I don’t understand the writer’s problem with 80s period pieces…most of them were excellent (Amadeus, The Last Emperor, and even those that didn’t win, like Passage to India, which wasn’t a period piece per se, but rather a beautiful film version of an E.M. Forster novel), even though they were “long.” I find the criticism irrelevant. Also, of the nominees in 1994, the only one that deserved to win was Quiz Show. Pulp Fiction was gimmicky (as gimmicky as Forrest Gump). Shawshank overrated. Four Weddings and a Funeral was fun, but a bit glossy.