1000 Great Films
(c) 2009, William L. Sinclair

Driving Miss Daisy

Dir: Bruce Beresford, 1989 (8*)
Best Picture (AA, GG)
Gentle southern comedy about a strong-willed, traditional southern widow, Oscar winner Jessica Tandy, and her chauffeur Hoke, Morgan Freeman, in what should have been his first Oscar winning role, based on Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Oscar nominee Dan Akroyd is the frustrated but loving son, in his best and only Oscar-nominated performance, who talks her into a chauffeur in the first place against her will after she has a minor accident in the driveway. Beresford has used terrific acting to make this a heartwarming and moving film, yet at the same time showing people of different backgrounds and races using kindness and humility to become close and loyal friends . Four Oscars
2 comments:

I just saw this again recently and really liked it. It holds up as a story, both historically and emotionally. Deserved its Oscars.


I'm from Georgia, so it's an easy film to identify with. Pretty accurate.

Ironically, director Beresford wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar – only other best pic winner whose director wasn’t: Grand Hotel, which only got one nomination, for Picture!

I have a reference to that at the bottom of the list of Picture winners (at the World’s Best Films blog), then directors who won but whose films didn’t (only 20 or so): Best Pictures and Directors


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