SHORTLISTS AND WINNERS 1995

It was the dawn of business casual and grunge. TV screens were filled with ordinary people (Roseanne) doing everyday things (Home Improvement), so it’s no wonder audiences fled to the big screen to escape to a past, present or future world in which people got dressed up for the big moments.

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Film

VINTAGE FILM OF 1995

Seven

Winner : VINTAGE FILM OF 1995

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker

"There are some things that you see, and you can't unsee them," explains Joaquin Phoenix to Nicolas Cage in the 1998 film 8mm, and you can't help but think he's leading him down a dark alley to see a midnight screening of Seven. Ostensibly a clichéd police procedural - a retiring detective on his last case breaks in his hotshot new partner - Seven, er, proceeds to scare the living daylights out of you.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman

While You Were Sleeping

Winner : ZEITGEIST FILM OF 1995

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Writers: Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric Lebow

Boy wakes up from a coma, meets girl pretending to be his fiancée. Ex malo bonum: it's Sandra Bullock. When you're disappointed by the latest formulaic rom com, it's likely because it wasn't half as good as While You Were Sleeping, which is one of the reasons the formula exists.

Starring: Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Sandra Bullock

To Die For

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writers: Buck Henry

The trailer tells you up front that Nicole Kidman is going to inveigle some teenagers into murdering her husband; the only surprises here are the amazing performances by the entire cast, including career-making turns from Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck.

Starring: Illeana Douglas, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Nicole Kidman

Clueless

Director: Amy Heckerling

Writers: Amy Heckerling

As if Clueless wouldn’t be on the shortlist for a VFA. Hello? It, like, totally launched the careers of Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. It's based on one of those Tracy Austin books, which are totally classic. In conclusion, it would be like the Pismo Beach disaster if it didn't win.

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash

Before Sunrise

Director: Richard Linklater

Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan

The first chapter in what The Week called "the most important cinematic love story of all time." For the romantic at heart, it also ends with a cliffhanger - thank goodness there's a sequel.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

The Usual Suspects

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie

Named after a line from Casablanca, this $6 million noir thriller took only 35 days to shoot. Once it hit theaters, everyone was asking: Who is Keyser Söze? The answer was the spoiler of the decade - and 20 years later it would still spoil the fun of watching it again with a first-timer.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin

12 Monkeys

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writers: David Peoples, Janet Peoples

Yet again, only Bruce Willis can save the world. And yet again, the traffic is a b**** as he travels back in time to stop a deadly virus from being released. Brad Pitt's role puts him in a mental institution, but he comes out of it with his first major award nominations.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, David Morse, Madeleine Stowe

Apollo 13

Director: Ron Howard

Writers: William Broyles, Jr., Al Reinert

Apollo 13 was beaten out for several awards by a film about a 13th-century warrior, but that was then (1995). Today, just like in the movies, it's only the astronauts who have survived. And it's arguable that Apollo 13 was the first film, with or without a spaceship, to launch a thousand corporate seminars on leadership and problem-solving.

Starring: Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks

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Sense and Sensibility

Director: Ang Lee

Writers: Emma Thompson

The last of the Jane Austen-derived films to hit the screen in 1995, this is the one that a) wasn't set in a high school, b) doesn't have Colin Firth, but c) was nominated for literally (in the way Jane would have meant it) so many accolades that they have their own Wikipedia page.

Starring: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Director: Stephen Herek

Writers: Patrick Sheane Duncan

"I got dragged into this gig kicking and screaming," says the title character, and this is how many kids felt when their parents made them watch this character-building story of a high school music teacher's 30-year career. Mr. Holland touches the lives of generations of students and makes his mark in the end - just like this film: a home-library staple your parents saw, then you saw, and that you’ll someday show to your kids.

Starring: Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Dreyfuss, William H. Macy

Actor

VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR 1995

Winner
Morgan Freeman

as Detective Somerset in Seven

FINAL NOMINEES

Bill Pullman as Jack in While You Were Sleeping

Paul Rudd as Josh in Clueless

Ethan Hawke as Jesse in Before Sunrise

Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility

Actress

VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS 1995

Winner
Alicia Silverstone

as Cher Horowitz in Clueless

FINAL NOMINEES

Sandra Bullock as Lucy in While You Were Sleeping

Nicole Kidman as Suzanne Stone in To Die For

Julie Delpy as Céline in Before Sunrise

Emma Thompson as Elinor in Sense and Sensibility

Song

VINTAGE SOUNDTRACK SONG 1995

Winner
Coolio

"Gangsta's Paradise" from Dangerous Minds

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Nominated Songs

Gin Blossoms: "Til I Hear It from You" from Empire Records

Mista Grimm: "Situation: Grimm" from Higher Learning

Dr. Dre: "Keep Their Heads Ringin" from Friday

The Muffs: "Kids in America" from Clueless

Whitney Houston: "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" from Waiting to Exhale

