NY Film Critics' Historical Results - Installment 3: 1969 - 1989

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Postby Mister Tee » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:21 am

A new voting system for a new age. A simple majority on a first ballot was good for a win – the select few who qualified for that are indicated with * before their names/films. After that, the critics submitted weighted ballots with 1-2-3 choices listed. There were some arcane rules about needing a majority of critics to at least mention the film/performance in question (I seem to remember James Mason actually led round two of the 1972 best actor balloting, but fell short on that technicality, requiring further voting and bringing about the Olivier win). And there were occasional runoffs, as you'll see noted. But for the most part it was a simple matter of garnering the most combined votes from this weighted voting.

For years, it was tradition at the Times to print full statistics. For purposes of this file, my anality was limited to typing in the top three finishers, except in cases where the info was not provided, or when there was something beyond the three that interested me enough to note.

For whatever reason, this tradition abruptly ceased in 1983. I remember going out to pick up the night-before early edition of the Times, and thinking the voting must have missed their deadline, because in two scans of the arts section I found no report. Finally, I located a tiny item that listed winners and nothing more. So, for that year and ones just following, I had to scrape up (or infer) what info I could. Later on, reporting votes became more common, though, as you'll see, it varied from year to year.

Welcome to the film generation era – a time generally thought of as a high point for American films, when the critics, contrarily, were in love with overseas entries.

Film: Z 39
[Oh, What A Lovely War! 18, The Damned 17]
Actor: Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy) 34
[Dustin Hoffman (Midnight Cowboy) 28, Robert Redford (Downhill Racer) 18)]
Actress: Jane Fonda (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?) 38
[Vanessa Redgrave (Isadora) 24, Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) 23]
Supporting Actor: * Jack Nicholson (Easy Rider) 17
[Elliott Gould (Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice) 2]
Supporting Actress: Dyan Cannon (Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice) 23
[Catherine Burns (Last Summer) 19, Delphine Seyrig (Stolen Kisses) 16]
Director: Costa-Gavras (Z) 34
[Richard Attenborough (Oh, What A Lovely War!) 24, Luchino Visconti (The Damned) 13]
Screenplay: Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice 14
[Stolen Kisses 12, The Damned 12]

Film: Five Easy Pieces 27
[The Passion of Anna 12, M.A.S.H. 11]
Actor: George C. Scott (Patton) 31
[Melvyn Douglas (I Never Sang For My Father) 20, Jack Nicholson (Five Easy Pieces) 17]
Actress: Glenda Jackson (Women in Love) 22
[Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces) 16, Liv Ullmann (The Passion of Anna) 14]
Supporting Actor: Chief Dan George (Little Big Man) 32
[Paul Mazursky (Alex in Wonderland) 17, Frank Langella (Diary of a Mad Housewife) 12]
Supporting Actress: Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces) 38
[Francoise Fabian (My Night at Maud's) 18, Ellen Burstyn (Alex in Wonderland) 13]
Director: Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces) 23
[Federico Fellini (Satyricon) 21, Robert Altman (M.A.S.H.) 15]
Screenplay: My Night at Maud's 34
[Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion 19]

Film: A Clockwork Orange 31
[The Last Picture Show 24, The French Connection 11]
Actor: Gene Hackman (The French Connection) 31
[Peter Finch (Sunday, Bloody Sunday) 25, Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) 16]
Actress: Jane Fonda (Klute) 38
[Gena Rowlands (Minnie and Moskowitz) 21, Shirley MacLaine (Desperate Characters) 15]
Supporting Actor: Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show) 31
[Warren Oates (Two-Lane Blacktop) 27, Alan Webb (King Lear) 21]
Supporting Actress: Ellen Burstyn (The Last Picture Show) 37
[Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show) 30, Ann-Margret (Carnal Knowledge) 11]
Director: Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange) 38
[Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) 21, Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist) 12]
Screenplay: (tie) The Last Picture Show and Sunday, Bloody Sunday 22
[Claire's Knee 20]

