the year-end project: 
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20152014201320122011, 20102009200820072006
200520042003200220012000
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199019891988198719861985, 198419831982, 1981 (The Evil Dead, below)... 1980

1975-791970-741965-691960-64, 1955-591950-541940-49
1930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1981: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. The Evil Dead (dir: Sam Raimi)
  2. Blow Out (dir: Brian De Palma)
  3.  Ms. 45 (dir: Abel Ferrara)
  4. Das Boot (dir: Wolfgang Petersen)
  5. Possession (dir: Andrzej Zulawski)
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (dir: Steven Spielberg)
  7. The Road Warrior (dir: George Miller)
  8. Reds (dir: Warren Beatty)
  9. Modern Romance (dir: Albert Brooks)
  10. Prince of the City (dir: Sidney Lumet)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Body Heat (dir: Lawrence Kasdan), Escape from New York (dir: John Carpenter), Excalibur (dir: John Boorman), The Howling (dir: Joe Dante), Mommie Dearest (dir: Frank Perry), My Dinner with Andre (dir: Louis Malle), Pennies from Heaven (dir: Herbert Ross), Thief (dir: Michael Mann), Time Bandits (dir: Terry Gilliam) and Wolfen (dir: Michael Wadleigh)

Best Film of the Year: The Evil Dead
Producers: Rob Tapert, Ivan Shiparo

US Distributor: New Line Cinema

Sam Raimi (right) with Bruce Campbell on the set of The Evil Dead

Sam Raimi (right) with Bruce Campbell on the set of The Evil Dead


Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark

Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best Actor:
1. Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. John Travolta, Blow Out
3. Warren Beatty, Reds
4. James Caan, Thief
5. Treat Williams, Prince of the City


Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill in Andrzej Zulawski's Possession

Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill in Andrzej Zulawski's Possession

Best Actress:
1. Isabelle Adjani, Possession
2. Faye Dunaway, Mommie Dearest
3. Kathleen Turner, Body Heat
4. Diane Keaton, Reds
5. Hanna Schygulla, Circle of Deceit


Jack Nicholson in Warren Beatty's Reds

Jack Nicholson in Warren Beatty's Reds

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Jack Nicholson, Reds
2. Ted Danson, Body Heat
3. James Tolkan, Prince of the City
4. Christopher Walken, Pennies from Heaven
5. John Cleese, Time Bandits


Nancy Allen and John Lithgow in Brian De Palma's Blow Out

Nancy Allen and John Lithgow in Brian De Palma's Blow Out

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Nancy Allen, Blow Out

2. Tuesday Weld, Thief
3. Jessica Harper, Pennies from Heaven
4. Melinda Dillon, Absence of Malice

5. Helen Mirren, Excalibur


Kathryn Harrold and Albert Brooks in Albert Brooks' Modern Romance

Kathryn Harrold and Albert Brooks in Albert Brooks' Modern Romance

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Modern Romance — Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson
2. Reds – Warren Beatty and Trevor Griffiths
 
3. Escape From New York  – John Carpenter and Nick Castle
4. Man of Iron
– Aleksander Scibor-Rylski
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark 
 – Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas and Philip Kaufman


Carmine Caridi and Treat Williams in Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City

Carmine Caridi and Treat Williams in Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. 
Prince of the City – Jay Presson Allen and Sidney Lumet
2. Circle of Deceit – Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta, Jean-Claude Carrier and Kai Herman
3. Das Boot – Wolfgang Petersen
4. Pennies from Heaven – Dennis Potter
5. Thief — Michael Mann


John Travolta and an owl in Brian De Palma's Blow Out

John Travolta and an owl in Brian De Palma's Blow Out

Best Cinematography:
1. Blow Out – Vilmos Zsigmond
2. Das Boot – Jost Vacano
3. Pennies from Heaven – Gordon Willis
4. Excalibur — Alex Thomson

5. Wolfen — Gerry Fisher


Zoe Lund in Abel Ferrera's Ms. 45

Zoe Lund in Abel Ferrera's Ms. 45

Best Original Score:
1. Ms. 45 – Joe Delia
2. Wolfen — James Horner
3. Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
4. The Beyond – Fabio Frizzi
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark — John Williams


Hal Delrich and Bruce Campbell in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead

Hal Delrich and Bruce Campbell in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead

Best Film Editing:
1. The Evil Dead – Edna Ruth Paul & Joel Coen; Bub Murawski and Chris Innis (restoration)
2. Blow Out – Paul Hirsch
3. Possession – Marie-Sophie Dubus and Suzanne Lang Willer
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Michael Kahn
5. The Road Warrior – Tim Wellburn, Michael Balson and David Stiven


Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot

Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot

Best Production Design:
1. Das Boot – Rolf Zehetbauer and Götz Weidner
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Norman Reynolds and Michael Ford
3. Pennies From Heaven — Philip Harrison and Garrett Lewis
4. The Road Warrior – Graham Grace Walker

5. Escape from New York – Joe Alves and Cloudia Rebar


George Miller's The Road Warrior

George Miller's The Road Warrior

Best Costume Design:
1. The Road Warrior — Norma Moriceau

2. Excalibur — Bob Ringwood
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark — Deborah Nadoolman
4. Time Bandits — James Acheson
5. Pennies from Heaven — Bob Mackie


Best Ensemble Cast: Reds
Best First Feature: Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead

Left: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Warren Beatty, William Daniels, Gene Hackman, Edward Herrmann, Diane Keaton, Bessie Love, Jack Nicholson, George Plmpton, Stuart Richman, Roger Sloman, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Ian Wolf and Max Wright in Warren Beatty's Reds Right: Ellen Sandweiss in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead

Left: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Warren Beatty, William Daniels, Gene Hackman, Edward Herrmann, Diane Keaton, Bessie Love, Jack Nicholson, George Plmpton, Stuart Richman, Roger Sloman, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Ian Wolf and Max Wright in Warren Beatty's Reds

Right: Ellen Sandweiss in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead

the year-end project: 2016201520142013
20122011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
200220012000
19991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990
19891988198719861985198419831982, 1981... 1980

1975-791970-741965-691960-64, 1955-591950-541940-49
1930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index