It’s time for our favorite time of the year, the launch of the Awards Circuit Community Awards! This time, we’re jumping into ACCA 1993. The year is a fairly strong one for film, with Steven Spielberg leading the way. Before we jump into a review of the year, let’s look at how ACCA runs.
This time around, we’re doing things a little bit different. In years past, we’ve opened up the voting with the use of polls. However, this time we’re running the vote through the Awards Circuit Circuit Center! This gives you the ability to rank your nominees and ensure we only have one vote per Awards Circuit reader. You’ll be able to see how other readers are ranking categories, as well as look over hundreds of potential nominees. You’ll be able to vote for five nominees in each category, including Best Picture.
Review of 1993
With that in mind, let’s dive into a quick review of what 1993 looked like on film. We’ll highlight a few films that have enduring legacies, and how they were received by Oscar upon their release. Based on IMDB’s Top 250 films of all times, four films made the cut. Those four are “Schindler’s List,” “Jurassic Park,” “Groundhog Day” and “In the Name of the Father.” However, that undersells a year that features some extremely diverse films. There are several other acting showcases, including “Philadelphia,” “Fearless,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”
Period dramas were also in style, as seen with films like “The Piano,” “Remains of the Day” and “Shadowlands.” Big-time directors like Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman found love for “The Age of Innocence” and “Short Cuts,” respectively. Cult classics like “True Romance,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Benny and Joon,” “Army of Darkness,” “Rudy” and “Tombstone” could all make waves. Comedy also had a banner year, with “Groundhog Day,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” Foreign films also shined in 1993, with both “Farewell My Concubine” and “Three Colors: Blue” making waves at the Oscars.
These are just some of the films that you should be checking out, and we’re going to give you a couple of weeks to try to catch up on films you’ve missed. We’re going to close voting on April 14, so expect to hear the nominees on the podcast the following week. Make sure you catch up on the films of the year and make your case for your favorite nominations! Post your FYCs on the Awards Circuit Message Boards, and in the comments below!