Film Honors: 1984

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. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Screenwriting Original

Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters)
Theodoros Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Thanassis Valtinos (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Blood Simple)
Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap)
Éric Rohmer (Les nuits de la pleine lune)

Screenwriting Adapted

Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff)
David Lean (A Passage to India)
Bruce Robinson (The Killing Fields)
Peter Shaffer (Amadeus)
Sam Shepard (Paris, Texas)

Costume Designing

Amadeus
Dune
Once Upon a Time in America
A Passage to India
Places in the Heart

Set Designing

Amadeus
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Once Upon a Time in America
A Passage to India
Places in the Heart

Actress Support

Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India)
Drew Barrymore (Irreconcilable Differences)
Elizabeth Berridge (Amadeus)
Nastassja Kinski (Paris, Texas)
Tuesday Weld (Once Upon a Time in America)

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Actor Support

Ed Harris (The Right Stuff)
Fabrice Luchini (Les nuits de la pleine lune)
Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields)
Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff)
M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple)

Picture Editing

Amadeus
Blood Simple
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Right Stuff
The Terminator

Cinematography

Giorgos Arvanitis (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Ernest Day (A Passage to India)
Caleb Deschanel (The Right Stuff)
Robby Müller (Paris, Texas)
Miroslav Ondrícek (Amadeus)

Actress Lead

Judy Davis (A Passage to India)
Sally Field (Places in the Heart)
Nastassja Kinski (Maria’s Lovers)
Pascale Ogier (Les nuits de la pleine lune)
Gena Rowlands (Love Streams)

Sound Designing

Amadeus
Ghostbusters
Gremlins
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Terminator

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Special Effects

Ghostbusters
Gremlins
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Terminator

Actor Lead

F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)
Tom Hulce (Amadeus)
Manos Katrakis (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas)
Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields)

Score Composing

Carter Burwell (Blood Simple)
Ry Cooder (Paris, Texas)
Maurice Jarre (A Passage to India)
Eleni Karaindrou (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in America)

Cast Ensemble

Amadeus
A Passage to India
The Right Stuff
This Is Spinal Tap
Taxidi sta Kythira

Directing

Theodoros Angelopoulos (Taxidi sta Kythira)
James Cameron (The Terminator)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Blood Simple)
Milos Forman (Amadeus)
Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas)

Motion Picture

Amadeus (Milos Forman) USA
Blood Simple (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) USA
Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman) USA
Gremlins (Joe Dante) USA
The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé) UK
Les nuits de la pleine lune (Éric Rohmer) France
Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders) West Germany / France
The Terminator (James Cameron) USA
This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner) USA
Taxidi sta Kythira (Theodoros Angelopoulos) Greece

So the 1980s started to pick up finally. What were your dos and don’ts from the cinematic year that was 1984? Comment away.

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One thought on “Film Honors: 1984

  1. My least favourite year. The novel – A Passage to India is better than the motion picture, and The Killing Fields is just too depressing. Gremlins and Ghostbusters are great, but are only for the laughs. The film “1984” was actually released in 1984, wasn’t it? Was not a bad film, too.

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