Sunday, March 7, 2010

Best Pictures That Never Were: Day 18

Year: 1998
Movie: Saving Private Ryan
Best Picture Winner: Shakespeare in Love

Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Director, the film also captured Oscars for Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound and Sound Effects Editing. More than 70 critics and critics' groups named the film Best Picture of the Year, while the Los Angeles, Toronto and Broadcast Film Critics honored it with both Best Picture and Best Director awards. Spielberg also received his third Directors Guild of America Award, the American Legion "The Spirit of Normandy" Award, a USO Merit Award from the USO of Metropolitan Washington, as well as the highest civilian public service award from the Department of the Army. Selected for more than 160 Top Ten lists, Saving Private Ryan's other honors include Golden Globes for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director, the Producers Guild of America Award and ten nominations from the British Academy Film Awards. Saving Private Ryan was the top-grossing motion picture of 1998.
After all that the Oscar did not go to Saving Private Ryan but to Shakespeare in Love? Well that's just wrong on so many levels. Shakespeare in Love was a good movie but nothing compared to Saving Private Ryan, I mean nothing! This is the movie that set the way war movies would be shot and told.
The movie begins with the D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the a group of men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one?
A very well put together film and a movie that should be viewed by everybody.

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