This 1994 film is based on the Twenty One
quiz show scandals of the 1950s involving contestants Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) and Herb Stempel (John Turturro). On a hunch, lawyer Richard Goodwin (Rob Morrow) investigates and unearths details of behind-the-scenes tampering by NBC producers, who were subsequently made to testify at congressional hearings.
The film received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Paul Scofield), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Though mostly forgotten, the film is a charming Best Picture nominee.
In this modest biopic, Geoffrey Rush stars as David Helfgott, a talented but troubled pianist. Taught to play by his father, David rises and falls in popularity in his native Australia, suffering a mental breakdown and living in institutions before a small resurgence at a local diner.
The film received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Dramatic Score. While the film did not deserve that much recognition, it is hard to argue against Rush's Best Actor Oscar win.
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