Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1989

dtgirbp-1989Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Born on the Fourth of July
Dead Poet’s Society
Driving Miss Daisy
Field of Dreams
My Left Foot

Biggest Snub:


My Overall Thoughts:

Another great year for Oscar where all 5 films really are stellar.

None of the films really swept the awards season and it was an open possibility for a number of them to take home the top award.

DMD was a surprising choice and in retrospect, it feels like the voters just chose to go with a safe choice instead of the controversial one.

The fact that Stone got Best Director and not Picture says a lot and this was one of the few times that the two top categories were split, which is rare but not unheard of.

My Rankings:


  • 5. – My Left Foot – Day-Lewis is superb here in the lead role which garnered him his first of 3 Oscar wins for Best Actor but the story.
  • 4. – Driving Miss Daisy – Pleasant story that is elevated by the performances of Tandy and Freeman, which is all about mismatched friendship, but by no means the best film of the year.
  • 3. – Born on the Fourth of July – Once again Stone gives us an amazing look at what it was like growing up in the 60’s and how patriotism and duty change one’s life forever. Cruise is amazing in this film as the title character and truly makes us believe everything he is going for. The fake wigs that many of characters wear in order to make them seem more like part of the 60’s counter culture takes away a bit from the seriousness of it all, but there is really no doubt as to how genuine this all feels.  The anti-war message is once again clear here and it proved that it’s possible to tell similar stories in completely different ways yet remain effective in both of them. 1989 was a great year at the Oscars, and there is no doubt that this film probably should have won Best Picture over the eventual winner Driving Miss Daisy (1989).  At least Stone still got the award for Best Director.
  • 2. – Field of Dreams – Magical story that is not just a film about baseball, but about dreams and hopes of relationships between fathers and sons and families in general.
  • 1. – Dead Poet’s Society – Amazing story that highlights Williams unbelievable talent as a dramatic actor instead of just a comedic one. Very emotional and powerful story remains one of the best films about students and a teacher to this day.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all!  DMD is a fun and endearing film, but not the best of the year.  Most people thought BoT4oJ would take home the top award eventhough much controversy arose around the film.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

2 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1989

  1. Driving Miss Daisy perhaps didn’t deserve to win, but I’m glad it did since I’m so fond of it and the performances. Love Dead Poets Society too, but I’m shocked that Glory wasn’t nominated. It seems like that should have been the favored choice if it had made the cut.

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