Beauty and the Beast during their best song in the film ("Something There"). The best Animated Film of the 90's.

1990  –  1999

Total Films I’ve Seen:  1217

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  53

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  The Shawshank Redemption

Film of the Decade:  GoodFellas

Worst Film of the Decade:  Showgirls

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  Braveheart

Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director:  North

The Non-Nighthawk Awards:

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Top 1000):

  1. GoodFellas  –  #99
  2. Pulp Fiction  –  #116
  3. Unforgiven  –  #201
  4. Schindler’s List  –  #205
  5. Satantango  –  #243
  6. Fargo  –  #259
  7. The Piano  –  #322
  8. Chungking Express  –  #323
  9. Heat  –  #328
  10. Reservoir Dogs  –  #333

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Awards Points):

  1. Schindler’s List  –  3101
  2. L.A. Confidential  –  2977
  3. American Beauty  –  2745
  4. The Silence of the Lambs  –  2470
  5. The English Patient  –  2410
  6. Pulp Fiction  –  2381
  7. GoodFellas  –  2330
  8. The Piano  –  2220
  9. Shakespeare in Love  –  2196
  10. Saving Private Ryan  –  2159

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Academy Awards Points):

  1. Titanic  –  625
  2. The English Patient  –  620
  3. Dances with Wolves  –  590
  4. Shakespeare in Love  –  585
  5. Forrest Gump  –  580
  6. Schindler’s List  –  570
  7. American Beauty  –  475
  8. The Silence of the Lambs  –  455
  9. Saving Private Ryan  –  450
  10. Unforgiven  –  420

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Golden Globes Points):

  1. Titanic  –  400
  2. Forrest Gump  –  385
  3. American Beauty  –  365
  4. Dances with Wolves  –  360
  5. Schindler’s List  –  360
  6. As Good as It Gets  –  355
  7. Shakespeare in Love  –  355
  8. Bugsy  –  340
  9. The English Patient  –  335
  10. Sense and Sensibility  /  The Truman Show  –  315

note:  When there is a tie, they get entered chronologically, unless there is a tie for 10th.

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Critics Points):

  1. L.A. Confidential  –  1525
  2. GoodFellas  –  1415
  3. Pulp Fiction  –  1301
  4. Schindler’s List  –  1268
  5. The Silence of the Lambs  –  1187
  6. The Piano  –  1033
  7. Leaving Las Vegas  –  952
  8. Unforgiven  –  946
  9. Sense and Sensibility  –  701
  10. Fargo  –  659

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Guild Points):

  1. American Beauty  –  775
  2. Titanic  –  675
  3. The English Patient  –  600
  4. Forrest Gump  –  585
  5. Saving Private Ryan  –  550
  6. Shakespeare in Love  –  530
  7. Apollo 13  –  480
  8. L.A. Confidential  –  435
  9. Schindler’s List  –  405
  10. As Good As It Gets  –  390

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (BAFTA Points):

  1. American Beauty  –  615
  2. Schindler’s List  –  610
  3. The English Patient  –  570
  4. Elizabeth  –  545
  5. Shakespeare in Love  –  540
  6. The Madness of King George  –  520
  7. Four Weddings and a Funeral  –  515
  8. The Full Monty  –  495
  9. Sense and Sensibility  –  470
  10. Cinema Paradiso  –  440

It's only the #2 film of the decade at the box office, but hey, I forgot to put this picture up on The Year in Film: 1999.

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Domestic Box Office Gross):

  1. Titanic  –  $600.78 mil
  2. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  –  $431.08 mil
  3. Jurassic Park  –  $357.06 mil
  4. Forrest Gump  –  $329.69 mil
  5. The Lion King  –  $312.85 mil
  6. Independence Day  –  $306.16 mil
  7. The Sixth Sense  –  $293.50 mil
  8. Home Alone  –  $285.76 mil
  9. Men in Black  –  $250.69 mil
  10. Toy Story 2  –  $245.85 mil

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Worldwide Box Office Gross):

  1. Titanic  –  $1843.2 mil
  2. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  –  $971.2 mil
  3. Jurassic Park  –  $914.7 mil
  4. The Lion King  –  $841.7 mil
  5. Independence Day  –  $817.4 mil
  6. Forrest Gump  –  $677.4 mil
  7. The Sixth Sense  –  $672.8 mil
  8. The Lost World: Jurassic Park  –  $618.6 mil
  9. Men in Black  –  $589.4 mil
  10. Armageddon  –  $553.7 mil

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Top 1000 – through 1999):

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Vertigo
  3. Rules of the Game
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. The Godfather
  6. 8 1/2
  7. The Seven Samurai
  8. The Searchers
  9. Singin in the Rain
  10. The Battleship Potemkin

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Awards Points  –  through 1999):

  1. Schindler’s List  –  3101
  2. L.A. Confidential  –  2977
  3. American Beauty  –  2745
  4. The Silence of the Lambs  –  2470
  5. The English Patient  –  2410
  6. Pulp Fiction  –  2381
  7. GoodFellas  –  2330
  8. The Piano  –  2220
  9. Shakespeare in Love  –  2196
  10. Saving Private Ryan  –  2159

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Academy Awards Points – through 1999)

  1. From Here to Eternity  –  675
  2. Gone With the Wind  –  670
  3. Ben-Hur  –  660
  4. On the Waterfront  –  655
  5. All About Eve  –  625
  6. Titanic  –  625
  7. The English Patient  –  610
  8. West Side Story  –  610
  9. Mrs. Miniver  –  610
  10. Dances with Wolves  –  590

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Golden Globes Points through 1999):

  1. Love Story  –  455
  2. The Godfather  –  455
  3. Anne of the Thousand Days  –  430
  4. Chinatown  –  430
  5. Ordinary People  –  425
  6. Kramer vs. Kramer  –  415
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  –  410
  8. Amadeus  –  405
  9. Prizzi’s Honor  –  400
  10. Titanic  –  400

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Critics Points through 1999):

  1. L.A. Confidential  –  1525
  2. GoodFellas  –  1415
  3. Pulp Fiction  –  1301
  4. Schindler’s List  –  1268
  5. The Silence of the Lambs  –  1187
  6. Terms of Endearment  –  1057
  7. The Piano  –  1033
  8. Leaving Las Vegas  –  952
  9. Unforgiven  –  946
  10. Kramer vs. Kramer  –  828

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Guild Points through 1999):

  1. American Beauty  –  775
  2. Titanic  –  675
  3. The English Patient  –  600
  4. Forrest Gump  –  585
  5. Saving Private Ryan  –  550
  6. Shakespeare in Love  –  530
  7. Apollo 13  –  480
  8. L.A. Confidential  –  435
  9. Schindler’s List  –  405
  10. As Good As It Gets  –  390

note:  Because of the expansion of the guild awards during the decade (most notably the start of the SAG awards), six different films set new records for guild points.  Dances with Wolves, with 370 points, shattered the previous record of 270 points, yet didn’t even end up in the Top 10 for the decade.

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (BAFTA Points through 1999):

  1. American Beauty  –  615
  2. Schindler’s List  –  610
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  –  600
  4. Gandhi  –  590
  5. A Room with a View  –  570
  6. The English Patient  –  570
  7. The Killing Fields  –  565
  8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  –  550
  9. Elizabeth  –  545
  10. Shakespeare in Love  –  540

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Domestic Box Office Gross through 1999):

  1. Titanic  –  $600.78 mil
  2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope  –  $460.99 mil
  3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  –  $431.08 mil
  4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  –  $399.80 mil
  5. Jurassic Park  –  $357.06 mil
  6. Forrest Gump  –  $329.69 mil
  7. The Lion King  –  $312.85 mil
  8. Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi  –  $309.30 mil
  9. Independence Day  –  $306.16 mil
  10. The Sixth Sense  –  $293.50 mil

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Worldwide Box Office Gross through 1999):

  1. Titanic  –  $1843.2 mil
  2. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  –  $971.2 mil
  3. Jurassic Park  –  $914.7 mil
  4. The Lion King  –  $841.7 mil
  5. Independence Day  –  $817.4 mil
  6. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  –  $792.9 mil
  7. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope  –  $775.4 mil
  8. Forrest Gump  –  $677.4 mil
  9. The Sixth Sense  –  $672.8 mil
  10. The Lost World: Jurassic Park  –  $618.6 mil

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Adjusted Domestic Box Office Gross – adjusted to 1999 totals)

  1. Gone With the Wind  –  $1026.38 mil
  2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope  –  $904.84 mil
  3. The Sound of Music  –  $723.47 mil
  4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  –  $720.62 mil
  5. The Ten Commandments  –  $665.48 mil
  6. Titanic  –  $651.99 mil
  7. Jaws  –  $650.64 mil
  8. Doctor Zhivago  –  $630.60 mil
  9. The Exorcist  –  $561.84 mil
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  –  $553.72 mil

Nighthawk Awards:

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Nighthawk Awards):

  1. GoodFellas  –  670
  2. Schindler’s List  –  660
  3. Sense and Sensibility  –  625
  4. The Silence of the Lambs  –  605
  5. American Beauty  –  585
  6. Ed Wood  –  555
  7. The English Patient  –  530
  8. L.A. Confidential  –  530
  9. Unforgiven  –  515
  10. The Last of the Mohicans  –  420

Top 10 Films of the 1990’s  (Nighthawk Award Nominations):

  1. Schindler’s List  –  14
  2. GoodFellas  –  13
  3. The English Patient  –  13
  4. Dances With Wolves  –  12
  5. The Silence of the Lambs  –  12
  6. The Last of the Mohicans  –  12
  7. Unforgiven  –  11
  8. Sense and Sensibility  –  11
  9. L.A. Confidential  –  10
  10. Miller’s Crossing  /  In the Name of the Father  /  Much Ado About Nothing  /  Ed Wood  /  Hamlet  /  Shakespeare in Love  /  American Beauty  –  10

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Nighthawk Awards through 1999):

  1. The Wizard of Oz  –  815
  2. Bonnie and Clyde  –  795
  3. Sunset Boulevard  –  790
  4. The Godfather  –  785
  5. The Bridge on the River Kwai  –  745
  6. Doctor Zhivago  –  725
  7. Lawrence of Arabia  –  720
  8. Chinatown  –  720
  9. Children of Paradise  –  715
  10. Cries and Whispers  –  715

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Nighthawk Nominations through 1999):

  1. The Wizard of Oz  –  21
  2. The Godfather  –  17
  3. Mary Poppins  –  16
  4. Bonnie and Clyde  –  16
  5. From Here to Eternity  –  15
  6. The Bridge on the River Kwai  –  15
  7. Doctor Zhivago  –  15
  8. The Godfather Part II  –  15
  9. Ran  –  15
  10. Children of Paradise  /  Sunset Boulevard  /  Lawrence of Arabia  /  Cries and Whispers  /  Star Wars  /  Raiders of the Lost Ark  /  Schindler’s List  –  14

The Best of the Decade:

Best Animated Film:

  1. Beauty and the Beast
  2. Princess Mononoke
  3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  4. Toy Story 2
  5. Toy Story

Best Foreign Film:

  1. Europa Europa
  2. All About My Mother
  3. Three Colors: Red
  4. Princess Mononoke
  5. Ringu

Best Original Song:

  1. “(You Made Me) The Thief of Your Heart” from In the Name of the Father
  2. “Can’t Even Tell” from Clerks
  3. “El Cancion del Mariachi” from Desperado
  4. “The Great Beyond” from Man on the Moon
  5. “The Flame Still Burns” from Still Crazy

Best Makeup:

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  2. Dick Tracy
  3. Interview with the Vampire
  4. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  5. Ed Wood

Best Costume Design:

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  2. Interview with the Vampire
  3. The Age of Innocence
  4. Titanic
  5. Shakespeare in Love

Best Sound Effects Editing:

  1. Saving Private Ryan
  2. Titanic
  3. The Hunt for Red October
  4. Jurassic Park
  5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Best Visual Effects

  1. Jurassic Park
  2. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  3. Titanic
  4. The Fifth Element
  5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Best Art Direction

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  2. The Age of Innocence
  3. Titanic
  4. Schindler’s List
  5. Shakespeare in Love

Best Sound:

  1. Saving Private Ryan
  2. The Hunt for Red October
  3. Apollo 13
  4. Jurassic Park
  5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Best Original Score:

  1. The Last of the Mohicans  (Trever Jones  /  Randy Edelman)
  2. Amistad  (John Williams)
  3. Schindler’s List  (John Williams)
  4. The Power of One  (Hans Zimmer)
  5. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  (John Williams)

Best Cinematography

  1. Schindler’s List
  2. The Last of the Mohicans
  3. GoodFellas
  4. Saving Private Ryan
  5. The English Patient

Best Editing

  1. GoodFellas
  2. L.A. Confidential
  3. Out of Sight
  4. Pulp Fiction
  5. Lone Star

I was gonna explain how in the eighties she was the best of the decade, but here she's the best comedy performance of the decade, but she told me not to speak.

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy):

  1. Diane Wiest  (Bullets Over Broadway)
  2. Mercedes Ruehl  (The Fisher King)
  3. Samantha Morten  (Sweet and Lowdown)
  4. Natalie Portman  (Beautiful Girls)
  5. Judi Dench  (Shakespeare in Love)

Best Supporting Actress (Drama):

  1. Julianne Moore  (Boogie Nights)
  2. Lorraine Bracco  (GoodFellas)
  3. Kate Winslet  (Sense and Sensibility)
  4. Kate Winslet  (Hamlet)
  5. Juliette Binoche  (The English Patient)
  6. Winona Ryder  (The Age of Innocence)

note:  There are six actresses because of the two performances by Kate Winslet.

Best Supporting Actress:

  1. Julianne Moore  (Boogie Nights)
  2. Diane Wiest  (Bullets Over Broadway)
  3. Lorraine Bracco  (GoodFellas)
  4. Kate Winslet  (Sense and Sensibility)
  5. Mercedes Ruehl  (The Fisher King)

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy):

  1. Martin Landau  (Ed Wood)
  2. William H. Macy  (Fargo)
  3. Bill Murray  (Rushmore)
  4. Patrick Stewart  (Jeffrey)
  5. Ed Harris  (The Truman Show)

Best Supporting Actor  (Drama):

  1. Ralph Fiennes  (Schindler’s List)
  2. Gene Hackman  (Unforgiven)
  3. Kevin Spacey  (L.A. Confidential)
  4. Joe Pesci  (GoodFellas)
  5. Tom Cruise  (Magnolia)

Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Ralph Fiennes  (Schindler’s List)
  2. Martin Landau  (Ed Wood)
  3. Gene Hackman  (Unforgiven)
  4. Kevin Spacey  (L.A. Confidential)
  5. William H. Macy  (Fargo)

Best Actress (Comedy):

  1. Frances McDormand  (Fargo)
  2. Emma Thompson  (Much Ado About Nothing)
  3. Nicole Kidman  (To Die For)
  4. Gwyneth Paltrow  (Shakespeare in Love)
  5. Emma Thompson  (Primary Colors)
  6. Helen Hunt  (As Good As It Gets)

note:  There are six actresses because of the two performances by Emma Thompson.

Best Actress (Drama):

  1. Emma Thompson  (Howards End)
  2. Jodie Foster  (The Silence of the Lambs)
  3. Annette Bening  (American Beauty)
  4. Emma Thompson  (The Remains of the Day)
  5. Holly Hunter  (The Piano)
  6. Emma Thompson  (Sense and Sensibility)
  7. Anjelica Huston  (The Grifters)

note:  There are seven actresses because of the three performances by Emma Thompson.

She's not sure she agrees with you 100% on your police work there.

Best Actress:

  1. Frances McDormand  (Fargo)
  2. Emma Thompson  (Howards End)
  3. Jodie Foster  (The Silence of the Lambs)
  4. Annette Bening  (American Beauty)
  5. Emma Thompson  (The Remains of the Day)
  6. Holly Hunter  (The Piano)

note:  There are six actresses because of the two performances by Emma Thompson.

Best Actor (Comedy):

  1. Johnny Depp  (Ed Wood)
  2. Ewan McGregor  (Trainspotting)
  3. George Clooney  (Out of Sight)
  4. Robin Williams  (The Fisher King)
  5. Tim Robbins  (The Player)

Best Actor  (Drama):

  1. Anthony Hopkins  (The Silence of the Lambs)
  2. Ian McKellen  (Gods and Monsters)
  3. Nicholas Cage  (Leaving Las Vegas)
  4. Ralph Fiennes  (The English Patient)
  5. Daniel Day-Lewis  (In the Name of the Father)

Best Actor:

  1. Anthony Hopkins  (The Silence of the Lambs)
  2. Ian McKellen  (Gods and Monsters)
  3. Nicholas Cage  (Leaving Las Vegas)
  4. Ralph Fiennes  (The English Patient)
  5. Daniel Day-Lewis  (In the Name of the Father)

Best Original Screenplay  (Comedy):

  1. Fargo
  2. Being John Malkovich
  3. Shakespeare in Love
  4. The Fisher King
  5. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Best Original Screenplay  (Drama):

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Lone Star
  3. American Beauty
  4. The Crying Game
  5. Magnolia

Best Original Screenplay:

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Lone Star
  3. Fargo
  4. American Beauty
  5. The Crying Game

Best Adapted Screenplay  (Comedy):

  1. Trainspotting
  2. Ed Wood
  3. Out of Sight
  4. The Player
  5. Jackie Brown

Best Adapted Screenplay  (Drama):

  1. L.A. Confidential
  2. GoodFellas
  3. Schindler’s List
  4. The Silence of the Lambs
  5. The Age of Innocence

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  1. L.A. Confidential
  2. GoodFellas
  3. Schindler’s List
  4. Trainspotting
  5. Ed Wood

Best Director  (Comedy):

  1. Tim Burton  (Ed Wood)
  2. Danny Boyle  (Trainspotting)
  3. Joel Coen  (Fargo)
  4. Steven Soderbergh  (Out of Sight)
  5. Robert Altman  (The Player)

Best Director  (Drama):

  1. Martin Scorsese  (GoodFellas)
  2. Curtis Hanson  (L.A. Confidential)
  3. Steven Spielberg  (Schindler’s List)
  4. Quentin Tarantino  (Pulp Fiction)
  5. Jonathan Demme  (The Silence of the Lambs)

Best Director:

  1. Martin Scorsese  (GoodFellas)
  2. Curtis Hanson  (L.A. Confidential)
  3. Steven Spielberg  (Schindler’s List)
  4. Tim Burton  (Ed Wood)
  5. Quentin Tarantino  (Pulp Fiction)

Best Picture  (Comedy):

  1. Ed Wood
  2. Trainspotting
  3. Fargo
  4. Beauty and the Beast
  5. Out of Sight

Best Picture (Drama):

  1. GoodFellas
  2. L.A. Confidential
  3. Schindler’s List
  4. Pulp Fiction
  5. The Silence of the Lambs

Best Picture:

  1. GoodFellas
  2. L.A. Confidential
  3. Schindler’s List
  4. Ed Wood
  5. Pulp Fiction

Well maybe he is there to fucking amuse you.

Films That Earn Best of Decade Nominations:

  • GoodFellas
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Editing, Cinematography
  • L.A. Confidential
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing
  • Schindler’s List
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction
  • Ed Wood
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Makeup
  • Pulp Fiction
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Editing
  • Trainspotting
    • Adapted Screenplay
  • Lone Star
    • Original Screenplay, Editing
  • Fargo
    • Original Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actor
  • American Beauty
    • Original Screenplay, Actress
  • The Crying Game
    • Original Screenplay
  • The Silence of the Lambs
    • Actor, Actress
  • Gods and Monsters
    • Actor
  • The English Patient
    • Actor, Cinematography
  • In the Name of the Father
    • Actor, Original Song
  • Howards End
    • Actress
  • The Remains of the Day
    • Actress
  • The Piano
    • Actress
  • Unforgiven
    • Supporting Actor
  • Boogie Nights
    • Supporting Actress
  • Bullets Over Broadway
    • Supporting Actress
  • The Fisher King
    • Supporting Actress
  • Sense and Sensibility
    • Supporting Actress
  • Out of Sight
    • Editing
  • Last of the Mohicans
    • Cinematography, Original Score
  • Saving Private Ryan
    • Cinematography, Sound, Sound Editing
  • Amistad
    • Original Score
  • The Power of One
    • Original Score
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    • Original Score, Visual Effects, Makeup
  • The Hunt for Red October
    • Sound, Sound Editing
  • Apollo 13
    • Sound
  • Jurassic Park
    • Sound, Visual Effects, Sound Editing
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    • Sound, Visual Effects, Sound Editing
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    • Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup
  • The Age of Innocence
    • Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Titanic
    • Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Costume Design
  • Shakespeare in Love
    • Art Direction, Costume Design
  • The Fifth Element
    • Visual Effects
  • Interview with the Vampire
    • Costume Design, Makeup
  • Dick Tracy
    • Makeup
  • Clerks
    • Original Song
  • Desperado
    • Original Song
  • Man on the Moon
    • Original Song
  • Still Crazy
    • Original Song
  • Beauty and the Beast
    • Animated Film
  • Princess Mononoke
    • Animated Film, Foreign Film
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Animated Film
  • Toy Story 2
    • Animated Film
  • Toy Story
    • Animated Film
  • Europa Europa
    • Foreign Film
  • All About My Mother
    • Foreign Film
  • Ringu
    • Foreign Film
  • Three Colors: Red
    • Foreign Film

Best Years for Each Category of the Nighthawk Awards:

Best Animated Film:  1999

  • Princess Mononoke, Toy Story 2, South Park, The Iron Giant

Best Foreign Film:  1994

  • Three Colors: Red, Three Colors: White, Mina Tannenbaum, Eat Drink Man Woman, Queen Margot

Best Original Song:  1991

  • “Something There”, “Until the End of the World”, “Blood of Eden”, “Sax and Violins”, “Beauty and the Beast”

Best Makeup:  1999

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sleepy Hollow, Topsy-Turvy, Fight Club, Existenz

Best Costume Design:  1993

  • The Age of Innocence, Schindler’s List, Farewell My Concubine, Much Ado About Nothing, Orlando

Best Sound Editing:  1997

  • Titanic, The Fifth Element, L.A. Confidential, Men in Black, The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Best Visual Effects:  1997

  • The Fifth Element, Titanic, Men in Black, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers

Best Art Direction:  1996

  • Hamlet, The English Patient, Evita, Romeo + Juliet, The Birdcage

Best Sound:  1991

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day, JFK, The Silence of the Lambs, Beauty and the Beast, The Commitments

Best Original Score:  1993

  • Schindler’s List, Much Ado About Nothing, Nightmare Before Christmas, Jurassic Park, Army of Darkness  –  hon. men.  –  Three Colors: Blue

Best Cinematography:  1996

  • The English Patient, Fargo, Lone Star, Trainspotting, Michael Collins

Best Editing:  1996

  • Lone Star, Trainspotting, Fargo, The English Patient, In the Bleak Midwinter

Best Supporting Actress:  1996

  • Kate Winslet  (Hamlet)
  • Juliette Binoche  (The English Patient)
  • Joan Allen  (The Crucible)
  • Natalie Portman  (Beautiful Girls)
  • Courtney Love  (The People vs. Larry Flynt)

Best Supporting Actor:  1992

  • Gene Hackman  (Unforgiven)
  • Jack Nicholson  (A Few Good Men)
  • Jaye Davidson  (The Crying Game)
  • Al Pacino  (Glengarry Glen Ross)
  • Anthony Hopkins  (Howards End)

Best Actress:  1993

  • Emma Thompson  (The Remains of the Day)
  • Holly Hunter  (The Piano)
  • Emma Thompson  (Much Ado About Nothing)
  • Juliette Binoche  (Three Colors: Blue)
  • Debra Winger  (Shadowlands)
  • Angela Bassett  (What’s Love Got to Do With It)

Best Actor:  1996

  • Ralph Fiennes  (The English Patient)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis  (The Crucible)
  • Kenneth Branagh  (Hamlet)
  • Tom Cruise  (Jerry Maguire)
  • Ewan McGregor  (Trainspotting)

Best Original Screenplay:  1994

  • Pulp Fiction, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Clerks, Heavenly Creatures, Bullets Over Broadway  –  hon. men. – Three Colors: Red

Best Adapted Screenplay:  1993

  • Schindler’s List, The Age of Innocence, The Remains of the Day, Shadowlands, In the Name of the Father

Best Director:  1996

  • The English Patient, Lone Star, Trainspotting, Fargo, Hamlet

Best Picture:  1996

  • Lone Star, Trainspotting, The English Patient, Fargo, Hamlet

Cinematographer of the Decade:

Roger Deakins

It might seem odd to choose Deakins, who didn’t win any Nighthawk Awards during the decade (nor did he win an Oscar or an ASC award).  But he was nominated three times for all three (Fargo and Kundun for all three, Homicide for the Nighthawk, Shawshank Redemption for the other two).  And he was the cinematographer for the great work done by the Coens in the decade, including Barton Fink, Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo and Big Lebowski (which includes the shot from the point of view of the bowling ball, plus the shot between the Valkyrie legs).  That he would potentially exceed himself in the next decade does not nothing to diminish his work in the 90’s.

