A good year for movies—Do The Right Thing, Cinema Paradiso, Crimes and Misdemeanors, When Harry Met Sally, sex lies and videotape, Field of Dreams, My Left Foot, The Killer, Glory, Roger & Me, Henry V, Driving Miss Daisy, Batman, Say Anything, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Kiki's Delivery Service, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure ... and on and on.
It was an even better for getting married. At least if you were Katie-Bar-The-Door and the Mythical Monkey.
P.S. I'm sure the head of my alternate Oscar pal, Erik Beck, will explode when he sees I didn't pick Denzel Washington's supporting performance in Glory—and I don't blame him. Let's just say I'm saving Denzel Washington's award for Malcolm X, which I think is the best performance of his career and the one I'd want you to see if you were only going to see one.
PICTURE (Drama) winner:Do The Right Thing (prod. Spike Lee)
PICTURE (Comedy/Musical) winner:When Harry Met Sally ... (prod. Rob Reiner and Andrew Scheinman)
Named for Katie-Bar-The-Door, the Katies are "alternate Oscars"—who should have been nominated, who should have won—but really they're just an excuse to write a history of the movies from the Silent Era to the present day.
To see a list of nominees and winners as well as links to my essays about them, click here.
Remember: There are no wrong answers, only movies you haven't seen yet.
The Silent Oscars
And don't forget to check out the Silent Oscars—my year-by-year choices for best picture, director and all four acting categories for the pre-Oscar years, 1902-1927.
Look at me—Joe College, with a touch of arthritis. Are my eyes really brown? Uh, no, they're green. Would we have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save a person from drowning? That's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it. Say, haven't you anything better to do than to keep popping in here early every morning and asking a lot of fool questions?