Oscar Movies: Crying Game, The (1992)

Miramax Release

Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by Stephen Woolley
Director: Neil Jordan
Actor: Stephen Rea
Supporting Actor: Jaye Davidson
Screenplay (Original): Neil Jordan
Film Editing: Kant Pan

Oscar Awards: 1

Screenplay

Oscar Context

“Unforgiven” is only the third Western to receive the Best Picture Oscar after “Cimarron” (1933) and Kevin Costner's “Dances With Wolves” (1990). Though released in the summer, it was both a critical and commercial success; the film was named Best Picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

At Oscar time, “Unforgiven” competed for the Best Picture with Neil Jordan's suspenseful drama, “The Crying Game,” “A Few Good Men,” the literary adaptation “Howards End,” and the well-acted melodrama, “Scent of a Woman.” Some felt that this auteurist effort–Eastwood was the producer, director, and star–reflected the Academy and industry's wish to recognize a major star that has never been nominated before.

The Best Actor winner was Al Pacino for “Scent of a Woman,” and Gene Hackman won the Supporting Actor award (his second Oscar) for playing the nasty sheriff in “Unforgiven.”