Nominations: The 4th Annual Cinemaniac Awards

It’s that time of year again: awards season.  The Oscar nominations are announced in less than a week.  Today, the far-less-prestigious (but just-as-fun-as-the-Oscars-hosted-by-Ellen) Cinemaniac nominations are announced.

This is my fourth time nominating movies for the annual Cinemaniac Awards.  I saw far more movies released in 2015 than I have any other year, so I have quite a number of films to nominate.  I’ve been drafting my list of nominees for about two or three months now, and let me tell you, it’s not easy.  2015 was an amazing year for movies.  Particularly with actors, actresses, and cinematography (this was the year for amazing cinematography in movies, in my opinion), I’ve had to make some tough calls.

Some of the nominations you’ll agree with, some of them you won’t.  I’d love to hear where you stand on as many of these as possible.  I doubt you’ll have seen all the films here, but if you get the chance to, please do.  They’re all nominated for a reason.  Even two films (Beasts of No Nation and Mr. Turner) that bored me to freaking tears still had some qualities that I could not resist nominating.

So without further ado, I give you the nominations for the 4th Annual Cinemaniac Awards:

Outstanding Director:


Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs

Xavier Dolan, Mommy

Clint Eastwood, American Sniper

Todd Haynes, Carol

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Paolo Sorrentino, Youth

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Lead Actor:


Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Will Smith, Concussion

Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Supporting Actor:


Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Walton Goggins, The Hateful Eight

Michael Keaton, Spotlight

Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Lead Actress:


Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actress:


Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Screenplay:


American Sniper: written by Jason Hall; based on the book by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice

Carol: screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; based on the novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith

Inside Out: original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen; screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley

Love & Mercy: written by Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner; based on the life of Brian Wilson

Mad Max: Fury Road: written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris

The Martian: screenplay by Drew Goddard; based on the book by Andy Weir

Room: screenplay by Emma Donoghue; based on her novel

Spotlight: written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Steve Jobs: screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; based on the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson

Trainwreck: written by Amy Schumer

Best Score:


Brooklyn (Michael Brook)

Carol (Carter Burwell)

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

Best Cinematography:


Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga)

The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)

Mommy (André Turpin)

Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)

Youth (Luca Bigazzi)

Best Film Editing:


American Sniper (Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach)

Carol (Affonso Gonçalves)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon)

Steve Jobs (Elliot Graham)

Best Production Design:


Beasts of No Nation

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mr. Turner

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects:


Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Terminator Genisys

Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing:


American Sniper


Beasts of No Nation

Love & Mercy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design:



Far from the Madding Crowd

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mr. Turner

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:


American Sniper



Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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