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Best Picture from 1986

If you could award the Best Picture Oscar to any movie made in 1986, which would it be?

Here are your choices:

Top Gun, Stand By Me, Star Trek 4 - The Voyage Home, Peggy Sue Got Married, Aliens, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, About Last Night, Karate Kid 2, Platoon, The Hitcher, The Money Pit, Heartbreak Ridge, The Color of Money, Hannah and Her Sisters, Children of a Lesser God, Little Shop of Horrors, Blue Velvet, Crocodile Dundee, Three Amigos, Back to School, Ruthless People, The Golden Child, 9 1/2 Weeks, Hoosiers, Howard the Duck, Clan of the Cave Bear, The Fly, Shanghai Surprise, or Fievel: An American Tail.

So many good movies, but you can choose only one.

by Anonymousreply 9105/24/2020

List of films from 1986.

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by Anonymousreply 101/08/2020

I absolutely loved Peggy Sue Got Married, The Money Pit, Ruthless People, Back to School, and Little Shop of Horrors.

I can watch those movies over and over again.

by Anonymousreply 201/08/2020

Blue Velvet.

by Anonymousreply 301/08/2020

Hollywood has never recovered from the effects of Coca-Cola owning a movie studio and buying up a bunch of other independent production companies during that time.

by Anonymousreply 401/08/2020

Blue Velvet for its influence.

Aliens because it remains entertaining and Sigourney Weaver's performance is iconic.

Agree with r2 about Peggy Sue Got Married and Ruthless People. I think Peggy Sue Got Married is the best in that genre of films of people going back in time (ie Back to the Future) or becoming a different age (Big). Kathleen Turner's performance was wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 501/08/2020

Star Trek IV was the best of all Star Trek movies made thus far, in my opinion.

by Anonymousreply 601/08/2020

Why not use the poll format so we could see the "winner?"

by Anonymousreply 701/08/2020

Aliens, hands down.

Followed by Hannah and Her Sisters

by Anonymousreply 801/08/2020

Little Shop of Horrors

by Anonymousreply 901/08/2020

Blue Velvet. Runner up (sorry) Little Shop of Horrors.

by Anonymousreply 1001/08/2020

What a shitty year that was. I'd go with Stand By Me and then Blue Velvet.

by Anonymousreply 1101/08/2020

Hannah and Her Sisters, then Color of Money.

by Anonymousreply 1201/08/2020

[quote]Fievel: An American Tail.

And what was I, chopped liver?

by Anonymousreply 1301/08/2020

Howard the Duck: seriously underrated

by Anonymousreply 1401/08/2020

Based on the movies in the OP's list, top would be Hannah - followed (very closely) by Peggy Sue

However, based on the link @ R1, it's The Fly

by Anonymousreply 1501/08/2020

Team Hannah., That's' where is was introduced to Dianne Wiest and was a forever fan thereafter

by Anonymousreply 1601/08/2020

Another vote for Aliens.

by Anonymousreply 1701/08/2020

[quote] Blue Velvet for its influence.

Long-term influence cannot be judged at the time of a film's release. That's something that's evidence in hindsight. See also: the 1968 Oscars. [italic]Oliver![/italic] won Best Picture, but it was one of the best and last of a dying breed, but [italic]2001: A Space Odyssey[/italic], not even nominated for the top prize, had an undeniable impact on subsequent films and on how we perceive the universe outside the planet Earth.

by Anonymousreply 1801/08/2020

ALIENS!!! no contest

by Anonymousreply 1901/08/2020

A Room with a View.

by Anonymousreply 2001/08/2020

More good movies in that one year than in the past decade.

by Anonymousreply 2101/08/2020

Agree Aliens or Blue Velvet have stood up the best and have the best long term impact. But I'd also like to give a shout out to the Hitcher which is about as perfect as a genre film can be.

by Anonymousreply 2201/08/2020

Aliens illustrates the long term genre bias that exists against science fiction/action/horror films which are dismissed as entertaining but unimportant and unworthy of any recognition other than for special effects, makeup, editing or sound. The financial rewards and popularity are deemed sufficient, and artistic achievement is overlooked.

by Anonymousreply 2301/08/2020

And your point is, r18? The movie came out in 1986. It's been 34 fucking years.

Hence, its influence. Blue Velvet is an influential film.

by Anonymousreply 2401/08/2020

This is why the Academy should have gone ahead and created a 'popular' film category

by Anonymousreply 2501/08/2020

Earnest question, how has "Blue Velvet" been influential?

by Anonymousreply 2601/08/2020

A couple reasons: It updates classic film noir to the modern era, introduces symbolic and surrealistic imagery into the mainstream, Filled with taboo busting themes and also darkly funny as hell. It immerses you into a fever dream world and hopefully makes you reflect on how strange the real world is. Blade Runner does much the same.

by Anonymousreply 2701/08/2020

Shanghai Surprise lol (I've still never seen it)

But my choice is Blue Velvet. Something Wild should be on the list as well.

by Anonymousreply 2801/08/2020

Another Blue Velvet vote for artistic value. Though I did love Top Gun for popcorn fun.

by Anonymousreply 2901/08/2020

hey George lucas how did u make such a fukiin flop like HOWARD THE DUCK????

by Anonymousreply 3001/08/2020

Room with a View.....or Peggy sue....movies with heart, and durability over the decades

by Anonymousreply 3101/08/2020

Not a better scene from any movie of '86

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by Anonymousreply 3201/08/2020

Yet another vote for Aliens.

by Anonymousreply 3301/09/2020

Peggy Sue Got Married and Aliens are both wonderful movies. How did neither Kathleen Turner not Sigourney Weaver win? Performances for the ages.

by Anonymousreply 3401/09/2020

Hannah or Aliens for sheer rewatchability. Once was enough for Blue Velvet, which I agree is great.

by Anonymousreply 3501/09/2020

The Fly for being a great take on disease and ageing.

by Anonymousreply 3601/09/2020

The Karate Kid

by Anonymousreply 3701/09/2020

I loved Peggy Sue Got Married, the scene when she speaks to her grandmother on the phone always stayed with me.

by Anonymousreply 3801/09/2020

hey queens, u wanna see best movie of this year? I was shocked how suspenseful 1917 was. BEST ! cute boy who plays the lead is unreal, all the shit he has to go thru to......get to the end. trust, it aint ur typical war flick which I hate

by Anonymousreply 3901/09/2020

My top 3 would be:

The Fly


Something Wild

by Anonymousreply 4001/09/2020

The Name of the Rose.

by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

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by Anonymousreply 4101/09/2020

For some of the clunkers the OP dredged up, you might as well have submitted [italic]The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 4201/09/2020

Castle in the Sky

by Hayao Miyazaki

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by Anonymousreply 4301/09/2020

In hindsight, Blue Velvet. On the basis of how much I enjoyed the movie at the time, Hannah and Her Sisters or Aliens.

by Anonymousreply 4401/09/2020

No love for "Children of a Lesser God"?

I loved Marlee Matlin in that movie.

by Anonymousreply 4501/09/2020

R32, that was amazing!

by Anonymousreply 4601/09/2020

You can see how Hairspray! (2007) totally stole from that movie at R32.

by Anonymousreply 4701/09/2020

R18 and R22 I totally agree with you.

by Anonymousreply 4801/09/2020

[quote]On the basis of how much I enjoyed the movie at the time, Hannah and Her Sisters or Aliens.

Too bad there was not yet MAD TV to mash them up as [italic]Hannah and Her Aliens[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 4901/09/2020

[quote]You can see how Hairspray! (2007) totally stole from that movie at [R32].

They also borrowed from the movie of [italic]Hello, Dolly![/italic] with everyone on the street moving in rhythm to the background music before Dolly shows up.

by Anonymousreply 5001/09/2020

Marlee Matlin was really good in "Children of a Lesser God."

The whole movie was special. Didn't it get nominated for Academy Awards?

by Anonymousreply 5101/09/2020

Which of these movies were actual Academy Award nominees?

by Anonymousreply 5201/09/2020

[quote] Which of these movies were actual Academy Award nominees?

It's pretty easy to pick out which ones decidedly were not.

