3RD VINTAGE FILM AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Statuettes for films that stand the test of time
BRUSSELS, BE, June 15, 2018 – Closing this year’s awards season, the 3rd Vintage Film Awards (VFA) ceremony was held at the Brussels Press Club tonight, honouring the films from 1997, 1987, 1977 and 1967. Many winners were modern classics that were ignored by the major awards committees upon their original release – including Dirty Dancing, The Princess Bride and Star Wars.
Of the five 1987 films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards™ thirty years ago, not a single one made the VFA shortlist. The Princess Bride – a box office bomb that went on to become a quotable favourite of children and adults alike – was named the Zeitgeist Film of 1987; Cary Elwes also won for his dual performance as Westley and the Dread Pirate Roberts in the film.
Among the 1997 films, however, Titanic left the ceremony with its laurels intact, winning statuettes for Vintage Film, Vintage Performance by an Actress, and Vintage Soundtrack Song.
A full table of nominees and winners is below.
During the ceremony, presenter James Rogers gave special recognition to the career of Sidney Poitier, who starred in 3 of the 10 films nominated from 1967.
“Some films get better with age” is the motto of The Vintage Film Awards, founded in 2015 with the mission of giving recognition to films with continuing impact on society – many of which were ignored by the major awards committees when they were first released. Each year, awards are given to films released 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.
Shortlists for the 4th Vintage Film Awards, honouring the films of 1998, 1988, 1978 and 1968, will be announced shortly.