THE VERDICT – Best Motion Picture: 1988

At last! After almost three months of struggling with my blog and with my school works, here I am to present the verdict.

# 1 and # 2 were sure things, I had sudden change of feelings with #3 and # 4, and # 5 was a sure one.

You can just click on the titles for their profiles.
 

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5. Mississippi Burning

It’s a well-accomplished film with some fine performances and startling scenes that will surely overwhelm a viewer, but it suffers from its undertones that are obviously too political. It comes as a dated propaganda, but still fine, film.

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Best Scene: KKK attack after a prayer meeting
Best Performance: Gene Hackman as Anderson

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4. The Accidental Tourist

It’s a heartwrenching story of grief and sorrow that is not for everyone’s taste. Its pace may keep viewers away from this film, but William Hurt’s internalized turn as the grieving father is a thing to be cherished. Maybe it’s too proper to be daring or to be something new, but it’s really good.

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Best Scene: The final scene, waiting for a cab
Best Performance: William Hurt as Macon Leary

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3. Rain Man

It’s a very simple story, but equipped with brilliant performances that are guaranteed to tug your hearts. It’s one of those cases there simplicity is beauty. The power of it lies on its honesty in the subject matter.

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Best Scene: The kitchen fire scene
Best Performance: Tom Cruise as Charlie Babbitt

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2. Dangerous Liaisons

A fabulous, smart, and thrillingly executed game of lust and betrayal. With its topnotch acting from its cast, a smartly-handled direction, and a screenplay for the ages, this is an unmissable work of art a genius can only make.

Best Scene: The ending, wiping off the face of the manipulator
Best Performance: Glenn Close as Marquise de Merteuil

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1. Working Girl

Well, I just need to go against the wave of hate against this film: this is a beautifully crafted film that lives on a truthful but fun truth of the business trade. It’s not lightweight, it speaks of an intelligent but accessible side of the business, and it’s an inspiring take with everything going with it: skillful direction, wonderful cast, masterful screenplay, and brilliance.

Best Scene: Which one? I can’t choose! Maybe the opening credits, soaring with the spirit of hope in the tune of “Let The River Run”
Best Performance: Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill

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Except for the sudden change of my preference, changing the 3rd and the 4th, it’s what I really expected. Except for Mississippi Burning, I can say that it was quite a strong year.

I haven’t seen much that year, but here is my personal ballot:

The Accidental Tourist
Dangerous Liaisons
Married to the Mob
Rain Man
Working Girl

Rain Man had the biggest chances of winning, so no surprises, really. This is how I see what happened in the voting:

1. Rain Man (big winner)

(big margin)

2. Dangerous Liaisons (the missing Best Director nom is backstabbing)

3. Mississippi Burning (political films do well with Oscars)

4. Working Girl (the light part of the roster; could have attracted some fans)

5. The Accidental Tourist ( I think people then are just afraid to tell how bored they were with this film)

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What’s you pick? Do you agree with the Academy, or with me, or you have a different choice?

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