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Film Honors: 1987

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.

Cast Ensemble

Broadcast News
Full Metal Jacket
The Last Emperor
The Lost Boys
The Untouchables

Actress Support

Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction)
Sandrine Bonnaire (Under the Sun of Satan)
Faye Dunaway (Barfly)
Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck)
Anne Ramsay (Throw Momma from the Train)

Picture Editing

Full Metal Jacket
The Last Emperor
The Untouchables

Score Composing

Henri Dutilleux (Under the Sun of Satan)
George Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa (Cry Freedom)
Ennio Morricone (The Untouchables)
Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su (The Last Emperor)
Alan Silvestri (Predator)

Actor Support

Sean Connery (The Untouchables)
R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket)
Gene Hackman (No Way Out)
Will Patton (No Way Out)
Denzel Washington (Cry Freedom)

Screenwriting Adapted

Sylvie Danton, Maurice Pialat (Under the Sun of Satan)

David Mamet (The Untouchables)
Steve Martin (Roxanne)
Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor)

Screenwriting Original

Abbas Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?)
David Leland (Wish You Were Here)
Louis Malle (Au revoir les enfants)
John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck)
Éric Rohmer, Joelle Miquelle (Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle)

Sound Designing

Full Metal Jacket
Good Morning, Vietnam
The Untouchables

Special Effects

Evil Dead II

Actress Lead

Stéphane Audran (Babette's Feast)
Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction)

Emily Lloyd (Wish You Were Here)
Carmen Maura (Laws of Desire)


Henri Alekan (Wings of Desire)

Allen Daviau (Empire of the Sun)
Douglas Milsome (Full Metal Jacket)
Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor)

Costume Designing

The Dead
The Last Emperor

The Untouchables

Set Designing

The Dead
The Last Emperor

The Untouchables

Actor Lead

Gérard Depardieu (Under the Sun of Satan)
Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I)
Boguslaw Linda (Blind Chance)
Max von Sydow (Pelle the Conqueror)
Robin Williams (Good Morning, Vietnam)


Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor)
Abbas Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?)
Stanley Kubrick (Full Metal Jacket)
Louis Malle (Au revoir les enfants)
Wim Wenders (Der Himmel über Berlin)

Motion Picture

Au Revoir Les Enfants (Louis Malle) France / West Germany
Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieślowsk) Poland
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (Éric Rohmer) France
Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick) UK / USA
Good Morning, Vietnam (Barry Levinson) USA
The Last Emperor
Law of Desire (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
My Life as a Dog
Pelle the Conqueror

The Untouchables (Brian De Palma) USA
Where is the Friend's Home? (Abbas Kiarostami) Iran
Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders) West Germany / France


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