Film: Cries and Whispers 40
[The Godfather 24, The Emigrants 15]
Actor: Laurence Olivier (Sleuth) 30
[Marlon Brando (The Godfather) 27, James Mason (Child's Play) 20]
Actress: Liv Ullmann (Cries and Whispers and The Emigrants) 38
[Cicely Tyson (Sounder) 14, Harriett Andersson (Cries and Whispers) 11, Janet Suzman (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg) 11]
Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall (The Godfather) 22
[Eddie Albert (The Heartbreak Kid) 18, Robert Shaw (Young Winston) 13]
Supporting Actress: * Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid) 12
[Susan Tyrell (Fat City) 4 1/2, Ida Lupino (Junior Bonner) 1 1/2]
Director: Ingmar Bergman (Cries and Whispers) 37
[Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) 26, Luis Bunuel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) 16]
Screenplay: Cries and Whispers 37
[The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 23]

Film: Day for Night 40
[American Graffiti 30, Last Tango in Paris, Mean Streets]
Actor: Marlon Brando (Last Tango in Paris) 37
[Al Pacino (Serpico) 33]
Actress: Joanne Woodward (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams) 28
[Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class) 26]
Supporting Actor: Robert DeNiro (Mean Streets)
[John Houseman (The Paper Chase)]
Supporting Actress: Valentina Cortese (Day for Night)
Director: Francois Truffaut (Day for Night)
[Costa-Gavras (State of Siege)]
Screenplay: American Graffiti

Film: Amarcord 43
[Scenes from a Marriage 38, The Godfather Part II 17]
Actor: Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail) and (Chinatown) 32 EACH
[Gene Hackman (The Conversation) 19, Richard Dreyfuss (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz) 19, Dustin Hoffman (Lenny) 18]
Actress: Liv Ullmann (Scenes from a Marriage) 52
[Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence) 42]
Supporting Actor: Charles Boyer (Stavisky) 43
[Robert DeNiro (The Godfather Part II) 35, Lee Strasberg (The Godfather Part II) 16]
Supporting Actress: Valerie Perrine (Lenny) 45
[Bibi Andersson (Scenes from a Marriage) 20, Madeline Kahn (Young Frankenstein) 18]
Director: Federico Fellini (Amarcord) 40
[Ingmar Bergman (Scenes from a Marriage) 25]
Screenplay: Scenes from a Marriage 45
[Chinatown 32, The Conversation 30]

Film: Nashville 45
[Barry Lyndon 30]
Actor: Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) 41
[Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) 26]
Actress: Isabelle Adjani (The Story of Adele H.) 44
[Florinda Bolkan (A Brief Vacation) 29]
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin (Hearts of the West) 30
[Henry Gibson (Nashville) 21]
Supporting Actress: Lily Tomlin (Nashville) 49
[Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) 28]
Director: Robert Altman (Nashville) 44
[Stanley Kubrick (Barry Lyndon) 28]
Screenplay: The Story of Adele H. 28
[Swept Away... 26]

Film: All the President's Men 40
[Network 26, Seven Beauties 18]
Actor: Robert DeNiro (Taxi Driver) 33
[David Carradine (Bound for Glory) 19
Actress: Liv Ullmann (Face to Face)
[Faye Dunaway (Network) 28, Sissy Spacek (Carrie) 24]
Supporting Actor: Jason Robards (All the President's Men) 37
[Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver) 12, Richard Pryor (Silver Streak 11]
Supporting Actress: Talia Shire (Rocky) 41
[Jodie Foster (Taxi Driver) 32, Marie-France Pisier (Cousin, Cousine) 25]
Director: Alan J. Pakula (All the President's Men) 37
[Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver) 22, Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties) 21]
Screenplay: Network 38
[The Last Tycoon 20, Seven Beauties 16]

