Thursday, September 17, 2015

1990 Fisti Awards

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1990.  Well, I remember liking Dances with Wolves when I first saw it...and then I didn't really care anymore.  I remember finding Goodfellas overrated when I first saw it...and then I remembered it fondly.  Things change over time, and our perception of film and the way it rests on us changes as well.  

Is it a crime for me to say that Goodfellas losing the Oscar was not real big loss?  I mean, it's CLEARLY better than Dances with Wolves, but it's not Scorsese's best, despite the 'pop culture iconic' status, and it's not the best of the year (at least in my humble opinion) and so I'm kind of whatever on the whole thing.  But, eww at that lineup, right?  Ghost is so trashy and The Godfather Part III is so subpar.  Awakenings is actually quite tender and moving, but it's also such Oscar bait.  

This year was better than that.

You know what 1990 brought us?  The beginnings of two cinematic legacies of genius; The Coen Brothers and Wong Kar Wai (and yes, I know they both began their careers in the 80's).

I guess we should just get right into it; the Fisti Awards for 1990!


















Award's Tally

[5 Wins]

Days of Being Wild

[4 Wins]

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

[2 Wins]

Dreams
Goodfellas

[1 Win]

Dick Tracy
The Grifters
Miller's Crossing
Longtime Companion

52 comments:

  1. I fucking hate Dances With Wolves, thank you for removing it. lol

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  2. I was excited to see the awards for 1990, but now that I read your introduction I feel like I need to cry. Good awards though.

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    1. WHY!?!?! Is it because of the Goodfella's comments...or the Dances with Wolves comments?

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    2. Both, Dances with Wolves is one of my first mature films that I remember loving and Goodfellas while not Scorsese's best is still EVERYTHING.

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    3. Sorry! Hopefully there is something here you can love.

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  3. Despite it not make your Best Picture list, I am still thrilled to see Goodfellas make an appearance on your ballot. I also love the BP nom for Edward Scissorhands and,..best of all..No Dances With Wolves!!!!!! Yay!

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    1. Edward Scissorhands is the benchmark of Tim Burton films. It's just a shame he peaked at the very start of his career.

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  4. Drew, you gotta do better proofreading. I mean, I'm pretty sure that whole section about GoodFellas NOT being the best film of the year is a mistake. Same goes for it missing from your Best Pic lineup. I also see where you "forgot" to nominate Kathy Bates for Misery. Get it together, dude!

    Just kidding...

    Sorta.

    Love the diversity overall. Very nice BP noms for Edward Scissorhands and Miller's Crossing. The latter is ridiculously underrated.

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    1. LOL!

      For me, the gangster film of the year is, without question, Miller's Crossing. INSANELY UNDERRATED! It's sharper and more focused and just the better film...but, Goodfellas still makes my Top 12 and snagged a slew of noms (and two wins) so I don't think you should feel too bad about it.

      Kathy Bates is great. Huston, Dern, Mirren, Li and Woodward are just better.

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  5. I fucking love Days of Being Wild. That would be my pick for Best Picture that year. Fuck Dances with Wolves. It's an overrated piece of shit.

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  6. I thought this year was rather thin, there were movies I enjoyed such as Narrow Margin, Kindergarten Cop and Pacific Heights but in terms of award worthiness they don’t make the cut, there are several of your nominees that I’ve yet to see and some other gaps in my viewing so it might not be as fallow as it seems. I’m with you on thinking Goodfellas isn’t all that its reputation makes it out to be.

    Picture:
    Back to the Future III
    Edward Scissorhands-Winner
    The Grifters
    Longtime Companion
    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Even though we only share one nominee that one is my winner! How bad is it that I haven’t seen any of your others, I’m surprised I haven’t seen Miller’s Crossing always meant too but its slipped through the cracks. I felt the most emotional connection to Longtime Companion but the stylized Scissorhands from Burton’s peak period is amusing, poignant and ultimately deeply moving things that his more recent films have been devoid of.

    Director:
    Pedro Almodovar-Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
    Tim Burton-Edward Scissorhands
    Stephen Frears-The Grifters-Winner
    Norman Rene-Longtime Companion
    Martin Scorsese-Goodfellas

    Again we only match once and while I didn’t care much for Goodfellas Scorsese’s direction is solid. I really need to watch Miller’s Crossing it seems. Despite my admiration for what Burton does with Edward Scissorhands it’s Frears, an expert at looking under the surface of seamy subjects, turning his eye on a group of low characters and making them fascinating, with the assistance of two excellent actresses, that gets my vote.

