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Plot, Details & Awards

Driving Miss Daisy

PG In Theaters 12/12/1989 , 99min.
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Plot & Details

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron (Jessica Tandy) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke (Morgan Freeman). 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 Esther Rolle as Miss Daisy's housekeeper and Dan Aykroyd as Miss Daisy's son, Boolie (reportedly, playwright Uhry based the character upon himself). Driving Miss Daisy won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), Best Screenplay (Uhry), and Best Makeup (Manlio Rochetti).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Lili Fini Zanuck Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Elizabeth McBride Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Mark Warner Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Bruno Rubeo Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Kevin Haney Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Manilo Rocchetti Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Morgan Freeman Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Dan Aykroyd Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Lynn Barber Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Crispian Sallis Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Alfred Uhry Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Jessica Tandy Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Richard D. Zanuck Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Jessica Tandy Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Bruce Beresford Nominated
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Bruce Beresford Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Won
1989 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Morgan Freeman Won
1989 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Jessica Tandy Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Jessica Tandy Won
1990 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor Morgan Freeman Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Jessica Tandy Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Bruce Beresford Nominated
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Bruce Beresford Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 National Board of Review Best Picture Won
1989 National Board of Review Best Actor Morgan Freeman Won

National Media Owl

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 National Media Owl Second Prize Won

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