ACCA 1993 Voting Open: Preview, New System and Quick Review

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.”

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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!

What do you think? Who will be the ACCA 1993 Best Picture winner? Who are you rooting for? Let us know on the Awards Circuit Message Boards and the comments below!

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About Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. He graduated from Florida State University in 2013, and received his MA from the University of Central Florida in 2015. His all-time favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'M*A*S*H,' and 'Game of Thrones.' You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.
  • Spencer

    For Your Consideration:

    BEST PICTURE
    “Groundhog Day”
    “In the Name of the Father”
    “The Piano”
    “The Remains of the Day”
    “Schindler’s List”

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Harold Ramis — “Groundhog Day”
    Jim Sheridan — “In the Name of the Father”
    Jane Campion — “The Piano”
    James Ivory — “The Remains of the Day”
    Steven Spielberg — “Schindler’s List”

    BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
    Daniel Day-Lewis — “In the Name of the Father”
    Tom Hanks — “Philadelphia”
    Anthony Hopkins — “The Remains of the Day”
    Liam Neeson — “Schindler’s List”
    Robin Williams — “Mrs. Doubtfire”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
    Angela Bassett — “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”
    Stockard Channing — “Six Degrees of Separation”
    Holly Hunter — “The Piano”
    Emma Thompson — “The Remains of the Day”
    Debra Winger — “Shadowlands”

    BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Leonardo DiCaprio — “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”
    Ralph Fiennes — “Schindler’s List”
    Richard Jordan — “Gettysburg”
    John Malkovich — “In the Line of Fire”
    Pete Postlethwaite — “In the Name of the Father”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    Holly Hunter — “The Firm”
    Anna Paquin — “The Piano”
    Rosie Perez — “Fearless”
    Winona Ryder — “The Age of Innocence”
    Emma Thompson — “In the Name of the Father”

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    “Dave”
    “Groundhog Day”
    “In the Line of Fire”
    “The Piano”
    “Sleepless in Seattle”

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    “The Age of Innocence”
    “Gettysburg”
    “In the Name of the Father”
    “The Remains of the Day”
    “Schindler’s List”

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    “The Fugitive”
    “The Piano”
    “Searching for Bobby Fisher”
    “Schindler’s List”
    “Three Colors: Blue”

    BEST ART DIRECTION-SET DECORATION
    “Addams Family Values”
    “The Age of Innocence”
    “Orlando”
    “The Remains of the Day”
    “Schindler’s List”

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    “The Age of Innocence”
    “Orlando”
    “The Piano”
    “The Remains of the Day”
    “Schindler’s List”

    BEST SOUND
    “Cliffhanger”
    “The Fugitive”
    “Geronimo: An American Legend”
    “Jurassic Park”
    “Schindler’s List”

    BEST FILM EDITING
    “The Fugitive”
    “In the Line of Fire”
    “In the Name of the Father”
    “The Piano”
    “Schindler’s List”

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    “Cliffhanger”
    “Jurassic Park”
    “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

    BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
    “Mrs. Doubtfire”
    “Philadelphia”
    “Schindler’s List”

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
    John Williams — “Jurassic Park”
    Michael Nyman — “The Piano”
    Jerry Goldsmith — “Rudy”
    John Williams — “Schindler’s List”
    Zbigniew Preisner — “Three Colors: Blue”

  • Joey Magidson

    Enjoy!

  • Giulio Bonanno

    For your kindest consideration:

    “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Adapted Screenplay, Editing or Visual Effects!
    “Cronos” (Guillermo del Toro) in some category, pleeeeease!
    “Searching for Bobby Fischer” for Adapted Screenplay and Cinematography (Max Pomeranc in Best Actor would be a great and deserved surprise too)
    Kaoru Wada’s score for “Ninja Scroll”

  • Eric Fremen

    1) Jurassic Park, The Piano, and Schindler’s List should all be in for Best Score. A nod for John Barry’s gorgeous score to Indecent Proposal would be great, too
    2) Joan Cusack (or even Christina Ricci) for Best Supporting Actress (Addams Family Values)…Such a superior sequel, I’d put it in for Adapted Screenplay, Hair and Makeup, Visual Effects, and even Art-Direction!
    3) Hocus Pocus in for Costume Design and Hair and Makeup
    4) Robin Williams in Best Actor (Mrs. Doubtfire)…please!!!
    5) Searching for Bobby Fischer not only in Cinematography, but also at LEAST Adapted Screenplay as well. Def in my Top 10 of the year, too.

