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. – 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.
  • 2. – Mississippi Burning -Hackman and Dafoe work so well together because their characters are so different and use different methods to accomplish their goals. The story is quite compelling and thrilling and they easily keep us interested for the entire runtime of the film. The issues dealt with here are quite impactful and so much is said by the way they tell the story. They show us a great perspective on how it is possible that racism still existed in the South a century following emancipation.
  • 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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