63rd Academy Awards Revisited: Dances With Wolves vs. Goodfellas


The Best Picture at the 63rd Academy Awards in 1991 was Dances With Wolves. However, I like other film buffs believe that Goodfellas should have been the proper winner for the films released in 1990 rather than Dances.

Goodfellas was the organized crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci. It won Pesci an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Bracco). At the box office, it was just shy of $50 million.

It was ranked #94 in the original American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Movies” list and moved up to #92 in the 10 year anniversary edition. It was #2 in AFI’s 10 Top 10 list for gangster films.

The Scorsese classic would later inspire David Chase to create The Sopranos.

Dances With Wolves was directed by Kevin Costner. He starred in the film along with Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, and Rodney A. Grant. The film went on to win 7 Oscars: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound, and Original Score. It was nominated for an additional 5 Oscars: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design.

It was ranked #75 in the original American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Movies” list and was not ranked in the 10 year anniversary edition.

The legacy for Dances included revitalizing the Western genre.

Because Goodfellas made the cut in the 10 year anniversary list and Dances With Wolves did not, it adds to the argument that Goodfellas was the better picture.

Tags: Dances With Wolves Entertainment Goodfellas Joe Pesci Kevin Costner Martin Scorsese Movies Ray Liotta Robert De Niro

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