October 28th, 2009


Not Much of a Drama Queen

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Mom Movie

I have been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. The next on my list was the 1983 winner, Terms of Endearment, directed by James L. Brooks (famous for his work on The Simpsons as well as for directing Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets) and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger.

Terms of Endearment is a family drama focusing on the story of a mother and daughter who often disagree but who nevertheless support each other through many challenges. While it ends with a tragedy, the movie is neither saccharine nor overplayed but feels like a genuiine chronicle of family life.

The other Best Picture nominees that year were The Big Chill, The Dresser, The Right Stuff, and Tender Mercies. Terms of Endearment also won Oscars for Best Acting in a Supporting Role (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress in a Leading Role (MacLaine), Best Director, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Brooks, from the Larry McMurty novel).

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