Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (1986)

I saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986 along with everybody else, and thought it was very funny. And then I didn't see it again for twenty-five years. I figured a comedy about a rebellious high school student wouldn't resonate much in my middle aged brain. Boy, was I wrong. It's actually a very mature film with lessons that apply no matter what your age.

And it's still very funny.

1986 was a big year for writer-director John Hughes who had hits with both Bueller and Pretty in Pink. The latter features a fine performance by Molly Ringwald just before gravity plucked her career off the end of a table, but is otherwise marred by the casting choice of Jon Cryer as the boy who pines for her. The screenplay originally had Ringwald rejecting rich pretty boy Andrew McCarthy in favor of the true blue Cryer, but as you might expect, test audiences barfed and Hughes rewrote the final scene.

Cryer went on to an award-winning career playing Charlie Sheen's hapless little brother on Two and a Half Men; Hughes recycled the original ending (with the genders flipped) in Some Kind of Wonderful.

winner: Platoon (prod. Arnold Kopelson)

PICTURE (Comedy/Musical)
winner: Hannah And Her Sisters (prod. Robert Greenhut)

PICTURE (Foreign Language)
winner: Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (prod. Pierre Grunstein and Alain Poiré)

ACTOR (Drama)
winner: Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa)

ACTOR (Comedy/Musical)
winner: Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

winner: Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)

ACTRESS (Comedy/Musical)
winner: Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink)

winner: Oliver Stone (Platoon)

DIRECTOR (Comedy/Musical)
winner: Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters)

winner: Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet and Hoosiers)

winner: Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters)

winner: John Hughes (Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty in Pink)

1 comment:

mister muleboy said...

I propose some sort of honorary award for Sigourney Weaver's undershirt. . . .