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The 1989 Critics Consensus Awards

Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy

Decade #3 of the Critics Consensus Awards' 50-year run to date (albeit almost entirely retrospectively) begins with 1989, though an era also ends. From 1990 onward, there are enough candidates mentioned per category among all the critics awards and polls that I cover for this feature to bump our stock up from award winners only to five nominees plus winners each year (I require at least double the published figure per category, so a minimum of two if one winner is published, ten if five nominees are). '89's Best Picture winner marks only the second time two non-Oscar nominees have won the CCA consecutively: after Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being comes Gus van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, and a break from the Academy is once again reopened. Feel sorry for Do the Right Thing? It does win Director, but comes in a frustrating second in Picture and Supporting Actor, and joint third in Screenplay. Feel sorrier for Sex, Lies and Videotape, perhaps: it makes second in Actress, Supporting Actress and Screenplay, and wins nothing. It only manages fifth in Picture, however, which is the same spot as van Sant occupies in Director for his top award-winning title. Odd stuff, then, as we bring this 21-year streak of awards-only announcements to an end, after not even 21 days. Stay tuned tomorrow for a brand new format, but for now, your 1989 honorees are below:

Best Picture

Drugstore Cowboy (Karen Murphy, Gus van Sant and Nick Wechsler)

Best Director

Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Denzel Washington (Glory)

Best Screenplay

Gus van Sant and Daniel Yost (Drugstore Cowboy)

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