Film: Annie Hall 46
[That Obscure Object of Desire 28, Close Encounters of the Third Kind 12]
Actor: John Gielgud (Providence) 37
[Fernando Rey (That Obscure Object of Desire) 31, John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever) 25]
Actress: Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) 34
[Shelley Duvall (3 Women) 27, Diane Keaton (Looking for Mr. Goodbar) 25]
Supporting Actor: Maximillian Schell (Julia) 30
[Bill Macy (The Late Show) 17, David Hemmings (Islands in the Stream) 14]
Supporting Actress: Sissy Spacek (3 Women) 31
[Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) 25, Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever) 22]
Director: Woody Allen (Annie Hall) 35
[Luis Bunuel (That Obscure Object of Desire) 33, Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) 16]
Screenplay: * Annie Hall

Film: The Deer Hunter 29
[Days of Heaven 24, An Unmarried Woman 20]
Actor: Jon Voight (Coming Home) 40
[Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story) 32, Robert DeNiro (The Deer Hunter) 19]
Actress: * Ingrid Bergman (Autumn Sonata) 14
[Jill Clayburgh (An Unmarried Woman) 4, Jane Fonda (Coming Home) 3]
Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) 35
[Richard Farnsworth (Comes a Horseman) 24, Barry Bostwick (Movie Movie) 23]
Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton (Interiors) 34
[Maggie Smith (California Suite) 26, Meryl Streep (The Deer Hunter) 25]
Director: Terence Malick (Days of Heaven) 29
[Paul Mazursky (An Unmarried Woman) 20, Ingmar Bergman (Autumn Sonata) 18]
Screenplay: An Unmarried Woman 30
[Movie Movie, Bread and Chocolate, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs 21]
Foreign Film: Bread and Chocolate 35
[Autumn Sonata 27, A Slave of Love 20]

Film: Kramer vs. Kramer 30
[Breaking Away 29, Manhattan 26]
Actor: * Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer) 13
[Peter Sellers (Being There) 3, Nick Nolte (North Dallas Forty) 2]
Actress: Sally Field (Norma Rae) 42
[Bette Midler (The Rose) 34, Hanna Schygulla (The Marriage of Maria Braun) 31]
Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas (Being There) 46
[Frederic Forrest (The Rose) 17, James Woods (The Onion Field) 16]
Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer) 33
[Meryl Streep (The Seduction of Joe Tynan) 32, Jane Alexander (Kramer vs. Kramer) 27]
Director: Woody Allen (Manhattan) 28
[Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) 23, Bob Fosse (All That Jazz) 13]
Screenplay: Breaking Away 41
[Manhattan 38, Being There 27]
Foreign Film: The Tree of Wooden Clogs 22
[La Cage aux Folles and Peppermint Soda 19, Soldier of Orange 18]

Film: Ordinary People 31
[Melvin and Howard 22, Raging Bull 12, Wise Blood 11, Mon Oncle D'Amerique 10, Dressed to Kill 10]
Actor: Robert DeNiro (Raging Bull) 33
[Robert Duvall (The Great Santini) 29, Peter O'Toole (The Stunt Man) 24]
Actress: Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter) 37
[Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin) 20, Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People) 10]
Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci (Raging Bull) 33
[Jason Robards (Melvin and Howard) 27, Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) 25]
Supporting Actress: Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard) 31
[Debra Winger (Urban Cowboy) 24, Mary Nell Santacroce (Wise Blood) 17, Eva La Galliene (Resurrection) 12]
Director: Jonathan Demme (Melvin and Howard) 27
[Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull) 25, Robert Redford (Ordinary People) 19, Brian dePalma (Dressed to Kill) 11]
Screenplay: Melvin and Howard 34
[Mon Oncle D'Amerique 19, Return of the Secaucus 7 17]
Foreign Film: Mon Oncle D'Amerique 28
[Breaker Morant 27, Tess 16]
Cinematography: * Tess
Documentary: * Best Boy

