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1985: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

 

  1. When Father Was Away on Business (dir: Emir Kusturica)
  2. Come and See (dir: Elem Klimov)
  3. Brazil (dir: Terry Gilliam)
  4. Re-Animator (dir: Stuart Gordon)
  5. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (dir: Tim Burton)
  6. Ran (dir: Akira Kurosawa)
  7. After Hours (dir: Martin Scorsese)
  8. Back to the Future (dir: Robert Zemeckis)
  9. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (dir: Paul Schrader)
  10. Pale Rider (dir: Clint Eastwood)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Day of the Dead (dir: George A. Romero), Desperately Seeking Susan (dir: Susan Seidelman), Fright Night (dir: Tom Holland), Just One of the Guys (dir: Lisa Gottlieb), Mask (dir: Peter Bogdanovich), Phenomena (dir: Dario Argento), The Purple Rose of Cairo (dir: Woody Allen), Smooth Talk (dir: Joyce Chopra) and Tampopo (dir: Juzo Itami)

Best Film of the Year: When Father Was Away on Business
Producer: Mirza Pasic

US Distributor: Cannon

Terry Gilliam on the Brazil set

Terry Gilliam on the Brazil set

Best Director:
1. Terry Gilliam, Brazil

2. Emir Kusturica, When Father Was Away on Business
3. Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator
4. Tim Burton, 
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
5. Elem Klimov, Come and See


Clint Eastwood in Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider

Clint Eastwood in Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider

Best Actor:
1. Clint Eastwood, Pale Rider
2. Paul Reubens, Pee Wee's Big Adventure 
3. Daniel Day-Lewis, My Beautiful Laundrette
4. Jack Nicholson, Prizzi's Honor

5. Sean Penn, The Falcon and the Snowman


Mirjana Karanovic and Mustafa Nadarevic in Emir Kusturica's When Father Was Away on Business

Mirjana Karanovic and Mustafa Nadarevic in Emir Kusturica's When Father Was Away on Business

Best Actress:
1. Mirjana Karanovic, When Father Was Away on Business
2. Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple
3. Kim Basinger, Fool for Love
4. Joyce Hyser, Just One of the Guys
5. Cher, Mask


Harry Dean Stanton in Robert Altman's Fool for Love

Harry Dean Stanton in Robert Altman's Fool for Love

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Harry Dean Stanton, Fool for Love
2. Treat Williams, Smooth Talk

3. Crispin Glover, Back to the Future
4. Robert De Niro, Brazil
5. Adolph Caesar, A Soldier’s Story


Rosanna Arquette in Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan

Rosanna Arquette in Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Rosanna Arquette, Desperately Seeking Susan
2. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi's Honor
3. Barbara Crampton, Re-Animator
4. Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple
5. Colleen Camp, Clue


Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox in Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future

Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox in Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Back to the Future — Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
2. Brazil — Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard and Charles McKeown
3. The Purple Rose of Cairo – Woody Allen
4. Tampopo – Juzo Itami
5. When Father Was Away on Business – Abdulah Sidran
 


Kazuo Katô in Akira Kurosawa's Ran

Kazuo Katô in Akira Kurosawa's Ran

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Ran – Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni and Masato Ide
2. Re-Animator – Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli and William Norris
3. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters – Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader
4. Come and See – Ales Adamovich and Elem Klimov
5. 
The Color Purple – Menno Meyjes


Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette in Martin Scorsese's After Hours

Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette in Martin Scorsese's After Hours

Best Cinematography:
1. After Hours – Michael Ballhaus
2. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters – John Bailey
3. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure – Victor J. Kemper
4. Ran – Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito and Shoji Ueda
5. Pale Rider — Bruce Surtees


Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Best Original Score:
1. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters — Philip Glass  
2. Back to the Future – Alan Silvestri
3. Brazil 
– Michael Kamen
4. Re-Animator – Richard Brand

5. Ran – Toru Takemitsu


Barbara Crampton, Robert Sampson and David Gale in Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator

Barbara Crampton, Robert Sampson and David Gale in Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator

Best Film Editing:
1. Re-Animator – Lee Percy 
2. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure – Billy Weber
3. After Hours – Thelma Schoonmaker
4. Back to the Future – Arthur Schmidt and Harry Keramidas
5. Brazil – Julian Doyle


Ken Ogata in Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Ken Ogata in Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Best Production Design:
1. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters – Eiko Ishioka and Kyoji Saski
2. Brazil 
– Norman Garwood and Maggie Gray
3. Ran – Shinobu Muraki, Yoshiro Muraki, Jiro Hirai, Mitsuyuki Kimura, Yasuyoshi Ototake, Tsuneo Shumura and Osumi Tousho
4. 
Back to the Future – Lawrence G. Paull and Hal Gausman
5. Come and See
– V. Petrov


Akira Kurosawa's Ran

Akira Kurosawa's Ran

Best Costume Design:
1. Ran — Emi Wada

2. The Color Purple — Aggie Guerard Rodgers
3. Brazil — James Acheson
4. Out of Africa — Milena Canonero
5. Smooth Talk — Carol Oditz


Best Ensemble Cast: The Color Purple
Best First Feature: Tim Burton, Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Left: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Margaret Avery, Akosua Busia, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Dana Ivey, Desreta Jackson, William E. Pugh and Oprah Winfrey in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple Right: Paul Reubens in Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Left: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Margaret Avery, Akosua Busia, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Dana Ivey, Desreta Jackson, William E. Pugh and Oprah Winfrey in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple

Right: Paul Reubens in Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure

 

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2004200320022001,
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990
1989198819871986, 1985... 198419831982,  198119801975-791970-74
1965-691960-641955-59
1950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index