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Film Honors: 1977

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 based on viewings.


Actress Support

Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Florence Giorgetti (The Lacemaker)
Tatiana Papamoschou (Iphigenia)
Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever)
Sissy Spacek (3 Women)

Actress Lead

Shelley Duvall (3 Women)
Isabelle Huppert (The Lacemaker)
Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
Irene Papas (Iphigenia)
Gena Rowlands (Opening Night)

Costume Design

Annie Hall
Man of Marble
Star Wars

Set Design

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Star Wars

Score Composing

Dario Argento, Goblin (Suspiria)
Tangerine Dream (Sorcerer)
Mikis Theodorakis (Iphigenia)
John Williams (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
John Williams (Star Wars)

Screenwriting Original

Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman (Annie Hall)
John Cassavetes (Opening Night)
George Lucas (Star Wars)
Aleksander Scibor-Rylski (Man of Marble)
Neil Simon (The Goodbye Girl)

Screenwriting Adapted

Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière (That Obscure Object of Desire)
Claude Goretta, Pascal Lainé (The Lacemaker)
Michalis Kakogiannis (Iphigenia)
Alvin Sargent (Julia)
Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum (The Spy Who Loved Me)

Actor Support

Mikhail Baryshnikov (The Turning Point)
Edward Fox (A Bridge Too Far)
Ben Gazzara (Opening Night)
Alec Guinness (Star Wars)
Jason Robards (Julia)


Giorgos Arvanitis (Iphigenia)
Vladimir Chukhnov, Pavel Lebeshev (The Ascent)
Gilbert Taylor (Star Wars)
Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria)
Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

Picture Editing

That Obscure Object of Desire
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Star Wars

Actor Lead

Richard Burton (Equus)
Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)
Kostas Kazakos (Iphigenia)
Fernando Rey (That Obscure Object of Desire)
John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever)

Special Effects

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Star Wars

Sound Design

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Star Wars

Cast Ensemble

Annie Hall
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Star Wars
The Turning Point


Dario Argento (Suspiria)
Luis Buñuel (That Obscure Object of Desire)
Michalis Kakogiannis (Iphigenia)
George Lucas (Star Wars)
Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

Motion Picture

Annie Hall (Woody Allen) USA
That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel) France / Spain
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg) USA
Man of Marble (Andrzej Wajda) Poland
Iphigenia (Michalis Kakogiannis) Greece
The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta) France
Opening Night (John Cassavetes) USA
Star Wars (George Lucas) USA
Suspiria (Dario Argento) Italy
The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko) Soviet Union


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