    Actor:
    Alec Baldwin-Miami Blues
    Johnny Depp-Edward Scissorhands-Winner
    Marco Hofschneider-Europa Europa
    Jeremy Irons-Reversal of Fortune
    Ray Liotta-Goodfellas

    I haven’t seen your winner but we are a 3/5 match! A highly competitive category and I hated to leave out Tim Roth and Gary Oldman in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Irons really is wonderful in Reversal and even if he’s not my choice his win was deserved. Baldwin has seldom been better and Hofschneider digs deeply into a difficult role but Depp in this most fruitful period of his career before he became a paycheck actor makes Edward a complex deeply sympathetic character.

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    1. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! WOW!!! I didn't expect to see that grace your ballots at all. I like the film, but I didn't love it. It felt like lower tier Almodovar, and while I had it in a few places early in the construction of these, as I saw more it got pushed out.

      LOVE the love for Longtime Companion and the win for Edward Scissorhands! Burton was my #6 in Director.

      Your Lead Actor ballot is AMAZING!!!

      I also have Rosencrantz & Guildenstern in 1991, since it had a festival run in 1990 and then opened in theaters in 1991. Otherwise, Tim Roth would be a nominee here.

      He may very well be one next year ;-)

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  7. Actress:
    Kathy Bates-Misery
    Anjelica Huston-The Grifters-Winner
    Julia Roberts-Pretty Woman
    Wynona Ryder-Edward Scissorhands
    Tracy Ullman-I Love You to Death

    We don’t match as closely though three of my picks are in your long list. I haven’t seen Mirren in Cook, Thief…etc. but she IS Helen Mirren so I have no problem believing she’s award worthy. I didn't care for Misery but Kathy Bates really puts herself and the audience through the wringer creating a very troubled woman. For me though nobody could beat Anjelica Huston at her absolute best as the morally flexible Lilly presenting someone who in less talented hands would seem simply a monster but she finds many conflicts within her. Her final scenes are both chilling and heartbreaking.

    Supporting Actor:
    Alan Bates-Hamlet
    Bruce Davison-Longtime Companion-Winner
    Peter Falk-Tune in Tomorrow
    Bob Hoskins-Mermaids
    Joe Pesci-Goodfellas

    I’m three for five on your long list again! Pesci is very fine in Goodfellas and Falk an absolute stitch in Tomorrow but its Davison’s beautiful multi layered performance that moved me the most, his big scene is heartrending but it's the small touches he adds throughout the film that really sells the character.

    Supporting Actress:
    Bonnie Bedelia-Presumed Innocent
    Annette Bening-The Grifters-Winner
    Whoopi Goldberg-Ghost
    Madeline Kahn-Betsy's Wedding
    Dianne Wiest-Edward Scissorhands

    We match at last!! The great Madeline Kahn rises far about the middling material of Betsy's Wedding and Whoopi is wonderful fun in Ghost, maybe not Oscar worthy but memorable and worthy of her nomination. Dianne Wiest and Bonnie Bedelia add luster to their films but Bening's is not only the most fully fleshed out supporting role of the year it's also the one that is most strongly performed.

    Love the choice of Post-Mortem Bar for Best Song. It’s not a pretty tune but aside from being appropriate to the film its lyrics are very moving.

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    1. I have not seen I Love You to Death, Tune in Tomorrow, Hamlet or Betsy's Wedding!!! You know I share love for Alan Bates, so now I'm really wishing that I had see at least Hamlet. There are so many versions of that film that I didn't even register that this year had one. Is it the one with Mel Gibson?

      Also, Huston is my runner up and was my winner for years, even after seeing The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover the first time...but rewatching that film last week really rose it in the ranks for me almost everywhere and Mirren seemed like the best choice for Actress. She's brilliant.

      Besides, I awarded Huston already in 1987. This is Mirren's 3rd nom and so far she was winless, so with two performances I could have tied and been happy, I went with the one in need of a win under her belt.

      Bedelia was my #6. I came very close to putting her in over Goldberg, to be honest. Her final scenes are brilliant.

      LOVE that Benning is your winner!!!

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  8. Okay so I really need to see Days of Being Wild. Love all the love it got here. Also great that Bening pulls out the win for Supp. Actress. Love her in that movie.

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    1. Yes, you NEED to see Days of Being Wild ASAP! I've said for a while that Days of Being Wild/In the Mood for Love/2046 is my favorite trilogy of all time, and I stand by that. All three films are absolute masterpieces and so different in the best possible ways. Just an astonishing achievement in film.

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  9. Matt says: Annette Benning? And where's John Cusack?

    I echo: where is Kathy Bates?

    Definitely an interesting year. I always have love for Goodfellas.

