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The Best Picture Project – Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Directed by Bruce Beresford

Screenplay by Alfred Uhry, based upon his play

Starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Esther Rolle and Dan Aykroyd

When The King’s Speech won Best Picture this past year at the Oscars, I was a bit beside myself over it, because I didn’t really fancy it as Best Picture.  An enjoyable film?  Sure.  Best Picture?  No.

In retrospect, though, it doesn’t make sense I would get upset about it, after all, the Academy has shown a history of honoring films just like The King’s Speech: solid, inoffensive films that are hardly loved, but more importantly, hardly hated.  In other words, unlike Black Swan or The Social Network, which had a tendency to be divisive, The King’s Speech is least likely to offend voters and therefore, most likely to rise to the top. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – The Sting (1973)

The Sting (1973)

Directed by George Roy Hill

Screenplay by David S. Ward

Starring Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw and Charles Durning

Forty years ago George Roy Hill, Robert Redford, and Paul Newman teamed up to make a movie about theft and honor, with a little bit of irreverence and comedy thrown in to cover over the serious bits. Not surprisingly, because it starred one of the world’s biggest stars – and one who would soon in the same company – it became a massive hit and such was its draw that its soundtrack became a hit as well, was feted with a mess of Academy Award nominations, managing to win a good few of them, including Oscars for the music, the script, the director, and best picture.

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