Monday, April 21, 2014

1995 Fisti Awards!

WHAT!?!?!?!  I didn't win a Fisti?
So, I finally wrapped up the 1995 Fisti Awards and posted them on Friday.  It was late though and so I didn’t post any kind of alert here that they were up.  I wanted to have some time to write something about the year itself, since it’s kind of an amazing year for film.  I know that a lot of people will remember this year for that garish soap opera known as ‘Braveheart’, but while the film was very pretty, it was not one of my favorites of the year (not by a LONG shot). 

No, 1995 was a lot more earthy and honest in my eyes.  My top three films have a very dark central theme and share a similar morality conundrum that makes them so richly fleshed out. 

1995 is also an odd year for me in that it is largely American in scope.  If you have been following the Fistis, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of foreign film.  Only three times (so far) has my Best Picture ballot contained ONLY English language films, and even then they have been littered with nominations in the top 8 for foreign films, either for writing or acting or directing.  1995 only has ONE foreign language film nominated in the top 8 categories, and it’s a writing mention (and a 5th place one at that).  This year was just SO RICH with American films.  Also, 8 of Oscar’s acting nominees are present here (9 if you count Spacey, who is nominated for a different film) and in retrospect, my lineups all look very Oscary (there are a lot of ‘stars’ in my lineups).  Still, I can’t help but love what I love, and this year brought some of our biggest stars their best roles!  From period pieces to sadistic thrillers to the birth of Pixar, 1995 is just kind of amazing!

So, what do you think of my ballots?  Feel free to comment your thoughts below.


  1. Wow I never saw your ballots before - this is amazing and so impressive! Love the nominations for Stone in Casino and Rickman in Sense and Sensibility, some of my all time favorite performances. Stone would be my win but Rickman would lose to Freeman in Se7en

    1. Glad you took a gander! My personal ballots were the reason I started this blog, but they take a long time for me to finalize so they are a work in progress.

      I'm so glad that you love Rickman too! Not many people rank him that high, but he gives one of the richest performances of the 90's.

  2. Stellar work, as always! I have several films left to see from this year, but I've seen most of your nominees.

    Wow! Had no idea Susan Sarandon was a 3-time Fisti winner. I can't remember Alan Rickman's performance very well, so I need to rewatch Sense and Sensibility. Also, I have Sharon Stone in Best Actress, but I'm bumping her to Supporting if I prefer Julianne Moore and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

    1. I love Sarandon. Like, I'd place her quite comfortably in my Top Ten Actresses of All Time, and this was always one of my favorite Oscar wins.

      And...if things don't change much for 1975, she'll be a four time Fisti winner! But, I have a LOT to see from that year, so it could very well change.