Winners: The 4th Annual Cinemaniac Awards

I’m not sure how to preface this, other than to say that picking these winners required making a lot of close calls.  Like I’ve said many times before, 2015 was a really great year for movies.  That’s pretty difficult to represent with awards.  Just take a look at the Oscars. Carol and Straight Outta Compton were two of the best films of the year, and they were in the runnings for Best Picture, but when it comes to the nominees, you can only single out eight of the years best films.

It’s even more difficult when choosing the winners, because you’re not just choosing the best of the year; you’re choosing the best of the best.  For a year like 2011, this would have required little to no thought.  But for a year like 2015, naming just one film the best of its category requires some serious contemplation.

As you can see, I’ve finished my contemplation, and I have settled upon my choices–the winners of the 4th Annual Cinemaniac Awards.  Let’s start off with the non-competitive categories, which I did not introduce when I announced the nominees on January 8th:

OUTSTANDING FILM OF THE YEAR: Spotlight

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR: Inside Out

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE YEAR: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

OUTSTANDING NON-AMERICAN FILM OF THE YEAR: Youth

OUTSTANDING FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: Two Days, One Night

And now, without further ado, the competitive categories for the 4th Annual Cinemaniac Awards:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS

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

The Winner:

Ridley Scott, The Martian

BEST LEAD ACTOR:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS1

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Will Smith, Concussion

Jacob Tremblay, Room

The Winner:

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS2

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Walton Goggins, The Hateful Eight

Michael Keaton, Spotlight

Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

The Winner:

Michael Keaton, Spotlight

BEST LEAD ACTRESS:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS3

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

The Winner:

Brie Larson, Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS4

Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

The Winner:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

BEST SCREENPLAY:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS5

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

The Winner:

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

BEST SCORE:

The Nominees:

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Brooklyn (Michael Brook)

Carol (Carter Burwell)

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

The Winner:

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS8

Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga)

The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)

Mommy (André Turpin)

Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)

Youth (Luca Bigazzi)

The Winner:

The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)

BEST FILM EDITING:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS9

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)

The Winner:

Steve Jobs (Elliot Graham)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS11

Beasts of No Nation

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mr. Turner

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Winner:

The Hateful Eight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS12

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Terminator Genisys

The Winner:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND EDITING AND SOUND MIXING

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS13

American Sniper

Amy

Beasts of No Nation

Love & Mercy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Winner:

Beasts of No Nation

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS14

Brooklyn

Far from the Madding Crowd

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mr. Turner

The Winner:

The Hateful Eight

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

The Nominees:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS15

American Sniper

Cinderella

Concussion

Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Winner:

Mad Max: Fury Road

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2 thoughts on “Winners: The 4th Annual Cinemaniac Awards

    • The principle I set regarding release dates is that if a film was given a limited release at the end of one year and expands to a considerably wider release at the beginning of the following year, then I consider it a release of the latter year. I believe it is much fairer this way, because the latter year is when most people will have seen the film.

      This is also why The Revenant, Anomalisa, and Where to Invade Next will be considered for my Best of 2016 list. For example, The Revenant’s $1.3 million gross in 4 theaters is pretty darn impressive, but that’s only about 1.1% of what it’s brought in total.

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