Annal: 1992 Academy Award® for Best Motion Picture

Results of the Academy Award® in the year 1992.

Film:The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme

Based on Thomas Harris’s novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI,…

Film:Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

The film that officially signaled Disney’s animation renaissance (following The Little Mermaid) and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself), Belle boldly takes her father’s place, imprisoned in the Beast’s gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle…

Film:Bugsy

Bugsy

Barry Levinson

Bugsy represents an almost miraculous combination of director, writer, and star on a project that represents a career highlight for everyone involved. It’s one of the best American gangster movies ever made—as good in its own way as any of the Godfather films—and it’s impossible to imagine anyone better than Beatty in the movie’s flashy title role. As notorious mobster and Las Vegas visionary “Bugsy” Siegel, Beatty is perfectly cast as a man whose dreams are greater than his ability to realize them—or at least, greater than his ability to stay alive…

Film:JFK

JFK

Oliver Stone

Not a John F Kennedy biopic, but a film of New Orleans’ attorney Jim Garrison’s investigation into the President’s assassination, JFK is that rarest of things, a modern Hollywood drama which credits the audience with serious intelligence and ultimately proves itself a great film. Oliver Stone’s film has the archetypal story, visual scale and substance to match; not just a gripping real-life conspiracy thriller, but a fable for the fall of the American dream (a theme further explored by the director in Nixon and Any Given Sunday). JFK

Film:The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand’s best film as a director is helped enormously by one of Nick Nolte’s finest performances. Nolte plays a football coach who is estranged from his wife (Blythe Danner) and who enters into an affair with the psychiatrist (Streisand) of his suicidal sister (Melinda Dillon). Streisand is acceptable in her star turn, but behind the camera she paces the story very well and provides lots of room for Nolte to inhabit his burdened but likable character. George Carlin is a bit token as a gay New Yorker, although Jason Gould (Streisand’s son) is good as a…

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