Memorable Moments

THE 1ST VINTAGE FILM AWARDS

I'm honored to have it. The longevity of Back to the Future still amazes and delights me.
Writer Bob Gale - Winner, Vintage Film of 1985 : Back to the Future

Thanks for this delightful tribute to my work. We often work in the dark, never knowing if our creations are going to resonate with other and so, These two 'thank you gifts' are most welcome.
Writer and Star Richard O' Brien , winner Zeitgeist Film of 1975 and Vintage Sound Track Song of 1975 for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Vintage Award means so much especially considering that the film was up against some of my favorite films from the 80s.
Writer Carl Kurlander- winner, Zeitgeist Film of 1985 for St Elmo's Fire

We are very appreciative of the support given to our movie and for the statue which we just recently recieved. Back to the Future had some excellent competition so the honor is very special.
Director Robert Zemeckis- winner, Vintage Film of 1985: Back to the Future

"Just received [VFA statuette]! Love her and am thrilled, thank you so much."
- Patricia Quinn (Magenta)

"So exciting, thank you!"
- Nell Campbell (Columbia)

Co-winners, Vintage Soundtrack Song of 1975 for "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"Thank you so very much for the wonderful honor and trophy!"
- Fred Lebow, screenwriter

"I received my statuette today and it's beautiful… thanks again."
- Daniel Sullivan, screenwriter

Winners, Zeitgeist Film of 1995 for While You Were Sleeping

SHORTLISTS AND WINNERS 1985

1985’s movies made a big deal about who you were, where you were from, and what your parents did – and then they told you: Forget all that: you can make your dreams come true with a little ambition, some new technology, or perhaps a little help from a stranger. This was, after all, the midpoint of the Reagan era, in which a Hollywood actor and union leader not only became President of the United States, but a Republican as well.

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Film

VINTAGE FILM OF 1985

Back to the Future

Winner : VINTAGE FILM OF 1985

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis

Huey Lewis hits, DeLoreans, paisley-lined jean jackets, shoebox-sized camcorders, people calling an SUV a "four-by-four" ...indeed, the blockbuster that recreated the 1950s so perfectly is now a time capsule of the 1980s. Back to the Future's greatest merit - being good clean fun - has never gone out of style.

Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Michael J. Fox

St. Elmo’s Fire

Winner : ZEITGEIST FILM OF 1985

Director: Joel Schumacher

Writers: Carl Kurlander, Joel Schumacher

Long before asking which Friends character they had become at 30, Gen Xers asked themselves which of the St. Elmo's crew they hoped to be at 22. Beyond the "right now" (then) of seeing all of these John Hughes High alums together, St. Elmo's Fire introduced the world to Andie MacDowell (her first speaking role - is she ever in a bad movie?) and delivered a blast from the coming-of-age past by casting Martin Balsam as a concerned dad.

Starring: Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Rob Lowe

Mask

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Writers: Anna Hamilton Phelan

Other than the Cannes festival, which gave Cher its Best Actress award, the brilliant performances in Mask were otherwise overlooked by most awards committees. Critics loved this true story about a disfigured teenager (Eric Stoltz) growing up with a drug-dependent mom and her biker gang.

Starring: Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott

The Goonies

Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Chris Columbus

The 10th-highest grossing film the year it was released, The Goonies has since become a cult classic and one of the most-watched 1985 films today. Talk of a sequel that would reunite the entire cast has been ongoing since the pre-Obama era.

Starring: Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Jonathan Ke Quan, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Sean Astin

Fright Night

Director: Tom Holland

Writers: Tom Holland

Fearing for his life, an earnest teenager seeks out an eccentric old bachelor to ask for help…it sounds a bit like Back to the Future – but then this one has vampires. A crossover hit that spawned a comic book series, a video game, a sequel, a Bollywood version and a 2011 remake with Colin Farrell, Fright Night remains a requirement in the core curriculum of comic horror.

Starring: Amanda Bearse, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, William Ragsdale

Witness

Director: Peter Weir

Writers: Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley

This is the barn burner with the barn raising that Roger Ebert said "Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud to make," and not only for Kelly McGillis's turn as the ice blonde Amish widow. With killer performances from from Harrison Ford, McGillis, Danny Glover, Lukas Haas, and Viggo Mortensen (in his film debut).

