“The probing fingers continued to move up and there was no way to stop them. Helplessly I stood there as his hands settled firmly upon the packets taped under my arms.” (p 7)

My Top 10

  1. Midnight Express
  2. Heaven Can Wait
  3. Watership Down
  4. Superman
  5. The Chess Players
  6. California Suite
  7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  8. Conflagration

Note:  There were originally 10 films on this list but after re-watching them (which I had to do anyway because they earned nominations from the WGA and Oscars), I cut both Same Time Next Year and Bloodbrothers. (more…)

One of the quieter moments between Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter (1978)

The 51st annual Academy Awards, for the film year 1978.  The nominations were announced on February 20, 1979 and the awards were held on April 9, 1979.

Best Picture:  The Deer Hunter

  • Midnight Express
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Coming Home
  • An Unmarried Woman

Most Surprising Omission:  Interiors

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Autumn Sonata

Best Eligible English-Language Film Not Nominated:  Interiors

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #41 (more…)