Oscar Movies: Working Girl (1988)


Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by Douglas Wick
Director: Mike Nichols
Actress: Melanie Griffith
Supporting Actress: Sigourney Weaver
Supporting Actress: Joan Cusack
Song: “Let the River Run,” music and lyrics by Carly Simon

Oscar Awards: 1


Oscar Context

The most nominated film in 1988, “Rain Man,” received four Oscars out of its 8 nods, including Picture, Director, and Actor. The other Best Picture nominees represented a mixed bag in terms of genre and quality: “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Mississippi Burning,” each with 8 nominations, Mike Nichols's comedy-fable “Working Girl,” with 6, and Kasdan's literary adaptation “The Accidental Tourist,” with 4.

Comedies seldom win the Best Picture, and “Working Girl” was no exception. What made it exceptional, though, is that three women were nominated for Oscars, and Sigourney Weaver was also nominated for the lead that year in “Gorillas in the Mist.”

In 1988, Jodie Foster won the Best Actress Oscar for “The Accused,” and Geena Davis the Supporting Actress for “The Accidental Tourist.”