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Film Honors: 1990

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.


Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita)
Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves)
David Lynch (Wild at Heart)
Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)
Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso)

Cast Ensemble

Dick Tracy
The Godfather Part III
Miller's Crossing

Special Effects

Back to the Future III
Die Hard 2
Edward Scissorhands
Predator 2
Total Recall

Actress Support

Annette Bening (The Grifters)
Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas)
Jane Horrocks (Life Is Sweet)
Diane Ladd (Wild at Heart)
Shirley MacLaine (Postcards from the Edge)

Actress Lead

Victoria Abril (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Anjelica Huston (The Grifters)
Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita)
Meryl Streep (Postcards from the Edge)

Screenwriting Original

Pedro Almodóvar (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Miller’s Crossing)
Whit Stillman (Metropolitan)
Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso)
Peter Weir (Green Card)

Screenwriting Adapted

Michael Blake (Dances with Wolves)
Carrie Fisher (Postcards from the Edge)
Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Jean-Claude Carrière (Cyrano de Bergerac)
Steven Zaillian (Awakenings)


Thierry Arbogast (La Femme Nikita)
Blasco Giurato (Cinema Paradiso)
Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves)
Vittorio Storaro (Dick Tracy)
Barry Sonnenfeld (Miller’s Crossing)

Sound Design

Dances with Wolves
Die Hard 2
La Femme Nikita
Predator 2
Total Recall

Costume Design

Cyrano de Bergerac
Dances with Wolves
Dick Tracy
The Godfather Part III
Miller's Crossing

Set Design

Cinema Paradiso
Dick Tracy
Edward Scissorhands
The Godfather Part III
Miller’s Crossing

Picture Editing

Cinema Paradiso
Dances with Wolves
La Femme Nikita
Total Recall

Score Composing

John Barry (Dances with Wolves)
Carter Burwell (Miller’s Crossing)
Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands)
Ennio Morricone, Andrea Morricone (Cinema Paradiso)
Jack Nitzsche (Revenge)

Actor Lead

Antonio Banderas (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
Robert De Niro (Awakenings)
Philippe Noiret (Cinema Paradiso)
Al Pacino (The Godfather Part III)
Robin Williams (Awakenings)

Actor Support

Salvatore Cascio (Cinema Paradiso)
Albert Finney (Miller’s Crossing)
Al Pacino (Dick Tracy)
Joe Pesci (Goodfellas)
John Turturro (Miller’s Crossing)

Motion Picture

Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore) Italy
Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau) France / Hungary
Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner) USA
Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton) USA
Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese) USA
La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson) France / Italy
Metropolitan (Whit Stillman) USA
Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) USA
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
Wild at Heart (David Lynch) USA



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