Saving Private Ryan

The greatest robbery in Oscar history.

If you think Shakespeare in Love deserved to beat Steven Spielberg’s ode to the men who fought, and died, to save the world, you should probably stop watching movies.

The opening, when Tom Hanks and Co. hit the beaches during D-Day, is a monumental achievement of sound and fury, laced with quiet melancholy over what is being lost.

But, as strong as that first bow is, the rest of the film holds up its end of the deal.

From Jeremy Davies on the staircase to Hanks final stand, this is the Best Picture of 1998.

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