Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1988

dtgirbp-1988Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

The Accidental Tourist
Dangerous Liaisons
Mississippi Burning
Rain Man
Working Girl

Biggest Snub:


My Overall Thoughts:

This was a pretty week year for BP nominees and I would only classify 3 of the 5 as worthy of really being among the elite of the year.

Rain Man was a clear cut winner for months and it wasn’t much of a surprise especially based on Hoffman’s amazing performance that has become iconic as the perennial basis for the way autistic savants are seen ever since.

My Rankings:


  • 5. – The Accidental Tourist – Somewhat boring film that probably was a better novel. Davis injects a lot of energy into the film, but isn’t able to make it more enjoyable to watch.
  • 4. – Dangerous Liaisons – Great performances by Malkovich, Pfieffer and Close, but the story is a bit lackluster
  • 3. – Mississippi Burning -Hackman and DaFoe do an amazing job as they try to deal with racism in the recently desegregated South.  Powerful story works so well.
  • 2. – Working Girl – Griffiths is superb here as a secretary turned executive.  Really hit hard during the 80’s corporate America because it says so much about how that world worked
  • 1. – Rain Man – Hoffman is superb in the title role and his chemistry with Cruise makes this a great road film with heart.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most definitely!  Rain Man is clearly the best of the crop here.  It shows a powerful human story that is accented by Hoffman’s amazing performance.

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


3 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1988

  1. I do love Rain Man, and yes, it deserved a win, yet it’s not the best picture of the year. 1988 was too early for a foreign animated film to get much notice, but I wish Grave of the Fireflies could have won.

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