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    1. For me, The Grifters was always about the ladies. Truth be told though, I never really warmed to Cusack...John at least. I love his sister.

      And Bates was almost there. Like, I love her iconic work...but I couldn't knock any of my nominees out. I just couldn't.

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  10. Please don't kill me but I actually haven't seen Goodfellas ... nor Dances with Wolves... I know, I know, how could I right? I'm more inclined to check out Goodfellas though it's likely too intense/violent for me. I do love Hunt for the Red October, perhaps the best Jack Ryan film even though I have a soft spot for Ford in the role.

    I love the variety of nationalities represented here Drew, and thanks for all the great recommendations.

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    1. Well, you really don't need to put yourself through Dances with Wolves unless your some kind of Oscar completest...but you really should see Goodfellas...and every other film I've nominated for something major!!!

      And thanks for noting the diversity. Film knows no discrimination.

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    2. I have to admit I'm REALLY curious to see Goodfellas so I might brace myself and see it. I know it's silly but sometimes when I know a movie is super violent I'd go to IMDb Family Corner and check just how brutal it is so I can prepare myself :P

      I LOVE your last sentence there... FILM knows no discrimination. Unfortunately some of those who make 'em do.

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    3. Oh, I know, and it's a gross shame...which is why I love indie film so much, because it's really Hollywood that shows such disgusting discrimination.

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  11. Love the love for Nikita, Miller's Crossing, Edward Scissorhands, and ESPECIALLY the brilliant The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover. Also love the WKW love even though I haven't seen Days of Being Wild yet. Haven't seen enough from this year to really say, but the only things I really missed from your Top Five were Close-Up for Original Screenplay (that thing is out-of-this-world brilliant), Depp and Wiest for Edward Scissorhands, and the fantastic duo of Streep and MacLaine for Postcards From the Edge (not even runners-up?!?!?).

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    1. YAY! Love to hear more love for The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover! Such a brilliant film.

      Postcards from the Edge just isn't a film I really loved that much. I really liked Hackman's cameo (making the most of just like two scenes), and I liked the chemistry between Streep and MacLaine, but I didn't love either performance that much, at least not in a year this rich with great performances.

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  12. I think I am the only one who has some love for Dances With Wolves. Is it Oscar worthy? Not really although I love the cinematography. I can't stand Goodfellas. I think Scorsese is great but I hate that movie and really don't understand all the hype. I actually was so happy when Pesci's character bought it so he would finally be off the screen and if i heard Liotta laugh once more, I would go into the movie and slap him. I have seen The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and consider it brilliant! In fact i would love to see it again. Ghost is OK but pure smarmy but I love Whoopi. I also felt Johnny Depp deserved an Oscar for his role as Edward Scissorhands. I have not seen Miller's Crossing or The Grifters yet. I remember The Grifters because everyone felt both actresses deserved the Oscar over who won. It's funny because I remember more that they didn't win over who did (at least for best actress since I know Whoopi won that year).

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    1. I actually felt the same way you did the first time I saw Goodfellas, but it's grown on me a lot. No, it's not his finest work, but it's iconic for a reason.

      And yes, both of the Grifter's ladies were better than Oscar's winners (Lead going to Bates in Misery).

      SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOU LOVING THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER!!!!

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  13. A little disappointed to see GoodFellas miss out since it's basically my favorite film of all-time but really glad Close-Up got some love. I do think it's some of Kiarostami's best work and the directing nom. is very deserving. As for Miller's Crossing, I'm not completely sure how I feel about that movie, I certainly like it but it strikes me as somewhat inconsistent. And really glad Dances With Wolves got nothing .

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    1. Glad to see love for Close-Up. Sorry to disappoint with my lack of passion for Goodfellas, but at least it lands a few strong noms! Sorry to hear you're not all that fond of Miller's Crossing. I think it's one of, if not the Coen's finest film.

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  14. Lots of great films here! I'm happy to love for Metropolitan, Wild of Heart , La Femme Nikita, Close-up, Edward Scissorhands, and The Cook..the Thief..
    Sorry to disagree, I think Miller's Crossing is overrated, it did a fine job of capturing the era it was set with the costumes etc, and there's a couple of strong scenes in the woods, but most of the film is dull and emotionless. If you ask me, Blood Simple (1984) is a far more enjoyable Coens outing and has better pacing.

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    1. I do love Blood Simple, but for me Miller's Crossing has always been the time that the Coen's got 'serious' right. I think this is better than No Country, Blood Simple and really any other Coen film that isn't named Fargo...and on some days I think it's a finer film than that one as well.

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  15. I love the Joel Coen win here, man. Greatness! Probably the most assured work as far as classical direction is concerned. Not my favorite of their films by a long shot though.

