Martin Brest made his feature film writing and directing debut with Hot Tomorrows (1977). Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy, was Brest's first huge success. His work on the film propelled him to the Hollywood A-List and he next worked with Robert De Niro in Midnight Run (1998), then directed Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman (1992). Pacino went on to win both the Oscar and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. The film itself was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as was Brest for Best Director. In Meet Joe Black (1998), Brest directed as well as produced a story inspired by the 1934 classic, Death Takes a Holiday with Brad Pitt playing Death and Sir Anthony Hopkins acts as his tutor while he takes a time-out on earth.