1986 Young-People's Choice Awards
January 1987 - The voice of youth has spoken. Here are the highs and lows of 1986 cinema, as chosen by the under-30 set.
Best Movie goes to Stand By Me. In second Top Gun, and third place is Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Favorite Couple: Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy (in Pretty in Pink), Demi Moore and Rob Lowe (in About Last Night), and Mia Sara and Matthew Broderick (in Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Character You Love to Hate: Kiefer Sutherland has this category aced for his knife-wielding bully, Ace, in Stand By Me. Voters also get a chill from Val Kilmer's Iceman in Top Gun. A close third was Jeffrey Jones' nerdy principal in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Chozen, who came in second in his Karate Kid II duel with Daniel, comes in fourth among voters, and goblin king Jareth, made nasty by David Bowie in Labyrinth, gobbles up fifth place.
Favorite Nerd: Young moviegoers voted Jon Cryer as their favorite nerd of 1986, in his flamboyant role in Pretty in Pink. Almost equally geeky, you say, is Alan Ruck's Cameron in Ferris Bueller, followed by the adorably dorky Corey Haim in Lucas, Ben (Kisher Stevens) in Short Circuit, and Richard (Barry Miller) in Peggy Sue Got Married.
Favorite Movie Song: Most voter's were breathless over Berlin's "Take My Breath Away," a Top Gun soundtrack hit. In second place is Top Gun's "Danger Zone," performed by Kenny Loggins, followed by Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love," on the Karate Kid soundtrack. In a regal comeback is Ben E. King and his 60s hit "Stand By Me," as a write-in contender. Finally, there's El DeBarge's "Hey, Johnny," the hit single from Short Circuit.
Favorite Actress: Molly Ringwald, pout no more. Almost half of the voters cast their ballots for this redhead's portrayal of Andie in Pretty in Pink. In second place is Demi Moore, in About Last Night. . . . Also soaring in popularity, and third place, is Lucy Deakins, the 15 year old who made her film debut in The Boy Who Could Fly.
Favorite Actor: Tom Cruise is your top choice for his high-flying heroics in Top Gun. Coming in second is Matthew Broderick, for his fast-talking Ferris in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. And—surprise—our third-place winner is a write-in, for River Phoenix, of Stand By Me fame. Kicking in next is Ralph Macchio, for his encore performance as Daniel in Karate Kid II, followed by Rob Lowe in About Last Night.
Worst Movie: A good majority of you are underwhelmed by Prince's efforts in Under the Cherry Moon, his black-and-white flop. In fact, most of you call it the pits. Coming in second is that turkey of a movie, Howard the Duck, while Madonna and Sean Penn's '40s flick Shanghai Surprise isn't too far behind.
Best Choice at the Video Store in 1986: Although he wasn't in any new feature films this year, voters didn't forget Michael J. Fox and his hit Back to the Future. Coming in a hot second is St. Elmo's Fire, and Ralph's first Karate Kid flick is still alive and kicking after two and a half years out of the box office. Honorable mention goes to Val Kilmer's Real Genius.