the year-end project:
2018, 2017,  20162015201420132012
2011, 2010200920082007200620052004
200320022001200019991998199719961995
199419931992, 199119901989, 1988 (Dead Ringers, below)... 1987198619851984198319821981
198011979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1970-741965-691960-64
1955-591950-541940-491930-39,
1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1988: Year in Review
Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Dead Ringers (dir: David Cronenberg)

  2. A Short Film About Killing (dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski)

  3. My Neighbor Totoro (dir: Hayao Miyazaki)

  4. Matador (dir: Pedro Almodovar; US Release Date)

  5. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (dir: Francis Ford Coppola)

  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. Bird (dir: Clint Eastwood)

  10. Dangerous Liaisons (dir: Stephen Frears)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Alice (dir: Jan Svankmajer), Beetlejuice (dir: Tim Burton), Big (dir: Penny Marshall), Bull Durham (dir: Ron Shelton), The Decline of Western Civilization II (dir: Penelope Spheeris), 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 Kieslowski, A Short Film About Killing AND A Short Film About Love
2. David Cronenberg, Dead Ringers
3. Jonathan Demme, Married to the Mob
4. Francis Ford Coppola, Tucker: The Man and His Dream
5. Pedro Almodovar, Matador AND Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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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. Jeff Bridges, Tucker: The Man and His Dream

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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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Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner in Ron Shelton’s  Bull Durham

Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner in Ron Shelton’s Bull Durham

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Bull Durham – Ron Shelton
2. Matador — Jesús Ferrero and Pedro Almodovar
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


Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen in Francis Ford Coppola’s  Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Best Cinematography:
1. Tucker: The Man and His Dream — Vittorio Storaro
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Sven Nykvist
3. A Short Film About Killing – Slawomir Idziak
4. The Thin Blue Line Robert Chappell and Stefan Czapsky
5. The Bear – Phillippe Rousselot

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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


Jeff Bridges and Dean Stockwell in Francis Ford Coppola’s  Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Jeff Bridges and Dean Stockwell in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Best Production Design:
1. Tucker: The Man and His Dream — Dean Tavoularis and Armin Ganz
2. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
3. Beetlejuice – Bo Welch and Aggie Guerard Rodgers
4. Dangerous Liaisons – Stuart Craig and Gerard James
5. They Live — Daniel Lomino and Marvin March

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Oliver Reed and Uma Thurman in Terry Gilliam’s  The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Oliver Reed and Uma Thurman in Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Best Costume Design:
1. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen — Gabriella Pesucci

2. Dangerous Liaisons — James Acheson
3. Coming to America — Deborah Nadoolman
4. Tucker: The Man and His Dream — Milena Canonero
5. Beetlejuice — Aggie Guerrard Rodgers

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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: 
2018, 201720162015201420132012
2011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
20022001200019991998199719961995199419931992, 1991
19901989, 1988, 1987198619851984198319821981
19801975-791970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-49
1930-39, 1920-29 + Superlatives Index