(Courtesy: Barry Morrow)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood ReporterRain Man
, the dramedy about a remarkable autistic man (Dustin Hoffman
), was the big winner at the Oscars 28 years ago, claiming best picture, director (Barry Levinson
), actor (Hoffman) and adapted screenplay, for which two statuettes were awarded: one to Barry Morrow
, who wrote a script inspired by his friend Kim Peek
, a “megasavant” he met after winning an Emmy for writing the 1981 TV movie Bill
, another classic about a person with special needs; and the other to Ron Bass
, who polished Morrow’s version.
Most Oscar winners proudly display their statuette where many will see it; Morrow has taken that to the extreme. He rarely has seen his in the years since Amy Irving
and Richard Dreyfuss
handed it to him — but it’s probably been more widely seen and held by others than any Oscar in history.
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