Academy 1992 Were Right… Silence of the Lambs Still Deserving Best Picture Oscar

Silence of the Lambs wins Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Actress in the 3rd annual 20/20 awards ceremony!

Matt Holmes

Editorial Team

Some say that the best barometer for a film’s success is not the box office popularity upon release, not the reviews of critics, not the amount of awards and Oscars it wins or even how the film beds itself into the popular culture of the time. The true test, some say, is the test of time.

This is why the 20/20 Awards are so smart and fun and in its own way, significant. The awards ceremony is something of a revisionist one, they reflect back on a year in film some two decades later with the benefit of hindsight, to see what movies and performances really were the best from a particular year.

This is the 3rd time the 20/20 awards have taken place and the winners were announced last week at Seattle’s Central Cinema and incredibly as many as 8 AWARDS were given the ‘Felix’ statue that were also given an ‘Oscar’ in 1992.

Yes my friends, it looks like the Academy got it right back in 1992 when the Oscars were given out without the scrutiny of the internet!

Silence of the Lambs once again took the 4 award clean sweep of Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins) and Best Actress (Jodie Foster). I still have the niggling feeling that for all its inaccuracies and audience manipulation, Oliver Stone’s masterfully put together JFK could well be argued to be the film marvel of that year.

But anyhow, here are the full list of winners. Oh and if you are wondering it was Jack Palance in City Slickers who wrongly won Best Supporting Actor in 1992 (Goodman wasn’t even nominated in 1992 but Michael Lerner was for Barton Fink) and Best Actress went to Mercedes Ruehl for The Fisher King (Geena Davis was Oscar nominated but in Best Lead Actress along with Susan Sarandon for Thelma & Louise).

2012 20/20 AWARD WINNERS

bold and* denotes an Oscar winner

 

BEST PICTURE
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS*

 

BEST DIRECTOR
Jonathan Demme – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS*

 

BEST ACTOR
Anthony Hopkins – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS*

 

BEST ACTRESS
Jodie Foster – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS*

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
John Goodman – BARTON FINK

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Geena Davis – THELMA & LOUISE

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Callie Khouri – THELMA & LOUISE*

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Ted Tally – THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS*

 

BEST FOREIGN FILM
DELICATESSEN

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY
HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE

 

BEST SCORE
Wilson Pickett – THE COMMITMENTS

 

BEST SONG
Until The End Of The World – UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD

 

BEST EDITING
Conrad Buff, Mark Goldblatt, Richard A. Harris – TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Lun Yang – RAISE THE RED LANTERN

 

BEST ART DIRECTION
Dennis Gassner –  BARTON FINK

 

BEST COSTUME
Valérj]ie Pozzo di Borgo – DELICATESSEN

 

BEST MAKEUP
THE ADDAMS FAMILY

 

BEST VISUAL FX
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY*

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY*