madmax_furyroad_imageSeattle, Wa. – Members of Seattle’s film and critical community have voted and nominations for the 2015 Seattle Film Awards, which honor the best work in film for 2015, have been announced. From a selection of films across 21 categories, the groundbreaking Mad Max: Fury Road leads the field, securing 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (George Miller), Best Ensemble Cast, as well as Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design, Original Score, Sound Design, and Visual Effects.

Todd Haynes’ return to film, the 1950s romance Carol, landed an impressive 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Haynes), Best Adapted Screenplay, technical nods for Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design, Original Score, and two Lead Actress nominations for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Joining those films in several categories is Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s The Revenant, which earned 9 nominations including Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy), and competes against Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol in the categories of Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design, and Sound Design.

Also well received is Denis Villeneuve’s timely Sicario, which garnered 8 nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Supporting Actor (Benicio del Toro), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, and Sound Design.

Ridley Scott earned a Best Director nomination for The Martian, joining Miller, Haynes, Iñarritu, and Villeneuve in that category. The film amassed 7 nominations overall. In addition to Scott’s nomination for Directing, the film also is a nominee for Best Picture, Lead Actor (Matt Damon), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Design, and Visual Effects.

Rounding out the Best Picture lineup for 2015 is John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Pixar’s animated blockbuster Inside Out, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Oliver Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, which also earned Kristen Stewart a nomination for Supporting Actress.

The news was not good for Oscar hopeful Spotlight, the high profile film about a team of reporters uncovering systemic misconduct and abuse in the Catholic Church. Spotlight landed just two nominations for Best Ensemble and Original Screenplay.

Other films earning multiple nominations, but absent from the Best Picture field, include Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, with six nominations, Steve Jobs, which landed acting and ensemble recognition, Creed, Ryan Coogler’s rebranding of the Rocky franchise (3 nominations), and the pop culture movie of the year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which rallied for four technical nominations.

With nominations in place, voting for the winners will take place beginning January 4, 2016. Voting for this year’s recipients concludes January 8, 2016, with the winners announced on January 13, 2016, the day before the official nominations announcement for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled for January 14, 2016.

The complete list of nominations for the 2015 Seattle Film Awards are listed below:

THE 2015 SEATTLE FILM AWARD NOMINEES:

BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR:

  • BROOKLYN (Fox Searchlight)
  • CAROL (The Weinstein Company)
  • CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (Sundance Selects)
  • EX MACHINA (A24)
  • INSIDE OUT (Walt Disney Studios)
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Warner Bros.)
  • THE MARTIAN (20TH Century Fox)
  • THE REVENANT (20TH Century Fox)
  • ROOM (A24)
  • SICARIO (Lionsgate)

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Todd Haynes – CAROL
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu – THE REVENANT
  • George Miller – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
  • Ridley Scott – THE MARTIAN
  • Denis Villenueve – SICARIO

BEST ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE:

  • Matt Damon – THE MARTIAN
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – THE REVENANT
  • Michael Fassbender – STEVE JOBS
  • Samuel L. Jackson – THE HATEFUL EIGHT
  • Michael B. Jordan – CREED

BEST ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE:

  • Cate Blanchett – CAROL
  • Nina Hoss – PHOENIX
  • Brie Larson – ROOM
  • Rooney Mara – CAROL
  • Saoirse Ronan – BROOKLYN

BEST ACTOR in a SUPPORTING ROLE:

  • Benicio del Toro – SICARIO
  • Tom Hardy – THE REVENANT
  • Oscar Isaac – EX MACHINA
  • Mark Rylance – BRIDGE OF SPIES
  • Sylvester Stallone – CREED

BEST ACTRESS in a SUPPORTING ROLE:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – THE HATEFUL EIGHT
  • Kristen Stewart – CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
  • Mya Taylor – TANGERINE
  • Alicia Vikander – EX MACHINA
  • Kate Winslet – STEVE JOBS

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST:

  • THE BIG SHORT
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHT
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
  • SPOTLIGHT
  • STEVE JOBS

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • EX MACHINAAlex Garland
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHTQuentin Tarantino
  • INSIDE OUTPete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley (screenplay); Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen (story)
  • SICARIOTaylor Sheridan
  • SPOTLIGHTJosh Singer & Tom McCarthy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • BROOKLYNNick Hornby
  • CAROLPhyllis Nagy
  • THE MARTIANDrew Goddard
  • ROOMEmma Donoghue
  • STEVE JOBSAaron Sorkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

  • ANOMALISACharlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, directors
  • INSIDE OUTPete Docter, director
  • THE PEANUTS MOVIESteve Martino, director
  • SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIEMark Burton, Richard Starzak, Julie Lockhart and Paul Kewley, directors
  • WHEN MARNIE WAS THEREHiromasa Yonebayashi, director

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

  • AMYAsif Kapadia, director
  • CARTEL LANDMatthew Heineman, director
  • GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE POWER OF BELIEFAlex Gibney, director
  • KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECKBrett Morgen, director
  • THE LOOK OF SILENCEJoshua Oppenheimer, director

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

  • THE ASSASSINHou Hsiao-Hsien, director
  • MUSTANGDeniz Gamze Ergüven, director
  • PHOENIXChristian Petzold, director
  • SON OF SAULLászló Nemes, director
  • WHITE GODKornél Mundruczó, director

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • CAROLEdward Lachman
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHTRobert Richardson
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROADJohn Seale
  • THE REVENANTEmmanuel Lubezki
  • SICARIORoger Deakins

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • BROOKLYNOdile Dicks-Mireaux
  • CAROLSandy Powell
  • CINDERELLASandy Powell
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROADJenny Beaven
  • THE REVENANTJacqueline West

BEST FILM EDITING:

  • THE BIG SHORTHank Corwin
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROADMargaret Sixel
  • THE MARTIANPietro Scalia
  • SICARIOJoe Walker
  • STEVE JOBSElliot Graham

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING:

  • CAROLPatricia Regan, Jerry DeCarlo
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROADLesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin, Elka Wardega
  • THE REVENANTGraham Johnston, Robert Pandini

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

  • CAROLCarter Burwell
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHTEnnio Morricone
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Tom Holkenborg
  • SICARIOJóhann Jóhannsson
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENSJohn Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

  • CREED – “Grip”, Ludwig Göransson, Sam Dew, Tessa Thompson (composers)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”, Abel Tesfaye, Stephan Moccio, Jason  Quenneville, Ahmad Balshe (composers)
  • FURIOUS 7 – “See You Again”, Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz (composers)
  • THE HUNTING GROUND – “Til It Happens To You”, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren (composers)
  • SPECTRE – “Writing’s On The Wall”, Sam Smith, James Napier (composers)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

  • CAROLJudy Becker (production design); Heather Loeffler (set decorator)
  • CRIMSON PEAKTom Sanders (production design); Shane Vieau, Jeffrey A. Melvin (set decorator)
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROADColin Gibson (production design); Lisa Thompson (set decorator)
  • THE REVENANTJack Fisk (production design); Hamish Purdy (set decorator)
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENSRick Carter and Darren Gilford (production design); Lee Sandales (set decorator)

BEST SOUND DESIGN:

  • MAD MAX: FURY ROADBen Osmo, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff (sound mixing); Scott Hecker, Mark Mangini, David White (sound editing)
  • THE MARTIANMac Ruth, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor (sound mixing); Oliver Tarney (sound editing)
  • THE REVENANTChris Duesterdisk, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Moñtano, Randy Thom (sound mixing); Martin Hernandez, Randy Thom, Lon Bender (sound editing)
  • SICARIOJohn Reitz, Tom Ozanich, William Sarokin (sound mixing); Alan Robert Murray (sound editing)
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENSAndy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson (sound mixing); Matthew Wood, David Acord (sound editing)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

  • EX MACHINAAndrew Whitehurst
  • JURASSIC WORLDTim Alexander, Glen McIntosh, Tony Plett, Michael Meinardus
  • MAD MAX: FURY ROADAndrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams
  • THE MARTIANRichard Stammers, Chris Lawrence, Anders Langlands, Steven Warner
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENSRoger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould

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The Seattle Film Awards

Now in its third year, the Seattle Film Awards annual survey polls more than two dozen Seattle-area film critics, working in print, broadcast media, and the internet to determine their choices for the best in film from the past year. The survey was started by Seattle-area film critic Michael Ward in 2013.

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.