Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda)
Barry Levinson (Rain Man)
Mike Nichols (Working Girl)
Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning)
Martin Scorsese (The Last Temptation of Christ)
Robert Zemekis – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another great year with 5 very deserving nominees.
5. Charles Crichton
4. Martin Scorsese
3. Mike Nichols
2. Barry Levinson
1. Alan Parker
5. The Last Temptation of Christ – Drawn-out somewhat boring story that tries to be too philosophical for its own good. DaFoe seems very miscast in the lead and doesn’t manage to give off the charisma that his character should naturally have. The premise is actually a sound one, but it just isn’t presented very well even by a master like Scorsese. I can understand how Scorsese could get a Best Director Oscar Nomination (its only nomination) for this film but overall, this wasn’t enjoyable to watch at all.
4. Working Girl – Very good movie about climbing the corporate ladder but trying to keep your integrity intact. All three leads are great despite all of them not normally fitting in with these kind of roles. Has some great scenes that are extremely funny because it shows how 80’s this all was. Excellent music by Carly Simon that was able to even win the Oscar for Best Song.
3. A Fish Called Wanda – Amazing cast that really work well together. Kline is superb here as Otto and definitely deserved his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Loved how each of the characters acted both smart and stupid depending on the particular situation. Emphasizes the fact that even thieves must be careful with who they want to trust.
2. Rain Man – Great road movie. Both Cruise and Hoffman are great. Hoffman was very deserving of his second Oscar for Best Actor for this film. Has some very memorable scenes that work quite well.
1. 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.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! I can understand how BL could win for RM but Parker still did a much better job with MB
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!