Film Honors: 1985

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.


Philippe Rousselot (The Emerald Forest)
Takao Saitô, Shôji Ueda, Asakazu Nakai (Ran)
John Seale (Witness)
Carlo Varini (Subway)
David Watkin (Out of Africa)

Special Effects

Back to the Future
Day of the Dead
Fright Night


Sound Design

Back to the Future
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Actor Support

Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa)
Robert De Niro (Brazil)
Ian Holm (Brazil)
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future)
Wadeck Stanczak (Rendez-vous)

Costume Designing

The Color Purple
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Out of Africa

Actress Support

Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor)
Macha Méril (Sans toit ni loi)
Kelly McGillis (Witness)
Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple)

Set Designing

The Color Purple
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Score Composing

John Barry (Out of Africa)
Philip Glass (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters)
Maurice Jarre (Witness)
Ennio Morricone (Red Sonja)
Zoran Simjanović (Otac na službenom putu)


Hector Babenco (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Emir Kusturica (Otac na službenom putu)
Akira Kurosawa (Ran)
Agnès Varda (Sans toit ni loi)
Peter Weir (Witness)

Screenwriting Adapted

Richard Condon, Janet Roach (Prizzi’s Honor)
Horton Foote (The Trip to Bountiful)
Kurt Luedtke (Out of Africa)
Menno Meyjes (The Color Purple)
Leonard Schrader (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

Screenwriting Original

Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future)
Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown (Brazil)
William Kelley, Earl W. Wallace (Witness)
Abdulah Sidran (Otac na službenom putu)
Agnès Varda (Sans toit ni loi)

Actor Lead

Harrison Ford (Witness)
William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Raul Julia (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Jack Nicholson (Prizzi’s Honor)
Eric Stoltz (Mask)

Actress Lead

Juliette Binoche (Rendez-vous)
Sandrine Bonnaire (Sans toit ni loi)
Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple)
Mirjana Karanović (Otac na službenom putu)
Grazyna Szapolowska (Bez konca)

Picture Editing

Back to the Future
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Sans toit ni loi

Cast Ensemble

The Color Purple
The Goonies
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Motion Picture

Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis) USA
Bez konca (Krzysztof Kieślowski) Poland
Brazil (Terry Gilliam) UK / USA
The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg) USA
Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hector Babenco) Brazil / USA
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader) USA
Otac na službenom putu (Emir Kusturica) Yugoslavia
Ran (Akira Kurosawa) Japan / France
Sans toit ni loi (Agnès Varda) France
Witness (Peter Weir) USA




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