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Driving Miss Daisy Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by [[Performer~P114852~Alfred Uhry~alfreduhry]], Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron ([[Performer~P69780~Jessica Tandy~jessicatandy]]) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke ([[Performer~P90514~Morgan Freeman~morganfreeman]]). Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke's "people" are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they've been friends and kindred spirits all along. The supporting cast includes [[Performer~P61226~Esther Rolle~estherrolle]] as Miss Daisy's housekeeper and [[Performer~P80282~Dan Aykroyd~danaykroyd]] as Miss Daisy's son, Boolie (reportedly, playwright [[Performer~P114852~Uhry~alfreduhry]] based the character upon himself). Driving Miss Daisy won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress ([[Performer~P69780~Jessica Tandy~jessicatandy]]), Best Screenplay ([[Performer~P114852~Uhry~alfreduhry]]), and Best Makeup ([[Performer~P321114~Manlio Rochetti~manliorochetti]]). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 23, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin Haney Best Makeup 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Morgan Freeman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Winner
National Board of Review Morgan Freeman Best Actor 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Morgan Freeman Best Actor 1989 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Morgan Freeman Silver Bear for Best Actor 1990 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bruce Beresford Best Director 1990 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bruce Beresford Best Picture 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dan Aykroyd Best Supporting Actor 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jessica Tandy Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jessica Tandy Best Actress 1989 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jessica Tandy Best Actress 1990 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Jessica Tandy Silver Bear for Best Actress 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard D. Zanuck Best Picture 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lili Fini Zanuck Best Picture 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Warner Best Editing 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruno Rubeo Best Art Direction 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Crispian Sallis Best Art Direction 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Uhry Best Adapted Screenplay 1989 Winner

Cast

Morgan Freeman
as Hoke Colburn
Jessica Tandy
as Miss Daisy Werthan
Dan Aykroyd
as Boolie Werthan
Patti LuPone
as Florine Werthan
Esther Rolle
as Idella
Muriel Moore
as Miriam
Jack Rousso
as Slick
Ray McKinnon
as Trooper
Bob Hannah
as Red Mitchell
Sylvia Kaler
as Beulah
Ashley Josey
as Trooper
Fred Faser
as Insurance Agent
Joann Havrilla
as Miss McClatchey
Carolyn Gold
as Neighbor Lady

Crew

Bruce Beresford
Director
Dan Aykroyd
Producer
Jake Eberts
Producer
Alfred Uhry
Play Author
Alfred Uhry
Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Warner
Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Victor Kempster
Art Director
Richard D. Zanuck
Co-producer
Lili Fini Zanuck
Co-producer
David Brown
Executive Producer
Crispian Sallis
Set Designer
Bob Shelley
Special Effects
Jake Eberts
Co-Executive Producer
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