Mississippi Burning (1988)
Academy Award for Best Director (Alan Parker)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Gerry Hambling)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Frederick M. Zollo, Robert F. Colesberry)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand)Award details: (details at IMDb)
Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American crime thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the murders of three civil rights workers in the U.S. state of Mississippi in 1964. The film focuses on the professional relationship between two FBI agents portrayed by Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe who investigate the murders. Hackman's character of agent Rupert Anderson, and Dafoe's part of agent Alan Ward, are loosely based on the partnership of FBI agents John Proctor and Joseph Sullivan. The film also features Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey, and Gailard Sartain in supporting roles. It won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and was nominated in a number of other categories including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Filming locations included a number of locales in central Mississippi and in LaFayette, Alabama.