Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)
The Last of the Mohicans
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a so-so year in Oscar choices for BP. None of them give the whollop that one would expect and none have the epic feel that we are used to.
All 5 choices lack a passionate feeling and it’s hard to automatically see each of these as some of the best choices for BP in most years.
That being said, most are still entertaining to watch despite not necessarily being among the elite.
- 5. – The Crying Game – Interesting character study that is ruined by the attempted shock value that probably worked during the first week of release, but once everyone knew the surprise, it just isn’t as impactful as one would believe it should be.
- 4. – Howard’s End – Hopkins and Thompson are great here. Story is nice to watch unfold but this isn’t for people looking for something fast paced because it moved extremely slowly in trying to reach its goal.
- 3. – Scent of A Woman – Amazing over the top performance by Pacino, but the story is slightly lacking and is completely unbalanced despite it still being enjoyable to watch.
- 2. – Unforgiven – Great anti-Western directed by and starring Eastwood that is slow churning but still packs a whollop with a great plot and a superb cast.
- 1. – A Few Good Men – Amazingly written courtroom drama that helped showcase the writing talents of Sorkin. Spectacular cast led by Nicholson, Cruise and Moore that also includes a great supporting cast.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not really. Unforgiven is a true anti-WEstern and coming from Eastwood, its not surprising that the Academy would make the sentimental choice and give it to one of their own despite it not being the best film of the year.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!
Happy Holidays, Rob! 🙂 Another great ranking. I agree with you this go ’round, although it’s a tight race between the top 2. I really enjoyed Unforgiven and Few Good Men. I just put up my Top 10 for 1992 earlier today. Let’s just say, my pick for best movie of the year was big time snubbed by the Oscars. I wonder if you’d rank it above your pick for Best Picture here?