Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based upon his play
Starring Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Amanda Donohoe, and Rupert Everett
The year 1994 belonged to box office juggernaut, and improbable awards darling, Forrest Gump. It’s domestic gross, thanks to Box Office Mojo, was $329 million, on top of its seven Oscar wins from 13 nominations, which included taking the trophies for Picture, Director, Actor and Adapted Screenplay. And somewhat rare among Best Picture winners, it’s actually fairly enjoyable. It’s not great – certainly not Best Picture worthy – but it’s not bad, either. And that’s how we would remember the film today if not for it having one Best Picture over a true classic, Pulp Fiction.
Just as Crash would be forever tainted by beating Brokeback Mountain and could never be a movie judged on its own merits again, Forrest Gump is derided for having bested Pulp Fiction. The win doesn’t change the quality of either movie, only the perception of them, and opens them up to harsher criticism than they might otherwise face. As Pulp Fiction’s faults are overlooked because it didn’t win Best Picture, Forrest Gump’s are magnified because it won. Continue reading