Film Honors: 1997

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.

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Directing

Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights)
Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter)

Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential)
Gary Oldman (Nil By Mouth)
Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting)

Actor Lead

Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting)
Ian Holm (The Sweet Hereafter)
Djimon Hounsou (Amistad)
Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets)
Ray Winstone (Nil By Mouth)

Cast Ensemble

Boogie Nights
The Full Monty
Jackie Brown
L.A. Confidential
The Sweet Hereafter

Actress Lead

Helena Bonham Carter (The Wings of the Dove)
Kathy Burke (Nil By Mouth)
Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown)
Leila Hatami (Leila)
Samantha Morton (Under the Skin)

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Cinematography

Roger Deakins (Kundun)
Robert Elswit (Boogie Nights)
Janusz Kaminski (Amistad)
Eduardo Serra (The Wings of the Dove)
Dante Spinotti (L.A. Confidential)

Set Designing

The Fifth Element
Gattaca
Kundun
Titanic
The Wings of the Dove

Costume Designing

Donnie Brasco
Kundun
Oscar and Lucinda
Titanic
The Wings of the Dove

Score Composing

Mychael Danna (The Sweet Hereafter)
Danny Elfman (Good Will Hunting)
Philip Glass (Kundun)
Jerry Goldsmith (L.A. Confidential)
Michael Nyman (Gattaca)

Screenwriting Adapted

Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove)
Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter)
Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential)
James Schamus (The Ice Storm)
Quentin Tarantinoo (Jackie Brown)

Actress Support

Joan Cusack (In & Out)
Alison Elliott (The Wings of the Dove)
Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights)
Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter)
Sigourney Weaver (The Ice Storm)

Screenwriting Original

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting)
Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil (Abre los ojos)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights)
Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty)
Gary Oldman (Nil By Mouth)

Picture Editing

Boogie Nights
Good Will Hunting
Jackie Brown
L.A. Confidential
Nil By Mouth

Special Effects

Air Force One
The Fifth Element
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Men in Black
Titanic

Sound Designing

Air Force One
The Fifth Element
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Men in Black
Titanic

Actor Support

Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding)
Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets)
Al Pacino (The Devil’s Advocate)
Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights)
Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting)

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Motion Picture

Bacheha-Ye aseman (Majid Majidi) Iran
Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) USA
Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant) USA
The Ice Storm (Ang Lee) USA
Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino) USA
L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson) USA
Leila (Dariush Mehrjui) Iran
Nil By Mouth (Gary Oldman) UK / France
Abre los ojos (Alejandro Amenábar) Spain / France / Italy
The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan) Canada

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So what did you fall in love with in 1997? What sank? Fill your shoes with comments galore in the section below.

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2 responses to “Film Honors: 1997

  1. The Fifth Element must be my favourite of 1997, but I can re-watch Face Off and Con Air endlessly. My feeling is that there are a lot of laid-back and non-serious films came out in 1997 which are just perfect for a night-in, for pure entertainment.

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