The English Patient

The English Patient
War
, RomanceDrama
2008

Director: Anthony Minghella Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham, Jürgen Prochnow, Kevin Whately, Torri Higginson

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Juliette Binoche); Best Director (Anthony Minghella); Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Costume Design; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score (Gabriel Yared)

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ralph Fiennes); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Kristen Scott Thomas); Best Adapted Screenplay (Anthony Minghella)

I First Saw In: 2010

Synopsis: At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Did You Know? The burn makeup worn by Ralph Fiennes took 5 hours to apply each day. Fiennes insisted that the full-body makeup be applied each time, even for scenes in which only his head would be filmed.

Quotables: KATHARINE: You speak so many bloody languages, and you never want to talk.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I can appreciate the cinematic beauty of this film. The acting, costumes, production design, original score, cinematography are all beautiful. The story itself doesn’t really do anything for me. It’s a little on the boring side.

I am still confused about how the Academy decides what’s a leading role versus what’s a supporting role. To me, Juliette Binoche is clearly the leading lady, while Kristin Scott Thomas is obviously the supporting character. But the Academy chose to nominate them oppositely.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233