    I regrettably have not seen Days of Being Wild, or anything by that director. After this and your post on his films, I'm sold on checking his stuff out. What should I start with?

    The Grifters is a great little movie that I barely remember. Thanks for reminding me of Bening's work there.

    I have to be fully honest: Goodfellas is easily the best film of 1990 for me. It is one of those that got to me when I first started really appreciating movies and has never left me. And I will admit to really liking Dances with Wolves. Sorry. I just find it really beautiful.

    Great post as always, man!

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    1. If I can suggest anything with regards to Wong Kar Wai, watch his trilogy first. It starts with Days of Being Wild, then moves to In the Mood for Love and then concludes with 2046. They are all vastly different films but they are just incredible cinematic achievements.

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  16. Great post. Really love Miller's Crossing, its such a great film. I read a few books about the Coen's films and how they can be interpreted. There was one line (well a few actually) about Miller's Crossing that blew my mind and changed the whole thing. Tom is in love with Leo. This may have been obvious to others not me, now it all makes sense. The 90s had some gems and this just shows it. It's alos reminded me that I really need to watch The Grifters.

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    1. WOW, I had never looked at things from that angle, but that certainly would color in aspects of the film left ambiguous. I want to rewatch it now looking for that.

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  17. I appreciate your love for Miller's Crossing. I am a huge admirer of all things Coen.

    I haven't seen Goodfellas or The Grifters; I'm going to hand in my movie buff card right now.

    Not a fan of Dances with Wolves. I thought the unnecessary death of the horse and wolf were just a shameless play to grab the audiences' emotions. That alone was enough to kill them movie for me. Fuck that.

    And I loved Ghost when it first came out; I watched it multiple times. But yes -- it's trash.

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    1. LOL, I love that you loved Ghost! We are all allowed to love trash. That's what you call a guilty pleasure, right?

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    2. Definitely! My husband and I used to drink and watch that sexy, entertaining trash. Patrick Swayze later spoofed Ghost on Saturday Night Live. Too funny.

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    3. Wine + Swayze + Moore + The Righteous Brothers + clay = pause the movie!

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    4. You know...the pottery scene. It is pottery, right?

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  18. It's crazy how many of these I haven't seen. This is a film year I need to explore further. From the few I've seen though, it was a very strong year among the various visual crafts - cinematography, art direction etc. Miller's Crossing, Edwards Scissorhands are Dick Tracy are so well-designed.

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    1. Yeah, the crafts were strong this year. Even some of the smaller films had some stunning visual landscapes. I hope you get to see some of the films here you're missing.

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  19. Easy pick for Best Picture, Director and Editor: Good Fellas. Martin Scorsese. Thelma Schoonmaker.

    Runner up for Picture:
    Jacob's Ladder
    Edward Scissorhands
    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
    Wild At Heart



    The rest:
    Actor: Michael Gambon in The Cook, the Thief His Wife and Her Lover
    (runner up: Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands)
    Actress: Helen Mirren in The Cook...
    Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci in GoodFellas
    Supporting Actress: Elizabeth Pena in Jacob's Ladder

    1990 was solid but not up to par with 1991.

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    1. Thinking about it, take out Gambon and replace him with Cage from Wild At Heart. That is one of his best performances

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    2. LOVE to see more love for The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. I didn't realize that many people have seen it/loved it, but it's so awesome every time someone mentions it in their best of the year!

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    3. Speaking of Cage...I liked Wild at Heart, but I couldn't embrace it...it has great technical merits, but I was only really taken with Dern, who I felt was so layered and possessed such abandon. Cage was good...but I don't walk away thinking of him, to be honest.

      But I rarely think of him.

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  20. Great stuff man. :)

    KIAROSTAMI!!! (And Close-Up makes your top 12!)

    Love the new wins for Goodfellas. (Pesci and Screenplay are new, right?) It's not my favorite Scorsese, but I do think it's one of the year's best.

    Gambon - just misses my lineup - and Mirren (in lead) are brilliant! I really need to see Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Europa Europa, Jacob's Ladder, and After Dark, My Sweet.

    Great to see "Somewhere in My Memory" and "Up in Flames" in Song now, too. It's awesome that we're 5/5 in that category.

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    1. I knew you'd like the Kiarostami nod. I came close to nodding the film in a few more places, but it felt like a nice 'sole-director' type film.

      Yeah, those Goodfella wins are new. I moved Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead to 1991...so it freed up the Adapted Screenplay win...and after a rewatch I switched the won from Sorvino to Pesci. I love them both so much, but Pesci was such an iconic presence.

      I love that we're 5/5 in Song!

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