Film Honors: 1977

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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Actress Support

Leslie Browne (The Turning Point)
Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Tatiana Papamoschou (Ifigeneia)
Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever)
Vanessa Redgrave (Julia)

Actress Lead

Isabelle Adjani (L’histoire d’Adèle H.)
Anne Bancroft (The Turning Point)
Shirley MacLaine (The Turning Point)
Irene Papas (Ifigeneia)
Gena Rowlands (Opening Night)

Costume Designing

Annie Hall
Ifigeneia
Julia
L’histoire d’Adèle H.
Star Wars

Set Designing

Eraserhead
Ifigeneia
L’histoire d’Adèle H.
Star Wars
Suspiria

Score Composing

Dario Argento, Goblin (Suspiria)
Tangerine Dream (Sorcerer)
Mikis Theodorakis (Ifigeneia)
John Williams (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
John Williams (Star Wars)

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Screenwriting Original

Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman (Annie Hall)
John Cassavetes (Opening Night)
George Lucas (Star Wars)
Aleksander Scibor-Rylski (Czlowiek z marmuru)
Neil Simon (The Goodbye Girl)

Screenwriting Adapted

Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière (Cet obscur objet du désir)
Michalis Kakogiannis (Ifigeneia)
Alvin Sargent (Julia)
François Truffaut, Jean Gruault, Suzanne Schiffman (L’histoire d’Adèle H.)
Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum (The Spy Who Loved Me)

Actor Support

Mikhail Baryshnikov (The Turning Point)
Edward Fox (A Bridge Too Far)
Ben Gazzara (Opening Night)
Alec Guinness (Star Wars)
Jason Robards (Julia)

Cinematography

Giorgos Arvanitis (Ifigeneia)
Gilbert Taylor (Star Wars)
Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria)
Haskell Wexler (Bound for Glory)
Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

Picture Editing

Cet obscur objet du désir
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Ifigeneia
Star Wars
Suspiria

Actor Lead

Richard Burton (Equus)
Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)
Kostas Kazakos (Ifigeneia)
Fernando Rey (Cet obscur objet du désir)
John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever)

Special Effects

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Rabid
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Star Wars
Suspiria

Sound Designing

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Eraserhead
Saturday Night Fever
Star Wars
Suspiria

Cast Ensemble

Annie Hall
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Ifigeneia
Star Wars
The Turning Point

Director

Dario Argento (Suspiria)
John Cassavetes (Opening Night)
Michalis Kakogiannis (Iphigenia)
George Lucas (Star Wars)
Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

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Motion Picture

Annie Hall (Woody Allen) USA
Cet obscur objet du désir (Luis Buñuel) France / Spain
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg) USA
Czlowiek z marmuru (Andrzej Wajda) Poland
Ifigeneia (Michalis Kakogiannis) Greece
L’histoire d’Adèle H. (François Truffaut) France
Opening Night (John Cassavetes) USA
Star Wars (George Lucas) USA
Suspiria (Dario Argento) Italy
Voskhozhdenie (Larisa Shepitko) Soviet Union

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Blast out your bests and worsts from 1977 in the comments below. Have you seen all of these movies? Have I missed any of your favorites?

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