Film Honors: 1981

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Cinematography

Russell Boyd (Gallipoli)
Douglas Slocombe (Raiders Of The Lost Ark)
Vittorio Storaro (Reds)
Geoffrey Unsworth, Ghislain Cloquet (Tess)
Jost Vacano (Das Boot)

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Picture Editing

Chariots of Fire
Gallipoli
Possession
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds

Actress Support

Jenny Agutter (An American Werewolf in London)
Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond)
Anne-Laure Meury (La femme de l’aviateur)
Maureen Stapleton (Reds)

Actor Support

Ian Holm (Chariots of Fire)
Bill Hunter (Gallipoli)
Bill Kerr (Gallipoli)
Jack Nicholson (Reds)
Howard E. Rollins Jr. (Ragtime)

Score Composing

Randy Newman (Ragtime)
Freddy Quinn, Peer Raben (Lola)
Philippe Sarde (Tess)
Vangelis (Chariots of Fire)
John Williams (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Sound Designing

An American Werewolf in London
Das Boot
Excalibur
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds

Costume Designing

Lola
Mephisto
Quartet
Ragtime
Tess

Set Designing

Lola
Mephisto
Quartet
Ragtime
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Special Effects

An American Werewolf in London
Clash of the Titans
Escape from New York
Possession
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Cast Ensemble

Chariots of Fire
Lola
Ragtime
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds

Actress Lead

Isabelle Adjani (Possession)
Diane Keaton (Reds)
Nastassja Kinski (Tess)
Meryl Streep (The French Lieutenant’s Woman)
Barbara Sukowa (Lola)

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Directing

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Lola)
Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot)
Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Peter Weir (Gallipoli)
Andrzej Zulawski (Possession)

Actor Lead

Warren Beatty (Reds)
Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
Klaus Maria Brandauer (Mephisto)
Armin Mueller-Stahl (Lola)
Paul Newman (Absence of Malice)

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Screenwriting Adapted

Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn (Tess)
Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot)
István Szabó, Péter Dobai (Mephisto)
Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond)
Michael Weller (Ragtime)

Screenwriting Original

Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths (Reds)
Pea Fröhlich, Peter Märthesheimer, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Lola)
Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn (My Dinner with André)
John Landis (An American Werewolf in London)
Éric Rohmer (La femme de l’aviateur)

Motion Picture

Człowiek z żelaza (Andrzej Wajda) Poland
Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen) West Germany
Gallipoli (Peter Weir) Australia
Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West Germany
Mephisto (István Szabó) Hungary
My Dinner with André (Louis Malle) USA
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski) France / West Germany
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) USA
Reds (Warren Beatty) USA
Tess (Roman Polanski) France / UK

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Let’s talk about the cinema of 1981 – comment away in the section below.

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