Political Film Society - Newsletter #100 - April 1, 2001

April 1, 2001


Political films have often been nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture, but they rarely get the votes. Gladiator, the winner for the year 2000, raised far less political consciousness than Erin Brockovich and Traffic, which were also nominated for best picture. From 1986-2000, some 25 films have received both Political Film Society nominations and top Oscar nominations (that is, for best picture and best director). Of the 25 movies, 44 percent were voted Political Film Society awards, while 12 percent got Oscars for best picture or best director. Only three films have received both Oscars and Political Film Society awards. The list below shows all films nominated by both the Political Film Society and the Academy for best picture or best director:

1986 Platoon**
1987 none
1988 Mississippi Burning*
1989 Dead Poets Society,* Driving Miss Daisy, Born on the Fourth of July
1990 Dances with Wolves,** Reversal of Fortune
1991 JFK, Boyz ‘n the Hood*
1992 Howards End
1993 In the Name of the Father,* The Piano, Schindler’s List,** Short Cuts
1994 Quiz Show*
1995 Dead Man Walking*
1996 The People Versus Larry Flynt
1997 L.A. Confidential
1998 Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, The Truman Show
1999 The Insider,* The Green Mile*
2000 Eric Brockovich, Traffic

*Won a Political Film Society award.
** Won both a top Oscar and a Political Film Society award.


Two more excellent papers are now available from the politics and film panel at the Western Political Science Association on March 17 in Las Vegas. Jay Clary (Cal State Fullerton) has contributed Presidential Succession: Film as a Primary Catalyst. Matthew O’Gara (University of Southern California) has donated Perceptions of Northern Ireland in Political Film. Both are available as Working Papers for $5. Write for copies to the above address.