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Film Honors: 1989

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.

Actor Support

Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing)
James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams)
Bruno Kirby (When Harry Met Sally...)
Jack Nicholson (Batman)
Billy Zane (Dead Calm)

Special Effects

The Abyss
Back to the Future Part II
Batman
Ghostbusters II
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Sound Design

The Abyss
Batman
Ghostbusters II
Glory
Henry V
Score Composing

Danny Elfman (Batman)
James Horner (Field of Dreams)
Maurice Jarre (Dead Poets Society)
Michael Nyman (Monsieur Hire)
John Williams (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)

Actress Support

Carrie Fisher (When Harry Met Sally…)
Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot)
Laura San Giacomo (Sex, Lies, and Videotape)
Anjelica Huston (Enemies, a Love Story)
Lena Olin (Enemies, a Love Story)

Picture Editing

The Abyss
Glory
Henry V
The Killer
O Sangue

Cinematography

Denis Lenoir (Monsieur Hire)
Kenneth MacMillan (Henry V)
Roger Pratt (Batman)
Mikael Salomon (The Abyss)
Sacha Vierny (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover)

Actor Lead

Michel Blanc (Monsieur Hire)
Tom Cruise (Born on the Fourth of July)
Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally...)
Daniel Day Lewis (My Left Foot)
Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society)

Set Design

The Abyss
Batman
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Valmont
Henry V

Costume Design

Batman
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Henry V
Valmont
Glory

Actress Lead

Sandrine Bonnaire (Monsieur Hire)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (Last Exit to Brooklyn)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys)
Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally…)
Adrienne Shelly (The Unbelievable Truth)

Screenwriting Adapted

Jean-Claude Carrière (Valmont)
Shane Connaughton, Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot)
Ron Kovic, Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July)
Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire)
Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service)

Screenwriting Original

Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…)
Peter Greenaway (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover)
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing)
Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society)
Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape)

Cast Ensemble

Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dead Poets Society
Do the Right Thing
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
The Unbelievable Truth

Directing

Peter Greenaway (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover)
Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire)
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing)
Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally…)
Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society)

Motion Picture

Batman (Tim Burton) USA
Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone) USA
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway) UK / France
Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir) USA
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) USA
Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson) USA
Kiki's Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki) Japan
Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte) France
My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan) Ireland / UK
The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley) USA
When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner) USA

 

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