These are the 1987 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 Rankings & 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. Broadcast News
2. City on Fire
3. Eastern Condors
4. Evil Dead II
5. Final Victory
6. Ishtar
7. Predator
8. The Princess Bride
9. Red Sorghum
10. Rouge

Best Director:

1. Ringo Lam, City on Fire
2. Sam Raimi, Evil Dead II
3. Elaine May, Ishtar
4. Stanley Kwan, Rouge
5. Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum

James L. Brooks becomes the first director to win the Best Picture Endy while not receiving a director nomination. It’s a tough category this year.

Best Actor:

1. William Hurt, Broadcast News
2. Chow Yun-fat, City on Fire
3. Christian Bale, Empire of the Sun
4. Eric Tsang, Final Victory
5. Jiang Wen, Red Sorghum

Best Actress:

1. Cherie Chung, An Autumn’s Tale
2. Holly Hunter, Broadcast News
3. Gong Li, Red Sorghum
4. Cher, Moonstruck
5. Anita Mui, Rouge

Supporting Actor:

1. Albert Brooks, Broadcast News
2. Robert Downey Jr, Less than Zero
3. Nicolas Cage, Moonstruck
4. Wallace Shawn, The Princess Bride
5. Richard E. Grant, Withnail & I

Supporting Actress:

1. Joey Wang, A Chinese Ghost Story
2. Holly Hunter, Raising Arizona
3. Lea Thompson, Some Kind of Wonderful
4. Anne Ramsey, Throw Momma from the Train
5. Susan Sarandon, The Witches of Eastwick


Original Screenplay:

1. James L. Brooks, Broadcast News
2. Ringo Lam & Tommy Sham, City of Fire
3. Wong Kar-wai, Final Victory
4. Elaine May, Ishtar
5. Joel & Ethan Coen, Raising Arizona

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Tom Stoppard, Empire of the Sun
2. William Goldman, The Princess Bride
3. Chen Jianyu & Zhu Wei, Red Sorghum
4. Lillian Lee Pik Wah & Chiu Kang Chien, Rouge
5. Michael Cristofer, The Witches of Eastwick

Non-English Language Film:

1. City on Fire (Ringo Lam)
2. Final Victory (Patrick Tam)
3. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Eric Rohmer)
4. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)
5. Rouge (Stanley Kwan)

Non-Fiction Film:

1. Heaven (Diane Keaton)

Animated Film:

1. Neo Tokyo (Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Rintaro, & Yoshiaki Kawajiri)

Unseen Film:

1. Border Radio (Allison Anders)
2. The Dead (John Huston)
3. Hollywood Shuffle (Robert Townsend)
4. Osmanthus Alley (Chen Kun-hou)
5. Where is the Friend’s Home? (Abbas Kiarostami)

Honorable Mentions: King Lear (Jean-Luc Godard), The Belly of an Architect (Peter Greenaway), The Sicilian (Michael Cimino), Sign O’ the Times (Prince), Straight to Hell (Alex Cox), Tragic Hero (Taylor Wong), Walker (Alex Cox), Under the Sun of Satan (Maurice Pialat), House of Games (David Mamet), The Year My Voice Broke (John Duigan)


Film Editing:

1. City on Fire
2. Predator
3. Prince of Darkness
4. Raising Arizona
5. Red Sorghum


1. City on Fire
2. Empire of the Sun
3. Full Metal Jacket
4. Red Sorghum
5. Rouge

Art Direction:

1. A Chinese Ghost Story
2. Empire of the Sun
3. The Last Emperor
4. The Princess Bride
5. Red Sorghum

Costume Design:

1. A Chinese Ghost Story
2. The Last Emperor
3. The Princess Bride
4. Rouge
5. Spaceballs


1. Broadcast News
2. A Chinese Ghost Story
3. Evil Dead II
4. Predator
5. Spaceballs


Original Score:

1. City on Fire
2. Ishtar
3. Prince of Darkness
4. The Princess Bride
5. Rouge

Adapted Score:

1. Dirty Dancing
2. Good Morning, Vietnam
3. Less than Zero
4. Moonstruck
5. Radio Days


1. Broadcast News
2. City on Fire
3. Full Metal Jacket
4. Prince of Darkness
5. RoBoCop

Sound Editing:

1. City on Fire
2. Full Metal Jacket
3. Predator
4. Prince of Darkness
5. RoBoCop

Visual Effects:

1. A Chinese Ghost Story
2. Evil Dead II
3. Innerspace
4. Predator
5. RoBoCop


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