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1997: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. Boogie Nights (dir: Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Happy Together (dir: Wong Kar-Wai)
  3. Starship Troopers (dir: Paul Verhoeven)
  4. L.A. Confidential (dir: Curtis Hanson)
  5. The Eel (dir: Shohei Imamura)
  6. Jackie Brown (dir: Quentin Tarantino)
  7. The Ice Storm (dir: Ang Lee)
  8. Princess Mononoke (dir: Hayao Miyazaki)
  9. Eve's Bayou (dir: Kasi Lemmons)
  10.  The House of Yes (dir: Mark Waters)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Face/Off (dir: John Woo), Fireworks (dir: Takeshi Kitano), Grosse Pointe Blank (dir: George Armitage), Lost Highway (dir: David Lynch), Live Flesh (dir: Pedro Almodovar), Love and Death on Long Island (dir: Richard Kwietniowski), Two Girls and a Guy (dir: James Toback), and Wag the Dog (dir: Mike Nichols)


Best Film of the Year: Boogie Nights
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Producers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Lloyd Levin, Joanne Sellar

US Distributor: New Line Cinema


Paul Thomas Anderson and Heather Graham on the set of Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson and Heather Graham on the set of Boogie Nights

Best Director:
1. Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights
 2. Paul Verhoeven, Starship Troopers
3. Wong Kar-Wai, Happy Together
4. Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential
5. Shohei Imamura, The Eel


Tony Leung in Wong Kar-Wai's Happy Together

Tony Leung in Wong Kar-Wai's Happy Together

Best Actor:
1. Tony Leung, Happy Together

2. Mark Wahlberg, Boogie Nights
3. Russell Crowe, L.A. Confidential
4. Guy Pearce, L.A. Confidential

5. John Hurt, Love and Death on Long Island


Parker Posey in Mark Waters' The House of Yes

Parker Posey in Mark Waters' The House of Yes

Best Actress:
1. Parker Posey, The House of Yes
2. Pam Grier, Jackie Brown
3. Jodie Foster, Contact
4. Misa Shimizu, The Eel
5. Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings of the Dove


Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential

Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Kevin Spacey, L.A. Confidential
2. Vincent D'Onofrio, Men in Black
3. Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Brown
4. Danny DeVito, L.A. Confidential
5. Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights


Julianne Moore and Mark Wahlberg in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights

Julianne Moore and Mark Wahlberg in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights
2. Sigourney Weaver, The Ice Storm
3.
Anne Heche, Wag the Dog
4.
Joan Allen, The Ice Storm
5. Debbi Morgan, Eve's Bayou


Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham and William H. Macy in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights

Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham and William H. Macy in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights

Best Original Screenplay:
 1. Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson
2. Eve’s Bayou – Kasi Lemmons
3. Fireworks – Takeshi Kitano
4. Princess Mononoke
– Hayao Miyazaki
5. Two Girls and a Guy – James Toback


Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential

Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential

Best Adapted Screenplay:
 1. L.A. Confidential – Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland
2. Jackie Brown — Quentin Tarantino
3. Wag the Dog – Hilary Henkin and David Mamet
4. The Ice Storm — James Schamus
5. The House of Yes — Mark Waters


Dustin Courtney and Don Cheadle in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights

Dustin Courtney and Don Cheadle in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights

Best Cinematography:
 1. Boogie Nights – Robert Elswit
2. Happy Together – Christopher Doyle
3. Lost Highway — Peter Deming
4. Starship Troopers — Jost Vacano
5. L.A. Confidential – Dante Spinotti


James Cromwell in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential

James Cromwell in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential

Best Original Score:
 1. L.A. Confidential – Jerry Goldsmith
2. Gattaca — Michael Nyman
3. Lost Highway – Angelo Badalamenti
4. The Ice Storm — Mychael Danna
5. Contact — Alan Silvestri


Denise Richards in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers

Denise Richards in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers

Best Film Editing:
1. Starship Troopers
— Mark Goldblatt and Caroline Ross
2. Face/Off — Steven Kemper and Christian Wagner
3. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery — Debra Niel-Fischer and Dawn Hoggart
4. The Eel — Hajime Okayasu
5. Grosse Pointe Blank — Brian Berdan


Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron's Titanic

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron's Titanic

Best Production Design:  
1. Titanic — Peter Lamont and Michael Ford
2. Gattaca — Jan Roelfs and Nancy Nye

3. The Fifth Element — Dan Weil, Maggie Gray and Anna Pinnock
4. Boogie Nights – Bob Ziembicki and Sandy Struth
5. Men in Black — Bo Welch and Cheryl Carasik


Chris Tucker in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element

Chris Tucker in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element

Best Costume Design:
1. The Fifth Element — Jean-Paul Gaultier

2. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery — Deena Appel
3. Titanic — Deborah L. Scott
4. The Wings of the Dove — Sandy Powell
5. Boogie Nights — Mark Bridges


Best Documentary Feature: Spike Lee, 4 Little Girls
Best Animated Feature: Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke

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Best Ensemble Cast: L.A. Confidential
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Kasi Lemmons, Eve's Bayou

Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Curtis Hanson; in alphabetical order): Simon Baker, Kim Basinger, Graham Beckel, James Cromwell, Russell Crowe, Danny DeVito(pictured), Salim Grant, Guy Pearce, Ron Rifkin, Marisol Padilla Sanchez, Darrell Sandeen, Kevin Spacey (pictured), and David Strathairn

Best First Feature: Samuel L. Jackson and Debbi Morgan (pictured) in Kasi Lemmons' Eve's Bayou


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200320022001
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