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1981. Oscar was a weird one this year. Fawning all over old people's uncontrollable shaking by a pond and political unrest and then awarding top honors of the night to a movie exploring religious themes under the guise of a sports movie ("I'm a runner!")...I'd call that a shock. It's funny though, because I actually really like the eventual Oscar winner, Chariots of Fire, but it doesn't even snag a single nomination from me. This year is too tight. I'm a little all over the place this year myself, and I'm sure that a lot of my choices are going to be viewed as odd, especially when you realize that my Best Picture winner this year doesn't win any other award. This year is just so good though, and despite snagging nominations in a slew of categories (my Best Picture winner has a total of 11 nominations) I'm not of the mindset that a Best Picture winner has to win more awards to validate it's BIG win. That end prize is a prize that is almost entirely separate from every other prize, for it's the one award that says all of those other aspects came together in the perfect way, not that each aspect on it's own was the best. So just because it doesn't win for it's direction, screenplay, acting or technicals doesn't mean those aspects didn't fit together perfectly (I mean it does snag noms in all those categories, and it's honestly my runner-up in many of them). But the Fistis this year are strange in that no single film wins more than 2 awards, and only 3 films reach that height. Yup, consider the wealth spread!
With that said, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1981!