Film: Reds 37
[Prince of the City 25, Atlantic City 24, Chariots of Fire 23]
Actor: Burt Lancaster (Atlantic City) 58
[Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond) 27, Robert Duvall (True Confessions) 12]
Actress: Glenda Jackson (Stevie) 36
[Faye Dunaway (Mommie Dearest) 34, Diane Keaton (Reds) 15]
Supporting Actor: John Gielgud (Arthur) 36
[Jack Nicholson (Reds) 29, Jerry Ohrbach (Prince of the City) 28, Howard Rollins (Ragtime) 21]
Supporting Actress: Mona Washbourne (Stevie) 52
[Marilia Pera (Pixote) 19, Maureen Stapleton (Reds) 19]
Director: Sidney Lumet (Prince of the City) 33
[Louis Malle (Atlantic City) 26, Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) 25, Warren Beatty (Reds) 20]
Screenplay: Atlantic City 48
[Prince of the City 25, Pennies from Heaven 10, Arthur 10]
Foreign Film: Pixote 34
[Man of Iron 20, Man of Marble 20, The Last Metro 16]
Cinematography: Chariots of Fire

Film: Gandhi 36
[Tootsie 32, E.T.-The Extra-Terrestrial 28, Missing 11]
Actor: * Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) 14
[Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie) 5, Peter O'Toole (My Favorite Year) 2]
Actress: * Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice) 14
[Diane Keaton (Shoot the Moon) 3, Jessica Lange (Frances) 3]
Supporting Actor: John Lithgow (The World According to Garp) 33
[George Gaynes (Tootsie) 21, Robert Preston (Victor/Victoria) 20]
Supporting Actress: Jessica Lange (Tootsie) 39
[Glenn Close (The World According to Garp) 34]
Director: (run-off) Sydney Pollack (Tootsie) 14
[Steven Spielberg (E.T.-The Extra-Terrestrial 11]
Screenplay: Tootsie 42
[Diner 31]
Foreign Film: Time Stands Still 31
[Le Beau Marriage 24, Three Brothers 22]
Cinematography: Sophie's Choice 30
[Diva 20, Blade Runner 17]

Film: Terms of Endearment 35
[The Right Stuff 19, Silkwood 15]
Actor: Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)
[Gerard Depardieu (The Return of Martin Guerre)]
Actress: Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment) 32
[Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment) 30]
Supporting Actor: * Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment) 15
[Ed Harris (The Right Stuff) 4]
Supporting Actress: Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerously) 31
[Cher (Silkwood) 30]
Director: Ingmar Bergman (Fanny and Alexander) 38
[Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) 30
Screenplay: Local Hero 35
[Terms of Endearment 30]
Foreign Film: Fanny and Alexander
Cinematography: Zelig

Film: A Passage to India
[The Killing Fields, Stranger Than Paradise, Places in the Heart]
Actor: Steve Martin (All of Me)
[Albert Finney (Under the Volcano)]
Actress: Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India)
[Vanessa Redgrave (The Bostonians)]
Supporting Actor: Ralph Richardson (Greystoke)
[John Malkovich (Places in the Heart)
Supporting Actress: Christine Lahti (Swing Shift)
[Melanie Griffith (Body Double)]
Director: David Lean (A Passage to India)
[Bertrand Tavernier (A Sunday in the Country)]
Screenplay: Places in the Heart
Foreign Film: A Sunday in the Country
Cinematography: The Killing Fields
Documentary: The Times of Harvey Milk

Film: Prizzi's Honor
[The Purple Rose of Cairo, Out of Africa, Brazil]
Actor: Jack Nicholson (Prizzi's Honor)
[William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)]
Actress: Norma Aleandro (The Official Story)
[Meryl Streep (Out of Africa), Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful)]
Supporting Actor: Klaus-Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa)
[John Gielgud (Plenty)]
Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor)
Director: John Huston (Prizzi's Honor)
Screenplay: The Purple Rose of Cairo
Foreign Film: Ran
Cinematography: Out of Africa
Documentary: Shoah

