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1988. Let's get one thing out of the way first; Rain Man is kind of a weak winner. I mean, it's NOT a bad film, but it's far from great or anything, and in a year with such rich cinematic diversity, it's a shame that a film that so obviously pandered to 'Oscar' wound up taking home top honors. I would honestly rank if fifth in the lineup.
But that's just one aspect of a pretty awesome year.
As a point of interest, Cinema Paradiso was my winner here for the longest time, but because of my rule regarding foreign film (it will be eligible for Fistis the same year it is NOMINATED for Oscars), I had to move it to 1989. So, with it's absence came a rather wonderful development. 1988 became the year of the Animated Film here at the Fisti Awards. Yes, 1988 is a bounty of animated work, and they come through and SLAY with nominations and wins (a lot of wins). Out of 17 awards, 10 of them go to an Animated Film of some sort. AND, 1988 boasts the first official animated BP winner here at the Fistis!
So, with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1988!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
My Neighbor Totoro
Grave of the Fireflies
A Cry in the Dark
A Fish Called Wanda
Oliver & Company
A Short Film About Killing
The Unbearable Lightness of Being