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas

The Color Purple

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Menno Meyjes

This outstanding period drama introduced us to Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg's serious side. Alice Walker's novel, from which the screenplay was adapted, won the Pulitzer Prize, but the film version was shut out at the Oscars - tying the record for the most nominations (11) without a statue.

Starring: Adolph Caesar, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Rae Dawn Chong, Whoopi Goldberg

The Breakfast Club

Director: John Hughes

Writers: John Hughes

The gold standard of modern teen movies, in which every character is a fish out of water. Proof that a film "written, directed and produced by" the same guy can be absolute magic, The Breakfast Club will make even the straightest arrows want to spend a Saturday in detention. In the Chicago suburbs. Without a smartphone.

Starring: Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Paul Gleason

Brazil

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writers: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown

Leave it to Terry Gilliam - the genius behind VFA-shortlisted films from 1975, 1985 and 1995 - to invent the "dystopian future comedy" genre. With a plot as complicated as the bureaucracy it satirizes, Brazil is a daring (and sometimes disturbing) work of art that has stood the test of time.

Starring: Ian Holm, Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro

Better Off Dead

Director: Savage Steve Holland

Writers: Savage Steve Holland

"This is a real bad movie," said the late, great thumb-pointer Roger Ebert, adding, "if I had totally forgotten it I'd be a happy man." (Perhaps "I want my two dollars back" would have been funnier.) His co-Caesar at the time, Gene Siskel, also turned his thumb down on national television. It lasted only a month in theaters, but Better Off Dead gained new life, and a cult following, in rentals. Today, this semi-black comedy is a fan favorite and the best seller of John Cusack's teen movies.

Starring: Diane Franklin, John Cusack, Kim Darby

Actor

VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR 1985

Winner
Michael J. Fox

as Marty McFly in Back to the Future

FINAL NOMINEES

Rob Lowe as Billy Hicks in St. Elmo’s Fire

Sean Astin as Michael Walsh in The Goonies

Danny Glover as Albert Johnson in The Color Purple

Judd Nelson as John Bender in The Breakfast Club

Actress

VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS 1985

Winner
Whoopi Goldberg

as Celie Harris Johnson in The Color Purple

FINAL NOMINEES

Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines-McFly in Back to the Future

Demi Moore as Jules Van Patten in St. Elmo’s Fire

Kerri Green as Andrea Carmichael in The Goonies

Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club

Song

VINTAGE SOUNDTRACK SONG 1985

Winner
Simple Minds

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" from The Breakfast Club

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Nominated Songs

Huey Lewis and the News: "The Power of Love" from Back to the Future

John Parr: "St. Elmo’s Fire Man in Motion" from St. Elmo’s Fire

Cyndi Lauper: "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" from The Goonies

Madonna: "Crazy For You" from Vision Quest

Memorable Moments

THE 1ST VINTAGE FILM AWARDS

I'm honored to have it. The longevity of Back to the Future still amazes and delights me.
Writer Bob Gale - Winner, Vintage Film of 1985 : Back to the Future

Thanks for this delightful tribute to my work. We often work in the dark, never knowing if our creations are going to resonate with other and so, These two 'thank you gifts' are most welcome.
Writer and Star Richard O' Brien , winner Zeitgeist Film of 1975 and Vintage Sound Track Song of 1975 for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Vintage Award means so much especially considering that the film was up against some of my favorite films from the 80s.
Writer Carl Kurlander- winner, Zeitgeist Film of 1985 for St Elmo's Fire

We are very appreciative of the support given to our movie and for the statue which we just recently recieved. Back to the Future had some excellent competition so the honor is very special.
Director Robert Zemeckis- winner, Vintage Film of 1985: Back to the Future

"Just received [VFA statuette]! Love her and am thrilled, thank you so much."
- Patricia Quinn (Magenta)

"So exciting, thank you!"
- Nell Campbell (Columbia)

Co-winners, Vintage Soundtrack Song of 1975 for "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"Thank you so very much for the wonderful honor and trophy!"
- Fred Lebow, screenwriter

"I received my statuette today and it's beautiful… thanks again."
- Daniel Sullivan, screenwriter

Winners, Zeitgeist Film of 1995 for While You Were Sleeping

SHORTLISTS AND WINNERS 1975

As enlightened as it may make us feel to tut-tut our way through yet another gallery of “sexist 1970s ads,” it feels even better to stop and consider how many of 1975’s films were not only highly original but also a positive influence toward today’s more inclusive society. Others were just good silly fun

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Film

VINTAGE FILM OF 1975

Jaws

Winner : VINTAGE FILM OF 1975

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Carl Gottlieb, Peter Benchley

Jaws requires no synopsis, so here’s the backstory: A guy was browsing through Cosmopolitan (he had his reasons) and saw a positive review of this book by first-time novelist Peter Benchley; one thing led to another, and the book became became Steven Spielberg’s ur-blockbuster that changed Hollywood forever.

