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:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS7

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

***

Agree?  Disagree?  Comment!

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:

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

Best Lead Actor:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS1

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Will Smith, Concussion

Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Best Lead Actress:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS3

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Best Screenplay:

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

Best Score:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS7

Brooklyn (Michael Brook)

Carol (Carter Burwell)

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

Best Cinematography:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS8

Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga)

The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)

Mommy (André Turpin)

Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)

Youth (Luca Bigazzi)

Best Film Editing:

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)

Best Production Design:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS11

Beasts of No Nation

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mr. Turner

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS12

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Terminator Genisys

Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS13

American Sniper

Amy

Beasts of No Nation

Love & Mercy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS14

Brooklyn

Far from the Madding Crowd

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mr. Turner

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

CINEMANIAC AWARDS15

American Sniper

Cinderella

Concussion

Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Agree?  Disagree?  Comment!

The 3rd Annual Cinemaniac Awards – WINNERS

As promised, I’ve picked out the winners by today–just in time for the Oscars to come along into the scene and override the tongue-in-cheek Cinemaniac Awards.  Of course, we all know that the Academy is wrong and I am right, but whatever, they’re always gonna be so much more prestigious than this über-small, comparatively recent blog of mine.

Anyway, here are the real winners, before the Academy tries and tell you otherwise:

Outstanding Feature

Boyhood

OUTSTANDING FEATURE

Best Screenplay

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

BEST SCREENPLAY

Outstanding Director

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Best Ensemble

Boyhood (Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke)

BEST ENSEMBLE

Best Actor

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)

BEST ACTOR

Best Actress

Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

BEST ACTRESS

Best Supporting Actor

J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Best Cinematography

Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Best Score

Birdman (Antonio Sanchez)

BEST SCORE

Best Visual Effects

Interstellar

FILM - INTERSTELLAR

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Adam Stockhausen)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Best Film Editing

Boyhood (Sandra Adair)

BEST FILM EDITING

Note: I have nothing against the Oscars.  I kid in my first two paragraphs.  Just putting that out there in case anybody suspected I was anti-Oscar.  As a matter of fact, I’m so darn excited for the Oscars tomorrow, and you better be, too.

The 3rd Annual Cinemaniac Awards – NOMINEES

I’m a little late this time, but better late than never, I suppose. Especially since I’ve been compiling this list since early January, maybe even late December. Anyway, 2014 was a really great year in movies, which is part of the reason why coming up with a full list of nominees for this year’s Cinemaniac Awards has taken me so long.

Please note that any films given a limited release in 2014, and then a wide release in 2015, will be eligible for next year’s ceremony. This includes Selma and American Sniper.

I’m interested to hear what all of you think of the nominees this year. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post. So now, without further ado, I give you the nominees for the 3rd Annual Cinemaniac Awards:

Outstanding Feature

Outstanding Feature

Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Ida
Under the Skin

Best Screenplay

Best Screenplay

Birdman (Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Armando Bo)
Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
The Imitation Game (Graham Moore)
Her (Spike Jonze)

Outstanding Director

Outstanding Director

Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)
Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Ensemble

Best Ensemble

Birdman (Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts)
Boyhood (Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke)
Foxcatcher (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave)
Gone Girl (Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Rona, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori)

Best Actor

Best Actor

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Actress

Best Actress

Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Shailene Woodley (White Bird in a Blizzard)

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supp Actor

Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl)
Miyavi (Unbroken)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supp Actress

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Jessica Chastain (Interstellar)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography

Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Ida (Ryszard Lenczewski, Lukasz Zal)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)
Under the Skin (Daniel Landin)
Whiplash (Sharone Meir)

Best Score

Best Score

Birdman (Antonio Sanchez)
Godzilla (Alexandre Desplat)
Gone Girl (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
The Imitation Game (Alexandre Desplat)
Under the Skin (Mica Levi)

Best Visual Effects

Best Visual Effects

Birdman
Godzilla
Interstellar
Lucy
Under the Skin

Best Costume Design

Best Costume Design

Big Eyes (Colleen Atwood)
Foxcatcher (Kasia Walicka-Maimone)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero)
The Imitation Game (Sammy Sheldon)
Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood)

Best Production Design

Best Production Design

Birdman (Kevin Thompson)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Adam Stockhausen)
Interstellar (Nathan Crowley)
Into the Woods (Dennis Gassner)
Snowpiercer (Ondrej Nekvasil)

Best Film Editing

Best Film Editing

Birdman (Stephen Mirrione, Douglas Crise)
Boyhood (Sandra Adair)
Chef (Robert Leighton)
The Gambler (Peter Beaudreau)
Under the Skin (Paul Watts)

Agree?  Disagree?  Leave a comment below!  And stay tuned…the winners are coming this Saturday.  Happy Oscartide!

The 2nd Annual Cinemaniac Awards – Nominations

Remember this? Yeah, I have my own, one-person Academy decisions for the year’s Cream of the Crop. Today, the nominations come in. You’ll find the winners at the bottom of each upcoming review.

I could probably add more to this intro, but it could probably only go into spoiling some of my picks. So, without further ado…the nominations:

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