Film: Hannah and Her Sisters
[Platoon, Blue Velvet, A Room With a View]
Actor: Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa)
[Paul Newman (The Color of Money), Jeff Goldblum (The Fly)]
Actress: Sissy Spacek (Crimes of the Heart)
[Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married, Chloe Webb (Sid and Nancy)]
Supporting Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room With A View)
[Andy Garicia (Eight Million Ways to Die)]
Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters)
[Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Color of Money)
Director: Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters)
[Oliver Stone (Platoon), David Lynch (Blue Velvet)]
Screenplay: My Beautiful Laundrette
[Hannah and Her Sisters]
Foreign Film: The Decline of the American Empire
Cinematography: A Room With A View
Documentary: Marlene

Film: Broadcast News
[The Dead, Hope and Glory]
Actor: Jack Nicholson (Ironweed and The Witches of Eastwick)
[Michael Douglas (Wall Street), William Hurt (Broadcast News)]
Actress: Holly Hunter (Broadcast News)
[Christine Lahti (Housekeeping), Maggie Smith (The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne)]
Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman (Street Smart)
[Sean Connery (The Untouchables)]
Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave (Prick Up Your Ears)
[Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck), Anjelica Huston (The Dead)]
Director: James L. Brooks (Broadcast News)
[John Huston (The Dead)]
Screenplay: Broadcast News
Foreign Film: My Life As A Dog
Cinematography: The Last Emperor

Film: The Accidental Tourist 27
[A World Apart 27, Dead Ringers 14, The Unbearable Lightness of Being 10, Mississippi Burning 8]
Actor: Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers) 26
[Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) 26, Tom Hanks (Big) 25, Gene Hackman (Mississippi Burning) 18]
Actress: Meryl Streep (A Cry in the Dark) 41
[Jodie Foster (The Accused) 24, Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) 16, Carmen Saura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) 16]
Supporting Actor: Dean Stockwell (Married to the Mob)
[Alec Guinness (Little Dorrit), Martin Landau (Tucker: The Man And His Dream), Tim Robbins (Bull Durham)]
Supporting Actress: Diane Venora (Bird)
[Jodhi May (A World Apart)]
Director: Chris Menges (A World Apart)
[Clint Eastwood (Bird), Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), Lawrence Kasdan (The Accidental Tourist)]
Screenplay: Bull Durham
[A World Apart, The Accidental Tourist]
Foreign Film: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
[Au Revoir, Les Enfants]
Cinematography: Wings of Desire
[The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Pelle the Conqueror]
Documentary: The Thin Blue Line

Film: My Left Foot 36
[Enemies, A Love Story 31, The Fabulous Baker Boys 27, Born on the Fourth of July 26, Do the Right Thing 24]
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)
[Tom Cruise (Born on the Fourth of July), Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy)]
Actress: Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys) 39
[Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy) 38, Andie McDowell (sex, lies and videotape) 13]
Supporting Actor: Alan Alda (Crimes and Misdemeanors)
[Denzel Washington (Glory), Marlon Brando (A Dry White Season)]
Supporting Actress: Lena Olin (Enemies, A Love Story) 40
[Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) 24, Laura san-Giacomo (sex, lies and videotape) 14]
Director: Paul Mazursky (Enemies, A Love Story) 32
[Brian dePalma (Casualties of War) 31, Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) 29]
Screenplay: Drugstore Cowboy
[sex, lies and videotape, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Do the Right Thing]
Foreign Film: The Story of Women
[Chocolat, Camille Claudel]
Cinematography: Do the Right Thing
[The Fabulous Baker Boys, Let's Get Lost]
Documentary: Roger and Me
New Director: Kenneth Branagh (Henry V)
[Steve Kloves (The Fabulous Baker Boys), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot)]

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