The end of the year also marks the beginning of awards season, and with The Golden Globes already come and gone, we only have The Oscars left to celebrate.
Year after year, I'm disappointed by many of the nominations and most of the winners that The Academy chooses, so I thought (instead of complaining more), I would share who my nominations and winners would be.
Brie Larson, Room
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Rooney Mara, Carol
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Winner: Saoirse Ronan
I think that most people are expecting one of the women from Carol to take home the trophy. While I thought both of their performances were incredible, having two lead actresses in a movie makes it difficult to vote for either one of them. Add that to the distracting cinematography, and Carol becomes a slight disappointment despite the excellent script and talented cast. Larson is another favorite, but her movie, Room, is meant to tell a story, not just highlight a performance. Ronan, on the other hand, was clearly the star of the show from the first shot. She carried that movie on her back and I was so impressed with how Brooklyn was able to tell the story of a generation of immigrants through ones love story.
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Jobs
Bradyley Cooper, Burnt
Winner: Eddie Redmayne
Yes, I'm aware that my not rewarding Leo in this category is a rather unpopular opinion, but I believe that when you only take into consideration the performances from this year, Redmayne is more deserving in this role. And yes, I expect to hear some dissenting opinions in the comments.
Denis Villeneuve, Sicario
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Guillermo Del Toro, Crimson Peak
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro GonzÃÂ¡lez IÃÂ±ÃÂ¡rritu, The Revenant
Winner: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
I know a lot of people are pulling for Ridley Scott or Inurritu, but the spectacle that was Mad Max: Fury Road could not have happened without Miller's unique vision, and for that, and his creating and showcasing such an unapologetic female action hero, I believe that he is most deserving.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Winner: Crimson Peak
I chose the above photo because it showcases both the male and female costuming, but to be frank, I could have put any photo from any scene in here and still made my point. Anyone who's seen Crimson Peak would agree with me that they deserve to be rewarded for the incredible beauty of this film.
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The purpose of a film's score is to elicit an emotion from the audience that gives meaning to the visuals they're seeing on screen. It sets the mood for not only the scene, but the movie as a whole. This score from Sicario was the most effective I've heard since The Silence of The Lambs' (1992).
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Benicio Del Toro, Sicario
Winner: Jacob Tremblay
The Academy and The Hollywood Foreign Press are often hesitant to reward children for their performances, usually because a truly award worthy role for a child seldom comes along. Tremblay, however, is absolutely deserving for his work in Room, and it's a shame that it dosen't look like he'll be receiving an Oscar nomination.
I believe that the supporting actress category is the most interesting and most competitive of the 2015/16 award season. Even choosing my nominees was difficult, and a winner next to impossible. After much thought, here's my list:
Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak
Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
That was a difficult decision for me because although Vikander was the most award worthy in The Danish Girl, my favorite peformance of the year by a supporting actress was Jessica Chastain in Crimson Peak. I also thoroughly enjoyed Vikander in Ex Machina.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The unprecedented creativity that became Mad Max: Fury Road is something unique to cinema in recent memory. It's a special SPECIAL movie and exists outside of The Academy's normal scope. It was 2015's best picture.