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  1. Favourite Christmas films

    My favorites that haven’t been mentioned: 1.) The Apartment 2.) Fanny and Alexander 3.) Night of the Hunter 4.) My Night at Maud’s 5.) Mon Oncle Antoine 6.) Tale of Tales 7.) Carol 8.) The Proposition 9.) Blast of Silence 10.) A Midnight Clear Runners up: Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes, A Christmas Tale, Three Days of the Condor, The Dead, In Bruges
  2. Good thread idea. Is the exclusion of short films just for this pre-1920s round to keep out very short, proto-movie stuff like A Trip to the Moon or that will be in effect throughout? I ask because many of my all-time favorites, including the best work from some foreign masters like Alain Resnais, Rene Clair, Joris Ivens, Albert Lamorisse, etc., are short films and I’m not sure the benefit of ghettoizing them with disqualification. 1.) The Outlaw and His Wife (1918) Victor Sjostrom, Sweden 2.) Sir Arne's Treasure (1919) Mauritz Stiller, Sweden 3.) J'Accuse! (1919) Abel Gance, France 4.) Cabiria (1914) Giovanni Pastrone, Italy 5.) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Robert Wiene, Germany 6.) A Man There Was (1917) Victor Sjostrom, Sweden 7.) Les Vampires (1915) Louis Feuillade, France 8.) The Golem (1920) Carl Boese, Paul Wegener, Germany 9.) Fantomas (1913) Louis Feuillade, France 10.) Thomas Graal's Best Child (1918) Mauritz Stiller, Sweden Funny to see only 4 countries represented in my 10 favorites. Sweden owned this era, which I guess is just to say that Sjostrom and Stiller were killing it.
  3. BEST ACTOR 1.) Robert De Niro -Taxi Driver (1976) 2.) Robert De Niro -Raging Bull (1980) 3.) Marlon Brando -Last Tango in Paris (1972) 4.) Klaus Kinski -Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) 5.) Denzel Washington -Malcolm X (1992) 6.) Daniel Day-Lewis -There Will Be Blood (2007) 7.) Al Pacino -Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 8.) Paul Newman -Hud (1963) 9.) Jean-Louis Barrault -Children of Paradise (1945) 10.) Jack Nicholson -Five Easy Pieces (1970) 11.) Alec Guiness -Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 12.) Benicio Del Toro -Che (2008) BEST ACTRESS (ditto Lawrence's note that Falconetti would be here if not for the arbitrary 1930 cutoff) 1.) Liv Ullmann -Persona (1966) 2.) Bibi Andersson -Persona (1966) 3.) Liv Ullmann -Scenes from a Marriage (1973) 4.) Giulietta Massina -Nights of Cabiria (1957) 5.) Gena Rowlands -A Woman Under the Influence (1974) 6.) Susan Sarandon -Dead Man Walking (1995) 7.) Harriet Andersson -Through a Glass Darkly (1961) 8.) Meryl Streep -Sophie's Choice (1982) 9.) Ingrid Bergman -Notorious (1946) 10.) Faye Dunaway -Network (1976) 11.) Gloria Swanson -Sunset Boulevard (1950) 12.) Isabelle Adjani -The Story of Adele H (1975) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1.) Samuel L. Jackson -Pulp Fiction (1994) 2.) Orson Welles -The Third Man (1949) 3.) Robert Duvall -Apocalypse Now (1979) 4.) Tom Cruise -Magnolia (1999) 5.) Marlon Brando -The Godfather (1972) 6.) Robert De Niro -Mean Streets (1973) 7.) Peter Finch -Network (1976) 8.) Jack Lemmon -Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) 9.) Erich Von Stroheim -The Grand Illusion (1937) 10.) Douglas Rain -2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 11.) Ben Johnson -The Last Picture Show (1971) 12.) George C. Scott -Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1.) Cloris Leachman-The Last Picture Show (1971) 2.) Nastassja Kinski -Paris, Texas (1984) 3.) Frances McDormand -Fargo (1996) 4.) Juliet Berto -Out 1 (1971) 5.) Eslinda Nunez -Lucia (1968) 