I remember at the time this film was released and the oscar buzz it generated which eventually led to 14 nominations and 11 wins that the acting while suitable wasn't the greatest asset of the film. In a sense I guess that could be true but in my opinion as a whole the casting department did a wonderful job if not only for finding people who actually looked like the historical figures they portrayed. In my mind Kate Winslet was the best out of the big 3 (Leo, Kate and Billy) simply because she was the focus of the story and she played the trapped high society girl beautifully. Bill Zane was a close 2nd because even though Cal was the villain in this and we were supposed to hate Cal Billy made the character of Cal a love to hate kind of character for me... Kathy Bates as Molly Brown was the best casting of a secondary character followed closely by Victor Garber who portrayed Thomas Andrews. I am interested in others thoughts on this subject. I may be in the minority here but getting back to Kate I think she so deserved the Oscar ahead of Helen Hunt.....