Film Honors: 2015 – ANNOUNCED

There’s a certain sadness about proclaiming your “best” of the year – especially in the dramatic way I have gone about it this time around – as it tells you ultimately that year of film is now over. And it has been a long and very good year. Early viewings of films like Ex Machina and Wild Tales have stood the test of time. Took the three year-old daughter to see Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the big screen, her first ever ventures to the cinema.

As announced, the heavy hitters appeared to be Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales, and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road – big, riveting cinema stories. Beasts of No Nation, Brooklyn, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night also scored in many categories, as did Star Wars: The Force Awakens without a nod for Motion Picture (it was very, very close I might add). Also narrowly missing out was Room, but still nominated four times. As was Inside Out. My wife’s number one film of 2015 The Lobster made my Picture list too, with The Second Mother making the Picture list too with two mentions for the actresses, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya making the second animated feature in the big 10.

The winners (when I have finally decided) were announced in a low-key but bubbling-with-excitement affair over at Twitter. Here are the nominees and the winners in bold.

Actor Support

Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
*** Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina) ***
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Michael Shannon (99 Homes)

Sound Designing

Ex Machina
*** Mad Max: Fury Road ***
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wild Tales

Special Effects

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
*** Star Wars: The Force Awakens ***
The Walk

Cast Ensemble

The Big Short
*** Inside Out ***
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wild Tales

Actor Lead

Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
*** Tom Hardy (Legend) ***
Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Set Designing

Brooklyn
Cinderella
*** Crimson Peak ***
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Assassin

Costume Designing

Brooklyn
Carol
*** Cinderella ***
Crimson Peak
Mad Max: Fury Road

Score Composing

*** Michael Brook (Brooklyn) ***
Thomas Newman (He Named Me Malala)
Stephen Rennicks (Room)
Max Richter (Testament of Youth)
Richard Vreeland (It Follows)

Picture Editing

Love & Mercy
*** Mad Max: Fury Road ***
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wild Tales

Cinematography

Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation)
Edward Lachman (Carol)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)
John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)
*** Lyle Vincent (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) ***

Actress Support

Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
Camila Márdila (The Second Mother)
Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
*** Érica Rivas (Wild Tales) ***
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Screenwriting Adapted

Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
*** Nick Hornby (Brooklyn) ***
Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Screenwriting Original

Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley (Inside Out)
*** Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) ***
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Damián Szifron (Wild Tales)

Actress Lead

Regina Casé (The Second Mother)
Brie Larson (Room)
Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
*** Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) ***

Directing

Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster)
*** George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) ***
Damián Szifrón (Wild Tales)

Motion Picture

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour)
Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga)
Brooklyn (John Crowley)
*** Ex Machina (Alex Garland) ***
Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata)
Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón)

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