Starring: Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Winner : ZEITGEIST FILM OF 1975

Director: Jim Sharman

Writers: Richard O'Brien, Jim Sharman

A platoon of LGBT space aliens wreak havoc on the lives of the Perfect Couple. Barry Bostwick, the straight man in this comedy, gets his comeuppance repeatedly; as his fiancé, Susan Saradon is the Sears Catalog come to life. But it’s Tim Curry who steals the show (along with everybody’s clothes). It’s the longest continuous release in cinematic history (40 years and counting). It’s the quintessential midnight movie. And it has Meat Loaf.

Starring: Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf, Nell Campbell, Patrica Quinn, Richard O'Brien, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

The Stepford Wives

Director: Bryan Forbes

Writers: William Goldman

There's a reason everyone knows what a "Stepford Wife" is, and it's not the 2004 flop with Matthew Broderick and Nicole Kidman - it's this 1975 classic based on Ira Levin's satirical novel about when happens when a clique of clever men try to create a suburban utopia for themselves. Despite a teaser campaign urging women to see it "...before your husband does," the film grossed only $4 million at the box office, but - perhaps a harbinger of the Fifty Shades craze – it gained new popularity after the invention of a certain nobody-knows-what-I'm-looking-at-but-me device called the VCR.

Starring: Katharine Ross, Nanette Newman, Patrick O'Neal, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Tina Louise

The Wind and the Lion

Director: John Milius

Writers: John Milius

1904: Kidnapped by Sean Connery in Morocco, Candace Bergen develops a touch of Stockholm syndrome while waiting for the American president to send in the Marines to rescue her (because there are German, British, and French troops in the way – how international). Ridiculous as this sounds, it's based on a true story known as the Perdicaris Incident, and the film remains a top seller that's loved by fans.

Starring: Brian Keith, Candice Bergen, John Huston, Sean Connery

The Return of the Pink Panther

Director: Blake Edwards

Writers: Frank Waldman, Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards directs to a Henry Mancini score, and a British actor makes fun of the French - but it's hardly Breakfast at Tiffany's meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Still, it stands on its own as perhaps the original "reboot" - Peter Sellers has abandoned the role of Inspector Clouseau for 11 years (can you guess who played him in between?) before bringing the franchise back to life.

Starring: Burt Kwouk, Catherine Schell, Christopher Plummer, Peter Sellers

Operation: Daybreak (The Price of Freedom)

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Writers: Ronald Harwood

A gripping WWII action-drama that tells the true story of the plot to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, a.k.a. The Butcher of Prague. Unsuccessful at the box office, the film has developed a strong following since its DVD release in 2010. As two Czech sergeants who see the mission through to its unforgettable end, Daybreak stars Anthony Andrews (of Brideshead Revisited ) and Timothy Bottoms (of The Last Picture Show ).

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Martin Shaw, Timothy Bottoms

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Director: Miloš Forman

Writers: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman

Leading a multiracial ensemble cast, the leading man (Jack Nicholson) is a statutory rape convict in a mental hospital whose inmates are psychologically and physically tortured by the sadistic Nurse Ratched. Adapted from Ken Kesey's novel, Miloš Forman's film swept the awards in 1975-6. Pretty much everyone agrees it’s among history’s greatest films, but would it be your first choice to watch tonight?

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writers: Monty Python

The highest-grossing British film of 1975 was nominated for pretty much nothing in its day, but then there's never been an award for the film most likely to make your beverage come out your nose with laughter. With killer rabbits, holy hand grenades, and vast tracts of land, The Holy Grail also offers a historical context for the Anglo-Franco hostilities to be heard leading up to this year's "Brexit" referendum.

Starring: Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Director: Chantal Akerman

Writers: Chantal Akerman

You’ve probably never heard of this masterpiece of Belgian cinéma, but it’s been trending since its DVD release. What happens is that Jeanne, a single mother, works by day as a lady of the night (while her son is at school). And then – well, we won’t spoil it. The New York Times called it the “first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of the cinema”. And The Village Voice named it the 19th greatest film of the 20th century (neither Cuckoo’s Nest nor Dog Day made the top 100). If you can find a copy, it might be worth a watch before casting your vote.

Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Jan Decorte

Dog Day Afternoon

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writers: Frank Pierson

To pay for his pre-op lover’s sex change operation, a man robs a bank in Brooklyn (who ever said the 1970s weren’t progressive?). Based on a true story, Dog Day Afternoon is a must-see, never-forget film. Its director (Sidney Lumet), leading man (Al Pacino), and supporting actor (Chris Sarandon) were beaten out by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for all of the top awards at the time, but will the verdict be the same 40 years on?

Starring: Al Pacino, Charles Durning, James Broderick, John Cazale

Actor

VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR 1975

Winner
Jack Nicholson

as Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

FINAL NOMINEES

Robert Shaw as Quint in Jaws

Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Graham Chapman as Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Al Pacino as Sonny in Dog Day Afternoon

Actress

VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS 1975

Winner
Susan Sarandon

as Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

FINAL NOMINEES

Katharine Ross as Joanna in The Stepford Wives

Candice Bergen as Eden in The Wind and the Lion

Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Delphine Seyrig as Jeanne Dielman in Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Song

VINTAGE SOUNDTRACK SONG 1975

Winner
Richard O’Brien

"The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Nominated Songs

Henry Mancini: Theme music from The Return of the Pink Panther

Diana Ross: "Do You Know Where You’re Going To" from Mahogany

G.C. Cameron: "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" from Cooley High

Keith Carradine: "I’m Easy" from Nashville

Memorable Moments

THE 1ST VINTAGE FILM AWARDS

I'm honored to have it. The longevity of Back to the Future still amazes and delights me.
Writer Bob Gale - Winner, Vintage Film of 1985 : Back to the Future

Thanks for this delightful tribute to my work. We often work in the dark, never knowing if our creations are going to resonate with other and so, These two 'thank you gifts' are most welcome.
Writer and Star Richard O' Brien , winner Zeitgeist Film of 1975 and Vintage Sound Track Song of 1975 for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Vintage Award means so much especially considering that the film was up against some of my favorite films from the 80s.
Writer Carl Kurlander- winner, Zeitgeist Film of 1985 for St Elmo's Fire

We are very appreciative of the support given to our movie and for the statue which we just recently recieved. Back to the Future had some excellent competition so the honor is very special.
Director Robert Zemeckis- winner, Vintage Film of 1985: Back to the Future

"Just received [VFA statuette]! Love her and am thrilled, thank you so much."
- Patricia Quinn (Magenta)

"So exciting, thank you!"
- Nell Campbell (Columbia)

Co-winners, Vintage Soundtrack Song of 1975 for "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"Thank you so very much for the wonderful honor and trophy!"
- Fred Lebow, screenwriter

"I received my statuette today and it's beautiful… thanks again."
- Daniel Sullivan, screenwriter

Winners, Zeitgeist Film of 1995 for While You Were Sleeping

SHORTLISTS AND WINNERS 1965

On tiny black-and-white televisions, 1965 was a year of stress and uncertainty, starring men in grey flannel suits. For a dollar, though, the big screen offered (in full color) heroes, horses, and happy endings. In such a divided era, it is noteworthy how many major films were made outside the USA. In our survey both a domestic and an import won a statuette.

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Film

VINTAGE FILM OF 1965

Thunderball

Winner : VINTAGE FILM OF 1965

Director: Terence Young

Writers: Richard Maibaum, John Hopkins

Probably the movie Don Draper was watching: SPECTRE has stolen two atomic bombs and wants NATO to pay £100 million (go ahead, point that pinkie) to get them back. 007 to the rescue. It's got a jetpack, a shark tank, and a villain (Blofeld) who's back 50 years later.

Starring: Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger, Luciana Paluzzi, Molly Peters, Rik Van Nutter, Sean Connery

Cat Ballou

Winner : ZEITGEIST FILM OF 1965

Director: Elliot Silverstein

Writers: Walter Newman, Frank Pierson

The Farrelly Brothers have called Cat Ballou their favorite film, and it's not just because there's something about Jane Fonda (it was actually Lee Marvin, playing two roles, who won all the trophies from L.A. to Berlin). The original spoof of the Western genre, Cat also features Nat King Cole’s final screen appearance.

