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Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Poster

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Jessica Tandy won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Daisy Werthan. At age 81, she is the oldest winner of a Best Actress Oscar. She was the oldest winner for a competitive Oscar until 2012 when Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for Beginners (2010) at age 82. He is still the oldest acting winner and nominee (having been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for All the Money in the World (2017) at age 88). He was later usurped by James Ivory who won Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me by Your Name (2017) at age 87.
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So convinced was she that she would lose out, Jessica Tandy had a one hundred dollar bet with her agent, that she wouldn't win the Oscar for Best Actress. When she paid up on Oscar night, she told him that it was the best bet she had ever lost.
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As of 2018, this is the last Best Picture Oscar winner with a PG rating.
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Three black men are seen crossing railroad tracks in Atlanta. All three of these men are descendants of the real person (Will Coleman) that the "Hoke" character was based upon.
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Alfred Uhry based the story of Daisy and Hoke on his own grandmother Lena Fox and her chauffeur Will Coleman.
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Hans Zimmer's score was done completely with synthesizers, all of which he played. No orchestra was used.
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One of only five films to win an Academy Award for Best Picture without also being nominated for Best Director. The others are Wings (1927), Grand Hotel (1932), Argo (2012), and Green Book (2018).
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While being interviewed in the 2008 PBS Mini-Series The Jewish Americans (2008), Alfred Uhry, who wrote the film's screenplay, and grew up as a Jewish child in Atlanta during the 40s and 50s, admitted that many Jews in Atlanta celebrated Christmas, like Boolie and his wife, in an attempt to be a part of a community, where Jews were a minority.
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Miss Daisy's Georgian house, a 6,140-square-foot estate, at 822 Lullwater Rd NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30307, went on the market for 1.99 million dollars in 2013. With an expanded third floor, the house now contains six bedrooms and five and a half baths.
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In the scene where Ms. Daisy and Hoke stop to eat while riding to Mobile AL, Ms Daisy talks about the first time she went to Alabama in 1888 and she was 12 yrs old. The movie ends in 1973, when she is 97 years old.
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The film is the only adaptation of an off-Broadway production ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
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In the scene where Miss Daisy gives Hoke a writing book as a gift, she mentions to Hoke, that she taught Mayor Hartsfield out of the same book. This is a reference to William Hartsfield (1890-1971) who was a six term mayor of Atlanta from 1937-1961.
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The play won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1988.
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Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Lauren Bacall and Angela Lansbury all were interested in playing Miss Daisy. Studio executives also considered Bette Midler and Eddie Murphy pairing.
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While Daisy and Hoke are driving to Boolie and Florine's house for a Christmas party, Daisy says of Florine, "I hope she doesn't take in into her head to sing tonight." Patti LuPone, who played Florine, is a multiple Tony- and Grammy- Award-winning Broadway musical star.
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Second of only two Academy Award Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from plays having won the Pulitzer Prize. The first was You Can't Take It with You (1938).
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Morgan Freeman originated the role of Hoke in the off-Broadway production of the play.
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Alfred Uhry's 1987 play, on which this movie is based, is the first of his "Atlanta Trilogy" of plays about Jews in Atlanta, Georgia. The other two plays are "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (1996), a play about a family preparing for the Atlanta Jewish society cotillion, and "Parade" (1998), a musical about the false conviction and 1915 lynching of Atlanta factory manager Leo Frank.
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The role of Florine, played by Patti LuPone, is not in the original play. It was written in by Alfred Uhry specifically for LuPone, who, Uhry felt, looked good in a costume.
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One of three Warner Bros. movies in a row where the Best Picture winner co-stars Morgan Freeman. The other two are Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). The Departed (2006) would be the first Best Picture Oscar Winner for Warner Bros. without Freeman since Amadeus (1984). It is also the only one out of the three that Clint Eastwood didn't direct or star with Freeman.
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One of several Hollywood movies, set in the American South, directed by Australian director Bruce Beresford. The films include Last Dance (1996), Rich in Love (1992), Tender Mercies (1983) Crimes of the Heart (1986), and Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
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In the scenes involving the black four door Cadillac sedan, Bruce Beresford used both a 1955 and a 1956 Cadillac. The cars' exteriors are identical, except for the rear exhaust fender flare on the '56. The rear fender on the '55 is flat.
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The aria heard in the azalea blossoms and time passes scene, when Daisy is listening to the radio, is "Song To The Moon" from Antonín Dvorák's "Rusalka".
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Features Dan Aykroyd's only Oscar nominated performance.
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Morgan Freeman's role in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) was given to him after the 1990's Oscars when he was nominated as Best Actor when Brian De Palma decided to make a more balanced film, changing the role of the judge from a Jewish one to an African-American. Another option thought by the director was James Earl Jones, and like Freeman, he played Hoke in a theater version of Driving Miss Daisy (1989), years later after the film.
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Jessica Tandy's Best Actress Oscar winning performance was the only nominee in the category in a Best Picture nominee that year.
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The first film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards and the Producers Guild of America Awards.
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Dan Aykroyd's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category in a Best Picture nominee that year.
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Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson presented the Best Picture Oscar to producers David Brown and Lili Fini Zanuck at the Oscar ceremony in 1990.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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The only film that year to be nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars.
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Project was rejected by Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Paramount and Columbia.
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Dan Aykroyd and Esther Rolle later appeared in My Fellow Americans (1996).
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Jessica Tandy was also being driven by her chauffeur in Alfred Hitchcock Presents "The Canary Sedan", air date June 15, 1958.
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The only Best Picture nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup.
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Based on playwright Alfred Uhry's grandmother Lena Fox and her driver Will Coleman.
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Eddie Murphy was considered for Hoke Colborn
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The first time Daisy agrees to let Hoke drive her, She remarks she is nobody's fool. The 1994 film Nobody's Fool was Jessica Tandy's last as she passed away before it was released.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Towards the end of the movie, viewers see that Boolie Werthan has put his mother's house up for sale. The house is listed by Harry Norman Realtors, which is an actual real estate company in Atlanta, Georgia. It was started in the 1930s, and is still in business, as of 2009, and operated by a descendant of Mrs. Harry Norman, the woman who founded the company.
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Before Idella dies, she and Hoke are watching The Edge of Night (1956). During the period in which the movie is set, CBS aired "Edge" live at four p.m. every day.
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