1990 Leaman Awards - The Part-Time Critic

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

1990 Leaman Awards


One Sentence Summary: 1990 provides some good (but flawed) films and is severely lacking in great animated films. 

1990 Films Seen: 43
1990 Films Seen in the Theater: 2
Number of Films with A or A+ Grade: 0

-1990 Ambassador's List-
(Top 15 Films)

15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (B)
14. Hamlet (B)
13. Dick Tracy (B)
12. The Godfather Part 3 (B)
11. Back to the Future Part 3 (B)
10. Hunt for Red October, The (B)
9. Die Hard 2 (B)
8. Reversal of Fortune (B)
7. Home Alone (B)
6. Awakenings (B) 
5. Misery (B+)
4. Miller's Crossing (B+) 
3. Total Recall (B+)
2. Goodfellas (A-)
1. Dances with Wolves (A-)



-Superlative Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Most Underrated Film
  • Die Hard 2
  • Marked for Death
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Most Overrated Film 
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Flatliners
  • Pretty Woman
Worst Film
  • Child's Play 2
  • Flatliners
  • Rocky IV

-Technical Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Make-Up and Hair Design 
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Dick Tracy
  • Goodfellas
  • Total Recall
Best Costume Design 
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Dick Tracy
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Best Sound Design 
  • Back to the Future Part 3
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Total Recall
Best Original Score 
  • Back to the Future Part 3
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Ghost
  • Home Alone
Best Visual Effects 
  • Back to the Future Part 3
  • Die Hard 2
  • Ghost
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Total Recall
Best Art Direction 
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Total Recall
Best Cinematography 
  • Dances with Wolves
  • The Godfather Part III
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery
Best Film Editing 
  • Ghost
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery
  • Total Recall

-Major Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Documentary Feature: n/a
Best Animated Feature: The Rescuers Down Under

Best Adapted Screenplay 
  • Awakenings
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Goodfellas
  • Misery
  • Total Recall
Best Original Screenplay 
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Ghost
  • Home Alone
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Pretty Woman
Best Supporting Actress 
  • Annette Bening The Grifters
  • Glen Close Reversal of Fortune
  • Whoopi Goldberg Ghost
  • Shirley MacLaine Postcards from the Edge
  • Mary McDonnell Dances with Wolves
Best Supporting Actor 
  • Robert DeNiro Awakenings
  • Joe Pesci Goodfellas
  • Dennis Quaid Postcards from the Edge
  • Ron Silver Reversal of Fortune
  • John Turturro Miller's Crossing
Best Actress 
  • Kathy Bates Misery
  • Lorraine Bracco Goodfellas
  • Angelica Huston The Grifters
  • Julia Roberts Pretty Woman
  • Meryl Streep Postcards from the Edge
Best Actor 
  • James Caan Misery
  • Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
  • Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune
  • Ray Liotta Goodfellas
  • Robin Williams Awakenings
Best Ensemble Acting 
  • Awakenings
  • Goodfellas
  • The Grifters
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery
Best Director 
  • Joel Coen Miller's Crossing
  • Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
  • Rob Reiner Misery
  • Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
  • Paul Verhoeven Total Recall
Best Picture 
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery
  • Total Recall

-Great Dramatic/Comedic/Musical Sequences of 1990-
(In Alphabetical Order by Movie & All-Time Great Sequences are Bolded)
  • “Leonard awakens, sees his mom, and greets everyone” -Awakenings
  • “Leaving the Past: Getting the Train Up to Speed” -Back to the Future Part III
  • “Dances with Wolves leaves the Village & Win in His Hair Says Goodbye” –Dances with Wolves
  • “A Sicilian song brings back nostalgic memories” -The Godfather Part III
  • “Finale: Michael Corleone dies old and alone with nothing but memories” -The Godfather Part III
  • “Funny how?” -Goodfellas
  • “Entering the Copacabana through the back entrance” -Goodfellas
  • “Home Finale: The Wet Bandits vs. Kevin McAllister” -Home Alone
  • “Tom can’t take out Bernie at Miller’s Crossing” –Miller’s Crossing
  • “Racing to get back into his wheelchair before Annie returns” -Misery
  • “Local Sheriff checks the house finishing at the basement” -Misery
  • “Annie commits the hobbling” -Misery
  • “Mother and Daughter Sing Back to Back Songs” -Postcards from the Edge
  • “Your still at Rekall, this is all a dream, take the pill” –Total Recall

-Top 10 Action Sequences of 1990-

10. “Rescuing Dances with Wolves from U.S. Soldiers” -Dances with Wolves 
9. “Wife vs. the Girlfriend” -Total Recall 
8. “Finale as McClane Fights on the Wing of an Airplane and then Blows it Up” -Die Hard 2 
7. “Attacked by his Friend for Going to Recall and Getting Away” -Total Recall 
6. “Trashing and Demolishing April's Store” -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
5. “Annex Sywalk Shootout” -Die Hard 2 
4. “Hologram Deception/Starting the Reactor” -Total Recall 
3. “Chasing Drug Dealers into the Streets and Into a Jewelry Store” -Marked for Death 
2. “Fighting With His Wife...Or Is She?” -Total Recall 
1. “Casper Attempts to Assasinate Leo to ‘Danny Boy’” -Miller’s Crossing

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