And it makes me think 1986 was kind of a lackluster year in films compared to 1982, 1985, or 1988.

by Anonymousreply 5301/09/2020

1986 Academy Award Nominees:

Out of Africa (Winner)

The Color Purple

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Prizzi's Honor


by Anonymousreply 5401/09/2020

Those movies were from 1985, R54.

To see the movies from 1986, you'd have to list the 1987 Academy Award nominees:

Platoon (Winner)

Children of a Lesser God

Hannah and Her Sisters

The Mission

A Room With a View

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by Anonymousreply 5501/09/2020

Best Actor: Paul Newman (Color of Money)

Best Actress: Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters)

Best Supporting Actress: Dianne Weist (Hannah and Her Sisters)

Best Director: Oliver Stone (Platoon)

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by Anonymousreply 5601/09/2020

Best Original Song: "Take My Breath Away" (Top Gun)

Now THAT one deserved the Academy Award.

by Anonymousreply 5701/09/2020

No, R57, it did not. "Somewhere Out There" and "Glory of Love" were superior songs that have aged better. That was the weakest winner since "You Light Up My Life."

by Anonymousreply 5801/09/2020

Take My Breath Away is an 80's classic, and it is still played regularly on radio stations.

Somewhere Out There and Glory of Love are obscure, and nowhere to be found, any more.


by Anonymousreply 5901/09/2020

Radio is irrelevant in 2020. You don't have to be tied to the limited imaginations of the soulless corporate drones from iHeartMedia who pick the watered-down and basic 1980s playlists, that is, for stations that ever play anything before Kurt Cobain offed himself and the whole music industry just said "I give up." But musically speaking, "Take My Breath Away" is a pretty pedestrian and rather dull song. Even the bass line just copies the melody. What hackery! This is not even good songwriting, never mind the best of the year.

"Somewhere Out There" is a beautiful song that almost sounds like a standard by comparison. For then-current pop/rock, "Glory of Love" also is a catchier song, period, with a more memorable lyrics and melody.

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by Anonymousreply 6001/09/2020

"Stand By Me," one of the best coming of age movies, based on the Stephen King novella, "The Body." Great performances by young artists Will Wheaton, River Phoenix and Kiefer Sutherland. It also kick-started Rob Reiner's directorial career.

by Anonymousreply 6101/09/2020

In "Little Shop Of Horrors" that whole downtown was built on a soundstage. That should have won the Best Art Direction Oscar but wasn't even nominated but "The Color Of Money", "Hannah And Her Sisters", "The Mission", "Aliens" and the winner "A Room With A View", were ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 6201/09/2020

I could not stomach "Blue Velvet." Please choose something else.

by Anonymousreply 6301/09/2020

No love for [italic]Flight of the Navigator[/italic], a movie actually directed by a gay man?

by Anonymousreply 6401/09/2020

A number of other good movies were left off the list.

"Legal Eagles," with Robert Redford and Deborah Winger.

"Jumpin' Jack Flash," with Whoopi Goldberg.

"Lucas," with Corey Haim and Charlie Sheen.

"The Mosquito Coast," with Harrison Ford and River Phoenix.

All of these were excellent movies, too.

by Anonymousreply 6501/09/2020

Having just left the East Village in '85, I saw Hannah and Her Sisters countless times on the big screen in its first run. Still it hasn't worn as well as Blue Velvet, though I too found so much over the top Lynch difficult to digest back then.

What I'd watch on the big screen again, in no particular order:

Something Wild

My Beautiful Laundrette (not released in the US until '86)

A Room with a View

Castle in the Sky

Flight of the Navigator



The Hitcher

Mona Lisa

Parting Glances

The Morning After



River's Edge

Down by Law

Sid and Nancy

The Color of Money

Chilldren of a Lesser God

Absolute Beginners

Cat City

The Mosquito Coast

The Mission

The Year of Enlightenment

by Anonymousreply 6601/09/2020

The Hitcher was great, just for the homoeroticism between Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell.

by Anonymousreply 6701/09/2020

You plebs have an awful taste! 67 replies and not one mention of "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources", which are hands down the best two films of 1986 (or a film, because they were like one film split in two). But at least the masterpiece that is "Something Wild" has been mentioned a few times. That was definitely Melanie Griffith's finest hour.

by Anonymousreply 6801/09/2020

I think it was her second best performance--after Working Girl. "I have a head for business and a body for sin"

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by Anonymousreply 6901/09/2020

[quote]You plebs have an awful taste! 67 replies and not one mention of "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources"

Hinky Dinky Parlez Vous.

by Anonymousreply 7001/09/2020

Those came and went quickly without much stir or fanfare in San Francisco, R68, to the extent that I've never seen them, will change that by seeing them via Amazon. I'd love to see Pagnol's original Manon.

