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Best of 2015: Who and What SHOULD Be Given Oscars for the Year!

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The 2015 Year-in-Review continues as I’ve already weighed in with the Top 10 films of the year along my personal ballot.  It’s now time to take those nominations and name a winner, films, performances, and craftsmen I would award for their extrordinary work.

Click through the gallery to see all the winners below:

markruffalo_spotlightBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
RUNNER UP: Sam Elliott in “Grandma”

samelliott_grandmaIts hard to pin point when the brilliance of Mark Ruffalo was fully realized.  Some can say his work in “You Can Count on Me,” some may say either “The Kids Are All Right” or “Foxcatcher.”  Either way, Ruffalo tops them all with his breathtaking and astounding turn in Tom McCarthy’s as Mike Rezendes, and in one scene, delivers a masterclass on acting as passion and heartache oozes from his skin.  On the other side, right behind him is the fragrant and one-two punch of Sam Elliott in Paul Weitz’s “Grandma.”

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of 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,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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Must. See. Son of Saul… Very nice picks, by the way. My personal picks (so far) are: Best Original Composition Winner: Brothers in Arms – Mad Max: Fury Road Runner Up: Revenge – Steve Jobs Best Original Score Winner: It Follows – Disasterpeace Runner Up: Sicario – Johann Johansson Best Visual Effects Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Runner Up: Mad Max: Fury Road Best Sound Editing Winner: In the Heart of the Sea Runner Up: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Best Sound Mixing Winner: Love & Mercy Runner Up: Mad Max: Fury Road Best Makeup & Hairstyling Winner: Maggie… Read more »

Nikhil Nandu

My Picks: Best Picture: Sicario RU: The Big Short and The Revenant (tie) Best Director: Alejandro G. Innaritu, The Revenant RU: Denis Villeneuve, Sicario Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant RU: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room RU: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn Best Actor Supporting: Oscar Issac, Ex Machina RU: Benicio Del Toro, Sicario Best Actress Supporting: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight RU: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina Best Original Screenplay: Sicario RU: The Hateful Eight Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short RU: Steve Jobs Best Production Design: Brooklyn RU: The Hateful Eight Best Cinematography: The Revenant RU:… Read more »

Phillip Milner

I can support just about any of these. In (what i consider to be) a weak year for film, just about anything can win and I wouldn’t have a major problem with it.

But one thing I can’t wrap my head around is how any list of winners (or runners up for that matter) can talk about original score without even mentioning Disasterpeace’s score for It Follows. It’s arguably the best score of the last 5 years.

Luke McGowan

Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars is far and away better than her performance in Still Alice. But doesn’t it count as a 2014 release because it got her a Globe nod in 2014?


Seen almost everything except Son of Saul, Macbeth, and 45 Years. My subjective take: PICTURE: Mad Max: Fury Road (Runner-up: Spotlight) DIRECTOR: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road (Runner-up: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant) ACTOR: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs (Runner-up: Tom Hardy, Legend) ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room (Runner-up: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl and Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) SUPPORTING ACTOR: Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina (Runner-up: Sylvester Stallone, Creed and Emory Cohen, Brooklyn) SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Olivia Cooke, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Runner-up: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina) SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (Runner-up: Taylor Sheridan,… Read more »

Andrew Gillespie

BEST PICTURE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Runner-up: Room BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller-Mad Max: Fury Road Runner-up: Tom McCarthy-Spotlight BEST ACTOR: Jacob Tremblay-Room Runner-up: Jason Bateman-The Gift BEST ACTRESS: Sarah Snook-Predestination Runner-up: Blythe Danner-I’ll See You in My Dreams BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sylvester Stallone-Creed Runner-up: Tom Noonan-Anomalisa BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander-Ex Machina Runner-up: Olivia Cooke-Me and Earl and the Dying Girl BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Hateful Eight Runner-up: Inside Out BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Room Runner-up: The Martian BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: It Follows Runner-up: Brooklyn BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mad Max: Fury Road Runner-up: Creed BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Mad Max: Fury Road… Read more »


Thanks for giving so much love with Brooklyn.


Do you ever come across a movie or performance you would like to get nominated or even win, but know it doesn’t deserve it?


Clayton I’m just curious, why did you like Grandma so much? I mean for me, it was an okay little film but nothing really memorable or special.

jesse S.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and that means we don’t have to agree with any or all of them.


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