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The 1978 Critics Consensus Awards

Richard Gere and Brooke Adams in Days of Heaven

In the tenth frame of my trawl through the history of year-end critics awards and polls, 1978, a first: across the seven current categories, more than five films won prizes. Six, to be exact, with the only double winner being Days of Heaven, taking the top two: Best Picture and Director. Only two of the six winners were up for the Best Picture Oscar, though Days of Heaven is not the first to have missed a nomination there and gone on to win the whole thing here - Scenes from a Marriage did it four frames prior, though it is the first to do so and win in Director also. Nor is Oscar's BP pick, The Deer Hunter, the first to miss out entirely here - it's the third, in fact - but spare a thought for it, as it placed third in Picture and Actor, and second in Director, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, but first nowhere. Stay tuned for the 1979 edition later today. Winners' details in full just below!

Best Picture

Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, Bert Schneider and Harold Schneider)

Best Director

Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Ingrid Bergman (Autumn Sonata)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Jon Voight (Coming Home)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Maureen Stapleton (Interiors)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Richard Farnsworth (Comes a Horseman)

Best Screenplay

Paul Mazursky (An Unmarried Woman)

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Asif Khan
Asif Khan
Jan 17, 2019

Of course Days of Heaven is the winner

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