Congratulations on the Win! Obviously Bigelow’s historic win but also Boal’s win. I know there was the usual ‘rubbishing’ of the story as the awards approached but the film has consistently been well-reviewed as a well-executed film that looks at the prism of Iraq through the main Bomb Unit characters. I wonder if in years to come it’ll be viewed how Platoon is viewed. Presumably the combination of these Iraq films ( Lions for Lambs, In The Valley of Elah, The Kingdom, etc) will eventually add up to the effect that one film, Pontecorvo’s Battle Of Algiers does as an examination of colonialism, the blindness and arrogance of power and it’s human effect.
The ‘verbatim’-ness of Hurt Locker and Battle of Algiers are the connections. Hurt Locker still to make the big cultural connection of films like Platoon, and other Vietnam films such as Full Metal Jacket but it has certainly made a critical connection that will keep it talked about for a while one would imagine.