the year-end project: 
2018, 201720162015201420132012
2011, 2010200920082007200620052004200320022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990
198919881987, 19861985, 1984 (Blood Simple. below) ... 19831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975,1970-741965-69
1960-641955-591950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index

1984: Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Amadeus (dir: Milos Forman)

  2. Nostalghia (dir: Andrei Tarkovsky)

  3. Blood Simple (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)

  4. The 4th Man (dir: Paul Verhoeven; US Release Date)

  5. Body Double (dir: Brian De Palma)

  6. Paris, Texas (dir: Wim Wenders)

  7. The Ballad of Narayama (dir: Shohei Imamura; US Release Date)

  8. Stranger Than Paradise (dir: Jim Jarmusch)

  9. The Terminator (dir: James Cameron)

  10. Starman (dir: John Carpenter)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): A nos Amours (dir: Maurice Pialat), The Brother from Another Planet (dir: John Sayles), Crimes of Passion (dir: Ken Russell), Ghostbusters (dir: Ivan Reitman), Gremlins (dir: Joe Dante), The Never-Ending Story (dir: Wolfgang Peterson), A Nightmare on Elm Street (dir: Wes Craven), Repo Man (dir: Alex Cox), Stop Making Sense (dir: Jonathan Demme) and Under the Volcano (dir: John Huston)


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Best Film of the Year: Amadeus
Director: Milos Forman Producer: Saul Zaetz
US Distributor: Orion Pictures


Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of  Nostalghia

Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of Nostalghia

Best Director:
1. Andrei Tarkovsky, Nostalghia
2. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Blood Simple
3. Paul Verhoeven, The 4th Man
4. Brian De Palma, Body Double 
5. Milos Forman, Amadeus

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Harry Dean Stanton in Wim Wenders'  Paris, Texas

Harry Dean Stanton in Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas

Best Actor:
1. Harry Dean Stanton, Paris, Texas
2. Albert Finney, Under the Volcano
3. Jeff Bridges, Starman
4. F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
5. Steve Martin, All of Me


Sandrine Bonnaire in Maurice Pialat’s  A nos Amours

Sandrine Bonnaire in Maurice Pialat’s A nos Amours

Best Actress:
1.
Sandrine Bonnaire, A nos Amours
2. Linda Hamilton, The Terminator
3. Kathleen Turner, Crimes of Passion
4. Mia Farrow, Broadway Danny Rose
5. Lily Tomlin, All of Me

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M. Emmett Walsh in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's  Blood Simple.

M. Emmett Walsh in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Blood Simple.

Best Supporting Actor:
1. M. Emmett Walsh, Blood Simple
2. Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters
3. Harry Dean Stanton, Repo Man
4. John Candy, Splash
5. Gilbert R. Hill, Beverly Hills Cop


Melanie Griffith in Brian De Palma's  Body Double

Melanie Griffith in Brian De Palma's Body Double

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Melanie Griffith, Body Double
2. Sigourney Weaver, Ghostbusters
3. Christine Lahti, Swing Shift
4. Nastassja Kinski, Paris, Texas
5. Glenn Close, The Natural


Richard Edson, Eszter Balint and John Lurie in Jim Jarmusch's     Stranger Than Paradise

Richard Edson, Eszter Balint and John Lurie in Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Stranger Than Paradise – Jim Jarmusch 
2. Repo Man — Alex Cox
3. Starman — Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans
4. Paris, Texas — L.M. Kit Carson and Sam Shepard
5. Crimes of Passion – Barry Sandler


Shohei Imamura's  The Ballad of Narayama

Shohei Imamura's The Ballad of Narayama

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. The Ballad of Narayama — Shohei Imamura

2. Amadeus – Peter Shaffer
3. The 4th Man — Gerard Soeteman
4. A Passage to India — David Lean
5. The Never-Ending Story – Wolfgang Petersen, Herman Weigel and Robert Easton

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Paul Verhoeven's  The 4th Man

Paul Verhoeven's The 4th Man

Best Cinematography:
1. The 4th Man — Jan de Bont
2. Blood Simple – Barry Sonnenfeld
3. Body Double — Stephen H. Burum
4. Under the Volcano – Gabriel Figueroa
5. Paris, Texas – Robby Müller

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Craig Wasson and Deborah Shelton in Brian De Palma's  Body Double

Craig Wasson and Deborah Shelton in Brian De Palma's Body Double

Best Original Score:
1. Body Double — Pino Donaggio
2. The Natural — Randy Newman
3. Gremlins – Jerry Goldsmith
4. Paris, Texas — Ry Cooder
5. Starman — Jack Nitzsche


Tom Hulce in Milos Forman’s  Amadeus

Tom Hulce in Milos Forman’s Amadeus

Best Film Editing:
1. Amadeus — Nena Danevic, T.M. Christopher, and Michael Chandler
2. Gremlins  – Tina Hirsch
3. The Terminator – Mark Goldblatt
4. Blood Simple — Don Wiegmann, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street — Rick Shaine and Patrick McMahon


Wolfgang Peterson's  The Never-Ending Story

Wolfgang Peterson's The Never-Ending Story

Best Production Design:
1. The Never-Ending Story  – Rolf Zehetbauer
2. Amadeus – Patrizia von Brandenstein and Josef Svoboda
3. Dune — Anthony Masters and Giorgio Desideri
4. A Passage to India — John Box and Hugh Scaife
5. Under the Volcano – Gunther Gerszo, Martin Cardenas and Theresa Watche


Elizabeth Berridge in Milos Forman's  Amadeus

Elizabeth Berridge in Milos Forman's Amadeus

Best Costume Design:
1. Amadeus — Theodor Pistek

2. Dune — Bob Ringwood
3. Purple Rain – Marie France
4. A Passage to India — Judy Moorcroft
5. Ghostbusters — Theoni V. Aldredge and Suzy Bezinger


Best Documentary Feature:
Jonathan Demme, Stop Making Sense

Best Animated Feature:
Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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Best Ensemble Cast: 
Repo Man

Orson Welles' Best First Feature:
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Blood Simple

Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Alex Cox; in alphabetical order): Jennifer Balgobin, Susan Barnes, Olivia Barash, Emilio Estevez (pictured), Tom Finnegan, Fox Harris, Sy Richardson, Dick Rude, Harry Dean Stanton (pictured), Eddie Valez, Tracy Walter and Del Zamora

Best First Feature: M. Emmett Walsh (pictured) in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Blood Simple. 


the year-end project:
2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, 201020092008
200720062005200420032002200120001999199819971996
1995199419931992, 1991199019891988198719861985, 1984 ... 19831982198119801979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1970-741965-69
1960-641955-591950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index