Film Honors: 1989

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.

Actor Support

Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing)
Sean Connery (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams)
Martin Landau (Crimes and Misdemeanors)
Billy Zane (Dead Calm)

Special Effects

The Abyss
Back to the Future Part II
Batman
Ghostbusters II
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Sound Design

The Abyss
Back to the Future Part II
Batman
Ghostbusters II
Majo no Takkyūbin

Score Composing

Danny Elfman (Batman)
James Horner (Field of Dreams)
Gabriel Yared (Camille Claudel)
Maurice Jarre (Dead Poets Society)
Michael Nyman (Monsieur Hire)

Actress Support

María Barranco (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios)
Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown)
Laura San Giacomo (Sex, Lies, and Videotape)
Anjelica Huston (Enemies, a Love Story)
Lena Olin (Enemies, a Love Story)

Picture Editing

The Abyss
Batman
Born on the Fourth of July
Henry V
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Cinematography

Denis Lenoir (Monsieur Hire)
Pierre Lhomme (Camille Claudel)
Kenneth MacMillan (Henry V)
Mikael Salomon (The Abyss)
Sacha Vierny (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover)

Actor Lead

Michel Blanc (Monsieur Hire)
Tom Cruise (Born on the Fourth of July)
Daniel Day Lewis (My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown)
Jack Nicholson (Batman)
Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society)

Set Design

The Abyss
Batman
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Driving Miss Daisy
Valmont

Costume Design

Batman
Camille Claudel
Henry V
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
Valmont

Actress Lead

Isabella Adjani (Camille Claudel)
Annette Bening (Valmont)
Sandrine Bonnaire (Monsieur Hire)
Carmen Maura (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios)
Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally…)

Sally

Screenwriting Adapted

Shane Connaughton, Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown)
Ron Kovic, Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July)
Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire)
Hayao Miyazaki (Majo no Takkyūbin)
Bruno Nuytten (Camille Claudel)

Screenwriting Original

Woody Allen (Crimes and Misdemeanors)
Pedro Almodóvar (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios)
Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…)
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing)
Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society)

Cast Ensemble

Batman
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dead Poets Society
Do the Right Thing
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

Directing

Pedro Almodóvar (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios)
Tim Burton (Batman)
Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire)
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing)
Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally…)

verge
Clockwise: Pedro Almodóvar; Carmen Maura; Rossy de Palma; María Barranco; Antonio Banderas; Julieta Serrano

Motion Picture

Batman (Tim Burton) USA
Camille Claudel (Bruno Nuytten) France
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway) UK / France
Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir) USA
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) USA
Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson) USA
Majo no Takkyūbin (Hayao Miyazaki) Japan
Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte) France
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner) USA

As we say goodbye to the 1980s, we can now truly reflect on a decade of highs and lows for cinema. What were your favorites in this final year? Comment away.

 

 

 

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