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The Retroactive Film Awards Of 1982

I had hoped that 1982 would see a comeback for movies and performances, but it didn’t quite happen. The Retroactive Film Awards Of 1983 is the next best thing!

The year 1983 was somewhat mediocre as a year for film. My awards were tough to divvy out, but I am not discouraged. Hopefully 1982 will be a bounce back year for movies, and for performances worthy of awards. It’s time to get to my personal movie awards for 1982…fingers crossed.

Best Supporting Actress: Teri Garr, Tootsie

Teri Garr’s performance as Julie Nichols in Tootsie is one of the best supporting performances of all time.

She’s hilarious, she has great chemistry with Dustin Hoffman, and she brings a lot of heart to a role that could easily be one-note.

Jessica Lange also deserves recognition for her work in Tootsie. But when it comes down to it, Garr just felt more real and funny to me. She’s performing alongside guys who are known for their comedic chops, and she holds her own—and then some!

Best Supporting Actor: Wilfred Brimley, The Thing

In a movie full of big names, Wilfred Brimley stands out as the best supporting actor. He plays a man with an ulterior motive that he keeps secret until the very end, and it is a genuinely surprising twist. His performance is subtle and nuanced, and he manages to convey a lot of emotion with very little dialogue.

Best Actress: Dee Wallace, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Dee Wallace is the best lead actress in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial because she grounds Steven Spielberg’s beloved film.

She plays a divorced mother who is forced to deal with raising two kids and all the chaos that happens in the movie. She gives an emotional, gripping, heartfelt performance that makes you feel for her character, which is essential for a film like this one.

Best Actor: Steve Martin, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Steve Martin is my pick for Best Actor. Not because he’s the best actor, but because of the role he played in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.

Martin is carrying Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, a good but overlooked comedy movie. He plays a private eye in a parody of film noir, but a lot of the time he is acting against spliced in scenes from other noirs. So there’s Martin, and he’s acting “with” Humphrey Bogart, for example. That can’t be easy to do, and in a down year for leading men, I go with Martin.

Best Picture: My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year is about a writer who convinces Sid Ceasar to make a special episode of his show. The episode is to feature an Errol Flynn-type actor, but the actor is a drunk that Sid Ceasar has been trying to avoid for years.

The movie is funny at times and action heavy at others, but it’s really just a great movie all around. 1982 was filled with some really good movies, but none of them can compare to My Favorite Year.


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