Annal: 1988 Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Results of the Hugo Award in the year 1988.

Film:The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner

Screenwriter William Goldman’s novel The Princess Bride earned its own loyal audience on the strength of its narrative voice and its gently satirical, hyperbolic spin on swashbuckled adventure that seemed almost purely literary. For all its derring-do and vivid over-the-top characters, the book’s joy was dictated as much by the deadpan tone of its narrator and a winking acknowledgement of the clichés being sent up. Miraculously, director Rob Reiner and Goldman himself managed to visualize this romantic fable while keeping that external voice largely…

Film:Encounter at Farpoint

Encounter at Farpoint: Episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Corey Allen

The two-hour pilot of The Next Generation holds up well after all these years and many, many subsequent episodes and four feature films. Gene Roddenberry’s second go-round with Star Trek on television boldly goes where no other soul had gone, overcoming Trekker skepticism at the time about new characters and a new cast. After introducing Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the rest of the crew, the script by Roddenberry and former Star Trek story editor Dorothy Fontana plunges them into a familiar Trek confrontation with a superior…

Film:Predator

Predator

John McTiernan

Rambo meets Alien in this terrific science-fiction thriller from 1987, directed by John McTiernan just a year before Die Hard made him Hollywood’s most sought-after director of action-packed blockbusters. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite squad of U.S. Army commandos to a remote region of South American jungle, where they’ve been assigned to search for South American officials who’ve been kidnapped by terrorists. Instead they find a bunch of skinned corpses hanging from the trees and realize that they’re now facing a mysterious and much…

Film:Robocop

Robocop: 1st in series

Paul Verhoeven

When it arrived on the big screen in 1987, Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop was like a high-voltage jolt of electricity, blending satire, thrills, and abundant violence with such energized gusto that audiences couldn’t help feeling stunned and amazed. The movie was a huge hit, and has since earned enduring cult status as one of the seminal science fiction films of the 1980s. Followed by two sequels, a TV series, and countless novels and comic books, this original RoboCop is still the best by far, largely due to the audacity and unbridled bloodlust of…

Film:The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick

George Miller

Need someone with demonic dash to portray the Devil? There are only two choices. Old Ned himself and Jack Nicholson. The Witches of Eastwick took the better actor—and came up with the sleekest, sexiest supernatural comedy/thriller to emerge from this or any other world, earning Nicholson 1987 Best Actor Awards from the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics.

The “witches” are in three modern-day women yearning for Mr. Right in a quaint New England town full of Mr. Uptights. Played glowingly by Cher (Moonstruck), Susan Sarandon (Lorenzo’s Oil) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Age of Innocence), they’re lovely enough to tempt even the most jaded netherworld denizen. Soon, wealthy Daryl van Horne (Nicholson) arrives. Is his sudden appearance a coincidence? Or the outcome of the women’s unconscious sorcery in this smooth adaptation of John Updike’s novel? Conjure up an evening’s entertainment with The Witches of Eastwick. And have a devil of a good time.

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