To have any other film as my #1 would be inconceivable.

To have any other film as my #1 would be inconceivable.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 10 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Princess Bride
  2. Hope and Glory  **
  3. Broadcast News  *
  4. Au Revoir, Les Enfants
  5. Empire of the Sun  *
  6. Manon of the Spring
  7. The Dead
  8. Matewan
  9. The Last Emperor  *
  10. Jean de Florette  *

Analysis:  All of these are **** films (and there are three more: Full Metal Jacket, The Untouchables and House of Games).  But, outside of The Princess Bride, none of them are really high-level **** films.  It’s the year of lots of great films but only one of them is truly great.  As a result, we have a Top 5 that is lower than the year before but a Top 10 that is the highest in seven years.  Jean de Florette is the best #10 film since 1963.  And how did the Academy acknowledge this remarkable year?  By nominating Fatal Attraction, one of the worst films ever nominated for Best Picture. (more…)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - the best film of 1988 and the best animated film of the 80's

1980  –  1989

Total Films I’ve Seen:  942

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  43

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  Platoon

Film of the Decade:  Raiders of the Lost Ark

Worst Film of the Decade:  Human Highway

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  Fatal Attraction

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


He might be the emperor, but he is also still just a little boy. Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987)

The 60th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 1987.  The nominations were announced on February 17, 1988 and the awards were held on April 11, 1988.

Best Picture:  The Last Emperor

  • Hope and Glory
  • Broadcast News
  • Moonstruck
  • Fatal Attraction

Most Surprising Omission:  Empire of the Sun

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Princess Bride

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #52 (more…)

If you killed his father, you should probably prepare to die.

My Top 20:

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. Au revoir les enfants
  3. Hope and Glory
  4. Empire of the Sun
  5. Broadcast News
  6. Manon of the Spring
  7. The Dead
  8. The Last Emperor
  9. Matewan
  10. Full Metal Jacket
  11. Jean de Florette
  12. House of Games
  13. The Untouchables
  14. Roxanne
  15. Radio Days
  16. My Life as a Dog
  17. River’s Edge
  18. The Big Easy
  19. Raising Arizona
  20. Evil Dead II (more…)

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