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Film Honors: 1980

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

Nathalie Baye (Sauve qui peut (la vie))
Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin)
Carrie Fisher (The Empire Strikes Back)
Isabelle Huppert (Heaven’s Gate)
Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull)

Actor Support

Heinz Bennent (Le dernier métro)
Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People)
Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People)
Joe Pesci (Raging Bull)
Jason Robards (Melvin and Howard)

Cast Ensemble

The Empire Strikes Back
Raging Bull

Screenwriting Original

Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (Airplane!)
Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back)
John Cassavetes (Gloria)
Jean Gruault (Mon oncle d’Amérique)
Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller (Private Benjamin)

Screenwriting Adapted

Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch (The Elephant Man)
Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson (The Shining)
Alvin Sargent (Ordinary People)
Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin (Raging Bull)
Eleanor Witcombe (My Brilliant Career)

Picture Editing

The Empire Strikes Back
Raging Bull
The Shining


Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back)
Stanley Kubrick (The Shining)
David Lynch (The Elephant Man)
Alain Resnais (Mon oncle d’Amérique)
Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull)

Set Designing

The Elephant Man
The Empire Strikes Back
Heaven’s Gate
The Shining

Costume Designing

The Empire Strikes Back
Heaven’s Gate
My Brilliant Career
Somewhere in Time


John Alcott (The Shining)
Michael Chapman (Raging Bull)
Donald McAlpine (My Brilliant Career)
Takao Saitô, Shôji Ueda (Kagemusha)
Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back)

Score Composing

John Barry (Somewhere in Time)
John Carpenter (The Fog)
Michael Gore (Fame)
John Morris (The Elephant Man)
John Williams (The Empire Strikes Back)

Special Effects

The Empire Strikes Back
The Final Countdown
Flash Gordon
The Fog
Superman II

Sound Designing

The Empire Strikes Back
The Fog
Raging Bull
The Shining

Actor Lead

Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
Richard Gere (American Gigolo)
John Hurt (The Elephant Man)
Jack Nicholson (The Shining)
Donald Sutherland (Ordinary People)

Actress Lead

Judy Davis (My Brilliant Career)
Nicole Garcia (Mon oncle d’Amérique)
Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin)
Gena Rowlands (Gloria)
Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People)

Motion Picture

Airplane! (Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker) USA
The Elephant Man (David Lynch) USA
The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner) USA
Gloria (John Cassavetes) USA
Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa) Japan
Mon oncle d’Amérique (Alain Resnais) France
Ordinary People (Robert Redford) USA
Private Benjamin (Howard Zieff) USA
Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese) USA
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) UK / USA


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