not sorry!)