These are the 1994 Endy Awards, wherein I pretend to give out maneki-neko statues to the best in that year in film. Awards for many other years can be found in the Endy Awards Index. Eligibility is determined by imdb date and by whether or not I’ve seen the movie in question. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order and the winners are bolded. And the Endy goes to. . .

Best Picture:

1. Ashes of Time
2. Chungking Express
3. Drunken Master II
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Sátántangó

Best Director:

1. Wong Kar-wai, Ashes of Time
2. Wong Kar-wai, Chungking Express
3. Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
4. Béla Tarr, Sátántangó
5. Krzysztof Kieslowski, Three Colors: Red

Best Actor:

1. Jackie Chan, Drunken Master II
2. Johnny Depp, Ed Wood
4. Sam Neill, In the Mouth of Madness
5. Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption
5. Zbigniew Zamachowski, Three Colors: White

Best Actress:

1. Faye Wong, Chungking Express
2. Anita Yuen, He’s a Woman, She’s a Man
3. Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction
4. Juliet Aubrey, Middlemarch
5. Rena Owen, Once Were Warriors

Supporting Actor:

1. John Hannah, Four Weddings and a Funeral
2. Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction
3. Paul Scofield, Quiz Show
4. David Strathairn, The River Wild
5. Kevin Spacey, Swimming with Sharks

Supporting Actress:

1. Brigitte Lin, Chungking Express
2. Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hudsucker Proxy
3. Kirsten Dunst, Interview with a Vampire
4. Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction
5. Sandra Bullock, Speed

Jennifer Jason Leigh might be deserving of a nomination this year for playing Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, but I’ve never managed to stay awake all the way through that movie (I haven’t tried in 15 years though). She’s great as Rosalind Russell/Glenda Farrell in Hudsucker.

Original Screenplay:

1. Wong Kar-wai, Chungking Express
2. The Coen Brothers & Sam Raimi, The Hudsucker Proxy
3. Michael de Luca, In the Mouth of Madness
4. Isao Takahata, Pom Poko
5. Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Wong Kar-wai, Ashes of Time
2. Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Ed Wood
3. Paul Attanasio, Quiz Show
4. László Krasznahorkai & Béla Tarr, Sátántangó
5. Frank Darabont, The Shawshank Redemption

Non-English Language Film:

1. Ashes of Time
2. Chungking Express
3. Drunken Master II
4. Sátántangó
5. Three Colors: Red

Non-Fiction Film:

1. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
2. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
3. That’s Entertainment III (Bud Friedgen & Michael J. Sheridan)

Animated Film:

1. Pom Poko (Isao Takahata)

Unseen Film:

1. Amateur (Hal Hartley)
2. Queen Margot (Patrice Chéreau)
3. Serial Mom (John Waters)
4. Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)
5. Vive l’amour (Tsai Ming-liang)

I thought I had this year pretty well covered, but of the 88 movies I’ve seen, a lot of them are just terrible. Five great looking movies for me to watch here.

 

Cinematography:

1. Ashes of Time
2. Chungking Express
3. Exotica
4. Sátántangó
5. Three Colors: Red

Film Editing:

1. Ashes of Time
2. Chungking Express
3. Drunken Master II
4. Hoop Dreams
5. Pulp Fiction

Original Score:

1. Ed Wood
2. Exotica
3. The Hudsucker Proxy
4. Sátántangó
5. Three Colors: Red

Adapted Score:

1. Chungking Express
2. The Crow
3. Natural Born Killers
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Reality Bites

A fantastic year for compiled soundtracks, I had to leave out Forrest Gump, PCU, Above the Rim, Immortal Beloved and Clerks.

Art Direction:

1. Ashes of Time
2. The Crow
3. Ed Wood
4. The Hudsucker Proxy
5. Sátántangó

Costume Design:

1. Ashes of Time
2. Ed Wood
3. The Hudsucker Proxy
4. Little Women
5. Quiz Show

Make-up:

1. The Crow
2. Ed Wood
3. Natural Born Killers
4. Speed
5. Wolf

Sound Design:

1. Ashes of Time
2. Chungking Express
3. Natural Born Killers
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Sátántangó

Sound Editing:

1. Natural Born Killers
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Speed
4. Star Trek: Generations
5. True Lies

Visual Effects:

1. Forrest Gump
2. The Mask
3. Star Trek: Generations
4. True Lies
5. Wolf

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