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2016 Rising, Actus Tertius: Reflections

It’s time to close the door on 2015. Past time, even. But I wanted to round off this awards season, as patchy as my coverage of it may have been, with a poll (seen above), some statistical fun, and some reflection on my awards past.

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My 5th Annual Film Awards: Your Winners, My Winners, and My Rankings for Each Category

It’s time.

I was going to have a survey here, but I’ll save that for Monday.

A quick thanks to all of you who voted and all of you who got the vote out. The turn-out this year was lower than last year’s, but I must attribute some of that to my getting the polls up so late. I’ll see if I can’t do better next year.

Click that button to see our results.

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My 5th Annual Film Awards: Open Voting!

2015 Best Picture

Have at it, my friends.

But please, PLEASE, vote in all categories.

If you wish to write in a different choice, please do so in the comments.

To review the nominees, go here.

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My 5th Annual Film Awards: The Nominees

On the left, a film which made $150 million in the U.S. alone and which nearly everyone has heard of. On the right, a film which made about $110,000 in the U.S., and which comparatively few have heard of (and fewer have seen). But they're both up for my Best Picture award.

On the left, a film which made $150 million in the U.S. alone and which nearly everyone has heard of. On the right, a film which made about $110,000 in the U.S., and which comparatively few have heard of (and fewer have seen). But they’re both up for my Best Picture award.

And so it begins.

Apologies for not illustrating this post as elaborately as I might have, but it’s been a busy weekend.

In fact, because of time pressures, I’ve decided the open voting will actually commence tomorrow–President’s Day. An appropriate day for voting, no? (A neat rationalization of my own procrastination…no?)

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  • Anomalisa
  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Creed
  • Ex Machina
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • The Look of Silence
  • Love & Mercy
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Mr. Holmes
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Son of Saul
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Tangerine

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Longlists for My 5th Annual Film Awards: A Work in Progress

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter poster

Once one of my most anticipated films of the year–but now, at year’s end, how much attention do I still pay it?

When I was assembling the nominees for my 3rd Annual Film Awards, I posted a longlist of films and performances I was considering for each category, and then put up a series of articles where I derived my final roster of nominees by going through the longlists and picking the best 5.

Since I’ve honed my skills at ranking my contenders in each category over the last two years, this year maintaining a ranked list of up to 20 contenders per category, I won’t be sifting through the longlists as I did once upon a time. But I thought you might like to see where my categories stand as of now.

Of course, a lot can change in the next two weeks. There are films to watch and rewatch, and a couple of categories in particular will require additional research. But this serves to show what I broadly think are the strongest elements of the year in film.

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Dates for My 5th Annual Film Awards!

Time to fix a few dates for my own awards.

  • 2/14: My 5th Annual Film Awards: The Nominees; My 5th Annual Film Awards: Open Voting
  • 2/15: BAFTA Results
  • 2/21: The 2015-16 Awards Season: An Overview
  • 2/27: Open voting closes
  • 2/28: My 5th Annual Film Awards; My 5th Annual Film Awards: The Voters Speak!; My Top 20 Lists in Each Category; Final Oscar Predictions
  • 2/29: Oscar Results; Predicting My 6th Annual Film Awards

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My Six-Month Film Awards: 2015

Not a bad start to the year.

Not a bad start to the year.

I decided to list the top 20 in each category, though most categories don’t have even half that many contenders. The top 5 in each category are my nominees, and as such are bolded.

Picture:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Inside Out
  3. Love & Mercy
  4. Ex Machina
  5. Spy
  6. It Follows
  7. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  8. Maps to the Stars
  9. ’71
  10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  11. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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