These are the 1979 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. Alien
2. All that Jazz
3. Apocalypse Now
4. The Black Stallion
5. Dirty Ho
6. Legend of the Mountain
7. The Life of Brian
8. Manhattan
9. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
10. Stalker

Best Director:

1. Ridley Scott, Alien
2. Bob Fosse, All that Jazz
3. Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now
4. Lau Kar-leung, Dirty Ho
5. King Hu, Legend of the Mountain

Best Actor:

1. Roy Scheider, All that Jazz
2. Martin Sheen, Apocalypse Now
3. Gordon Liu, Dirty Ho
4. Shih Chun, Legend of the Mountain
5. Graham Chapman, Life of Brian

Best Actress:

1. Sigourney Weaver, Alien
2. Bernadette Peters, The Jerk
3. Hsu Feng, Legend of the Mountain
4. Diane Keaton, Manhattan
5. PJ Soles, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Supporting Actor:

1. Ian Holm, Alien
2. Marlon Brando, Apocalypse Now
3. Dennis Hopper, Apocalypse Now
4. Eric Idle, The Life of Brian
5. Lau Kar-leung, Mad Monkey Kung Fu

Supporting Actress:

1. Ann Reinking, All that Jazz
2. Shirley MacLaine, Being There
3. Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer
4. Sylvia Chang, Legend of the Mountain
5. Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan

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Original Screenplay:

1. Dan O’Bannon, Alien
2. Robert Alan Aurthur & Bob Fosse, All that Jazz
3. King Hu, Legend of the Mountain
4. Monty Python, Life of Brian
5. Richard Whitley, Russ Dvonch & Joseph McBride, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Adapted Screenplay:

1. John Milius & Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now
2. Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg & William D. Wittliff, The Black Stallion
3. Jack Burns & Jerry Juhl, The Muppet Movie
4. Arkady Strugatsky & Boris Strugatsky, Stalker
5. David Shaber & Walter Hill, The Warriors

Non-English Language Film:

1. Cops and Robbers (Alex Cheung)
2. Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung)
3. Legend of the Mountain (King Hu)
4. Raining in the Mountain (King Hu)
5. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)

Animated Film:

1. The Castle of Cagliostro (Hayao Miyazaki)

Unseen Film:

1. 1941 (Steven Spielberg)
2. The Battle of Chile: Part III (Patricio Guzmán)
3. The Driller Killer (Abel Ferrara)
4. Vengeance is Mine (Shōhei Imamura)
5. Wise Blood (John Huston)

Also: Real Life (Albert Brooks), The Tempest (Derek Jarman), Woyzeck (Werner Herzog), Quintet (Robert Altman), Hardcore (Paul Schrader)

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Film Editing:

1. All that Jazz
2. Apocalypse Now
3. Dirty Ho
4. Legend of the Mountain
5. The Odd Couple

Cinematography:

1. Apocalypse Now
2. The Black Stallion
3. Legend of the Mountain
4. Manhattan
5. Stalker

Art Direction:

1. Alien
2. All that Jazz
3. Apocalypse Now
4. Life of Brian
5. Raining in the Mountain

Costume Design:

1. All that Jazz
2. Dirty Ho
3. Life of Brian
4. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
5. The Warriors

Make-up:

1. Alien
2. All that Jazz
3. Apocalypse Now
4. Legend of the Mountain
5. Nosferatu, the Vampyre

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Original Score:

1. All that Jazz
2. The Black Hole
3. Legend of the Mountain
4. Life of Brian
5. The Muppet Movie

Adapted Score:

1. All that Jazz
2. Apocalypse Now
3. Manhattan
4. Nosferatu, the Vampyre
5. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Sound:

1. Alien
2. All that Jazz
3. Apocalypse Now
4. Legend of the Mountain
5. Stalker

Sound Editing:

1. Alien
2. All that Jazz
3. Apocalypse Now
4. The Black Hole
5. The Black Stallion

Visual Effects:

1. Alien
2. The Black Hole
3. Legend of the Mountain
4. Nosferatu, the Vampyre
5. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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