I've always hated that Titanic beat LA Confidential, which IMO was far more deserving of the big awards. Never considered it a shock, though.
No, not a shock - there was so much hype around Titanic
that people seemd to overlook the fact that it was a cliched love story with a CGI-fest at the end. LA Confidential
was a brilliant revival of the 1940s cop genre yet got only a token Oscar for Kim Basinger IIRC. I think that the recent release of Gangster Squad
has reminded eveyone just how good LA Confidential