The CineMarter Awards – Best of 2015

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As I’ve mentioned before, 2015 was an odd year for film. Its great films were really special, but its worst films were abominations. This makes creating lists difficult, since there’s just so much from which to choose. Narrowing categories down to just five nominees is difficult any year, and in 2015 it became even more difficult. However, that’s exactly what various awards aim to do. You know how these things work, so without further ado, here are the CineMarter Awards for the best of cinema from 2015.

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The Nominees (Alphabetical Order)

Best Film

  1. Ex Machina
  2. Inside Out
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road
  4. The Martian
  5. Spotlight

Best Director

  1. Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)
  2. George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
  3. Ridley Scott (The Martian)
  4. Ryan Coogler (Creed)
  5. Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Best Leading Actor

  1. Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
  3. Matt Damon (The Martian)
  4. Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
  5. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Best Leading Actress

  1. Brie Larson (Room)
  2. Cate Blanchett (Carol)
  3. Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
  4. Rooney Mara (Carol)
  5. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
  2. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
  3. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
  4. Michael Keaton (Spotlight)
  5. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
  2. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
  3. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
  4. Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)
  5. Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

Best Animated Film

  1. Anomalisa
  2. The Good Dinosaur
  3. Inside Out
  4. Shaun the Sheep Movie
  5. When Marnie Was There

Best Screenplay

  1. The Big Short (Adam McKay and Charles Randolph)
  2. Bridge of Spies (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Matt Charman)
  3. Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
  4. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer)
  5. Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Cinematography

  1. Carol (Edward Lachmann)
  2. The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
  4. The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  5. Sicario (Roger Deakins)

Best Documentary

  1. Amy
  2. Best of Enemies
  3. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  4. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
  5. The Look of Silence

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Mustang
  2. Phoenix
  3. Son of Saul
  4. Theeb
  5. White God

Best Non-Theatrical Film

  1. Beasts of No Nation
  2. Knock Knock
  3. Night Owls
  4. Turbo Kid
  5. The Voices

Best Use of a Song in a Film

  1. Furious 7 – “See You Again”
  2. The Last Five Years – “I Can Do Better Than That”
  3. Magic Mike XXL – “I Want it That Way”
  4. Paper Towns – “Pokemon Theme”
  5. The Voices – “Sing a Happy Song”

Breakout Star

  1. Alicia Vikander
  2. Cara Delevingne
  3. Domhnall Gleeson
  4. Oscar Isaac
  5. Taron Egerton
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Best Film

The category that arguably the most people care about, the Best Film of 2015 was one I thought was locked up early on this year, only for a film that came later to surprise me. And then another film. And then another. 2015 had more than five viable candidates. It may have had more than ten! The top films of the year were genuinely really great; there’s no Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close this year.

Ex Machina is a modern sci-fi masterpiece. Inside Out is arguably Pixar’s best film ever. Mad Max: Fury Road is a reminder that even junky action movies can have a brain and a heart. The Martian is everything Interstellar wishes it was. And Spotlight is a perfect film, even though it’s not flashy. What a year.

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian


And the winner is…