6.) Agnes Moorehead -The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 7.) Mariel Hemmingway -Manhattan (1979) 8.) Ingrid Thulin -Cries and Whispers (1972) 9.) Thelma Ritter -Pickup on South Street (1953) 10.) Julianne Moore -Boogie Nights (1997) 11.) Jane Darwell- The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 12.) Cathy Burns -Last Summer (1969) BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE 1.) Sean Nelson -Fresh (1994) 2.) Fernando Ramos da Silva -Pixote (1981) 3.) Abraham Attah -Beasts of No Nation (2015) 4.) Aleksei Kravchenko -Come and See (1985) 5.) Jodie Foster -Taxi Driver (1976) 6.) Jean-Pierre Leaud -The 400 Blows (1959) 7.) Natalie Portman -Beautiful Girls (1996) 8.) Victoire Thivisol -Ponette (1996) 9.) David Bradley -Kes (1969) 10.) Linda Manz -Days of Heaven (1978) 11.) Tatum O'Neal -Paper Moon (1973) 12.) Nikolay Burlyaev -Ivan's Childhood (1962)
  4. BEST ACTOR: Michael Shannon -Take Shelter (2011) BEST ACTRESS: Michelle Williams -Blue Valentine (2010) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sam Rockwell -Seven Psychopaths (2012) BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Cecile de France -The Kid with a Bike (2011) BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE: Abraham Attah -Beasts of No Nation (2015)
  5. I understand this thinking and even agree with it if the lists are undifferentiated. "Here are my 100 favorites movies of the year or female performances in alphabetical order" isn't of much use to me. I can't imagine the 99th out of that list is all that worthy but can't determine what it is vs. the #2 choice. But skimpole and JamesStewartFan95 separates out their top 5, Bogie and I rank and separate our top 10 from any honorable mentions, and Lawrence's lists are in preferential order. With the exception I guess of CinemaInternational (who may also list in preferential order, I'm just not sure enough to say, and either way lists a #1 winner), everyone is still providing a delineated top 5 -- if you only care about their cream of the crop choices, you can skip the rest if you so choose, but where is the harm or "lack of control" or rational argument against also listing more than 5 worthwhile films or performances so long as you're still separating and labeling the best of the best? The exercise is to find the very best performance or films in a year and at least nearly everyone still does that, noting the 5 absolute best, just not confining all their accolades merely to those choices if additional choices also warrant praise. Many of us see the lists as opportunities to make and receive recommendations and I think out of the ~300 movies I see a year, the 8th or 11th best movie or performance I saw in a given year is also worthy of recognition and recommendation.
  6. BEST ACTOR 1.) Robert Pattinson -Good Time 2.) Daniel Kaluuya -Get Out 3.) Hugh Jackman -Logan 4.) Roger Guenever Smith -Rodney King 5.) Kyle Mooney -Brigsby Bear 6.) Michael Fassbender -Alien: Covenant 7.) John Cho -Columbus 8.) Kelvin Harrison Jr. -It Comes at Night 9.) Tom Holland -Spider-Man: Homecoming 10.) Joel Edgerton -It Comes at Night HM: Colin Farrell -The Beguiled, Tracy Letts -The Lovers, Jake Johnson -Win It All, Jeremy Renner -Wind River, Channing Tatum -Logan Lucky BEST ACTRESS 1.) Sreymoch Sareum -First They Killed My Father 2.) Haley Lu Richardson -Columbus 3.) Aubrey Plaza -Ingrid Goes West 4.) Melanie Lynskey -I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore 5.) Debra Winger -The Lovers 6.) Ahn Seo-hyun -Okja 7.) Kirsten Dunst -The Beguiled 8.) Jennifer Lawrence -mother! 