Hoffman’s character, Ted Kramer, a father who is not even sure what grade his son is in, suddenly faces the reality of parenting. Once he adjusts his life and begins to become the good guy in steps his wife, played by Meryl Streep and demand custody.
You begin to root for the dad, mainly due to Hoffman’s dynamic performance. All of his best scenes come late in the film, especially one eleventh-hour job interview. This movie was an actor’s dream, and with it Dustin Hoffman’s dream finally came true. After being nominated three times prior, he finally walked away with the gold and begins to move into a new role in Hollywood as a living legend. Both he and Streep won the Academy Award (she for the supporting category), as well as the film taking home the Best Picture award and Best director.
What became a landmark film, Kramer vs. Kramer was a controversial film in 1979, but for Dustin Hoffman it was a role of a lifetime.