1990 Leaman Awards - The Part-Time Critic

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

1990 Leaman Awards

*Last Updated 6/23/2022  

In favor of waiting until I've seen absolutely everything (a bottomless task), I've decided to take a "running list" mentality to the awards. I've got many projects and only so much time so I've just decided to post the awards once I hit a critical mass, mention what I haven't seen and then update them as I (re)watch more 1990 films over time. You can see the last time I've updated it at the top. To help get the projects done, commentary might be light as well - mostly graphics and winners. Enjoy!

1990 Films Seen: 44
Number of Films with A or A+ Grade: 0
Key Films Still to See: n/a

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

Not a "best of" list or a "favorite" list - but a list of the films and sequences (action, drama, comedy, & musical) that I think represent the best the year had to offer. So think of it as a strange mixture of favorite, best, and defining. Once you get to the top ten films, it definitely becomes more defined as a Top Ten list of the year. The number one film is my favorite of the year. 

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)

THE TOP TEN
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. Dances with Wolves (B+)

1. Goodfellas (A-)
Commentary: n/a


FAVORITE ACTION SEQUENCES OF THE YEAR
The Very Good:
  • "Hologram Deception/Starting the Reactor" -Total Recall
  • "Taking On His Wife...Or Is He?" -Total Recall
The Great:
  • n/a 
The Best: "Casper Attempts to Assassinate Leo to Danny Boy" -Miller's Crossing 
Commentary: n/a


FAVORITE DRAMATIC SEQUENCES OF THE YEAR
The Very Good:
  • “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
  • “Finale: Michael Corleone dies old and alone with nothing but memories” -The Godfather Part III
  • “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
  • “Your'e still at Rekall, this is all a dream, take the pill” –Total Recall
The Great:
  • “Funny How?” -Goodfellas
  • “Entering the Copacabana through the Back Entrance” -Goodfellas
  • “Annie Commits the Hobbling” -Misery 
The Best: "Lows of a Buffalo Massacre & Highs of a Buffalo Hunt" -Dances with Wolves 
Commentary: n/a


FAVORITE COMEDIC SEQUENCES OF THE YEAR
Not a category I kept good track of - One of the toughest TBH
The Very Good:
  • n/a 
The Great:
  • n/a
The Best: n/a


FAVORITE MUSICAL SEQUENCES OF THE YEAR
The Very Good:
  • “Mother and Daughter Sing Back to Back Songs” -Postcards from the Edge
The Great:
  • n/a 
The Best: “A Sicilian Song Brings Back Nostalgic Memories” -The Godfather Part III
Commentary: n/a
BEST DIRECTOR
Nominees:  
  • Joel Coen Miller's Crossing
  • Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
  • Rob Reiner Misery
  • Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
  • Paul Verhoeven Total Recall

FAVORITE FILM ENSEMBLE
Nominees:  
  • Awakenings
  • Goodfellas
  • The Grifters
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery

BEST MALE PERFORMANCES
Nominees:  
  • James Caan Misery
  • Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
  • Robert DeNiro Awakenings
  • Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune
  • Ray Liotta Goodfellas
  • Joe Pesci Goodfellas
  • Dennis Quaid Postcards from the Edge
  • Ron Silver Reversal of Fortune
  • John Turturro Miller's Crossing
  • Robin Williams Awakenings

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCES
Nominees:  
  • Kathy Bates Misery
  • Annette Bening The Grifters
  • Lorraine Bracco Goodfellas
  • Glen Close Reversal of Fortune
  • Whoopi Goldberg Ghost
  • Angelica Huston The Grifters
  • Shirley MacLaine Postcards from the Edge
  • Mary McDonnell Dances with Wolves
  • Julia Roberts Pretty Woman
  • Meryl Streep Postcards from the Edge

FAVORITE SCREENPLAY
(original or adapted)
Nominees:  
  • Awakenings
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Ghost
  • Goodfellas
  • Home Alone
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery
  • Pretty Woman
  • Total Recall

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Nominees:  n/a


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Nominees:  
  • The Rescuers Down Under


BEST FILM EDITING
Nominees: 
  • Ghost
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery
  • Total Recall

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Nominees: 
  • Dances with Wolves
  • The Godfather Part III
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Misery

BEST ART DIRECTION
Nominees: 
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Total Recall

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Nominees: 
  • Back to the Future Part 3
  • Die Hard 2
  • Ghost
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Total Recall

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Nominees: 
  • Back to the Future Part 3
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Ghost
  • Home Alone

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Nominees: 
  • Back to the Future Part 3
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Total Recall

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Nominees: 
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Dick Tracy
  • Goodfellas
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR DESIGN
Nominees: 
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Dick Tracy
  • Goodfellas
  • Total Recall


MOST UNDERRATED FILM
Nominees: 
  • Die Hard 2
  • Marked for Death
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

MOST OVERRATED FILM
Nominees:
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Flatliners
  • Pretty Woman

WORST FILM
Nominees:
  • Child's Play 2
  • Flatliners
  • Rocky IV

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