the year-end project:
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1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1991: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. My Own Private Idaho (dir: Gus Van Sant)
  2. Slacker (dir: Richard Linklater)
  3.  Barton Fink (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
  4. The Silence of the Lambs (dir: Jonathan Demme)
  5. A Brighter Summer Day (dir: Edward Yang)
  6. JFK (dir: Oliver Stone)
  7. Point Break (dir: Kathryn Bigelow)
  8. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (dir: James Cameron)
  9. Raise the Red Lantern (dir: Yhang Zhimou)
  10. Flirting (dir: John Duigan)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): The Double Life of Veronique (dir: Krzystof Kieslowski), Hangin' with the Homeboys (dir: Joseph B. Vasquez), Let Him Have It (dir: Peter Medark), Life is Sweet (dir: Mike Leigh), Lovers on the Bridge (dir: Leos Carax), The Man in the Moon (dir: Robret Mulligan), The Rapture (dir: Michael Tolkin), Thelma & Louise (dir: Ridley Scott) and Until the End of the World (dir: Wim Wenders)


Best Film of the Year: My Own Private Idaho
Director: Gus Van Sant Producer: Laurie Parker

US Distributor: New Line Cinema

Gus Van Sant, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves on the set of My Own Private Idaho

Gus Van Sant, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves on the set of My Own Private Idaho


River Phoenix in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho

Best Actor:
1. River Phoenix, My Own Private Idaho
2. John Turturro, Barton Fink
3. Denzel Washington, Mississippi Masala
4. Christopher Eccleston, Let Him Have It
5. Albert Brooks, Defending Your Life


Gong Li in Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern

Gong Li in Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern

Best Actress:
1. Gong Li, Raise the Red Lantern
2. Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
3. Thandie Newton, Flirting
4. Mimi Rogers, The Rapture
5. Reese Witherspoon, The Man in the Moon
 

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Anthony Hopkins in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs


Nicole Kidman in John Duigan's Flirting

Nicole Kidman in John Duigan's Flirting

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Nicole Kidman, Flirting
2. Jane Horrocks, Life is Sweet
3. Judy Davis, Naked Lunch
4. Judy Davis, Barton Fink
5. Emily Warfield, The Man in the Moon

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John Goodman in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Barton Fink

John Goodman in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Barton Fink

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Barton Fink
– Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
2. The Double Life of Veronique – Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiwicz
3. Hangin' with the Homeboys — Joseph B. Vasquez
4. The Rapture – Michael Tolkin
5. Flirting — John Duigan

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Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day

Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. A Brighter Summer Day — Edward Yang, Hung Hung, Mingtang Lai and Alex Yang
2. My Own Private Idaho – Gus Van Sant
3. JFK — Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar
4. Naked Lunch – David Cronenberg
5. The Silence of the Lambs – Ted Tally


Irene Jacob and Jerzy Gudejko in Krzysztof Kieslowsi's The Double Life of Veronique

Irene Jacob and Jerzy Gudejko in Krzysztof Kieslowsi's The Double Life of Veronique

Best Cinematography:
1. The Double Life of Veronique — Slawomir Idziak
2. The Silence of the Lambs — Tak Fujimoto
3. A Brighter Summer Day — Hui Kung Chang and Longyu Zhang

4. My Own Private Idaho – John Campbell and Eric Alan Edwards
5. Delicatessen — Darius Khondji

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Krzysztof Kieslowsi's The Double Life of Veronique

Krzysztof Kieslowsi's The Double Life of Veronique

Best Original Score:
1. The Double Life of Veronique — Zbignew Preisner
2. Thelma & Louise
– Hans Zimmer
3. The Silence of the Lambs — Howard Shore
4. The Fisher King — George Fenton

5. Until the End of the World – Graeme Revell


Kevin Bacon talks to Kevin Costner and Jay O. Sanders in Oliver Stone's JFK

Kevin Bacon talks to Kevin Costner and Jay O. Sanders in Oliver Stone's JFK

Best Film Editing:
1. JFK – Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia
2. Point Break – Howard Smith
3. Slacker – Scott Rhodes
4. Let Him Have It – Ray Lovejoy
5. My Own Private Idaho – Curtiss Clayton


Peter Weller's typewriter in David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch

Peter Weller's typewriter in David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch

Best Production Design:
1. Naked Lunch — Carol Spier and Elinor Rose Galbraith
2. The Addams Family – Richard Macdonald, Cheryal Kearney and John Sweeney
3. Barton Fink – Dennis Gassner and Nancy Haigh
4. Delicatessen – Marc Caro and Aline Bonetto
5. Bugsy — Dennis Gassner and Nancy Haigh


Dominique Pinon and Marie-Laure Dougnac in Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's Delicatessen

Dominique Pinon and Marie-Laure Dougnac in Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's Delicatessen

Best Costume Design:
1. Delicatessen — Valerie Pozzo di Borgo

2. Bugsy — Albert Wolsky
3. The Addams Family — Ruth Myers
4. Hook — Anthony Powell
5. The Rocketeer — Marilyn Vance


Best Documentary Feature: Michael Apted, 35 Up
Best Animated Feature: Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, Beauty and the Beast

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Best Ensemble Cast: Barton Fink
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Richard Linklater, Slacker

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Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; in alphabetical order): Steve Buscemi, Judy Davis, John Goodman, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Jon Polito, Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro

Best First Feature: Richard Linklater. Slacker

the year-end project:
201720162014, 201320122011, 2010200920082007
200620052004200320022001
20001999199819971996
19951994
19931992,  1991 (My Own Private Idaho, below) ... 
19901989198819871986198519841983198219811980
1975-79
1970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index