Ron Howard – Apollo 13
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a relatively weak year and the nominees are quite baffling. Gibson does the best job of the five.
5. Mike Figgis
4. Chris Noonan
3. Michael Radford
2. Tim Robbins
1. Mel Gibson
5. Leaving Las Vegas – Pointless story about two lost souls who don’t even try to help one another. Don’t know why Cage won an Oscar for playing this character. Even Shue, the best Babysitter any kid could want couldn’t help here.
4. Babe – Fun simple film that is slightly lovable, but not really worthy of winning the BP award (or even being nominated). Special effects are done quite well and that is an award is was very rightfully deserving of winning.
3. Dead Man Walking – Both Sarandon and Penn are superb here and Sarandon deservingly won Best Actress at the Oscars for this performance. The story isn’t an easy one to digest yet they manage to try and make us understand the various viewpoints when it comes to the issue of capital punishment. We get an intimate look as the final days of a convicted man who must decide whether to bear his heart to a clergy(wo)man while trying to discover what he himself truly believes. Robbins does a great job directing this film in a way that we feel as if we are in the room with these characters at the most intimate moments possible.
2. The Postman – Such a simple yet powerful movie because it tells such a beautiful story about innocent souls living in a complex world filled with religion, politics, poetry, love and friendship. The musical score is so catchy and gives the film a feeling of realism and simpleness. Troisi is superb in the role of a lifetime (literally) and helps us love his character and the story so much.
1. Braveheart – Amazingly epic story based on very little fact, but nevertheless quite enjoyable to watch. One of Gibson’s best roles because the story and character are so inspiring to watch. Some of the best battle scenes ever filmed. Amazing musical score by James Horner that I can listen to over and over.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Of the nominees, Gibson was by far the most deserving, but this was the year that Apollo 13 should have won both this award and BP, and the Academy made some very poor choices in the nominations and winners. That being said, the Academy has always loved actors who also direct, so it’s no surprise that they gave it to Gibson.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!