These are the 1981 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. . .


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Best Picture:

1. The Aviator’s Wife
2. Excalibur
3. Modern Romance
4. One from the Heart
5. Pennies from Heaven
6. Le Pont du Nord
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
8. Reds
9. The Road Warrior
10. They All Laughed

Best Director:

1. John Boorman, Excalibur
2. Albert Brooks, Modern Romance
3. Francis Ford Coppola, One from the Heart
4. Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Peter Bogdanovich, They All Laughed

Best Actor:

1. John Heard, Cutter’s Way
2. Jürgen Prochnow, Das Boot
3. Albert Brooks, Modern Romance
4. Steve Martin, Pennies from Heaven
5. Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Best Actress:

1. Kathleen Turner, Body Heat
2. Barbara Sukowa, Lola
3. Kara Hui, My Young Auntie
4. Karen Allen, Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Diane Keaton, Reds

Supporting Actor:

1. Nicol Williamson, Excalibur
2. Wang Lung-wei, Martial Club
3. Raúl Juliá, One from the Heart
4. Vernel Bagneris, Pennies from Heaven
5. Lam Ching-ying, The Prodigal Son

Supporting Actress:

1. Anne-Laure Meury, The Aviator’s Wife
2. Helen Mirren, Excalibur
3. Jessica Harper, Pennies from Heaven
4. Maureen Stapleton, Reds
5. Audrey Hepburn, They All Laughed

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Original Screenplay:

1. Eric Rohmer, The Aviator’s Wife
2. Albert Brooks & Monica Johnson, Modern Romance
3. Jacques Rivette, Le Pont du Nord
4. Warren Beatty & Trevor Griffiths, Reds
5. Peter Bogdanovich & Blaine Novak, They All Laughed

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, Cutter’s Way
2. Wolfgang Petersen, Das Boot
3. John Boorman & Rospo Pallenberg, Excalibur
4. Dennis Potter, Pennies from Heaven
5. Michael Mann, Thief

Non-English Language Film:

1. The Aviator’s Wife (Eric Rohmer)
2. Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
3. My Young Auntie (Lau Kar-leung)
4. Le Pont du Nord (Jacques Rivette)
5. The Prodigal Son (Sammo Hung) 

Animated Film:

1. The Fox and the Hound (Ted Berman, Richard Rich & Art Stevens)

Short Film:

1. The Garden of Earthly Delights (Stan Brakhage)

Unseen Film:

1. The Decline of Western Civilization (Penelope Spheeris)
2. Father and Son (Allen Fong)
3. Merry-Go-Round (Jacques Rivette)
4. Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrera)
5. The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui)

Also: The Howling (Joe Dante), Scanners (David Cronenberg), Too Early/Too Late (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet), The Imp (Dennis Yu), Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris), Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)

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Film Editing:

1. One from the Heart
2. Le Pont du Nord
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. Reds
5. The Road Warrior

Cinematography:

1. Excalibur
2. One from the Heart
3. Pennies from Heaven
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Reds

Art Direction:

1. Das Boot
2. Escape from New York
3. Excalibur
4. One from the Heart
5. Pennies from Heaven

Costume Design:

1. Escape from New York
2. Excalibur
3. My Young Auntie
4. One from the Heart
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Make-up:

1. An American Werewolf in London
2. Excalibur
3. One from the Heart
4. Pennies from Heaven
5. The Road Warrior

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Original Score:

1. Escape from New York
2. Excalibur
3. One from the Heart
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Thief

Adapted Score:

1. An American Werewolf in London
2. My Dinner with Andre
3. Pennies from Heaven
4. Reds
5. They All Laughed

Sound:

1. Das Boot
2. Excalibur
3. Le Pont du Nord
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Reds

Sound Editing:

1. Clash of the Titans
2. Das Boot
3. Escape from New York
4. Excalibur
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Visual Effects:

1. An American Werewolf in London
2. Clash of the Titans
3. Excalibur
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Time Bandits

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