Friday, May 10, 2013

1989 CinSpec Awards


Winners indicated (*). I still need to see films like Roger & Me, Vampire's Kiss, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, In Country, Valmont, and Kiki's Delivery Service. Note: I count The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover as a 1990 release.

The Decalogue (Episode III)

BEST PICTURE:
Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Decalogue*
Do the Right Thing
Drugstore Cowboy
The Seventh Continent

BEST DIRECTOR:
Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors
Michael Haneke, The Seventh Continent
Krzysztof Kieslowski, The Decalogue*
Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing
Gus Van Sant, Drugstore Cowboy

My Left Foot

BEST ACTOR:
Kenneth Branagh, Henry V
Jeff Bridges, The Fabulous Baker Boys
Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July
Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot*
Matt Dillon, Drugstore Cowboy

BEST ACTRESS:
Isabelle Adjani, Camille Claudel
Nicole Kidman, Dead Calm
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys*
Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally...
Winona Ryder, Heathers

The Fabulous Baker Boys

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing
Beau Bridges, The Fabulous Baker Boys
Sean Connery, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Sean Penn, Casualties of War
Denzel Washington, Glory*

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Heather Graham, Drugstore Cowboy
Anjelica Huston, Crimes and Misdemeanors*
Kelly Lynch, Drugstore Cowboy
Lena Olin, Enemies: A Love Story
Laura San Giacomo, Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Drugstore Cowboy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Born on the Fourth of July
Dead Calm
Drugstore Cowboy*
Monsieur Hire
My Left Foot

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Cinema Paradiso
Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Decalogue
Do the Right Thing*
Say Anything...

Do the Right Thing

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Born on the Fourth of July
Cinema Paradiso
The Decalogue
Do the Right Thing*
Drugstore Cowboy

BEST FILM EDITING:
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Do the Right Thing*
Drugstore Cowboy
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Seventh Continent

The Seventh Continent

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
The Abyss
Born on the Fourth of July
Cinema Paradiso*
The Decalogue
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Fight the Power", Do the Right Thing*
"Kiss the Girl", The Little Mermaid
"License to Kill", License to Kill
"Part of Your World", The Little Mermaid
"Under the Sea", The Little Mermaid

Additional Categories

Crimes and Misdemeanors

BEST ART DIRECTION:
The Abyss
Back to the Future Part II
Batman*
Glory
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Camille Claudel
The Fabulous Baker Boys
Heathers*
Henry V
Jesus of Montreal

Cinema Paradiso

BEST MAKEUP:
Back to the Future Part II*
Batman
Camille Claudel

BEST SOUND (MIXING AND EDITING):
The Abyss
Back to the Future Part II
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade*
Lethal Weapon 2
License to Kill

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Abyss*
Back to the Future Part II
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Updated: 3/22/15

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE that Cinema Paradiso gets some mentions here Josh, I adore that movie, esp the music which I have listened to endlessly before I saw the film. Boy I really need to see My Left Foot, it somehow eluded me for some reason.

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    1. I love that film too, and the music is terrific. :) Yeah, you should check My Left Foot out. I think it's Daniel Day-Lewis' best performance.

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  2. Another magnificent list, Josh! I am a big fan of Lewis's performance in My Left Foot.

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    1. Thanks, Steph! LOVE that performance.

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  3. I have Cinema Paradiso in 1988 I think, where it has a mini sweep since it is like amazing on so many levels. Great year for film here. I still need to see so much more though. Right now I think my winner is The Little Mermaid :-P

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    1. I have CP here because it won the Oscar that year. At one time, it was in my top 5, but it fell after I saw The Seventh Continent and Drugstore Cowboy. I also liked Monsieur Hire more than its one nod indicates. Great year, no doubt. Nothing wrong with having The Little Mermaid that high. ;)

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  4. Intriguing selections!
    Like me you're obviously an admirer of The Fabulous Baker Boys and the very underrated performances of The Brothers Bridges; and your Best Actress selections contain a couple of my all-time favourites too.
    Good call on Nicole Kidman in Dead Calm, but for me it's a toss of the coin between Michelle and Meg Ryan. The choice is made doubly hard as both those performances contain iconic scenes with Pfeiffer's Makin' Whoopee and Meg's "moment" in Katz's Deli.
    Don't ask me to choose a favourite out of those two or my head might just explode!

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    1. Thanks!

      I love the performances in The Fabulous Baker Boys, and I'm glad you love some of my Best Actress picks.

      I'm not sure where I'd rank Meg Ryan's performance, but I'm glad I was able to recognize her, because that's probably the only nomination I'd give her.

