Oscar Movies: Fatal Attraction (1987)

Paramount (Jaffe/Lansing Production)

Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by Stanley R. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing.
Director: Adrian Lyne
Screenplay (Adapted): James Dearden
Actress: Glenn Close
Supporting Actress: Anne Archer
Film Editing: Michael Kahn and Peter E. Berger

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

Bernardo Bertolucci's epic The Last Emperor swept most (nine) of the 1987 Oscars, and it's one of the few films in the Academy's history to have won in each and every nominated category.

Boasting stunning cinematography (the film was shot in the Forbidden City), it suffers from an episodic narrative with no coherent story and no epic hero at its center. Some of the film's flaws are determined by the historical facts. Thes protagonist, Pu Yi (who became emperor of China at the age of three), was a passive man who lacked any power over his life.

This may have accounted for the fact that none of the performers was nominated. But in terms of visual images, art direction, costumes, and editing, The Last Emperor offers an exciting treat to the eye.

Bertolucci's win at his second nomination (the first was for Last Tango in Paris), made him the first and only Italian filmmaker to receive a competitive Oscar.

The four other Best Picture nominees were: James L. Brooks' “Broadcast News,” Adrian Lyne's “Fatal Attraction,” John Boorman's autobiographical “Hope and Glory,” and Norman Jewison's comedy “Moonstruck.”

Cher won the Best Actress Oscar and Olympia Dukakis the Supporting Actress for “Moonstruck.”