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    This film is definetely divisive. What do you think of it? Did the Academy got it right?

    Other nominees for Best Picture that year:

    The Color Purple
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Prizzi’s Honor
    Witness

    It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!

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    I must say that despite the best efforts from everyone involved (both in front of and behind the camera), Out of Africa in my opinion still has to be the most boring Best Picture winner of the 1980s. The Color Purple was robbed!

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    I would have given it to Witness

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    The Color Purple was robbed

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    Prizzi’s Honor was surprisingly good. After it was over, I was surprised at how small Anjelica Huston’s role was and I was wondering how she swept the Best Support Actress awards that year outside of nepotism. But then her performance stayed with me the most out of all the nominees. Also, her father lit her perfectly. She was glowing in that movie.

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    God, how I hate OUT OF AFRICA. I really find it to be a bore but I did think Streep and especially Brandauer were good in it. The cinematography and score were also quite good.

    Of the nominees, I would’ve easily voted for WITNESS. I am also a fan of KISS OF THR SPIDER WOMAN.

    I am more mixed on PURPLE and I thought PRIZZI’S HONOR was just okay (Huston was fantastic in her small-ish role).

    Some of the other films from that year I loved were: COME & SEE, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, THE OFFICIAL STORY, BACK TO THE FUTURE, and BRAZIL.

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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    In my opinion its one of the worst decisions and worst best picture winners. The film is so dull and I struggle to find any redeeming factors for it.

    The Colour Purple is to date one of my favourite all time films and the fact that it won nothing will never not hurt my soul deeply.

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    “The Color Purple” should have won BP. There was no other choice.

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    Out of Africa is a snooze and The Color Purple should have won Best Picture. I watched Prizzi’s Honor twice and I still think Oprah Winfrey should have won Supporting Actress. I wonder if Anjelica was thought the best way to honor Prizzi’s Honor.

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    “Out of Africa” is a huge poem. A poem to love, a poem to Africa, a poem to nature.

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    So I’m the only one who loved it. They do not make them like that anymore: epic, unbashedly romantic.

    Streep was on fire in this as both a fierce heroine and a romantic leading lady.

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    Loathe

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    So I’m the only one who loved it. They do not make them like that anymore: epic, unbashedly romantic. Streep was on fire in this as both a fierce heroine and a romantic leading lady.

    Absolutely agree! While growing up, I loved watching The Color Purple on cable, but Out of Africa is on another level. The Color Purple is more of a crowd pleaser whereas Out of Africa is an epic. It’s got grand-scale cinematography and a memorable score, not to mention its outstanding performance by Meryl Streep who totally carried the film on her shoulders.  If ever there was an Oscar that she was robbed of, it was that one. Not to take anything away from the legendary Geraldine Page who deserved the win, but Meryl was equally worthy. By the way, for those of you who find this movie “boring”, it was not just a hit with the industry, it was also a box office smash.

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