Out of Africa cleaned up that year. Does it really hold up as a worthy winner or has it been overshadowed by other films in the succeeding years? Were Witness or Color Purple worthy alternatives? And what were the sins of omission? Back to the Future? Ran? Brazil?
I think The Color Purple has held up the best out of these films and it is most definitely one of Speilberg’s most underrated films. The fact that it now ties the record for most nominations without a single win shows that something is definitelt wrong with the Academy.
Whilst ‘The Color Purple’ has its flaws it’s still amongst my favourite film of all time.
Back to the Future.
Of the nominees I usually flip flop between Witness and Prizzi’s Honor. I’m going with WITNESS right now. After those 2 Kiss of the Spider Woman, then Out of Africa.
The Color Purple is last and here is why…Spielberg, IMO, makes this rather dark subject into way too slick and hollywood a film. The images are so beautiful that it takes away from the story, the swelling score often doesn’t help either. For so long I tried to buy a juxtaposition between the two and still I just don’t buy it. The film has plenty of merit without doubt, I just don’t care for the overall exeuction.
My abosulte favorite film of 1985: PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
Well seeing as how the REAL Best Picture of that Year, Back to the Future, was not nominated, my second Best Picture “The Color Purple” will be the one I pick.
Out of that group I went with Witness, but I agree with Tyler in that Back to the Future was the ‘best’ film of the year; or one of the best.
The Color Purple.
Ran and Brazil were much better films than the nominees.
I voted for Witness.
Of course The Color Purple is gonna do well on Goldderby though.
Some great films were snubbed: Back to the Future, Brazil, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and Ran come to mind.
Of the nominees, I found Prizzi’s Honor to be solid but not amazing.
Kiss of the Spider Woman was a dreamlike film that I think has held up well.
Out of Africa had strong performances from Streep and Brandauer and a strong score and beautiful cinematography….and it ended there. Otherwise, it was a bore!
The Color Purple is also solid, but I concur it is too Spielberg-a-fied.
WITNESS gets my vote. Such a strong, well-executed film.