9.) Danielle Macdonald -Patti Cake$ 10.) Kristen Stewart -Personal Shopper HM: Nicole Kidman -The Beguiled, Katherine Waterston -Alien: Covenant, Emma Watson -The Circle BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1.) Paul Dano -Okja 2.) Christopher Abbott -It Comes at Night 3.) Ray Romano -The Big Sick 4.) O'Shea Jackson Jr. -Ingrid Goes West 5.) Will Oldham -A Ghost Story 6.) Phoeung Kompheak -First They Killed My Father 7.) Benny Safdie -Good Time 8.) Michael Keaton -Spider-Man: Homecoming 9.) Greg Kinnear -Brigsby Bear 10.) Bradley Whitford -Get Out HM: Casey Brown -The Mountains of Mourne, Daniel Craig -Logan Lucky, Keegan Michael-Key -Win It All, John C. Reilly -Kong: Skull Island, Jon Bernthal -Wind River BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1.) Holly Hunter -The Big Sick 2.) Rooney Mara -A Ghost Story 3.) Alison Williams -Get Out 4.) Elizabeth Olsen -Ingrid Goes West 5.) Riley Keogh -The Discovery, It Comes at Night, & Logan Lucky 6.) Taliah Webster -Good Time 7.) Sophia Lillis -It 8.) Oona Laurence -The Beguiled 9.) Carmen Ejogo -It Comes at Night 10.) Betty Gabriel -Get Out HM: Parker Posey -Columbus, Michelle Pfeiffer -mother!, Zoe Kazan -The Big Sick, Catherine Keener -Get Out, Hannah Elder -Hydrangea BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE 1.) Sreymoch Sareum -First They Killed My Father 2.) Taliah Webster -Good Time 3.) Ahn Seo-hyun -Okja 4.) Sophia Lillis -It 5.) Oona Laurence -The Beguiled 6.) Dafne Keen -Logan 7.) Farrah Mackenzie -Logan Lucky 8.) Jeremy Ray Taylor -It 9.) Amiah Miller -War for the Planet of the Apes 10.) Finn Wolfhard -It
  7. BEST ACTOR 
1.) Casey Affleck -Manchester by the Sea
 2.) Ryan Gosling -La La Land & The Nice Guys 
3.) Denzel Washington -Fences 
4.) Peter Simonischek -Toni Erdmann 
5.) Jake Gyllenhaal -Demolition & Nocturnal Animals 
6.) Andre Royo -Hunter Gatherer
 7.) Andrew Garfield -Silence 
8.) Logan Lerman -Indignation 9.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt -Snowden 10.) Paul Dano -Swiss Army Man HML Joel Edgerton -Loving, Lucas Zumann -20th Century Women, Viggo Mortensen -Captain Fantastic, Josh Brolin -Return to the Planet of the Apes: Hail, Caesar!, Dwayne Johnson -Central Intelligence, Jesse Eisenberg -Cafe Society, Michael Shannon -Midnight Special, Russell Crowe -The Nice Guys, James MacAvoy -Split, Elijah Wood -The Trust (aside from Affleck's incredible turn, an extremely weak year for lead actors) BEST ACTRESS 
1.) Sandra Huller -Toni Erdmann 2.) Natalie Portman -Jackie
 3.) Isabelle Huppert -Elle 
4.) Emma Stone -La La Land 5.) Viola Davis -Fences 
6.) Adele Haenel -The Unknown Girl 
7.) Amy Adams -Arrival & Nocturnal Animals 
8.) Annette Bening -20th Century Women 9.) Narges Rashidi -Under the Shadow 10.) Kate Beckinsale -Love & Friendship HM: Ruth Negga -Loving, Florence Pugh -Lady Macbeth, Rebecca Hall -Christine, Sasha Lane -American Honey, Anne Hathaway -Colossal, Garance Marillier -Raw, Hailee Steinfeld -The Edge of Seventeen, Kim Tae-Ri -The Handmaiden, Kim Min-Hee -The Haindmaiden, Grace Van Patten -Tramps, Felicity Jones -Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
1.) Mahershala Ali -Moonlight 
2.) Alex Hibbert -Moonlight 
3.) Lucas Hedges -Manchester by the Sea 
4.) Jim Cummings -Thunder Road
 5.) Alden Ehrenrich -Hail, Caesar! 6.) Tom Bennett -Love & Friendship 
7.) Tadanobu Asano -Silence 
8.) Trevante Rhodes -Moonlight 
9.) Michael Shannon -Nocturnal Animals 
