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.”


  1. 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
    Runner Up: Mad Mad: Fury Road

    Best Film Editing
    Winner: Elliot Graham – Steve Jobs
    Runner Up: Jake Roberts – Brooklyn

    Best Costume Design
    Winner: Odile Dicks-Mireaux – Brooklyn
    Runner Up: Courtney Hoffman – The Hateful Eight

    Best Cinematography
    Winner: Luca Bigazzi – Youth
    Runner Up: Mike Gioulakis – It Follows

    Best Production Design
    Winner: Mark Digby – Ex Machina
    Runner Up: Yohei Taneda – The Hateful Eight

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Winner: Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs
    Runner Up: Emma Donoghue – Room

    Best Original Screenplay
    Winner: Alex Garland – Ex Machina
    Runner Up: Paolo Sorrentino – Youth

    Best Supporting Actress
    Winner: Rachel Weisz – Youth
    Runner Up: Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

    Best Supporting Actor
    Winner: Jeff Daniels – Steve Jobs
    Runner Up: Emory Cohen – Brooklyn

    Best Actress
    Winner: Abigail Breslin – Maggie
    Runner Up: Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

    Best Actor
    Winner: Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
    Runner Up: John Cusack – Love & Mercy

    Best Director
    Winner: Danny Boyle – Steve Jobs
    Runner Up: David Robert Mitchell – It Follows

    Best Picture
    Winner: Steve Jobs
    Runner Up: Ex-Machina

    It’s been a good year for movies, as always.

  2. 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: Sicario

    Best Film Editing: The Big Short
    RU: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Best Costume Design: Brooklyn
    RU: The Hateful Eight

    Best Makeup and Hair-styling: The Revenant
    RU: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
    RU: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Best Sound Editing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    RU: The Revenant and Mad Max (tie)

    Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    RU: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Best Original Score: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    RU: The Hateful Eight and Sicario (tie)

    Best Original Song: Spectre
    RU: –

    Best Cast Ensemble: The Hateful Eight
    RU: Spotlight and Brooklyn (tie)

    Final Tally:
    Sicario- 6
    The Revenant- 6
    The Hateful Eight- 6
    Mad Max:Fury Road- 5
    Brooklyn- 4
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens- 4
    The Big Short- 3
    Steve Jobs- 2
    Ex Machina- 2
    Room- 1

    Honorable Mentions: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, Creed

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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, Sicario)

    (Runner-up: Crimson Peak)

    VISUAL EFFECTS: Mad Max: Fury Road
    (Runner-up: Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

    SCORE: The Hateful Eight
    (Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road)

    CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Revenant
    (Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road)

    (Runner-up: Anomalisa)

  6. 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

    Runner-up: Inside Out

    Runner-up: The Martian

    Runner-up: Brooklyn

    Runner-up: Creed

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Mad Max: Fury Road
    Runner-up: The Hateful Eight

  7. 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.

    • Its simplistic but morally complex in the questions it asks about what she’s doing for her granddaughter, and even more about her meeting with her old flame. Its charming, funny, and all that in between.


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