On November 30, 1990, the widely acclaimed psychological horror film “Misery” was released. The film is based on Stephen King’s 1987 novel of the same name. The film stars James Caan and Kathy Bates as novelist Paul Sheldon and nurse Annie Wilkes, respectively.
The film tells the story of famed novelist Paul Sheldon who gets into a car accident because of a blizzard, only to be rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes. Annie Wilkes is revealed to be Sheldon’s “number-one fan,” while nursing him back to health. She later begins to hold him hostage, taking her status as a fan to a deranged level.
The film received positive reviews, with King stating it being one of his favorite big-screen adaptations of his work. The film was ranked #12 on Bravo’s “100 Scariest Movie Moments,” while the American Film Institute has ranked the character of Annie Wilkes (played by Kathy Bates) as their 17th most iconic villain (an sixth most iconic villainess) in film history in their “100 Heroes and Villains” list.
Kathy Bates won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “Misery.” As of 2013, “Misery” is the only Stephen King adaptation to have won an Oscar.