      Haha. You can always have a tie!

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  5. You know, 1989 was a damn fine year, wasn't it? Shame that wasn't really represented by the Academy, but oh well. The Decalogue and The Seventh Continent, I mean... wow.

    Also love all of your love for Do the Right Thing and Drugstore Cowboy. Two of my absolute favorites.

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    1. A great year, indeed. And what wins Best Picture? Driving Miss Daisy. Oh well, I tried to right the ship here.

      Nice. Figured you'd dig those picks.

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  6. Get it @ Do The Right Thing being such a success here. I'm a happy camper.

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    1. Nice. 3 wins, and it's my runner-up for Best Picture and Best Director. :)

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    2. Your taste continues to astound me.

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  7. Picture:
    Field of Dreams
    Glory-Winner
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Parenthood
    Steel Magnolias
    Little discussed today but Glory is a fascinating document of a little known group in American history enacted with great skill.

    Director:
    Ron Howard-Parenthood
    Philip Noyce-Dead Calm
    Phil Alden Robinson-Field of Dreams
    Steven Spielberg-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade-Winner
    Edward Zwick-Glory
    Noyce creates a real nail biter, the dreamy aura of Field of Dreams is irresistible and Howard gets all the problematic interactions of a large family just right but Spielberg is back in top form after the misstep of Temple of Doom and he, Ford and Connery take the audience on a great thrill ride.

    Actor:
    Matthew Brodrick-Glory
    Matt Dillon-Drugstore Cowboy
    Colin Firth-Apartment Zero
    Daniel Day-Lewis-My Left Foot-Winner
    Steve Martin-Parenthood
    Runner-up-Bruce Willis-In Country
    I would love to hand this to Brodrick or Dillon for their best dramatic performances but DDL is so amazing as the thorny Christy Brown no one even comes close to matching him.

    Actress:
    Sally Field-Steel Magnolias-Winner
    Jessica Lange-Music Box
    Emily Lloyd-In Country
    Meg Ryan-When Harry Met Sally
    Winona Ryder-Heathers
    In Country is a very uneven film with a powerful conclusion but one area where it's not deficient is in the acting department. Both Willis and Emily Lloyd turn in beautiful performances as a damaged vet and his questioning niece. Lange brings her mix of grit and vulnerability to Ann Talbot pulling the audience in as she slowly discovers terrible long buried secrets. Winona plays all the right notes in the fractured Heathers and Meg's radiance and intelligent take on the difficult Sally makes that character endearing rather than irksome as she could have been if played by someone less deft. But Sally, surrounded by that phenomenal group of scene stealing actresses, attacks the complicated role of M'Lynn and consistently finds the truth in the role. Sure she tears up her big scene but it's the lowkey subtle touches spread throughout the whole movie that makes her my winner.

    Supporting Actor:
    Hart Bochner-Apartment Zero-Winner
    Sean Connery-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Burt Lancaster-Field of Dreams
    Armin Mueller-Stahl-Music Box
    Denzel Washington-Glory
    Connery, ideally cast and having fun, Mueller-Stahl and Washington are all superior but this was between Lancaster and Bochner in radically different roles. Burt's role is little more than a cameo but in his few minutes on screen he creates a fascinating, touching and deeply moving character that you can believe would be a catalyst for the story. Bochner a solid journeyman actor who is often wasted in indifferent parts or as an unrepentant sleaze attacks the role of the morally bankrupt but enticingly sexy Jack who plays on Colin Firth's Adrian's many insecurities to the ultimate benefit of neither with equal parts menace and allure.

    Supporting Actress:
    Brenda Fricker-My Left Foot
    Anjelica Huston-Crimes & Misdemeanors
    Julia Roberts-Steel Magnolias
    Dianne Wiest-Parenthood-Winner
    Alfre Woodard-Miss Firecracker
    I can't argue with Fricker's win, she's excellent as DDL's mother in My Left Foot but the incomparable Wiest is spectacular in her private moments and her interactions with every other character in Parenthood.

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    1. I'm kind of cheating giving Best Picture to a mini-series this year. (I don't recognize anything TV-related anywhere else.) Still, it played in Poland originally, but it was screened theatrically in some countries (like in the Netherlands in 1990), so I made an exception for one of my favorite directors.

      Oh, I haven't seen a few of these films, but your lineups are very interesting. I like that Glory/Indiana Jones split, and those Philip Noyce and Sean Connery nominations are terrific. I still need to check out Field's and Bochner's performances.

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