Film Honors: 1999

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.

Screenwriting Original

Pedro Almodóvar (Todo sobre mi madre)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia)
Alan Ball (American Beauty)
Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich)
Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher)

Screenwriting Adapted

Atom Egoyan (Felicia’s Journey)
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (Election)
Eric Roth, Michael Mann (The Insider)
Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park)
Jim Uhls (Fight Club)

Costume Designing

An Ideal Husband
Mansfield Park
Sleepy Hollow
Titus
Topsy-Turvy

Set Designing

An Ideal Husband
Mansfield Park
The Matrix
Sleepy Hollow
Topsy-Turvy

Actor Support

Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules)
Chris Cooper (American Beauty)
Tom Cruise (Magnolia)
John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich)
Bill Murray (Rushmore)

Sound Designing

Fight Club
The Matrix
Sleepy Hollow
Three Kings
Toy Story 2

Actress Support

Lara Belmont (The War Zone)
Cameron Diaz (Being John Malkovich)
Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted)
Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich)
Julianne Moore (Magnolia)

Score Composing

Jon Brion (Magnolia)
Lisa Gerrard, Pieter Bourke (The Insider)
Thomas Newman (American Beauty)
Thomas Newman (The Green Mile)
Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules)

Directing

Pedro Almodóvar (Todo sobre mi madre)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia)
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (Rosetta)
David Fincher (Fight Club)
Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich)

Cinematography

Yorgos Arvanitis, Andreas Sinanos (Mia aioniotita kai mia mera)
Robert Elswit (Magnolia)
Conrad L. Hall (American Beauty)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Sleepy Hollow)
Dante Spinotti (The Insider)

Picture Editing

Fight Club
The Insider
The Matrix
Lola rennt
Todo sobre mi madre

Special Effects

The Matrix
The Mummy
The Phantom Menace
Sleepy Hollow
Stuart Little

Cast Ensemble

Eyes Wide Shut
Magnolia
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Three Kings
Toy Story 2

Actor Lead

Russell Crowe (The Insider)
Matt Damon (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
Edward Norton (Fight Club)
Kevin Spacey (American Beauty)
Denzel Washington (The Hurricane)

Actress Lead

Annette Bening (American Beauty)
Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta)
Cecilia Roth (Todo sobre mi madre)
Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry)
Reese Witherspoon (Election)

Motion Picture

American Beauty (Sam Mendes) USA
Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze) USA
Fight Club (David Fincher) USA / Germany
The Insider (Michael Mann) USA
Lola rennt (Tom Tykwer) Germany
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson) USA
The Matrix (Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski) USA / Australia 
Mia aioniotita kai mia mera (Theodoros Angelopoulos) Greece
Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne) France / Belgium
Todo sobre mi madre (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain

A real mixed bag of movies to close out the century, and a much greater showing for English-language films – scroll to the comments section below and share your thoughts of 1999.

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