Film Honors: 1990

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.


Pedro Almodóvar (Átame!)
Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands)
Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves)
David Lynch (Wild at Heart)
Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)


Cast Ensemble

Dick Tracy
The Godfather Part III
Wild at Heart

Special Effects

Back to the Future III
Die Hard 2
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Predator 2
Total Recall

Actress Support

Annette Bening (The Grifters)
Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas)
Glenn Close (Hamlet)
Diane Ladd (Wild at Heart)
Shirley MacLaine (Postcards from the Edge)

Actress Lead

Victoria Abril (Átame!)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Adrienne Shelly (The Unbelievable Truth)
Anjelica Huston (The Grifters)
Meryl Streep (Postcards from the Edge)


Screenwriting Original

Pedro Almodóvar (Átame!)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Miller’s Crossing)
Hal Hartley (The Unbelievable Truth)
Whit Stillman (Metropolitan)
Peter Weir (Green Card)

Screenwriting Adapted

Michael Blake (Dances with Wolves)
Carrie Fisher (Postcards from the Edge)
Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)
Donald E. Westlake (The Grifters)
Steven Zaillian (Awakenings)


Stefan Czapsky (Edward Scissorhands)
Philippe Rousselot (Henry & June)
Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves)
Vittorio Storaro (Dick Tracy)
Barry Sonnenfeld (Miller’s Crossing)


Sound Designing

Dances with Wolves
Die Hard 2
Predator 2
Total Recall

Costume Designing

Cyrano de Bergerac
Dances with Wolves
Dick Tracy
Henry & June


Set Designing

Dick Tracy
The Godfather Part III
Miller’s Crossing
Total Recall

Picture Editing

Dances with Wolves
Dick Tracy
Wild at Heart

Score Composing

John Barry (Dances with Wolves)
Carter Burwell (Miller’s Crossing)
Randy Edelman (Come See the Paradise)
Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands)
Jack Nitzsche (Revenge)

Acting Lead

Antonio Banderas (Átame!)
Robert De Niro (Awakenings)
Johnny Depp (Edwards Scissorhands)
Al Pacino (The Godfather Part III)
Robin Williams (Awakenings)

Actor Support

Albert Finney (Miller’s Crossing)
Michael Keaton (Pacific Heights)
Al Pacino (Dick Tracy)
Joe Pesci (Goodfellas)
John Turturro (Miller’s Crossing)

Motion Picture

Átame! (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner) USA
Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton) USA
The Godfather Part III (Francis Ford Coppola) USA
Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese) USA
Green Card (Peter Weir) USA / Australia / France
Metropolitan (Whit Stillman) USA
Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley) USA
Wild at Heart (David Lynch) USA

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As we say bonjour to the 1990s, what impressed or repelled you from the very first year of the decade – comment below.


3 responses to “Film Honors: 1990

  1. Love that you give so much attention to Awakenings (probably my favorite from that year – that or Dances with Wolves) and Metropolitan (also one of my favorites)! I also like that you nominate The Godfather III for Picture. It deserves that.

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