Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1978


dtgirbp-1978Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Coming Home
The Deer Hunter
Heaven Can Wait
Midnight Express
An Unmarried Woman

Biggest Snub:

The Boys From Brazil

My Overall Thoughts:

Amazing year of films chosen for BP.

Each and every one of them could have won the top award in any given year and the fact that no one film claimed the top award at every one of the award shows, proves this.

The ultimate winner was the right one because it is such a great look at the past (from only a few years later), but looking back now nearly 40 years later, it is still the most poignant one of them all.

My Rankings:

Movies

  • 5. – Midnight Express – Based on the true and harrowing story of an American student sent to a Turkish prison after being caught trying to smuggle drugs out of the country.
  • 4. – Heaven Can Wait – Beatty does a great job recreating and modernizing the story of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) when a man is accidentally taken by an angel before he is meant to die.
  • 3. – An Unmarried Woman – Clayburgh is superb as a woman who needs to reassess her life when her husband of 16 years abruptly leaves here for a younger woman
  • 2. – Coming Home – Fonda, Dern and Voight are all superb here as three people directly related by the effects of Vietnam on them and those around them.
  • 1. – The Deer Hunter – Amazing look at the effects of Vietnam on a group of friends both during and after the war. Even after 40 years, this film is still extremely poignant

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Such a great epic film about serving in Vietnam and the way it effected so many veterans for years afterwards.  The rest of the films are all great, but this is truly the best of the crop.

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

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