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THE 2ND VINTAGE FILM AWARDS

In America’s bicentennial year, Hollywood didn’t stray too far from home. Even the science fiction title on our shortlist has a scene in the U.S. Senate chamber, and half of the rest take place a short Amtrak ride away. 40 years later, many of the directors and stars are still top-billed today, but which of these heavyweights would go the distance for the VFA?

THE 2ND VINTAGE FILM AWARDS

Spanning centuries, continents and galaxies, the 1986 VFA shortlist is certainly an eclectic group of films. Only one element appears repeatedly, and that element is: lip-synching. This being the year Cindy Crawford began as a model, perhaps filmmakers hoped a signature mark would draw attention to their art? Whatever the reason, it worked: the words spoken by the performers in their own voices are still remembered 30 years later.

THE 1ST VINTAGE FILM AWARDS

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.