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200620052004200320022001
200019991998, 1997 (Underground, below) 19961995199419931992, 1991199019891988198719861985198419831982
198119801975-79
1970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39,
1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1997: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

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  1. Underground (dir: Emir Kustirica; US Release Date)
  2. Starship Troopers (dir: Paul Verhoeven)
  3. L.A. Confidential (dir: Curtis Hanson)
  4. Boogie Nights (dir: Paul Thomas Anderson)
  5. The Ice Storm (dir: Ang Lee)
  6. Happy Together (dir: Wong Kar-Wai)
  7. Jackie Brown (dir: Quentin Tarantino)
  8. Princess Mononoke (dir: Hayao Miyazaki)
  9. Lost Highway (dir: David Lynch)
  10. Face/Off (dir: John Woo)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Fireworks (dir: Takeshi Kitano), Grosse Pointe Blank (dir: George Armitage), The House of Yes (dir: Mark Waters), 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)


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Best Film of the Year: Underground
Director: Emir Kustirica Producers: Pierre Spengler

US Distributor: New Yorker Films


Paul Verhoeven and Denise Richards on the set of Starship Troopers

Paul Verhoeven and Denise Richards on the set of Starship Troopers

Best Director:
1. Paul Verhoeven, Starship Troopers
2. Emir Kusturica, Underground
3. Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights

4. Wong Kar-Wai, Happy Together
5. Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential

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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. Ian Holm, The Sweet Hereafter
3. Mark Wahlberg, Boogie Nights

4. Russell Crowe, L.A. Confidential
5. Guy Pearce, L.A. Confidential

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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. Joan Allen, The Ice Storm
5. Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings of the Dove

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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. Sarah Polley, The Sweet Hereafter

5. Debbi Morgan, Eve's Bayou

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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. Underground — Emir Kusturica and Dusan Kovacevic
3. Eve’s Bayou – Kasi Lemmons
4. Fireworks – Takeshi Kitano
5. Princess Mononoke
– Hayao Miyazaki

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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


Tony Leung in Wong Kar-Wai's Happy Together

Tony Leung in Wong Kar-Wai's Happy Together

Best Cinematography:
 1. Happy Together – Christopher Doyle
2. Lost Highway — Peter Deming
3. Underground — Vilko Filac
4. L.A. Confidential – Dante Spinotti
5. The Ice Storm — Frederick Elmes

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Mirjana Jokovic and Predrag Manojlovic in Emir Kusturica's Underground

Mirjana Jokovic and Predrag Manojlovic in Emir Kusturica's Underground

Best Original Score:
 1. Underground — Goran Bregovic
2. Gattaca — Michael Nyman
3. Lost Highway – Angelo Badalamenti
4. The Ice Storm — Mychael Danna
5. Contact — Alan Silvestri


Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers

Casper Van Dien and 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 Ice Storm — Tim Squyres
5. Grosse Pointe Blank — Brian Berdan

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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. Underground — Miljen Kreka Kljakovic and Aleksandar Denic
5. Men in Black — Bo Welch and Cheryl Carasik

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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


the year-end project: 
2017, 201620152014201320122011, 201020092008
2007200620052004200320022001
200019991998
1997... 
19961995199419931992, 1991199019891988198719861985
198419831982198119801975-79
1970-741965-69
1960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index