Oscar Movies: Dead Poets Society (1989)

Buena Vista (Touchstone Pictures Production in association with Silver Screen Partners IV)

Oscar Nominations: 4

Picture, produced by Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, and Tony Thomas
Screenplay (Original): Tom Schulman
Director: Peter Weir
Actor: Robin Williams

Oscar Awards: 1

Screenplay

Oscar Context

The most nominated film in 1989, “Driving Miss Daisy” received four Oscars out of its nine nominations, including Picture, Screenplay, and 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, “My Left Foot” with 5, “Dead Poets Society” with 4, and “Field of Dreams” with 3.

Daniel Day-Lewis deservedly won the Best Actor Oscar for “My Left Foot,” and Oliver Stone won Best Director for the Vietnam War drama, “Born on the Fourth of July.”