10.) Jared Harris -Certain Women HM: Andre Holland -Moonlight, Danny DeVito -****-Dog, John Hurt -Jackie, George Semple III -Hunter Gatherer, Daniel Radcliffe -Swiss Army Man, Billy Crudup -20th Century Women, Peter Sarsgaard -Jackie, Mahershala Ali -Kicks, Issey Ogata -Silence, Glen Powell -Everybody Wants Some!!, Keegan Michael-Key -Don't Think Twice, Michael Barbieri -Little Men, Wen Jiang -Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Finnegan Oldfield -Nocturama, Aaron Taylor-Johnson -Nocturnal Animals, Hayden Szeto -The Edge of Seventeen, Adam Scott -My Blind Brother, Rabah Nait Oufella -Raw, Joel Edgerton -Midnight Special, Steve Carrell -Cafe Society, Woody Harrelson -The Edge of Seventeen BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
1.) Lily Gladstone -Certain Women
 2.) Kristen Stewart -Cafe Society & Certain Women 
3.) Michelle Williams -Manchester by the Sea 
4.) Greta Gerwig -20th Century Women
 5.) Gillian Jacobs -Don't Think Twice 
6.) Elle Fanning -20th Century Women 7.) Eileen Walsh -How Was Your Day? 8.) Paulina Garcia -Little Men 9.) Sarah Gadon -Indignation 10.) Kirsten Dunst -Midnight Special HM: Laura Dern -Certain Women, Greta Gerwig -****-Dog & Jackie, Joanne Tucker -Zero Days, Avin Manshadi -Under the Shadow, Molly Shannon -Other People, Pamela Flores -Endless Poetry, Ellen Burstyn -****-Dog, Katy Mixon -Hell or High Water, Hannah Marks -Slash, Haley Lu Richardson -The Edge of Seventeen, Janelle Monae -Moonlight BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE 1.) Alex Hibbert -Moonlight 2.) Avin Manshadi -Under the Shadow 3.) Lucas Zumann -20th Century Women 4.) Michael Barbieri -Little Men 5.) Jaeden Lieberher -Midnight Special 6.) Angourie Rice -The Nice Guys 7.) Jahking Guilllory -Kicks 8.) Louka Minnella -The Unknown Girl 9.) Jamil McRaven -Nocturama 10.) Christopher Jordan Wallace -Kicks
  8. I thought nothing of it when I saw it on your list, a simple typo or mistake, but I've always assumed you're just copying and pasting the winners from various festivals and critics bodies here. Do you retype each one or did you go in and manually change each instance of "Idris" to "Indris" from pasted lists? I couldn't figure that one out.
  9. Top Ten Films of...

    I'll do 2017, which we're 3/4 through, before jumping back to the beginning. The Best Films of 2017 (so far) 1.) A Ghost Story 2.) Manifesto 3.) LA '92 4.) First They Killed My Father 5.) It Comes at Night 6.) Endless Poetry 7.) Risk 8.) Good Time 9.) I Am Not Your Negro 10.) Get Out Honorable mention: Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin, The Unknown Girl, Nocturama, Logan, In Transit, City of Ghosts, Get Me Roger Stone, Burn, ****, Burn!, Columbus, Ingrid Goes West, Casting Jon Benet, The Beguiled, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Brigsby Bear, Rodney King, Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, John Wick 2, Hi Stranger, Mommy Dead and Dearest, Alien Covenant, Okja, Strong Island, Blade Runner 2049, Five Came Back, I Called Him Morgan Worst 1.) It 2.) The Little Hours 3.) The Circle 4.) Free Fire 5.) Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive 6.) Patti Cakes 7.) Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire 8.) Song to Song 9.) Ruby Ridge 10.) Kingsman: The Golden Circle Dishonorable mention: Wonder Woman, Catfight, Fate of the Furious, Maria Bamford: Old Baby, The Discovery, Small Crimes, Found Footage 3D, Split, Baby Driver This also marks the 5th year in a row when at least one film I've worked on has made both my best of the year list (It Comes at Night, Voyage of Time, Krisha, Boyhood, Mud) and my worst (Song to Song, A Country Called Home, Secrets of a Psychopath, Echoes of War, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Thank You a Lot, Chef, Machete Kills). Here's hoping only half that pattern continues.
