the year-end project: 
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 2010
20092008200720062005200420032002200120001999
1998199719961995199419931992, 199119901989198819871986
19851984198319821981, 1980, 1979 (Apocalypse Now, below)…
1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1970-741965-19691960-64, 
1955-59
1950-541940-49, 1930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1979: Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Apocalypse Now (dir: Francis Ford Coppola)

  2. Alien (dir: Ridley Scott)

  3. The Marriage of Maria Braun (dir: Rainier Werner Fassbinder)

  4. Saint Jack (dir: Peter Bogdanovich)

  5. All That Jazz (dir: Bob Fosse)

  6. Wise Blood (dir: John Huston)

  7. Manhattan (dir: Woody Allen)

  8. Being There (dir: Hal Ashby)

  9. The Warriors (dir: Walter Hill)

  10. The Brood (dir: David Cronenberg)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The Black Stallion (dir: Caroll Ballard), Boulevard Nights (dir: Michael Pressman), Breaking Away (dir: Peter Yates), Fascination (dir: Jean Rollin), Hardcore (dir: Paul Schrader), Heartland (dir: Richard Pearce), The Mafu Cage (dir: Karen Arthur), Nosferatu, the Vampyre (dir: Werner Herzog), Phantasm (dir: Don Coscarelli), Starting Over (dir: Alan J. Pakula), The Third Generation (dir: Rainier Werner Fassbinder), and When a Stranger Calls (dir: Fred Walton)

Dennis Hopper in Francis Ford Coppola's  Apocalypse Now

Dennis Hopper in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now

Best Picture: Apocalypse Now
Director: Francis Ford Coppola Producers: Kim Aubry, Francis Ford Coppola
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures


Francis Ford Coppola on the set of  Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola on the set of Apocalypse Now

Best Director:
1.
Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now
2. Ridley Scott, Alien
3. Hal Ashby, Being There
4. Bob Fosse, All That Jazz
5. Rainier Werner Fassbinder, The Marriage of Maria Braun AND The Third Generation

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Ben Gazzara and Denholm Elliott (right) in Peter Bogdanovich’s  Saint Jack

Ben Gazzara and Denholm Elliott (right) in Peter Bogdanovich’s Saint Jack

Best Actor:
1. Ben Gazzara, Saint Jack

2. Roy Scheider, All That Jazz
3. Brad Dourif, Wise Blood
4. Klaus Kinski, Nosferatu, the Vampyre
5. Martin Sheen, Apocalypse Now

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Hanna Schygulla in Rainier Werner Fassbinder’s  The Marriage of Maria Braun

Hanna Schygulla in Rainier Werner Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun

Best Actress:
1. Hanna Schygulla, The Marriage of Maria Braun

2. Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over
3. Carol Kane, The Mafu Cage
4. Sally Field, Norma Rae
5. Conchata Ferrell, Heartland

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Robert Duvall in Francis Ford Coppola’s  Apocalypse Now

Robert Duvall in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Best Supporting Actor
1. Robert Duvall,
Apocalypse Now
2. Paul Dooley, Breaking Away
3. Tony Beckley, When a Stranger Calls
4. Ian Holm, Alien
5. Melvyn Douglas, Being There

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Candace Bergen and Burt Reynolds in Alan J. Pakula’s  Starting Over

Candace Bergen and Burt Reynolds in Alan J. Pakula’s Starting Over

Best Supporting Actress
1. Candice Bergen, Starting Over

2. Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer
3. Sigourney Weaver, Alien
4. Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan
5. Cheryl Barnes, Hair

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Roy Scheider and Vicki Frederick in Bob Fosse’s  All That Jazz

Roy Scheider and Vicki Frederick in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz

Best Original Screenplay:
1. All That Jazz – Bob Fosse and Robert Alan Arthur
2. The Marriage of Maria Braun – Rainier Werner Fassbinder, Pea Frohlich and Peter Marthesheimer 
3. Manhattan — Woody Allen and Marshall Brinkman
4. Breaking Away — Steve Tesich
5. Over the Edge – Charles S. Haas and Tim Hunter

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Cynthia Wood in Francis Ford Coppola’s  Apocalypse Now

Cynthia Wood in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Apocalypse Now John Milius, Michael Herr, and Francis Ford Coppola
2. Saint Jack — Howard Sackler, Paul Theroux, and Peter Bogdanovich
3. Wise Blood — Benedict Fitzgerald and Michael Fitzgerald
4. Nosferatu, the Vampyre — Werner Herzog
5. Kramer Vs. Kramer — Robert Benton

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Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola’s  Apocalypse Now

Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Best Cinematography:
1. Apocalypse Now — Vittorio Storaro
2. Manhattan — Gordon Willis
3. All That Jazz — Giuseppe Rotunno
4. The Black Stallion — Caleb Deschanel
5. Phantasm — Don Coscarelli

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Bob Fosse’s  All That Jazz

Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz

Best Film Editing: 
1. All That Jazz – Alan Heim
2. Alien — David Crowther, Terry Rawlings and Peter Weatherley
3. Apocalypse Now — Lisa Fruchtman, Jerry Greenberg and Walter Murch
4. Hardcore – Tom Rolf
5. When a Stranger Calls — Sam Vitale

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Diane Lane and Thelonius Bernard in George Roy Hill’s  A Little Romance

Diane Lane and Thelonius Bernard in George Roy Hill’s A Little Romance

Best Original Score
1. A Little Romance — Georges Delarue
2. The Brood – Howard Shore
3. The Black Stallion — Carmine Coppola
4. Alien — Jerry Goldsmith
5. Time After Time — Miklos Rosza

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Tom Skerritt in Ridley Scott’s  Alien

Tom Skerritt in Ridley Scott’s Alien

Best Production Design: 
1. Alien – Michael Seymour, Leslie Dilley, and Roger Christian
2. All That Jazz — Philip Rosenberg, Gary Brink, and Edward Stewart
3.The China Syndrome — George Jenkins and Arthur Jeph Parker
4. Apocalypse Now – Dean Tavoularis and George R. Nelson
5. Time After Time — Edward C. Carfagno and Barbara Krieger

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Walter Hill’s  The Warriors

Walter Hill’s The Warriors

Best Costume Design: 
1. The Warriors – Bobbie Mannix and Mary Ellen Winston
2. All That Jazz — Albert Wolsky
3. Hair — Ann Roth
4. Heartland — Hilary Rosenfeld
5. 1941 — Deborah Nadoolman

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Best Documentary Feature: 
Patricio Guzman, The Battle of Chile

Best Animated Feature:
György Kovásznai, Foam Bath

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Best Ensemble Cast:
Wise Blood

Orson Welles’ Best First Feature:
Carroll Ballard, The Black Stallion

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Best Ensemble Cast: 
Wise Blood (dir: John Huston; in alphabetical order): Ned Beatty, Brad Dourif, John Huston, William Hickey, Mary Nell Santacroce, Dan Shor, Harry Dean Stanton (pictured) and Amy Wright (pictured)

Orson Welles' Best First Feature:
Carroll Ballard, The Black Stallion