    It’s too bad you guys don’t have the Original Song category. A lot of great songs this year. My top 5 (although 4 and 5 are lesser known, but I love them):
    1) “Streets of Philadelphia” (Philadelphia)
    2) “Philadelphia” (Philadelphia)
    3) “What’s This?” (Nightmare Before Christmas)
    4) “Come Little Children” (Hocus Pocus)
    5) “Hanging On For Dear Life” (My Boyfriend’s Back)
    ———————-
    Also:
    “This is Halloween” (Nightmare Before Christmas)
    “Oogie Boogie’s Song” (Nightmare Before Christmas)
    “A Wink and a Smile” (Sleepless in Seattle)
    “I Don’t Wanna Fight” (What’s Love Got to Do With It)
    “Once Upon a Time with Me” (Once Upon a Forest)
    “Winter Light” (The Secret Garden)

    Too bad “Will You Be There” (from Free Willy) isn’t eligible. I bet it would have shown up at the Oscars that year. It was a huge memorable song from a hit movie.

  • cine314 d

    PENELOPE CRUZ – BELLE EPOQUE

  • Baggins

    For Your Consideration

    BEST PICTURE
    Dazed and Confused
    Jurassic Park
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Philadelphia
    Schindler’s List

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Jonathan Demme – Philadelphia
    Richard Linklater – Dazed and Confused
    Harold Ramis – Groundhog Day
    Henry Selick – Nightmare Before Christmas
    Steven Spielberg – Schindler’s List

    BEST LEAD ACTOR
    Sean Astin – Rudy
    Johnny Depp – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    Tom Hanks – Philadelphia
    Bill Murray – Groundhog Day
    Liam Neeson – Schindler’s List

    BEST LEAD ACTRESS
    Patricia Arquette – True Romance
    Juliette Lewis – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    Bette Midler – Hocus Pocus
    Julia Roberts – The Pelican Brief
    Meg Ryan – Sleepless in Seattle

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Leonardo DiCaprio – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    Ralph Fiennes – Schindler’s List
    James Earl Jones – The Sandlot
    Tommy Lee Jones – The Fugitive
    Matthew McConaughey – Dazed and Confused

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Darlene Cates – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    Milla Jovovich – Dazed and Confused
    Anna Paquin – The Piano
    Maggie Smith – The Secret Garden
    June Squibb – The Age of Innocence

    BEST CAST
    Dazed and Confused
    The Sandlot
    Schindler’s List
    Sleepless in Seattle
    What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Cool Runnings
    Dazed and Confused
    Groundhog Day
    Philadelphia
    The Sandlot

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    The Fugitive
    Jurassic Park
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Schindler’s List
    What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    The Fugitive
    Jurassic Park
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Schindler’s List
    True Romance

    BEST SCORE
    Hocus Pocus
    Jurassic Park
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Rudy
    Schindler’s List

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
    Jurassic Park
    Much Ado About Noting
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Sandlot
    Schindler’s List

    BEST SOUND
    Demolition Man
    The Fugitive
    Hocus Pocus
    Jurassic Park
    Schindler’s List

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    Army of Darkness
    Demolition Man
    Free Willy
    Jurassic Park
    Nightmare Before Christmas

    BEST MAKEUP
    Hocus Pocus
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Philadelphia
    Schindler’s List

    BEST FILM EDITING
    The Fugitive
    Groundhog Day
    Jurassic Park
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Schindler’s List

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Dazed and Confused
    Demolition Man
    Hocus Pocus
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Schindler’s List