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James Cameron’s epic film career

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Learn about one of the most celebrated directors ever to work in Hollywood.

Born on August 16, 1954, James Cameron began his major motion picture film career in the 1990s with the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He then hit the high point in his career when he wrote and directed the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, this was the first film to reach one billion dollars at the box office. It also holds two records in terms of its Academy Award nominations and victories. It tied with All About Eve (1950) and La La Land (2016) with receiving 14 Academy Award nominations, and it also tied with Ben-Hur (1959) and the final Lord of the Rings film with 11 wins. Titanic also enjoyed a successful re-release in 3-D in 2012, one hundred years after the original sinking of the RMS Titanic. The film is now celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2017.

James Cameron has also had a very interesting year in 2009. He directed Avatar, which is currently the only film to make more the 2 billion dollars (not adjusted for inflation). Ironically, his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, became to first woman to win the “Best Director” Academy Award by beating Cameron for that honor. Her film, The Hurt Locker, also became one of the lowest grossing films to win the “Best Picture” Academy Award the same year that Avatar became the biggest box-office hit of all time. Currently, James Cameron is working on numerous Avatar sequels, and he is still leaving a lasting impression on Hollywood even at the age of 63.

Alex Phuong

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