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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)
Sean Connery (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams)
Martin Landau (Crimes and Misdemeanors)
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
Back to the Future Part II
Batman
Ghostbusters II
Majo no Takkyūbin

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: The Story of Christy Brown)
Laura San Giacomo (Sex, Lies, and Videotape)
Anjelica Huston (Enemies, a Love Story)
Lena Olin (Enemies, a Love Story)

Picture Editing

The Abyss
Batman
Born on the Fourth of July
Henry V
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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)
Daniel Day Lewis (My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown)
Jack Nicholson (Batman)
Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society)

Set Design

The Abyss
Batman
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Driving Miss Daisy
Valmont

Costume Design

Batman
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Henry V
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Valmont

Actress Lead

Annette Bening (Valmont)
Sandrine Bonnaire (Monsieur Hire)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys)
Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally…)
Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy)

Screenwriting Adapted

Jean-Claude Carrière (Valmont)
Shane Connaughton, Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown)
Ron Kovic, Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July)
Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire)
Hayao Miyazaki (Majo no Takkyūbin)

Screenwriting Original

Woody Allen (Crimes and Misdemeanors)
Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…)
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing)
Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society)
Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape)

Cast Ensemble

Batman
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dead Poets Society
Do the Right Thing
Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Directing

Tim Burton (Batman)
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…)

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
Majo no Takkyūbin (Hayao Miyazaki) Japan
Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte) France
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (Jim Sheridan) Ireland / UK
When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner) USA

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