  10. BEST LEAD ACTOR 1.) Abraham Attah -Beasts of No Nation 2.) Idris Elba -Beasts of No Nation 3.) Geza Rohrig -Son of Saul 4.) Jesuthasan Antonythasan -Dheepan 5.) Jason Segal - The End of the Tour 6.) David Thewlis -Anomalisa 7.) Tom Courtenay -45 Years 8.) Samuel L. Jackson -The Hateful Eight 9.) Colin Farrell -The Lobster 10.) Michael Fassbender -Steve Jobs HM: Jason Bateman -The Gift, Ben Foster -The Program, Michael B. Jordan -Creed, Matt Damon -The Martian, Jake Gyllenhaal -Demolition, Channing Tatum -Magic Mike XXL, Tom Hanks -Bridge of Spies, Michael Caine -Youth, Peter Sarsgaard -Experimenter, Jesse Eisenberg -The End of the Tour, Logan Marshall-Green -The Invitation BEST LEAD ACTRESS 1.) Elizabeth Moss & Katherine Waterston -Queen of Earth (tied) 2.) Rooney Mara -Carol 3.) Cate Blanchett -Manifesto 4.) Charlotte Rampling -45 Years 5.) Cate Blanchett -Carol 6.) Krisha Fairchild -Krisha 7.) Kalieaswari Srinivasan -Dheepan 8.) Emily Blunt -Sicario 9.) Jenjira Pongpas -Cemetery of Splendour 10.) Charlize Theron -Mad Max: Fury Road HM: Greta Gerwig -Mistress America, Royalty Hightower -The Fits, Shu Qi -The Assassin, Saoirse Ronan -Brooklyn, Bel Powley -Diary of a Teenage Girl, Brie Larson -Room, Teyonah Parris -Chi-Raq, Jennifer Lawrence -Joy, Anya Taylor-Joy -The Witch, Lola Kirke -Mistress America, Amy Poehler -Inside Out, Rebecca Hall -The Gift BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1.) Tom Noonan -Anomalisa 2.) Josh Brolin - Sicario 3.) Mark Rylance -Bridge of Spies 4.) Emory Cohen -Brooklyn 5.) Walton Goggins -The Hateful Eight 6.) Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye -Beasts of No Nation 7.) Benicio Del Toro -Sicario 8.) Simon Schwarz -Everything Will Be Okay 9.) Macon Blair -Green Room 10.) Richard Jenkins -Bone Tomahawk HM: Liev Schreiber -Spotlight, Patrick Stewart -Green Room, Sylvester Stallone -Creed, Will Poulter -The Revenant, Stanley Tucci -Spotlight, Matthew Fox -Bone Tomahawk, Harvey Keitel -Youth, Patrick Fugit -Queen of Earth, Jesse Plemons -The Program, Ryan Gosling -The Big Short, Richard Kind -Inside Out, Michael Pena -Ant-Man BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1.) Jennifer Jason Leigh -The Hateful Eight & Anomalisa 2.) Jarinpattra Rueangram -Cemetery of Splendour 3.) Claudine Vinasithamby -Dheepan 4.) Jada Pinkett Smith -Magic Mike XXL 5.) Cate Blanchett -Knight of Cups 6.) Julia Pott -World of Tomorrow 7.) Rachel Weisz -The Lobster & Youth 8.) Kate Winslet -Jobs 9.) Olivia Colman -The Lobster 10.) Rebecca Ferguson -Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation HM: Natalie Portman -Knight of Cups, Layla Alizada -Day One, Olivia Cooke -Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, Angeliki Papoulia -The Lobster, Winona Ryder -Experimenter, Mackenzie Davis -A Country Called Home, Phyllis Smith -Inside Out, Rachel McAdams -Spotlight, Bebe Cave -Tale of Tales, Julie Walters -Brooklyn, Margaret Ying Drake -They Look Like People BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE 1.) Abraham Attah -Beasts of No Nation 2.) Claudine Vinasithamby -Dheepan 3.) Royalty Hightower -The Fits 4.) Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye -Beasts of No Nation 5.) Julia Pointner -Everything Will Be Okay 6.) Jacob Tremblay -Room 7.) Judah Lewis -Demolition 8.) Harvey Scrimshaw -The Witch 9.) Eshref Dirmishi -Shok 10.) Ripley Sobo -Steve Jobs
