(NOTE: This post has been slightly modified to serve as the Best Picture Project entry for 2012)
Since I started the Best Picture Project – so many years ago now it’s becoming somewhat pathetic how long it’s taking me to complete it – I’ve posted every year at Oscar time about the Best Picture race and my preferences for the films in the race. In some ways, the post behaves very much as a true Best Picture Project post behaves and in that it tends to evaluate all the films and stands as my take on all the films. Since that’s the usual plan, I’ll do my best to make sure that this one can be seen that way.
So here it is, the Best Picture Race 2012, as seen through the eyes of the Best Picture Project. Continue reading
Directed by Barry Levinson
Written by Rob Bass and Barry Morrow
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Valeria Golino
The year 1988 saw a juggernaut of a film walk away with the Best Picture Oscar. Popular at the box office and popular with the critics, it was fait accompli that Rain Man would win Best Picture and when it did, it didn’t seem like much of a surprise. One would have to believe it’s stiffest competition was with Working Girl, the Mike Nichol’s comedy, or possibly from Dangerous Liaisons, a very good costume drama that featured Keanu Reeves with a British accent, and the first appearance on film of Uma Thurman’s boobs. Despite the competition, Rain Man took the Oscar and went on to be a cultural phenomenon, propelling it’s opening song, “Iko Iko” to #14 on the American pop chart and was referenced in a whole host of movies, including The Hangover. Continue reading