Composer of the Decade:

John Williams

He wins four Nighthawk Awards (JFK, Schindler’s List, Amistad, Phantom Menace) and an Oscar (Schindler’s List).  He also earns three other Nighthawk nominations (Presumed Innocent, Hook, Jurassic Park) and an astounding nine Oscar nominations.  And while he is often thought of as the Spielberg guy, he branches out in this decade, earning Oscar nominations with work from directors including Chris Columbus, Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson and Alan Parker.  Though this is the decade where he’s thought of as slowing down, he wins more Nighthawk Awards in the 90’s than in any other decade.

Writer of the Decade:

Joel and Ethan Coen

How is this decade for them?  Try some of these lines from this decade: “I CAN’T DIE OUT HERE IN THE WOODS!”, “I could tell you stories to curl your hair, but it looks like you’ve already heard ’em.”, “You know, for kids.”, “I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.” and “Don’t fuck with the Jesus.”

Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights - the best supporting actress performance of the decade

Supporting Actress of the Decade:

Julianne Moore

She could have won this just for 1999.  She gave great supporting performances in Magnolia, A Map of the World and Cookie’s Fortune (not to mention her lead performances that year in The End of the Affair and An Ideal Husband).  But even before that, she had the best supporting performance of the decade in Boogie Nights, had the most entertaining performance in The Big Lebowski (not an easy thing to do) and was good in a small role in Short Cuts.

Supporting Actor of the Decade:

Alan Rickman

A Nighthawk Decade Award for someone who doesn’t even earn an Oscar nomination?  Yes, as it turns out.  He wins the Nighthawk Award for his fantastic Sheriff in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and earns a nomination for his charming Colonel in Sense and Sensibility.  He also earns mention for his ghost in Truly, Madly, Deeply, the lost actor in An Awfully Big Adventure and even his comedic turns in Dogma and Galaxy Quest.  He also, interestingly enough, directs a great performance from the Actress of the Decade.

Actress of the Decade:

Emma Thompson

This is the easiest decade award I’ve ever given.  She makes the Top 5 for the Best Actress (Drama) list three times and for the Best Actress (Comedy) lists another two times.  She wins an Oscar (Howards End) and three Nighthawk Awards (Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility) and earns two other nominations (Much Ado About Nothing and Primary Colors), as well as earning a Supporting Actress nomination (In the Name of the Father).  She also earns mention for Dead Again, Carrington and The Winter Guest.

Actor of the Decade:

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Day-Lewis both win one Nighthawk Award for Best Actor (The English Patient and In the Name of the Father) and earn three other nominations (Quiz Show, Oscar and Lucinda, The End of the Affair; Last of the Mohicans, The Age of Innocence, The Crucible).  So how do I choose Fiennes?  Well, there are two reasons.  First of all, Fiennes also gives the single best Supporting Actor performance of the decade in Schindler’s List.  Second, while Day-Lewis had the whole decade to give his performances, Fiennes’ wasn’t even a film actor at the beginning of the decade and wasn’t a lead until 1994.  He did all of that in little more than half the time.  But if you combine Day-Lewis films with his last films from the 80’s (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, My Left Foot), it’s as good a stretch of ten years as any actor in history.

Joel and Ethan Coen on the set of The Big Lebowski (1998)

Director of the Decade:

Joel Coen

Though Kenneth Branagh has the most films in the Top 100 and Quentin Tarantino makes the Top 65 with every film he directs in the decade, it’s really the Coens who have the most impressive resume.  They make the Top 100 three times, with Fargo, Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski.  One of those wins them both Oscars and the other two fail to earn any nominations at all.  Aside from those three brilliant films, they also have two very good, very quirky films – Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy.  In one decade, they make five films that are as good as most directors best five films (and, most impressively, I think only one of those five would actually make my list of Top 5 Coen Brothers films).

Top 100 Films of the 1990’s:

  1. GoodFellas  (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  2. L.A. Confidential  (1997, dir. Curtis Hanson)
  3. Schindler’s List  (1993, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  4. Ed Wood  (1994, dir. Tim Burton)
  5. Pulp Fiction  (1994, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  6. The Silence of the Lambs  (1991, dir. Jonathan Demme)
  7. Lone Star  (1996, dir. John Sayles)
  8. Trainspotting  (1995, dir. Danny Boyle)
  9. The Age of Innocence  (1993, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  10. American Beauty  (1999, dir. Sam Mendes)
  11. The English Patient  (1996, dir. Anthony Minghella)
  12. The Shawshank Redemption  (1994, dir. Frank Darabont)
  13. Fargo  (1996, dir. Joel Coen)
  14. Unforgiven  (1992, dir. Clint Eastwood)
  15. The Crying Game  (1992, dir. Neil Jordan)
  16. Sense and Sensibility  (1995, dir. Ang Lee)
  17. JFK  (1991, dir. Oliver Stone)
  18. Beauty and the Beast  (1991,
  19. Hamlet  (1996, dir. Kenneth Branagh)
  20. Things fall down. People look up. And when it rains it pours.

