By Steven Suskin
10 Feb 2013
Daisy is played by the 80-year-old Jessica Tandy. who had 40-odd years earlier created the role of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Tandy gives a luminous performance, which was rewarded with her only Oscar (to go along with three Tonys and an Emmy). Top-billed over Ms. Tandy is Morgan Freeman; he had originated the role of Hoke on stage, and his film performance made him a full-fledged movie star. He is, needless to say, wonderful. Dan Aykroyd is surprisingly strong as Daisy's long-suffering son, Boolie. Australian Bruce Beresford ("Tender Mercies") directs, and well, too. Oddly enough, "Driving Miss Daisy" was a rare Best Film winner for which the director was not even nominated. The first since "Grand Hotel," as it happens. And who knows? It could happen again soon. Very soon.
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