Oscar Movies: Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone
Director: Oliver Stone
Screenplay (Adapted): Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic
Actor: Tom Cruise
Cinematography: Robert Richardson
Film Editing: David Brenner and Joe Hutshing
Sound: Michael Minkler, Gregory H. Watkins, Wylie Stateman, and Tod A. Maitland
Original Score: John Williams

Oscar Awards: 2

Director
Film Editing

Oscar Context

The most nominated film in 1989, “Driving Miss Daisy” received four Oscars out of its nine nominations, including Picture, Screenplay, and Best Actress. The biggest scandal was that the film's director, Bruce Beresford, failed to receive recognition from his peers in the Directors Branch.

The other Best Picture nominees represented a mixed bag in genre and quality: Oliver Stone's Vietnam drama “Born on the Fourth of July” with 8 nominations and 2 Oscars, “My Left Foot” with 5, “Dead Poets Society” with 4, and “Field of Dreams” with 3.

The winner of the Cinematography Oscar was Freddie Francis for the Civil War movie “Glory,” which also won the Sound Oscar. The Scoring Award went to Alan Menken for “The Little Mermaid.”