the year-end project: 
2017201620152014201320122011, 20102009200820072006
200520042003200220012000
19991998199719961995199419931992, 1991
199019891988198719861985, 198419831982, 1981 (Blow Out, 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. Blow Out (dir: Brian De Palma)
  2. The Evil Dead (dir: Sam Raimi) 
  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), The Howling (dir: Joe Dante), Mommie Dearest (dir: Frank Perry), My Dinner with Andre (dir: Louis Malle), Looker (dir: Michael Chrichton), 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: Blow Out
Director: Brian De Palma Producers: George Litto

US Distributor: Filmways Entertainment


Brian De Palma directs John Travolta on the Blow Out set

Brian De Palma directs John Travolta on the Blow Out set


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


Warren Beatty in Warren Beatty's Reds

Warren Beatty in Warren Beatty's Reds

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Reds — Warren Beatty and Trevor Griffiths
2. Modern Romance — Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson

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


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
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. Looker — Dean Mitzner and Jerry Wunderlich
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 Documentary Feature: Penelope Spheeris, The Decline of Western Civilization
Best Animated Feature: Ralph Bakshi, American Pop

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

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

Best First Feature: Ellen Sandweiss (pictured) in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead


the year-end project:
2017,  2016201520142013
20122011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
200220012000
19991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990
19891988198719861985198419831982, 1981... 1980

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