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Part Two: The 1980 Retro Hollmann Awards

The second and final day of the 1980 Retro Hollmann Awards. Can Raging Bull maintain its status as the most-winning flick of the year? Let's find out...

Best Makeup & Hairstyling  

The Elephant Man
Christopher Tucker, makeup creator/designer
Wally Schneiderman, makeup supervisor
Paula Gillespie / Stephanie Kaye, hairdressers

2. Popeye; 3. Raging Bull; 4. Altered States; 5. Kagemusha

It's easy to award the transformation of John Hurt into John Merrick for The Elephant Man. So I will!

In second place, intense forearms, unflattering hair buns, and other recreations of cartoon icons in Popeye. In third, blood, broken noses, and 15 years in Raging Bull. In fourth, primitive man and a mass of God knows what in Altered States. In fifth, blood, ghost-white faces, and salt-and-pepper doublng in Kagemusha.

Best Original Song, Best Actress, Best Picture, and more...after the jump.
Best Original Song

1. "Xanadu"
music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne

2. "Suspended in Time"
music and lyrics by John Farrar

3. "Nine to Five"
music and lyrics by Dolly Parton
Nine to Five

4. "I'm Alive"
music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne

5. "Call Me"
music by Giorgio Moroder and Debbie Harry
lyrics by Debbie Harry
American Gigolo

Best Adapted Screenplay

Raging Bull
Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader
based on the book by Jake La Motta, with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage

2. My Brilliant Career; 3. Cruising; 4. The Shining; 5. Brubaker

Schrader and Martin focus on the man rather than the boxer. Great scenes like Jake icing down instead of cumming for Vikki; a cringe-y standup act with no audience; a very layered double date that ends as a dinner with the mob. And it's not just the central three: Tommy Como, Salvy, Lenore, all quietly, subtly realized.

In second place, the celebration of female individuality in My Brilliant Career. In third, sexuality and leather kink get the noir treatment in Cruising. In fourth, cabin fever, family issues, and terror in The Shining. In fifth, morality and prison reform in Brubaker.

Best Original Screenplay

American Gigolo
Paul Schrader

2. Kagemusha; 3. Nine to Five; 4. The Idolmaker; 5. The Big Red One

Two for Schrader! American Gigolo is not just a thrilling mystery; it's a neat evisceration of the LA County social strata, where the rich take advantage of the poor, and an open secret is better than the truth. Fascinating to see the different ways race, class, and sexuality operate in regards to justice and society.

In second place, the realistic and beautiful personal dynamics of Kagemusha. In third, the feminist wit of Nine to Five. In fourth, The Idolmaker's love of music and the egos that make it possible. In fifth, the grim grit of The Big Red One

Best Cinematography

1. The Shining
John Alcott

2. Raging Bull
Michael Chapman

3. Kagemusha
Takao Saitô / Shôji Ueda

4. Tess
Ghislain Cloquet / Geoffrey Unsworth

5. American Gigolo
John Bailey

Best Director

Martin Scorsese
Raging Bull

2. Akira Kurosawa for Kagemusha; 3. Stanley Kubrick for The Shining; 4. Gillian Armstrong for My Brilliant Career; 5. William Friedkin for Cruising

Yes, it's finally Scorsese's turn to win a Hollmann Award, and for one of his greatest films. The performances, the craft, all working beautifully together to create a singular vision, with a fine balance of adrenaline-fueled excitement and dread. As I said before, it's choice marriage of the "visceral and artful".

In second place, Kurosawa's usual poetic visuals for Kagemusha. In third, Kubrick's chilliness used for heated horror for The Shining. In fourth, Armstrong's brilliant (ha!) honing of her actors' skills for My Brilliant Career. In fifth, Friedkin's gift for raw terror for Cruising/

Best Actor

Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta
Raging Bull

2. Tatsuya Nakadai in Kagemusha; 3. Donald Sutherland in Ordinary People; 4. Ray Sharkey in The Idolmaker; 5. Robert Redford in Brubaker

De Niro is both man and animal, giving his all to play a deadly fighter, a dire comedian, and a terrible, terrible family member. He is a man possessed, who, as I said before, "makes such a pathetic, paranoid, egomaniacal monster of La Motta, that there's little pity to be had for him."

In second place, Nakadai is both regal and common, and all around heartbreaking, as both a nobleman and his double. Sutherland's grief and goodness holds everything together, in third. Sharkey's authentic in both his music and his hustle, in fourth. Redford brings his usual dignity, in fifth. 

Best Actress

Judy Davis as Sybylla Melvyn
My Brilliant Career

2. Lily Tomlin in Nine to Five; 3. Shelley Duvall in The Shining; 4. Shelley Duvall in Popeye; 5. Adrienne Barbeau in The Fog

As the lead of My Brilliant Career, Sybylla Melvyn is in every scene, every frame, the film centered on this headstrong teenager who shirks society's conventions, values her independence, and is great for a joke, bawdy song, good time - but not like that. As Sybylla, Judy Davis makes a convincing case for stardom in her first cinematic outing. She's strong, she's hilarious, she makes mistakes. She's the heroine we need and deserve.

In second place, Tomlin proves why she should run the company and lead more movies in Nine to Five. In third, Duvall reflects our own horror, but holds her own as a protective mother in The Shining. In fourth, Duvall is back, comic perfection and the embodiment of Olive Oyl in Popeye. In fifth, Adrienne Barbeau is no final girl - she's a final woman with a great voice in The Fog.

Best Picture

Lawrence Gordon, producer

2. Raging Bull; 3. Cruising; 4. Kagemusha; 5. My Brilliant Career

Those who know me know there was never another option for this honor. Xanadu is the most sincere movie I've ever watched. The day we met, it was love at first sight. What can be said about the Muse, the importance of art, the magic of music, the greatness of Olivia Newton-John, that Xanadu has not covered beautifully, simply. Remember when Michael Beck said, "Dreams die," and Gene Kelly replies, "No. Not by themselves. We kill them"? That's always stuck with me. And so has the roller-skating.

Yup! Xanadu may have only won twice - but it won where it counts! Raging Bull won the most, a total haul of six; The Empire Strikes Back and The Shining each won two.

I'm already hard at work on the next year, 1986, already more than halfway through my screenings. And this time I'll be offering capsule reactions, all throughout July, with the actual retrospectives to come in August. So join me, always and forever, as we explore Children of a Lesser God, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Mission, Platoon, A Room with a View, and the rest of the Class of '86!

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