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Driving Miss Daisy

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Driving Miss Daisy is a 1987 play by Alfred Uhry adapted into a 1989 Warner Bros. film which tells the story of the relationship between an old Southern Jewish lady and her African-American chauffeur Hoke over the span of many years. As the title implies, however, it is really told from the point of view of the chauffeur.

The play was the first in Uhry's "Atlanta Trilogy" dealing with Jewish residents of that city in the early 20th century. Uhry's most successful play, it won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The film version directed by Bruce Beresford starred Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in the lead roles. It also starred Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone and Esther Rolle.

It won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jessica Tandy), Best Makeup, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for Uhry's adaptation of his own play. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Morgan Freeman), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Dan Aykroyd), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing.

The music score was written by Hans Zimmer.

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