Enormously entertaining, Broadcast News is an inside look at the personal and professional lives of three TV journlists.
Brooks gently punctures the self-importance of his characters with a sly satrical edge. When veteran reporter Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) and hard-nosed producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) go to the jungles of Central America to report on the revolution, the results are too humorous and self-serving to take seriously.
Where Craig and Altman are seasoned professionals with great talent, Tom Grunick (William Hurt) is a slick ex-sportscaster who knows how to turn on the charm and seduce an audience. But is it news, his colleagues wonder.
Tom loves himself and loves Jane. In short it’s a case of scrambled emotions among people who heretofore have substituted work for pleasure.
Hunter is simply superb barking out orders from a mouth contorted with who-knows-what emotions. As the neurotic but brilliant reporter, Brooks gives an insightful performance while communicating his character’s guardedness and anguish. As the hardest of the characters to read, Hurt does a good job keeping up the mystery so one never knows when he’s sincere or faking, and maybe he doesn’t either.
1987: Nominations: Best Picture, Actor (William Hurt), Actress (Holly Hunter), Supp. Actor (Albert Brooks), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing