Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best In Front of and Behind the Camera of 2015

Note: Do NOT use this when filling out your office Oscar ballot!  These are my favorites. They are not necessarily a good bet on who will win the awards.

Best Lead Performance by an Actor
  1. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
  2. Rory Culkin - Gabriel
  3. Oscar Isaac - Ex Machina
  4. Domhnall Gleeson - Ex Machina
  5. Patrick Stewart - Match
  6. Geert Van Rampelberg - The Treatment
  7. Jake Gyllenhaal - Southpaw
  8. Matt Damon - The Martian
  9. Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
  10. Johnny Depp - Black Mass
  11. Tom Hardy - Legend
  12. Will Smith - Concussion
  13. Steve Carell - The Big Short
  14. Michael B. Jordan - Creed
  15. Al Pacino - Danny Collins

Best Lead Performance by an Actress
  1. Brie Larson - Room
  2. Carla Gugino - Match
  3. Lily Tomlin - Grandma
  4. Saoirse Ronin - Brooklyn
  5. Cate Blanchett - Truth
  6. Emily Blunt - Sicario
  7. Sandra Bullock - Our Brand is Crisis
  8. Bel Powley - Diary of a Teenage Girl
  9. Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
  10. Blythe Danner - I'll See You in My Dreams
  11. Cate Blanchett - Carol
  12. Kim Basinger - The 11th Hour
  13. Lake Bell - Man Up
  14. Kristen Wiig - Welcome to Me

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor
  1. Benico del Toro - Sicario
  2. Matthew Lillard - Match
  3. Forest Whitaker - Southpaw
  4. Josh Brolin - Sicario
  5. Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
  6. Stanley Tucci - Spotlight
  7. Liev Schreiber - Spotlight
  8. Domhnall Gleeson - The Revenant
  9. Tom Hardy - The Revenent
  10. Michael Angarano - The Stanford Prison Experiment
  11. Christopher Plummer - Danny Collins
  12. Sylvester Stallone - Creed
  13. Michael Shannon - 99 Homes
  14. Christian Bale - The Big Short
  15. Bradley Cooper - Joy
  16. Albert Brooks - Concussion
  17. Jacob Tremblay - Room
  18. Jeff Daniels - Steve Jobs
  19. Adam Driver - While We're Young
  20. Colin Firth - Kingsman: The Secret Service
  21. Samuel Jackson - Kingsman: The Secret Service
  22. Harrison Ford - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress
  1. Jane Fonda - Youth
  2. Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
  3. Joan Allen - Room
  4. Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
  5. Julie Walters - Brooklyn
  6. Cynthia Nixon - James White
  7. Rachel Weisz - Youth
  8. Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
  9. Rachel McAdams - Spotlight

Best Young Actor/Actress
  1. Jacob Tremblay - Room
  2. Saoirse Ronin - Brooklyn

Best Ensemble
  1. Spotlight (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams)
  2. Ex Machina (Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander)
  3. Bone Tomahawk (Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins)
  4. The Hateful Eight (Kurt Russell, Samuel Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir)
  5. Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)
  6. Match (Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard)
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service (Colin Firth, Samuel Jackson, Michael Caine)
  8. The Big Short (Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling)

Biggest Waste of a Talented Ensemble
  1. Digging For Fire

Best Overall Year
  1. Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Brooklyn)
  2. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Show Me a Hero (HBO))
  3. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, Testament of Youth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Burnt)
  4. Michael Angarano (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Wild Card, The Knick (Cinemax))
  5. Benicio del Toro (Sicario, Escobar: Paradise Lost)
  6. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, Infinitely Polar Bear, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  7. Samuel Jackson (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Hateful Eight, Big Game, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  8. Kurt Russell (Bone Tomahawk, The Hateful Eight)
  9. Ben Mendelsohn (Mississippi Grind, Bloodline (Netflix))
  10. Lily Tomlin (Grandma, Grace and Frankie (Netflix))
  11. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, Macbeth, Slow West)
  12. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Faults, Alex of Venice)
  13. Cate Blanchett (Truth, Carol)
  14. Tom Hardy (Legend, The Revenant)
  15. Johnny Depp (Black Mass, Mortdecai ... yeah, I said it.)
  16. Kristen Wiig (Welcome to Me, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Martian, Wet Hot American Summer)
  17. Paul Giamatti (Straight Outta Compton, Love & Mercy)
  18. Robert Redford (Truth, A Walk in the Woods)
  19. Pierce Brosnan (No Escape, Survivor, Some Kind of Beautiful)

Best Overall Recent Years
  1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw, Nightcrawler, Prisoners, Enemy, End of Watch, Source Code)
  2. Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, The Revenant, Brooklyn, Unbroken, Frank, About Time)
  3. John Goodman (Trumbo, The Gambler, Inside Llewyn Davis, Flight, Argo, The Artist)
  4. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frank, 12 Years a Slave, Prometheus, Shame, A Dangerous Method, X-Men: First Class)
  5. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Show Me a Hero (HBO), A Most Violent Year, Inside Llewyn Davis)
  6. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, Infinitely Polar Bear, Foxcatcher, The Avengers)
  7. Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12)
  8. Steve Carell (Spotlight, Foxcatcher, Crazy Stupid Love)

Worst Overall Year
  1. Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Pixels, Little Boy, Hotel Transylvania 2) *
  2. Adam Sandler (The Ridiculous 6, Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2) *
  3. Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7)
  4. Hugh Jackman (Pan, Chappie)
  5. Chris Hemsworth (Blackhat, In The Heart of the Sea)
  6. Sean Penn (The Gunman)
  7. George Clooney (Tomorrowland)
* To be fair, I haven't seen most of these movies.  But could they possibly be worth seeing?

Worst Fall from Grace - After several years of great work, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone have fallen from grace with Hot Pursuit and Aloha, respectively.  And not that she had a bad year, with decent performances in The Martian and Crimson Peak, but Jessica Chastain didn't shine nearly as bright as she has in recent years.  I expect more from all of them.

Worst Overall Recent Years - I hate to sound like a broken record every year, but Kristen Stewart continues her reign, with a terrible performance in the weirdly awkward American Ultra.  And I don't understand why reputable film critics are touting her performances in Clouds of Sils Maria and Still Alice.  And let's not forget the Twilight series, Snow White and the Huntsmen, On the Road, and pretty much everything else she's done.  Ugh.

Best Director
  1. Alejandro G Inarritu - The Revenant
  2. Lenny Abrahamson - Room
  3. Denis Villeneuve - Sicario
  4. John Crowley - Brooklyn
  5. Ridley Scott - The Martian
  6. Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
  1. Steve Jobs - Aaron Sorkin (based on a book by Walter Isaacson)
  2. The Big Short - Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (based on a book by Michael Lewis)
  3. Sicario - Taylor Sheridan
  4. Ex Machina - Alex Garland
  5. While We're Young - Noah Baumbach
  6. The Martian - Drew Goddard (based on a book by Andy Weir)
  7. Grandma - Paul Weitz
  8. Spotlight - Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Best Score  (This was a pretty weak year for scores, I think.  I welcome your thoughts.)

Best Song  (This was a pretty weak year for songs, I think.  I welcome your thoughts.)

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