My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year where it didn’t really matter what 4 movies were chosen as nominees along with Spielberg’s epic tale of the Holocaust, because nobody has an inkling of a chance of winning once this Juggernaut came out of the gate.
It is one of the most powerful films ever made and there was no way to even think of denying it, it’s just reward.
It ended up winning 7 of its 12 nominations including picture, director, screenplay, cinematography, art direction, film editing and music.
- 5. – The Piano – Hunter and Paquin are superb as mother and daughter living in a secluded area with a man who doesn’t love them as much as he probably should. The story isn’t powerful in and of itself, but the amazing performances make this film seem even better than it really is.
- 4. – The Remains of the Day – Thompson and Hopkins are great as servants who must do their duty despite not necessarily always agreeing with everything that occurs around them. Duty and loyalty are great themes that are intensely explored here.
- 3. – In the Name of the Father – Postlethwaite and Day-Lewis are both superb here in a true story about corruption, crime and punishment that gets out of proportion quite quickly.
- 2. – The Fugitive – Ford and Jones are great in this film as adversaries because we want them both to win. The story is quite grippimng and relaistic and it’s so easy to be taken in to this thrilling story for two hours.
- 1. – Schindler’s List – One of the greatest and most powerful films ever made. Spielberg proved to the world…once again how amazing and talented a director he is with this epic film about one man’s fight against tyranny in a world where most just looked away.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Absolutely! There is no question that SL is one of the most powerful films ever made. Spielberg did an amazing job with this film and none of the other films come even close to being so hard-hitting. Remarkably, Not many films ever made could top this one.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!