    Magnolia  (1999, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

  21. The Ice Storm  (1997, dir. Ang Lee)
  22. The Usual Suspects  (1995, dir. Bryan Singer)
  23. Dances With Wolves  (1990, dir. Kevin Costner)
  24. The Sweet Hereafter  (1997, dir. Atom Egoyan)
  25. The End of the Affair  (1999, dir. Neil Jordan)
  26. Out of Sight  (1998, dir. Steven Soderbergh)
  27. Shakespeare in Love  (1998, dir. John Madden)
  28. Boogie Nights  (1997, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  29. Much Ado About Nothing  (1993, dir. Kenneth Branagh)
  30. Four Weddings and a Funeral  (1994, dir. Mike Newell)
  31. The Fisher King  (1991, dir. Terry Gilliam)
  32. Miller’s Crossing  (1990, dir. Joel Coen)
  33. In the Name of the Father  (1993, dir. Jim Sheridan)
  34. Three Kings  (1999, dir. David O. Russell)
  35. Boyz N the Hood  (1991, dir. John Singleton)
  36. Saving Private Ryan  (1998, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  37. The Big Lebowski  (1998, dir. Joel Coen)
  38. Heavenly Creatures  (1994, dir. Peter Jackson)
  39. Last of the Mohicans  (1992, dir. Michael Mann)
  40. The Player  (1992, dir. Robert Altman)
  41. Europa Europa  (1991, dir. Agnieszka Holland)
  42. Eyes Wide Shut  (1999, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  43. Quiz Show  (1994, dir. Robert Redford)
  44. Jackie Brown  (1997, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  45. A Perfect World  (1993, dir. Clint Eastwood)
  46. The Commitments  (1991, dir. Alan Parker)
  47. Howards End  (1992, dir. James Ivory)
  48. The Remains of the Day  (1993, dir. James Ivory)
  49. Grand Canyon  (1991, dir. Lawrence Kasdan)
  50. All About My Mother  (1999, dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
  51. The first of many brilliant Ian McKellen performances over the last two decades.

    Richard III  (1995, dir. Richard Loncraine)

  52. Bullets Over Broadway  (1994, dir. Woody Allen)
  53. 12 Monkeys  (1995, dir. Terry Gilliam)
  54. Three Colors: Red  (1994, dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  55. Gods and Monsters  (1998, dir. Bill Condon)
  56. Secrets and Lies  (1996, dir. Mike Leigh)
  57. Amistad  (1997, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  58. Topsy-Turvy  (1999, dir. Mike Leigh)
  59. The Truman Show  (1998, dir. Peter Weir)
  60. Being John Malkovich  (1999, dir. Spike Jonze)
  61. Princess Mononoke  (1997, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
  62. The Sixth Sense  (1999, dir. M. Night Shyamalan)
  63. The Grifters  (1990, dir. Stephen Frears)
  64. Reservoir Dogs  (1992, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  65. Nightmare Before Christmas  (1993
  66. Ringu  (1998, dir. Hideo Nakata)
  67. Good Will Hunting  (1997, dir. Gus Van Sant)
  68. In the Bleak Midwinter  (1995, dir. Kenneth Branagh)
  69. The Talented Mr. Ripley  (1999, dir. Anthony Minghella)
  70. Toy Story 2  (1999, dir. John Lassetter)
  71. The Insider  (1999, dir. Michael Mann)
  72. Les Miserables  (1995, dir. Claude Lelouch)
  73. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert  (1994, dir. Stephan Elliot)
  74. Shadowlands  (1993, dir. Richard Attenborough)
  75. Dead Again  (1991, dir. Kenneth Branagh)
  76. Raise the Red Lantern  (1991, dir. Zhang Yimou)
  77. Homicide  (1991, dir. David Mamet)
  78. In the Line of Fire  (1993. dir Wolfgang Peterson)
  79. Thelma and Louise  (1991, dir. Ridley Scott)
  80. Three Colors: Blue  (1993, dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  81. I have a copy of this poster signed by Walt Flanagan. Don't know who he is? Comic Book Men on AMC. Watch it.

    Clerks  (1994, dir. Kevin Smith)

  82. Jerry Maguire  (1996, dir. Cameron Crowe)
  83. Leaving Las Vegas  (1995, dir. Mike Figgis)
  84. The Crucible  (1996, dir. Nicholas Hytner)
  85. Oscar and Lucinda  (1997, dir. Gillian Armstrong)
  86. Toy Story  (1995, dir. John Lassetter)
  87. Grosse Pointe Blank  (1997, dir. George Armitage)
  88. Three Colors: White  (1994, dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  89. Presumed Innocent  (1990, dir. Alan J. Pakula)
  90. The Hunt for Red October  (1990, dir. John McTiernan)
  91. Death and the Maiden  (1994, dir. Roman Polanski)
  92. Singles  (1992, dir. Cameron Crowe)
  93. Pleasantville  (1998, dir. Gary Ross)
  94. Sweet and Lowdown  (1999, dir. Woody Allen)
  95. Cold Comfort Farm  (1995, dir. John Schlesinger)
  96. Flirting  (1991, dir. John Duigan)
  97. To Die For  (1995, dir. Gus Van Sant)
  98. The Full Monty  (1997, dir. Peter Cattaneo)
  99. Romeo + Juliet  (1996, dir. Baz Luhrmann)
  100. Run Lola Run  (1998, dir. Tom Tykwer)

