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Also, none of those nominations were for the actors, which can seem slightly egregious when one sees the performances of Nick Nolte and Elias Koteas.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association note who run the Golden Globes gave it no nominations, and neither did the BAFTAs.
Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is a symphonic piece, probably his best work to date (and yes, that is saying something). Many people who haven't seen the film have heard the soundtrack in trailers for other, lesser war movies. Some people were even angry at Pearl Harbor when the beautiful trailer music taken from this film got them into theatres to see that film.
Heartwarming Moments: The film's opening in the Melanesian village; the death of Pvt. Coombs (a very young Matt Doran) as his fellow soldiers try to comfort him.
Strawman Has a Point: Lt. Colonel Tall is presented as exactly the kind of commander no one would want to work for, a Jerkass who cares more about glory than about his soldiers' lives. But he may be right about a lot of things, too; men die in war, and Staros may be too compassionate to lead them into it. And when he has a full understanding of the tactical situation he comes up with plans that ultimately work.