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My Awards

After I saw Melancholia in 2011, I pondered what awards I would nominate it for, were I in the Academy. These thoughts, along with my persual of Erik Beck’s Nighthawk Awards (at nighthawknews.wordpress.com), inspired me to create my own film awards, and I intend to keep the tradition going for years to come.

I now keep (as comprehensively as I can) a ranked list of all the films I see for a given year, and over the course of that year consider what films should be up for what awards. As my recent Longlists to Nominees articles have shown, finalizing the nominees can be a difficult process, forcing me to pass over some great films and performances in favor of…well, greater films and performances.

2016(Nominees)

Best Picture: Elle

Best Director: Pablo Larraín (Jackie)

Best Actor: Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

Best Ensemble: Fences

Best Vocal Performance – Male: Liam Neeson (A Monster Calls)

Best Vocal Performance – Female: Charlize Theron (Kubo and the Two Strings)

Best Original Screenplay: The Lobster

Best Adapted Screenplay: Elle

Best Factually-Based Screenplay: Jackie

Best Cinematography: Silence

Best Editing: Jackie

Best Production Design: The Handmaiden

Best Costume Design: The Love Witch

Best Makeup: Star Trek Beyond

Best Score: Jackie

Best Song: “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)

Best Sound Mixing: Arrival

Best Sound Effects: Arrival

Best Visual Effects: A Monster Calls

The Voters Speak!

Complete Rankings by Category (will be updated as I continue to see 2016 films)

2015(Nominees)

Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Director: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Actor: John Cusack & Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Best Supporting Actor: Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight)

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)*

Best Original Screenplay: Inside Out

Best Adapted Screenplay: Carol

Best Factually-Based Screenplay: The Big Short

Best Cinematography: The Revenant

Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Production Design: Hard to Be a God

Best Costume Design: Crimson Peak

Best Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Score: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Song: “The Final Derrière” (The Forbidden Room)

Best Sound Mixing: Everest

Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road

*When I first gave out my awards, I had Vikander in lead (ranked at #3) and my winner was Olivia Cooke for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. On rewatching Ex Machina, however, I decided Vikander was indeed a supporting role and she became my winner.

2014(Nominees)

Best Picture – Drama: Gone Girl

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy: Dear White People

Best Director – Drama: Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)

Best Director – Musical/Comedy: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)

Best Actor – Drama: Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy: Brontis Jodorowsky (The Dance of Reality)

Best Actress – Drama: Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac)

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy: Tessa Thompson (Dear White People)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama: Stellan Skarsgård (Nymphomaniac)

Best Supporting Actor – Musical/Comedy: Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama: Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac

Best Supporting Actress – Musical/Comedy: Emma Stone (Birdman)

Best Original Screenplay – Drama: Nymphomaniac

Best Original Screenplay – Musical/Comedy: Dear White People

Best Adapted Screenplay – Drama: Gone Girl

Best Adapted Screenplay – Musical/Comedy: The Dance of Reality

Best Cinematography: Birdman

Best Editing: Gone Girl

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Score: Interstellar

Best Song: “I Love You All” (Frank)

Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash

Best Visual Effects: Interstellar

Best Sound Effects: Interstellar

The Voters Speak!

Conflated Nominees/Winners

¹When I first put together the nominations, I omitted Martin from the lineup. Before I announced the awards, I rewatched Nymphomaniac and realized hers was, in fact, the best performance in the category. When I first announced the awards, I awarded this category to Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer (which is not in of itself an unworthy choice), but here have given Martin the award she deserved. She replaces Uma Thurman, also from Nymphomaniac.

2013: (Nominees) – Click on each category to see the relevant Longlists to Nominees article

Best Picture: Spring Breakers

Best Director: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Best Actress: Brie Larson (Short Term 12)

Best Supporting Actor: James Franco (Spring Breakers)

Best Supporting Actress: Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12)

Best Original ScreenplayA Touch of Sin

Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Wolf of Wall Street

Best CinematographySpring Breakers

Best EditingSpring Breakers

Best Production DesignThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Costume Design12 Years a Slave

Best Makeup12 Years a Slave

Best ScoreUpstream Color

Best Song: “The Moon Song” (Her)

Best Sound MixingAll Is Lost

Best Visual EffectsGravity

Best Sound EffectsUpstream Color

2012:

Best Picture: The Master (Nominees)

Best Director: Leos Carax (Holy Motors)

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)

Best Original Screenplay: Seven Psychopaths

Best Adapted Screenplay: Cosmopolis

Best Cinematography: Skyfall

Best Editing: Cloud Atlas

Best Production Design: Wreck-It Ralph

Best Costume Design: Mirror Mirror 

Best Makeup: Cloud Atlas

Best Score: The Master

Best Song: “Mecca” (Cosmopolis)

Best Sound Mixing: Skyfall

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Best Sound Effects: Wreck-It Ralph

2011:

Best Picture: Melancholia (Nominees)

Best Director: Lars Von Trier (Melancholia)

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender (Shame)

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)

Best Supporting Actor: Kiefer Sutherland (Melancholia)

Best Supporting Actress: Carey Mulligan (Shame)

Best Original Screenplay: Melancholia

Best Adapted Screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Cinematography: Melancholia

Best Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Production Design: Hugo

Best Costume Design: Anonymous

Best Makeup: N/A

Best Score: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Song: “So Long” (Winnie the Pooh)

Best Sound Mixing: Drive

Best Visual Effects: The Tree of Life

Best Sound Effects: Drive

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