Sydney Pollack (Tootsie)
Ridley Scott – Blade Runner
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a great year of nominees. Any of the five would be deserving of winning with the work they did on these films. It’s a year where they truly gave the nominees to the right group of Directors.
5. Sydney Pollack
4. Sidney Lumet
3. Wolfgang Petersen
2. Steven Spielberg
1. Richard Attenborough
5. Das Boot – Very well done movie, but too long. The feeling of claustrophobia that most submarine crews must endure is well presented and even makes the viewer feel that they are themselves aboard the sub.
4. Tootsie – Great film that works on numerous levels. Hoffman is superb in the dual roles and is quite convincing in both of them. The supporting cast is perfectly chosen with Pollack standing out as Hoffman’s agent and Lange as an actress who he befriends. The script is fun and witty and works the entire time despite the premise seeming to be a bit crazy. This film is still very relevant today after more than 35 years and says so much about how Hollywood (and the entertainment industry on a whole) has worked for years without much changes. Was nominated for 10 Oscars yet only managed to win Best Supporting Actress for Lange. It did win Best Musical or Comedy Film at the Golden Globes that year tho.
3. The Verdict – Excellent courtroom drama that helps highlight how great an actor Newman was. His performance here is truly amazing and he takes an engaging script and raises it even higher just by his actions and reactions to everything that happens. The courtroom drama isn’t as flashy as many TV shows or even other films of the genre, but that helps form a parallel between the character and the type of life he leads. So much happens in this story that takes place in the background and if you aren’t paying close attention, you may miss some key elements to why the film works so well. So glad I rewatched this and got a newfound appreciation for a film like this.
2. Gandhi – Amazingly done Epic biopic movie by Attenborough. It works so well from so many aspects and is among the best epics ever filmed.
1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Such a nostalgic piece of cinema for me that I can never get enough of. Spielberg once again hit a grand slam even with broken animatronics. Excellent story that includes so many of the elements that make a great movie. Proof once again of Spielberg’s genius when it comes to making movies. Very nostalgic for me and to have been able to share the experience with my kids was so amazing.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! All 5 nominees did amazing jobs here, but the way Attenborough filmed this epic clearly topped them all.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!