Also worth a mention is 'Round Midnight.

by Anonymousreply 7101/09/2020

"Little Shop of Horrors"!

It's an absolutely superb film, a great musical with a catchy, totally singable score, mind-boggling special effects, and some hilarious comedy scenes. And real depth, as it's a musical comedy version about a man being offered a chance to sell his soul. It's one of the best musicals of all times, it has stood the test of time, it's one of the best movies of the 80s, and is IMHO the Best Picture of 1986.

Fucking AMPAS was blind to its greatness, of course.

by Anonymousreply 7201/09/2020

R68 is an anti-American bigot.

by Anonymousreply 7301/09/2020

[quote] Fucking AMPAS was blind to its greatness, of course.

Their decisions are always mind-boggling.

Like "Chicago" winning best picture in 2002.

They are so completely out of touch with what regular people like.

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by Anonymousreply 7401/09/2020

Hannah and Her Sisters

by Anonymousreply 7501/09/2020

I never actually saw Platoon.

Was it a good movie?

by Anonymousreply 7601/09/2020

Michael Caine was the one who introduced Woody and Mia to each other. I wonder how he feels about that now.

by Anonymousreply 7701/09/2020

By today's standards, I think that the Best Picture nominees would be:

Stand By Me

Peggy Sue Got Married


Top Gun

Ferris Beuller's Day Off

by Anonymousreply 7801/09/2020

A Room with a View


Don't tell ME I can only choose one, OP, you silly ass.

by Anonymousreply 7901/09/2020

I lost all respect for James Ivory for his complicity in CMBYN.

by Anonymousreply 8001/09/2020

[quote] Don't tell ME I can only choose one, OP, you silly ass

But those are the Academy rules.

As far as I can tell, there has never been a TIE for an Oscar. You MUST choose only one winner.

by Anonymousreply 8101/09/2020

Au contraire, R81...

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by Anonymousreply 8201/09/2020

[quote]Michael Caine was the one who introduced Woody and Mia to each other. I wonder how he feels about that now.

Where did you hear that? Mia made "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy' in '82 then "Zelig' ,"Broadway Danny Rose" & "The Purple Rose of Cairo" before they all worked together in "Hannah and Her Sisters".

by Anonymousreply 8301/09/2020

[quote] I think it was her second best performance--after Working Girl. "I have a head for business and a body for sin

She was great in both of them but I still think Something Wild was the best thing she ever did. And that constant throat clearing thing she did in WG (probably caused by one cocaine line too many) was slightly annoying.

Something Wild also had one of the best closing credits sequence ever:

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by Anonymousreply 8401/09/2020

i got really stoned and went to see Platoon...bad idea. Very intense movie.

by Anonymousreply 8501/10/2020

Howard the Duck destroyed my career!!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 8601/10/2020

That was fucking cringe worthy at R86.

No wonder Lea disappeared from movies.

by Anonymousreply 8701/10/2020

Melanie gave us a trinity of great performances in the ‘80s.

Body Double, Something Wild and Working Girl.

by Anonymousreply 8801/10/2020

Blue Velvet is free on Vudu, watching it now!

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by Anonymousreply 8905/24/2020

Definitely Hannah and her Sisters by a country mile, then the Color of Money.

by Anonymousreply 9005/24/2020

I can't even remember "Glory Of Love." "Somewhere Out There" was Lite FM secretary music. "Take My Breath Away" was a fabulous song and has become a classic. One of the few times the Academy got it right when it came to Best Original Song.

Sigourney should've won Best Actress. I recently re-watched Aliens and god does that film still hold up. Given the limited special effects technology at the time, they did an amazing job.

by Anonymousreply 9105/24/2020
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