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Film Honors: 2015

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices based on viewings.

Actor Support

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

Filmmaking Breakthrough

Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior)
Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
Sean Baker (Tangerine)
Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Chris Messina (Alex of Venice)

Sound Designing

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Relatos salvajes

Special Effects

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

Acting Breakthrough

Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)
Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Karidja Touré (Bande de filles)
Alicia Vikander (Testament of Youth)

Cast Ensemble

The Big Short
Inside Out
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Relatos salvajes

Actor Lead

Raúl Arévalo (La isla mínima)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Javier Gutiérrez (La isla mínima)
Tom Hardy (Legend)
Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)

Set Designing

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

Costume Designing

Brooklyn
Carol
Cinderella
Crimson Peak
Mad Max: Fury Road

Youth Breakthrough

Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
Evan Bird (Maps to the Stars)
Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland)
Natalia Dyer (I Believe in Unicorns)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Score Composing

Craig Armstrong (Far From the Madding Crowd)
Michael Brook (Brooklyn)
Disasterpeace (It Follows)
Thomas Newman (He Named Me Malala)
Max Richter (Testament of Youth)

Song Composing

“Bhoomiyilenghanumundo” (Jalam)
“Dreamsong” (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
“Fine On The Outside” (When Marnie Was There)
“Koodu Vaykkan” (Jalam)
“Simple Song #3” (Youth)

Picture Editing

Ex Machina
La isla mínima
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Cinematography

Alex Catalán (La isla mínima)
Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation)
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 (Que Horas Ela Volta?)
Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
Érica Rivas (Relatos salvajes)
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 (Relatos salvajes)

Actress Lead

Regina Casé (Que Horas Ela Volta?)
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 (Relatos salvajes)

Motion Picture

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour) USA / Iran
Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga) USA
Brooklyn (John Crowley) UK / Canada / Ireland
Ex Machina (Alex Garland) UK / USA
Inside Out (Pete Docter) USA
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) Australia / USA 
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos) Ireland / UK / Greece / France / Netherlands
Que Horas Ela Volta? (Anna Muylaert) Brazil
Kaguyahime no monogatari (Isao Takahata) Japan
Relatos salvajes (Damián SzifrónArgentina / Spain

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