Film Honors: 1982

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.


Jordan Cronenweth (Blade Runner)
Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi)
Xaver Schwarzenberger (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)
Dean Semler (The Road Warrior)
Billy Williams, Ronnie Taylor (Gandhi)

Picture Editing

Blade Runner
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The Road Warrior

Sound Designing

Blade Runner
Conan the Barbarian
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The Road Warrior
The Thing

Special Effects

Blade Runner
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The Thing

Actress Support

Stéphane Audran (Coup de Torchon)
Isabelle Huppert (Coup de Torchon)
Lesley Ann Warren (Victor/Victoria)
Tuesday Weld (Author! Author!)
Sean Young (Blade Runner)


Actor Support

André Dussollier (Le beau mariage)
Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman)
Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner)
Robert Preston (Victor/Victoria)
Bruce Spence (The Road Warrior)

Score composing

Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi)
Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian)
Ravi Shankar, George Fenton (Gandhi)
Vangelis (Blade Runner)
John Williams (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)

Costume Designing

Blade Runner
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
The Road Warrior

Set Designing

Blade Runner
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Cast Ensemble

Blade Runner
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Actor Lead

Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
Jack Lemmon (Missing)
Paul Newman (The Verdict)
Philippe Noiret (Coup de Torchon)
Al Pacino (Author! Author!)

Actress Lead

Julie Andrews (Victor/Victoria)
Jessica Lange (Frances)
Béatrice Romand (Le beau mariage)
Sissy Spacek (Missing)
Rosel Zech (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)



John Carpenter (The Thing)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)
George Miller (The Road Warrior)
Ridley Scott (Blade Runner)
Steven Spielberg (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)

Screenwriting Adapted

Blake Edwards (Victor/Victoria)
Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner)
Costa-Gavras, Donald E. Stewart (Missing)
David Mamet (The Verdict)
Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche (Coup de Torchon)

Screenwriting Original

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pea Fröhlich, Peter Märthesheimer (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss)
Israel Horovitz (Author! Author!)
Barry Levinson (Diner)
Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)
Éric Rohmer (Le beau mariage)

Motion Picture

Author! Author! (Arthur Hiller) USA
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) USA / Hong Kong
Coup de Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier) France
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
(Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West Germany
Diner (Barry Levinson) USA
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg) USA
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio) USA
Missing (Costa-Gavras) USA
The Road Warrior (George Miller) Australia
Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards) UK / USA


Spielberg again. Still something of a diluted start to the decade, but let’s hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.


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