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1984: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. Blood Simple (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
  2. Body Double (dir: Brian De Palma)
  3. Stranger Than Paradise (dir: Jim Jarmusch)
  4. Amadeus (dir: Milos Forman)
  5. Paris, Texas (dir: Wim Wenders)
  6. Repo Man (dir: Alex Cox)
  7. Gremlins (dir: Joe Dante)
  8. Starman (dir: Jim Jarmusch)
  9. Stop Making Sense (dir: Jonathan Demme)
  10. Crimes of Passion (dir: Ken Russell)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The Brother from Another Planet (dir: John Sayles), The Company of Wolves (dir: Neil Jordan), Ghostbusters (dir: Ivan Reitman), The Never-Ending Story (dir: Wolfgang Peterson), A Nightmare on Elm Street (dir: Wes Craven), The Terminator (dir: James Cameron) and Under the Volcano (dir: John Huston)

Best Film of the Year: Blood Simple
Producer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

US Distributor: Circle Films


A publicity still of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen and a scene from their film, Blood Simple.

A publicity still of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen and a scene from their film, Blood Simple.

Best Director:
1. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Blood Simple
2. Brian De Palma, Body Double 
3. Milos Forman, Amadeus
4. Wim Wenders, Paris, Texas 
5. Jim Jarmusch, Stranger than Paradise


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


Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins in Ken Russell's Crimes of Passion

Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins in Ken Russell's Crimes of Passion

Best Actress:
1. Kathleen Turner, Crimes of Passion

2. Linda Hamilton, The Terminator
3. Judy Davis, A Passage to India
4. Mia Farrow, Broadway Danny Rose
5. Lily Tomlin, All of Me


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


Tom Hulce in Milos Forman's Amadeus

Tom Hulce in Milos Forman's Amadeus

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Amadeus – Peter Shaffer
2. The Company of Wolves – Angela Carter and Neil Jordan
3. The Never-Ending Story – Wolfgang Petersen, Herman Weigel and Robert Easton

4. A Sunday in the Country – Bertrand Tavernier and Colo Tavernier
5. Under the Volcano – Guy Gallo 


Albert Finney in John Huston's Under the Volcano

Albert Finney in John Huston's Under the Volcano

Best Cinematography:
1. Under the Volcano – Gabriel Figueroa
2. Blood Simple – Barry Sonnenfeld
3. Body Double — Stephen H. Burum

4. Stop Making Sense – Jordan Cronenweth
5. Paris, Texas
 – Robby Müller


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. A Nightmare on Elm Street
– Charles Bernstein
3. Gremlins – Jerry Goldsmith
4. Paris, Texas — Ry Cooder
5. Starman — Jack Nitzsche


The Talking Heads in Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense

The Talking Heads in Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense

Best Film Editing:
1. Stop Making Sense — Lisa Day
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 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, Tom Finnegan, Fox Harris, Sy Richardson, Dick Rude, Harry Dean Stanton, Eddie Valez, Tracy Walter and Del Zamora

Best First Feature: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Blood Simple.

 

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