the year-end project:
2017,  20162015201420132012
2011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
20022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 199119901989,
1988 (Dead Ringers, below)... 1987198619851984198319821981
19801975-791970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39,

1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1988: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Dead Ringers (dir: David Cronenberg)
  2. A Short Film About Killing (dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  3. Matador (dir: Pedro Almodovar; US Release Date)
  4. My Neighbor Totoro (dir: Hayao Miyazaki)
  5. Bird (dir: Clint Eastwood)
  6. Married to the Mob (dir: Jonathan Demme)
  7. Grave of the Fireflies (dir: Isao Takahata)
  8. The Thin Blue Line (dir: Errol Morris)
  9. Dangerous Liaisons (dir: Stephen Frears)
  10. Alice (dir: Jan Svankmajer)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Beetlejuice (dir: Winona Ryder), Big (dir: Penny Marshall), Die Hard (dir: John McTiernan), A Fish Called Wanda (dir: Charles Crichton), The Last Temptation of Christ (dir: Martin Scorsese), Running on Empty (dir: Sidney Lumet), Salaam Bombay! (dir: Mira Nair), A Short Film About Love (dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski),  Story of Women (dir: Claude Chabrol), They Live (dir: John Carpenter), The Vanishing (dir: George Sluzier), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (dir: Robert Zemeckis), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (dir: Philip Kaufman) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (dir: Pedro Almodovar)


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Best Film of the Year: Dead Ringers
Director: David Cronenberg Producer: Marc Boyman, David Cronenberg

US Distributor: Fox


  Krzysztof Kieslowki on the set of   A Short Film About Killing

Krzysztof Kieslowki on the set of A Short Film About Killing

Best Director:
1. Krzysztof Kieslowki, A Short Film About Killing
2. David Cronenberg, Dead Ringers
3. Jonathan Demme, Married to the Mob
4. Clint Eastwood, Bird

5. Pedro Almodovar, Matador

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   Forest Whitaker and Samuel E. Wright in Clint Eastwood's  Bird

Forest Whitaker and Samuel E. Wright in Clint Eastwood's Bird

Best Actor:
1. Forest Whitaker, Bird

2. Jeremy Irons, Dead Ringers
3. Tom Hanks, Big
4. River Phoenix, Running on Empty

5. John Malkovich, Dangerous Liaisons


   Michelle Pfeiffer in Jonathan Demme's  Married to the Mob

Michelle Pfeiffer in Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob

Best Actress:
1. Michelle Pfeiffer, Married to the Mob

2. Isabelle Huppert, Story of Women
3. Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons
4. Jodie Foster, The Accused
5. Carmen Maura, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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   Michael Keaton in Tim Burton's  Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Michael Keaton, Beetlejuice
2.
Alan Rickman, Die Hard
3. Martin Landau, Tucker: The Man and His Dream
4. Robin Williams, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
5. Keith David, They Live

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   Lena Olin in Philip Kaufman's  The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Lena Olin in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Lena Olin, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
2. Michelle Pfeiffer, Dangerous Liaisons
3. Diane Venora, Bird
4. Johanna ter Steege, The Vanishing
5. Mercedes Ruehl, Married to the Mob

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  Jesús Ruyman and Assumpta Serna in Pedro Almodovar's  Matador

Jesús Ruyman and Assumpta Serna in Pedro Almodovar's Matador

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Matador — Jesús Ferrero and Pedro Almodovar
2. A Fish Called Wanda — Charles Crichton and John Cleese

3. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown — Pedro Almodovar
4. Big – Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg

5. Beetlejuice – Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren and Larry Wilson

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   Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons in David Cronenberg's  Dead Ringers

Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Dead Ringers — David Cronenberg and Norman Snider
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Philip Kaufman and Jean-Claude Carriere

3. Dangerous Liaisons  Christopher Hampton
4. Grave of the Fireflies — Isao Takahata
5.
The Vanishing – George Sluzier and Tim Krabbe


   Erroll Morris'  The Thin Blue Line

Erroll Morris' The Thin Blue Line

Best Cinematography:
1. The Thin Blue Line – Robert Chappell and Stefan Czapsky
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Sven Nykvist
3. A Short Film About Killing – Slawomir Idziak
4. Alice – Svatopluk Maly
5. The Bear – Phillippe Rousselot


  Errol Morris'   The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line

Best Original Score:
1. The Thin Blue Line – Philip Glass
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – Alan Silvestri
 
3. The Bear – Phillipe Sarde
4. Beetlejuice – Danny Elfman
5. Big – Howard Shore


  Bruce Willis in John McTiernan's  Die Hard

Bruce Willis in John McTiernan's Die Hard

Best Film Editing:
1. Die Hard – John F. Link and Frank J. Urioste
2. A Short Film About Killing – Ewa Smal

3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – Arthur Schmidt
4. Grave of the Fireflies — Takeshi Seyama
5. Dead Ringers
– Ronald Sanders


  Terry Gilliam's  The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Best Production Design:
1. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
2. Beetlejuice – Bo Welch and Aggie Guerard Rodgers
3. Dangerous Liaisons – Stuart Craig and Gerard James
4. They Live — Daniel Lomino and Marvin March
5. The Last Temptation of Christ
– John Beard and Giorgio Desideri


  Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in John Landis'  Coming to America

Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in John Landis' Coming to America

Best Costume Design:
1. Coming to America — Deborah Nadoolman

2. Dangerous Liaisons — James Acheson
3. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen — Gabriella Pesucci
4. Tucker: The Man and His Dream — Milena Canonero
5. Beetlejuice — Aggie Guerrard Rodgers


Best Documentary Feature: Errol Morris, The Thin Blue Line
Best Animated Feature: Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro

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Best Ensemble Cast: Dangerous Liaisons
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Mira Nair, 
Salaam Bombay!

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Best Ensemble Cast: Dangerous Liaisons (dir: Stephen Frears; in alphabetical order): Peter Capaldi, Glenn Close (pictured), Swoosie Kurtz, John Malkovich (pictured), Mildred Natwick, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman (pictured)

Best First Feature: Hansa Vithal (pictured) in Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay!

 

the year-end project: 
201720162015201420132012
2011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
20022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 199119901989,
1988 (A Short Film About Killing, below)... 1987198619851984198319821981
19801975-791970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39,

1920-29 + Superlatives Index