Film Honors: 1986

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.

* Where applicable and fair, the companion films Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources are judged individually, but in the event of the same nomination for both in any category an additional nominee will be selected also  – hence the six inclusions in certain categories, and eleven for Motion Picture.

THERESE, Catherine Mouchet, 1986, © Circle Films

Screenwriting Adapted *

Claude Berri, Gérard Brach (Jean de Florette)
Claude Berri, Gérard Brach (Manon des Sources)
Camille de Casabianca, Alain Cavalier (Thérèse)
Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans (Stand by Me)
Lasse Hallström, Brasse Brännström, Per Berglund (Mitt liv som hund)
Michael Mann (Manhunter)

Screenwriting Original

Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters)
Denys Arcand (Le Déclin de l’empire américain)
Paul Hogan, Ken Shadie, John Cornell (Crocodile Dundee)
Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette)
Marie Rivière, Éric Rohmer (Le rayon vert)

Costume Design *

A Room with a View
Jean de Florette
Manon des Sources
The Mission

Set Design

A Room with a View
The Name of the Rose


Sound Design

A Better Tomorrow
Top Gun

Actor Support *

Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette)
Daniel Auteuil (Manon des Sources)
Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters)
Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet)
Yves Montand (Manon des Sources)
Tom Noonan (Manhunter)

Picture Editing

A Better Tomorrow
The Color of Money


Actress Support

Emmanuelle Béart (Manon des Sources)
Elpidia Carrillo (Salvador)
Barbara Hershey (Hannah and Her Sisters)
Piper Laurie (Children of a Lesser God)
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Color of Money)

Cast Ensemble *

Le Déclin de l’empire américain
Hannah and Her Sisters
Jean de Florette
Manon des Sources
Stand by Me

Directing *

Claude Berri (Jean de Florette)
Claude Berri (Manon des Sources)
James Cameron (Aliens)
Alain Cavalier (Thérèse)
David Lynch (Blue Velvet)
Michael Mann (Manhunter)

Cinematography *

Chris Menges (The Mission)
Bruno Nuytten (Jean de Florette)
Bruno Nuytten (Manon des Sources)
Tony Pierce-Roberts (A Room with a View)
Jean-François Robin (37°2 le matin)
Philippe Rousselot (Thérèse)

Special Effects

Big Trouble in Little China
The Fly
Short Circuit

Actor Lead

Jean-Hugues Anglade (37°2 le matin)
Gérard Depardieu (Jean de Florette)
Yves Montand (Jean de Florette)
Gary Oldman (Sid and Nancy)
James Woods (Salvador)

Score Composing

John Barry (Peggy Sue Got Married)
James Horner (Aliens)
Ennio Morricone (The Mission)
Jean-Claude Petit (Jean de Florette)
Gabriel Yared (37°2 le matin)


Actress Lead

Béatrice Dalle (37°2 le matin)
Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God)
Catherine Mouchet (Thérèse)
Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)
Chloe Webb (Sid and Nancy)

Motion Picture

37°2 le matin (Jean-Jacques Beineix) France
Aliens (James Cameron) USA
Blue Velvet (David Lynch) USA
Le Déclin de l’empire américain (Denys Arcand) Canada
Jean de Florette (Claude Berri) France / Italy
Manhunter (Michael Mann) USA
Manon des Sources (Claude Berri) France / Italy / Switzerland
Matador (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
Mitt liv som hund (Lasse Hallström) Sweden
Stand by Me (Rob Reiner) USA
Thérèse (Alain Cavalier) France

Thank God for international cinema (France, in particular, again), giving the 1980s some oomph it so needed. What did you think of this year for films?


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