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Film Honors: 1985

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.



Allen Daviau (The Color Purple)
Tony Pierce-Roberts (A Room with a View)
Takao Saitô, Shôji Ueda, Asakazu Nakai (Ran)
John Seale (Witness)
David Watkin (Out of Africa)

Special Effects

Back to the Future
Day of the Dead
Fright Night

Sound Design

Back to the Future
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Actor Support

Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa)
Robert De Niro (Brazil)
Ian Holm (Brazil)
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future)
Wadeck Stanczak (Rendez-vous)

Costume Designing

The Color Purple
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
A Room with a View

Actress Support

Margaret Avery (The Color Purple)
Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor)
Macha Méril (Sans toit ni loi)
Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple)

Set Designing

The Color Purple
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
A Room with a View

Score Composing

John Barry (Out of Africa)
Philip Glass (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters)
Maurice Jarre (Witness)
Ennio Morricone (Red Sonja)
Zoran Simjanović (Otac na službenom putu)


Emir Kusturica (Otac na službenom putu)
Akira Kurosawa (Ran)
Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple)
Agnès Varda (Sans toit ni loi)
Peter Weir (Witness)

Screenwriting Adapted

Richard Condon, Janet Roach (Prizzi’s Honor)
Lasse Hallström, Brasse Brännström, Per Berglund (Mitt liv som hund)
Kurt Luedtke (Out of Africa)
Menno Meyjes (The Color Purple)
Leonard Schrader (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

Screenwriting Original

Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future)
Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown (Brazil)
Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette)
William Kelley, Earl W. Wallace (Witness)
Agnès Varda (Sans toit ni loi)

Actor Lead

Harrison Ford (Witness)
Anton Glanzelius (Mitt liv som hund)
William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Raul Julia (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Jack Nicholson (Prizzi’s Honor)

Actress Lead

Juliette Binoche (Rendez-vous)
Sandrine Bonnaire (Sans toit ni loi)
Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple)
Mirjana Karanović (Otac na službenom putu)
Grazyna Szapolowska (Bez konca)

Picture Editing

Back to the Future
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Sans toit ni loi

Cast Ensemble

The Color Purple
The Goonies
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Motion Picture

Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis) USA
Bez konca (Krzysztof Kieślowski) Poland
The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg) USA
Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hector Babenco) Brazil / USA
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader) USA
Mitt liv som hund (Lasse Hallström) Sweden
Otac na službenom putu (Emir Kusturica) Yugoslavia
Ran (Akira Kurosawa) Japan / France
Sans toit ni loi (Agnès Varda) France
Witness (Peter Weir) USA


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