August 24th, 2010

Oscars

Doomed Romance

I've been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was the 1996 winner, The English Patient, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Defoe and Kristin Scott Thomas.

The English Patient is a romance set in the World War II era. In the film, a severely wounded man relives a romance that took place in the opening days of the war. Meanwhile, he is cared for by a headstrong nurse who suffers from her own memories.

The other nominees for Best Picture that year were Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Secrets & Lies and Shine. In addition to Best Picture, The English Patient also won Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Binoche), Best Art Direction - Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music - Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound.

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