Some things get better with age: wine, cheese, and evidently, movies! This is the motto of The Vintage Film Awards (VFA). Founded in 2015, The awards’ mission is to give recognition to films that have continuing impact on society – many of which were ignored by the major awards committees when first released – with a yearly award; with recognition given to films released 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago. This year’s ceremony was held at the Press Club Brussels Europe to an enthusiastic crowd of film buffs and cinema lovers.
Films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, regarded as an absolute cult classic now, was glossed over when first released and didn’t even receive any nominations for the Oscars. So having recognition from a ceremony like this is a retroactive win, a righting of wrongs, an understanding that some films were ahead of their time through the longevity they still hold in our collective culture.
And this is how the system decides the winners of the list. James Rogers, the organiser of the awards, analysed each film according to their enduring popularity, critics ratings, sales, continuing relevance to younger audiences and whether they are still played and watched today. Final nominees in each category were then chosen by surveys of adults living in English-speaking countries around the world.
This year’s films were selected from each decade with the second number being 7. 97, 87, 77 and 67, with the three most recent decades having awards for best film, best actor, actress, and even soundtrack. As with the spirit of this event, there is not just an outright winner of these categories, but also a zeitgeist award, that marks films that changed the culture with their quotes, their styles or gags that we still reference today.
Of the five 1987 films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards thirty years ago, not a single one made the shortlist for the Vintage Film Awards. This is because the VFA is an organisation entirely in its own right, not a copy of the Oscars. Instead, it looks where the Oscars didn’t, reexamining the perspective to present a totally new set of winners. Now, without further ado, here are this years Vintage Film Awards winners
This year’s awards go to: