Film Honors: 1981

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.

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Cinematography

Russell Boyd (Gallipoli)
Xaver Schwarzenberger (Lola)
Douglas Slocombe (Raiders Of The Lost Ark)
Vittorio Storaro (Reds)
Jost Vacano (Das Boot)

Picture Editing

Chariots of Fire
Gallipoli
Possession
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds

Actress Support

Stéphane Audran (Coup de Torchon)
Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond)
Isabelle Huppert (Coup de Torchon)
Anne-Laure Meury (La femme de l’aviateur)
Maureen Stapleton (Reds)

Actor Support

Ian Holm (Chariots of Fire)
Bill Hunter (Gallipoli)
Bill Kerr (Gallipoli)
Jack Nicholson (Reds)
Howard E. Rollins Jr. (Ragtime)

Score Composing

Trevor Jones (Excalibur)
Randy Newman (Ragtime)
Freddy Quinn, Peer Raben (Lola)
Vangelis (Chariots of Fire)
John Williams (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Sound Designing

An American Werewolf in London
Das Boot
Excalibur
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds

Costume Designing

Francisca
Lola
Mephisto
Quartet
Ragtime

Set Designing

Lola
Mephisto
Quartet
Ragtime
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Special Effects

An American Werewolf in London
Clash of the Titans
Escape from New York
Possession
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Cast Ensemble

Chariots of Fire
Lola
Ragtime
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds

Actress Lead

Isabelle Adjani (Possession)
Krystyna Janda (Człowiek z żelaza)
Diane Keaton (Reds)
Meryl Streep (The French Lieutenant’s Woman)
Barbara Sukowa (Lola)

Directing

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Lola)
Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot)
Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Peter Weir (Gallipoli)
Andrzej Zulawski (Possession)

Actor Lead

Warren Beatty (Reds)
Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
Klaus Maria Brandauer (Mephisto)
Armin Mueller-Stahl (Lola)
Philippe Noiret (Coup de Torchon)

Screenwriting Adapted

Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot)
István Szabó, Péter Dobai (Mephisto)
Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond)
Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche (Coup de Torchon)
Michael Weller (Ragtime)

Screenwriting Original

Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths (Reds)
Pea Fröhlich, Peter Märthesheimer, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Lola)
Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn (My Dinner with André)
John Landis (An American Werewolf in London)
Éric Rohmer (La femme de l’aviateur)

Motion Picture

Coup de Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier) France
Człowiek z żelaza (Andrzej Wajda) Poland 
Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen) West Germany 
Gallipoli (Peter Weir) Australia 
Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) West Germany 
Mephisto (István Szabó) Hungary 
My Dinner with André (Louis Malle) USA 
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski) France / West Germany 
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) USA
Reds (Warren Beatty) USA

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