March 19th, 2010

Oscars

Avatar with Wolves

I've been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was the 1990 winner, Dances with Wolves, directed by and starring Kevin Costner and also starring Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, and Rodney A. Grant.

Dances with Wolves is an historical drama about a United States soldier who crosses cultural boundaries to connect with the native people of the then-unsettled Western U.S. plains. The film strives for as much authenticity as possible in the course of telling this tragic American tale.

The other nominees for Best Picture that year were Awakenings, Ghost, The Godfather III and Good Fellas. In addition to Best Picture, Dances with Wolves also won Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), Best Sound, and Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - the novel by Michael Blake, who also wrote the screenplay).

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