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Worst Film: Nine

          Runners Up: A Touch of Class, The Shipping News

Worst Performance: Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine

           Runners Up: Judi Dench and Kate Hudson in Nine

          Honorable Mention: Mark Patton in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Most Overrated Film: A Touch of Class

           Runners Up: American Splendor, Nine, The Shipping News, Tom Jones, Wonder Woman

Most Overrated Performance: Penélope Cruz in Nine

           Runners Up: Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, Albert Finney, Hugh Griffith, Diane Cilento, Edith Evans and Joyce Redman in Tom Jones, Glenda Jackson in A Touch of Class, Kevin Spacey in The Shipping News

Most Unsightly Screen Presence: Zalman King in Blue Sunshine

           Runner Up: David Hemmings in Blow-Up, Sarah Miles in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, Kenji Sawada in Yumeji, Kevin Spacey in The Shipping News

Most Irritating Screen Presence: Robert De Niro in New York, New York

           Runners Up: Glenda Jackson and George Segal in A Touch of Class, Billy Bob Thornton in Bandits

Assorted Displeasures:

- Maury Yeston’s dreadful songs for Nine, ranging from clumsy and unmusical to downright asinine

- Neil Patrick Harris’ deeply embarrassing version of “The Witch’s Rap”, musically flat performances by Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters and Meryl Streep, obnoxious gushing and COVID-themed humanism in Take Me to the World

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Best New Discovery: Night on the Galactic Railroad

          Runners Up: Career Girls, Diane, Drowning by Numbers, In the Name of the Father, The Last Picture Show, New York, New York, Petulia, Sid and Nancy, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Taxi Zum Klo, Vera Drake, Yumeji

Best Rewatch: The Love Witch

           Runners Up: Cheatin’, La Dolce Vita, Hannah and Her Sisters, Jurassic Park, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Quintet, A Safe Place, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, Sansho the Bailiff, Twenty-Four Eyes, The Vanishing

Most Enjoyable Fluff: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

          Runners Up: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Octopussy, Pretty Woman

Best Documentary: Crumb

           Runners Up: How to Survive a Plague, The Times of Harvey Milk

Best Male Performance: Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley

           Runners Up: Timothy Bottoms in The Last Picture Show, Raul Esparza in Company: A Musical Comedy, Daniel Day-Lewis in In the Name of the Father, Gary Oldman in Sid and Nancy, Frank Ripploh in Taxi Zum Klo

Best Female Performance: Mary Kay Place in Diane

           Runners Up: Katrin Cartlidge and Lynda Steadman in Career Girls, Liza Minnelli in New York, New York, Samantha Robinson in The Love Witch, Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake, Alison Steadman in Abigail’s Party, Hideko Takamine in Lightning and Twenty-Four Eyes, Rita Tushingham in A Taste of Honey, Chloe Webb in Sid and Nancy

Best Supporting Performance or Cameo: Jeffrey Vincent Parise in The Love Witch

           Runners Up: Mark Benton in Career Girls, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Max von Sydow and Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters, Phil Davis in Vera Drake, Murray Melvin in A Taste of Honey, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu in The Vanishing, Earl Rhodes in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, Kinuyo Tanaka in Sansho the Bailiff, Emma Thompson in In the Name of the Father

Most Enjoyable Ham: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

           Runners Up: Antonio Fargas and Anne-Marie Johnson in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Nico in La Dolce Vita, George Takei in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Kristina Wayborn in Octopussy

Best Cinematography: The Love Witch (M. David Mullen)

           Runners Up: The Baby of Mâcon (Sacha Vierny), La Dolce Vita (Otello Martelli), Eyes Without a Face (Eugen Schüfftan), The Godfather (Gordon Willis), Lola (Xaver Schwarzenberger) New York, New York (László Kovács) Petulia (Nicolas Roeg), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Claire Mathon), Quintet (Jean Boffety), Sansho the Bailiff (Kazuo Miyagawa), A Safe Place (Richard C. Kratina), Sid and Nancy (Roger Deakins), Twenty-Four Eyes (Hiroshi Kusuda), Yumeji (Jun'ichi Fujisawa)

Best Locations: Quintet

           Runners Up: Drowning by Numbers, Petulia, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, Sansho the Bailiff, A Taste of Honey, Yumeji

Best Score: Quintet (Tom Pierson)

           Runners Up: Diane (Jeremiah Bornfield), Drowning by Numbers (Michael Nyman), Night on the Galactic Railroad (Haruomi Hosono), A Nightmare on Elm Street (Charles Bernstein), Petulia (John Barry), The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Johnny Mandel), Sansho the Bailiff (Fumio Hayasaka, Kinshichi Kodera, Tamekichi Mochizuki), Twenty-Four Eyes (Chūji Kinoshita), The Vanishing (Henry Vrienten), Yumeji (Shigeru Umebayashi)

Best Hunk: Bernard Hill in Drowning by Numbers

           Runners Up: Mario Adorf in Lola, Bernd Broaderup in Taxi Zum Klo, Jim Brown and Keenen Ivory Wayans in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Trevor Cooper in Drowning by Numbers, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu in The Vanishing, Raul Esparza in Take Me to the World, Dennis Farina in The Case of the Hillside Stranglers,  Gian Keys and Jeffrey Vincent Parise in The Love Witch, Matt McCoy in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, George Segal in A Touch of Class

Assorted Pleasures:

- Elegantly muted, dreamy background art in Night on the Galactic Railroad

- Surrealistic nightmare imagery in A Nightmare on Elm Street

- Use of pastels and florescents in Lola

- Richly textured ice, general production design in Quintet

- Phantasmagoric flights of fancy, vertiginous warped-perspective animation in Cheatin’

- Raul Esparza’s silky-smooth rendition of “Someone Is Waiting”, chamber-style orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell in Company: A Musical Comedy

- Josh Groban’s surprisingly touching classical-crossover version of “Not While I’m Around” in Take Me to the World

- Profusion of dad bods on display in Drowning by Numbers

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