Film Honors: 1984

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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Screenwriting Original

Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters)
Theodoros Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Thanassis Valtinos (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Blood Simple)
Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap)
Éric Rohmer (Les nuits de la pleine lune)

Screenwriting Adapted

Sandy Kroopf, Jack Behr (Birdy)
David Lean (A Passage to India)
Bruce Robinson (The Killing Fields)
Peter Shaffer (Amadeus)
Sam Shepard (Paris, Texas)

Costume Designing

Amadeus
Dune
Once Upon a Time in America
A Passage to India
Places in the Heart

Set Designing

Amadeus
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Once Upon a Time in America
A Passage to India
Places in the Heart

Actress Support

Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India)
Drew Barrymore (Irreconcilable Differences)
Elizabeth Berridge (Amadeus)
Nastassja Kinski (Paris, Texas)
Tuesday Weld (Once Upon a Time in America)

Actor Support

Dan Hedaya (Blood Simple)
Jonathan Ke Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
Fabrice Luchini (Les nuits de la pleine lune)
Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields)
M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple)

Picture Editing

Amadeus
Blood Simple
The Killing Fields
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Terminator

Cinematography

Giorgos Arvanitis (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Ernest Day (A Passage to India)
Robby Müller (Paris, Texas)
Miroslav Ondrícek (Amadeus)
Barry Sonnenfeld (Blood Simple)

Actress Lead

Judy Davis (A Passage to India)
Sally Field (Places in the Heart)
Nastassja Kinski (Maria’s Lovers)
Pascale Ogier (Les nuits de la pleine lune)
Gena Rowlands (Love Streams)

Sound Designing

Amadeus
Ghostbusters
Gremlins
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Terminator

Special Effects

Ghostbusters
Gremlins
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Terminator

Actor Lead

F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)
Tom Hulce (Amadeus)
Manos Katrakis (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas)
Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields)

Score Composing

Carter Burwell (Blood Simple)
Ry Cooder (Paris, Texas)
Maurice Jarre (A Passage to India)
Eleni Karaindrou (Taxidi sta Kythira)
Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in America)

Cast Ensemble

Amadeus
Once Upon a Time in America
A Passage to India
This Is Spinal Tap
Taxidi sta Kythira

Directing

Theodoros Angelopoulos (Taxidi sta Kythira)
James Cameron (The Terminator)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Blood Simple)
Milos Forman (Amadeus)
Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas)

Motion Picture

Amadeus (Milos Forman) USA
Blood Simple (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) USA
Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman) USA
Gremlins (Joe Dante) USA
The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé) UK
Les nuits de la pleine lune (Éric Rohmer) France
Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders) West Germany / France
The Terminator (James Cameron) USA
This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner) USA
Taxidi sta Kythira (Theodoros Angelopoulos) Greece

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