Film Honors: 1988

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.

Picture Editing

Die Hard
Mississippi Burning
Salaam Bombay!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Actress Support

Juliette Binoche (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)
Anita Kanwar (Salaam Bombay!)
Jodhi May (A World Apart)
Linda Mvusi (A World Apart)
Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons)

Sound Designing

Die Hard
Gorillas in the Mist
Mississippi Burning
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Special Effects

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Die Hard
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Actress Lead

Glenn Close (Dangerous Liaisons)
Jodie Foster (The Accused)
Barbara Hershey (A World Apart)
Isabelle Huppert (Une affaire de femmes)
Sigourney Weaver (Gorillas in the Mist)


Graham Berry, Leonidas Zourdoumis (Powaqqatsi)
Peter Biziou (A World Apart)
Blasco Giurato (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Philippe Rousselot (Dangerous Liaisons)
Carlo Varini (The Big Blue)

Set Designing

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Dangerous Liaisons
Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Costume Designing

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Dangerous Liaisons
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Score Composing

Danny Elfman (Beetlejuice)
Philip Glass (Powaqqatsi)
James Horner (Willow)
Maurice Jarre (Gorillas in the Mist)
Ennio Morricone, Andrea Morricone (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

Cast Ensemble

A Fish Called Wanda
Dangerous Liaisons
Salaam Bombay!

Actor Support

Salvatore Cascio (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda)
Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda)
Alan Rickamn (Die Hard)
Shafiq Syed (Salaam Bombay!)


Actor Lead

Gene Hackman (Mississippi Burning)
Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice)
John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons)
Philippe Noiret (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)


Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons)
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Krótki film o milosci)
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Krótki film o zabijaniu)
John McTiernan (Die Hard)
Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!)
Giuseppe Tornatore (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

Screenwriting Adapted

Jean-Claude Carrière, Philip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)
Mitch Glazer, Michael O’Donoghue (Scrooged)
Anna Hamilton Phelan, Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist)
Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons)
Isao Takahata (Hotaru no haka)

Screenwriting Original

John Cleese, Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda)
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz (Krótki film o milosci)
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz (Krótki film o zabijaniu)
Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Anne Spielberg, Gary Ross (Big)
Giuseppe Tornatore (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

Motion Picture

A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton) UK / USA
Beetlejuice (Tim Burton) USA
Big (Penny Marshall) USA
Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears) USA
Die Hard (John McTiernan) USA
Hotaru no haka (Isao Takahata) Japan
Krótki film o milosci (Krzysztof Kieślowski) Poland
Krótki film o zabijaniu (Krzysztof Kieślowski) Poland
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore) Italy
Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair) India
Scrooged (Richard Donner) USA
A World Apart (Chris Menges) UK / Zimbabwe

A pretty strong year for solid comedy films, with a wide range of drama spreading the wealth for the cinema of 1988. Let us know your thoughts on the year in the comments below.


3 thoughts on “Film Honors: 1988

  1. So what you’re saying is I need to see Salaam Bombay! (which I’ve never even heard of before), along with Dangerous Liaisons, and A World Apart. I really enjoyed Cinema Paradiso which I just saw the first time a few weeks back, but for me, this year is all about Die Hard.


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