If things were perfect, we would have 10 films from each year.  Instead, this is how they break down (top 20 in parenthesis):

  • 1990  –  7  (1)
  • 1991  –  12  (3)
  • 1992  –  7  (2)
  • 1993  –  10  (2)
  • 1994  –   12  (3)
  • 1995  –  11 (2)
  • 1996  –  8  (4)
  • 1997  –  11  (1)
  • 1998  –  9  (0)
  • 1999  –  13  (2)

However, as always, the Oscar (and Nighthawk) eligibility isn’t quite the same (usually because of Foreign films).  That breaks down like this:

  • 1990  –  6  (1)
  • 1991  –  11  (3)
  • 1992  –  9  (2)
  • 1993  –  10  (2)
  • 1994  –  12  (3)
  • 1995  –  8  (1)
  • 1996  –  11 (5)
  • 1997  –  10  (1)
  • 1998  –  8  (0)
  • 1999  –  15  (2)

Either way, 1990 is the weakest year.  It, however, has GoodFellas, while 1998 has nothing nearly as good.  1996 doesn’t have a lot of films on the list, but the entire group of Nighthawk Best Picture nominees make the Top 20 for the decade – it has as good a top 5 (Lone Star, Trainspotting, The English Patient, Fargo, Hamlet) as any other year in film history.  Here’s the best film for each rank, with the best film for each rank (as in GoodFellas is the #1 film of 1990 and Pulp Fiction is the #2 film of 1994, etc):

  1. GoodFellas  (1990)
  2. Pulp Fiction  (1994)
  3. The English Patient  (1996)
  4. Fargo  (1996)
  5. Hamlet  (1996)
  6. Europa, Europa  (1991)
  7. The Commitments  (1991)
  8. Grand Canyon  (1991)
  9. Princess Mononoke  (1999)
  10. The Sixth Sense  (1999)

Those work out much better than in the eighties, where the best film at each rank was from 1989 except for #1.  As for the worst, every choice is either 1990 or 1998 except for #3, which is from 1995.  It’s the luck of the draw.  Europa Europa would have been a Nighthawk nominee for Best Picture in seven other years in the decade while Presumed Innocent, which was a Nighthawk nominee for 1990 wouldn’t have been a nominee in any other year of the decade (or in the eighties) and wouldn’t have made the Top 13 in 1999.  On the other hand, Out of Sight wins the Nighthawk Award in 1998, but wouldn’t have been higher than #3 in any other year and wouldn’t have even been nominated in 1996.

There are again six black-and-white films, including two in the top 5, though two of them (Dead Again, Pleasantville) are only partially black-and-white.  The first two films are nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and the third film won, but four of the top nine fail to earn Best Picture nominations.

Thanks to Kenneth Branagh, Shakespeare films flourish.  There are 4 straight adaptations and two others (In the Bleak Midwinter, Shakespeare in Love) that take the Bard as inspiration.  The six films are twice as many as are in the Top 100 in any other decade.  Branagh is the only director again in the Top 20 except for Scorsese and Spielberg, who are both on the list for the third straight decade.  There are only 10 Foreign films on the list (by far the lowest of any decade) and none in the Top 20 for the first time.  War and Science Fiction have a lot fewer films on the list (2 and 1 as opposed to 9 and 7 in the eighties), but Crime, which only had 2 films in the 80’s, has 9 here, thanks to the three from Tarantino.

Only 28 Best Picture nominees make the Top 100, which is down considerably from previous decades.  But the average rank in Best Picture years is 23.7, which is an improvement.  But that runs the range from 1994 (#3) to 1995 (#59).  The first half is definitely better – only 1992 is out of the Top 25 and it’s #28, while in the second half of the decade, only 1997 makes it into the Top 20 and it’s #26.

  • 1990  –  2
  • 1991  –  3
  • 1992  –  3
  • 1993  –  3
  • 1994  –  4
  • 1995  –  1
  • 1996  –  4
  • 1997  –  3
  • 1998  –  2
  • 1999  –  3

directors with three or more films in the Top 100:

  • 4:
    • Kenneth Branagh  (19, 29, 68, 75)
  • 3:
    • Steven Spielberg  (3, 36, 57)
    • Quentin Tarantino  (5, 54, 64)
    • Joel Coen  (13, 32, 37)
    • Krzysztof Kieslowski  (54, 80, 88)

Ang Lee and Paul Thomas Anderson only get two films on the list each, but all four films are in the Top 30 (and Lee barely misses the list another time for Eat Drink Man Woman).  Martin Scorsese only makes the list twice, but both films are in the Top 10.

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