the year-end project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 2010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
19991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990198919881987
198619851984198319821981, 1980, 1979, 1978 (Days of Heaven, below)… 1977, 1976, 1975, 1970-741965-19691960-64, 
1955-59
1950-541940-49, 1930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1978: Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Days of Heaven (dir: Terrence Malick)

  2. Autumn Sonata (dir: Ingmar Bergman)

  3. Killer of Sheep (dir: Charles Burnett; US Release Date)

  4. Halloween (dir: John Carpenter)

  5. Insiang (dir: Lino Brocka; Cannes Release Date)

  6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir: Philip Kaufman)

  7. Gates of Heaven (dir: Errol Morris)

  8. Blue Collar (dir: Paul Schrader)

  9. Dawn of the Dead (dir: George A. Romero)

  10. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (dir: Bertrand Blier)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Always for Pleasure (dir: Les Blank), Coming Home (dir: Hal Ashby), The Deer Hunter (dir: Michael Cimino), The Driver (dir: Walter Hill), Eyes of Laura Mars (dir: Irvin Kershner), The Fury (dir: Brian De Palma), Girlfriends (dir: Claudia Weill), Grease (dir: Randal Kleiser), Interiors (dir: Woody Allen), Midnight Express (dir: Alan Parker), Remember My Name (dir: Alan Rudolph), The Shout (dir: Jerzy Skolimowski), Soldier of Orange (dir: Paul Verhoeven), Straight Time (dir: Ulu Grosbard), An Unmarried Woman (dir: Paul Mazursky), and Watership Down (dir: Martin Rosen)

Richard Gere and Brooke Adams in Terrence Malick's  Days of Heaven

Richard Gere and Brooke Adams in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven

Best Picture: Days of Heaven
Director: Terrence Malick Producers: Bert Schneider, Harold Schneider
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures


Terrence Malick on the  Days of Heaven  set

Terrence Malick on the Days of Heaven set

Best Director:
1.
Terrence Malick, Days of Heaven
2. Ingmar Bergman, Autumn Sonata
3. John Carpenter, Halloween
4. Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep
5. Lina Brocka, Insiang

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Donald Sutherland in Philip Kaufman’s  Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Donald Sutherland in Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Best Actor:
1.
Donald Sutherland, Invasion of the Body Snatchers
2. Richard Pryor, Blue Collar
3. Jon Voight, Coming Home
4. Dustin Hoffman, Straight Time
5. Volker Spangler, In a Year of 13 Moons

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Hilda Koronel in Lina Brocka’s  Insiang

Hilda Koronel in Lina Brocka’s Insiang

Best Actress:
1. Hilda Koronel, Insiang

2. Geraldine Chaplin, Remember My Name
3. Jill Clayburgh, An Unmarried Woman
4. Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata
5. Genevieve Bujold, Coma

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Yaphet Kotto in Paul Schrader’s  Blue Collar

Yaphet Kotto in Paul Schrader’s Blue Collar

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Yaphet Kotto, Blue Collar

2. Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter
3. John Cazale, The Deer Hunter
4. Harry Dean Stanton, Straight Time
5. Christopher Plummer, The Silent Partner

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Linda Manz in Terrence Malick’s  Days of Heaven

Linda Manz in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Linda Manz, Days of Heaven

2. Maureen Stapleton, Interiors
3. Stockard Channing, Grease
4. Ann-Margret, Magic
5. Theresa Russell, Straight Time

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Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullman in Ingmar Bergman’s  Autumn Sonata

Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullman in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Autumn Sonata — Ingmar Bergman
2. An Unmarried Woman — Paul Mazursky
3. Girlfriends —Vicki Polon and Claudia Weill
4. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs — Bertrand Blier
5. Blue Collar — Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader

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Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams in Philip Kaufman’s  Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams in Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Invasion of the Body Snatchers — W.D. Richter
2. Soldier of Orange — Kees Holierhoek, Gerard Soeteman, and Paul Verhoeven
3. Straight Time — Alvin Sargent, Edward Bunker, Michael Mann and Jeffrey Boam
4. The Silent Partner — Curtis Hanson
5. Midnight Express — Oliver Stone

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The night of the locusts in Terrence Malick’s  Days of Heaven

The night of the locusts in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Best Cinematography:
1. Days of Heaven
Nestor Almendros and Haskell Wexler
2. Insiang — Conrado Baltazar
3. Autumn Sonata — Sven Nykvist
4. The Fury — Richard H. Kline
5. Coma — Victor J. Kemper

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George A. Romero’s  Dawn of the Dead

George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead

Best Film Editing:
1. Dawn of the Dead — George A. Romero

2. Days of Heaven — Billy Weber
3. Halloween — Charles Bornstein and Tommy Wallace
4. The Fury – Paul Hirsch
5. Superman — Stuart Baird and Michael Ellis

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle in John Carpenter’s  Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle in John Carpenter’s Halloween

Best Original Score:
1. Halloween – John Carpenter
2. Midnight Express — Giorgio Moroder
3. The Boys from Brazil — Jerry Goldsmith
4. Superman — John Williams
5. Magic — Jerry Goldsmith

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Brooke Adams and Richard Gere in Terrence Malick’s  Days of Heaven

Brooke Adams and Richard Gere in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Best Production Design:
1. Days of Heaven – Jack Fisk and Robert Gould
2. The Wiz – Tony Walton, Robert Drumheller, Edward Stewart and Justin Scoppa, Jr.
3. Heaven Can Wait — Paul Sylbert and George Gaines
4. The Brink’s Job — Dean Tavoularis, George R. Nelson, and Bruce Kay
5. The Buddy Holly Story — Joel Schiller and Tom Roysden

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Sam Shepard in Terence Malick’s  Days of Heaven

Sam Shepard in Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Best Costume Design:
1. Days of Heaven — Patricia Norris
2. The Wiz – Tony Walton
3. Pretty Baby — Mina Mittelman
4. Death on the Nile — Anthony Powell
5. Interiors — Joel Schumacher

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Best Documentary:
Errol Morris, Gates of Heaven

Best Animated Feature:
Martin Rosen and John Hubley, Watership Down

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Best Ensemble Cast:
Straight Time

Orson Welles’ Best First Feature:
Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep

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Best Ensemble Cast: 
Straight Time (dir: Ulu Grosbard; in alphabetical order): Kathy Bates, Gary Busey, Jake Busey, Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Harry Dean Stanton, Rita Taggart and M. Emmett Walsh

Orson Welles' Best First Feature:
Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep

the year-end project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 2010
20092008200720062005200420032002200120001999
1998199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
19851984198319821981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975,, 1970-74,
 1965-19691960-64, 1955-591950-541940-49, 1930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index