Starring: Dwayne Hickman, Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan

The Sons of Katie Elder

Director: Henry Hathaway

Writers: William H. Wright, Allan Weiss, Harry Essex

Returning to Texas for their mother's funeral, four brothers find themselves in a dispute with the locals; treachery and gunfighting ensue. Still a top seller, Katie Elder's all-star cast includes a young Dennis Hopper as the villain's son.

Starring: Dean Martin, Earl Holliman, John Wayne, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr.

Shenandoah

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers: James Lee Barrett

A Western set on the East Coast: In 1864, a Virginia farmer forbids his sons to fight in the Civil War...but then the war comes to them. With Jimmy Stewart, Doug McClure, and Katharine Ross (Elaine in The Graduate ) in her screen debut. A hit Broadway musical version of the film opened in 1975 and ran for 1,050 performances.

Starring: Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, James Stewart, Katharine Ross, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth

The Great Race

Director: Blake Edwards

Writers: Arthur A. Ross

It's the Model T era in Technicolor: Rival daredevils, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon vie for the round-the-world prize - and for the affections of suffragette photjournalist Natalie Wood. In the process, the Americans destroy 4,000 pies and a little bit of Paris (inspiration for Team America?), all to another fine score from Henry Mancini.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis

For a Few Dollars More

Director: Sergio Leone

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni

Two bounty hunters join forces to bring down a notorious criminal known as El Indio. A spaghetti western shot in Spain, you could call it the Empire Strikes Back of Sergio Leone's "Man with No Name" trilogy. Though nominated for no major awards (not even for Ennio Morricone's score), For a Few Dollars More is inarguably a classic of the genre.

Starring: and Gian Maria Volonté, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze)

Director: Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos

Writers: LadislavGrosman, JánKadár, ElmarKlos

During the Nazi occupation, residents of a small Slovak town react unexpectedly when a young "Aryan" carpenter is assigned to take over the local button store from its owner, an aging Jewish woman. Unforgettable.

Starring: Hana Slivková, Ida Kamińska, Jozef Kroner

Doctor Zhivago

Director: David Lean

Writers: Robert Bolt

David Lean's epic film spans World War I, the Russian Revolution and the Stalin era, with as many cast members as a Russian play has clouds of grey. Adjusted for inflation, two 1965 films are among the highest grossing films of all time - The Sound of Music and this film, both of which won five Oscars.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Omar Sharif, Ralph Richardson, Rod Steiger, Tom Courtenay

A Thousand Clowns

Director: Fred Coe

Writers: Herb Gardner

An unemployed writer (Robards) strives to prove to a Social Services agent (Harris) that he's a capable guardian for his nephew, while avoiding taking a normal job. Martin Balsam, playing the writer's agent, shines as always.

Starring: Barbara Harris, Jason Robards, Martin Balsam

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Director: Carol Reed

Writers: Philip Dunne

Worried about his legacy, "Warrior Pope" Julius II commissions a reluctant Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. Julius leads his army against the enemy while the artist pursues his task with passion; only the Contessina de'Medici, in a series of dazzling costumes, manages to distract them from time to time.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison

Memorable Moments

THE 1ST VINTAGE FILM AWARDS

I'm honored to have it. The longevity of Back to the Future still amazes and delights me.
Writer Bob Gale - Winner, Vintage Film of 1985 : Back to the Future

Thanks for this delightful tribute to my work. We often work in the dark, never knowing if our creations are going to resonate with other and so, These two 'thank you gifts' are most welcome.
Writer and Star Richard O' Brien , winner Zeitgeist Film of 1975 and Vintage Sound Track Song of 1975 for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Vintage Award means so much especially considering that the film was up against some of my favorite films from the 80s.
Writer Carl Kurlander- winner, Zeitgeist Film of 1985 for St Elmo's Fire

We are very appreciative of the support given to our movie and for the statue which we just recently recieved. Back to the Future had some excellent competition so the honor is very special.
Director Robert Zemeckis- winner, Vintage Film of 1985: Back to the Future

"Just received [VFA statuette]! Love her and am thrilled, thank you so much."
- Patricia Quinn (Magenta)

"So exciting, thank you!"
- Nell Campbell (Columbia)

Co-winners, Vintage Soundtrack Song of 1975 for "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"Thank you so very much for the wonderful honor and trophy!"
- Fred Lebow, screenwriter

"I received my statuette today and it's beautiful… thanks again."
- Daniel Sullivan, screenwriter

Winners, Zeitgeist Film of 1995 for While You Were Sleeping