  11. Top Ten Films of...

    The Best Films of 2016 1. Moonlight 2. Manchester by the Sea 3. La La Land (the most I've ever agreed with the Academy/critical consensus in any year) 4. The Lobster 5. Ho-mo Sapiens 6. 20th Century Women 7. Shin Godzilla 8. Cemetery of Splendour 9. Jackie 10. Thunder Road Honorable mention: O.J.: Made in America, Silence, Weiner, Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, Toni Erdmann, Do Not Resist, Green Room, Love & Friendship, Don't Think Twice, Everything Will Be Okay, Under the Shadow, Indignation, 13th, Dheepan, The Fits, Cameraperson, Arrival, Hail, Caesar!, Swiss Army Man, How Was Your Day?, Certain Women, Snowden, The Witch, Midnight Special, Tower, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The White Helmets, Zero Days, Author: The JT Leroy Story, Cafe Society, Elle, Loving, The Trust, Demolition, Requiem for an American Dream, Killer, Orange Sunshine, The Invitation, Hunter Gatherer, Day One, Trump Rally Worst 1.) Yoga Hosers 2.) Slash 3.) Special Correspondents 4.) American Honey 5.) The Neon Demon 6.) A Single Frame 7.) Holy Hell 8.) Everybody Wants Some!! 9.) The Jungle Book 10.) Deadpool Dishonorable mention: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Mascots, The Alchemist Cookbook, Finding Dory, A Country Called Home, Captain America: Civil War, Boo-ger Red, Desierto, Central Intelligence, Kicks, Suntan, Zootopia, High-Rise, Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids, Found Footage 3D, Hell or High Water, Sully, Last Days in the Desert, Hacksaw Ridge, Don't Breathe, Operation Avalanche, Sausage Party I hope we do a (so far) for 2017 and have one year left to go. Would anyone else be interested in doing a thread for crafts of various years when we're done with performances and top tens, e.g. best direction, writing, cinematography for a given year?
  12. Loving these choices so far, more overlap than I can remember, give or take a Marco Perella (worked on Boyhood and we all thought he might have to skip a year because of him). BEST LEAD ACTOR 1.) Jake Gyllenhaal -Nightcrawler 2.) Ralph Fiennes -The Grand Budapest Hotel 3.) Michael Keaton -Birdman 4.) Joaquin Phoenix-Inherent Vice 5.) David Oyelowo -Selma 6.) Oscar Isaac -A Most Violent Year 7.) Miles Teller -Whiplash 8.) Leland Orser -Faults 9.) Timothy Spall -Mr. Turner 10.) Artyom Bystrov -The Fool HM: Johannes Kunke -Force Majuere, Chadwick Boseman -Get On Up, Joshua Burge -Buzzard, Tony Revolori -The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ronald Zehrfeld -Phoenix, Jason Schwartzman -Listen Up Philip, Taika Waititi -What We Do in the Shadows, Paul Dano -Love & Mercy, Vladimir Vdovichenkov -Leviathan, Channing Tatum -Foxcatcher, Dan Stevens -The Guest, Russell Crowe -Noah, Phillip Seymour Hoffman -A Most Wanted Man, Tyler James Williams -Dear White People, Guy Pearce -The Rover, Jack O'Connell -'71, Bill Hader -The Skeleton Twins, Chris Rock -Top Five, Josh Charles -Bird People, Brendan Gleeson -Calvary, Ventura -Horse Money, Ben Affleck -Gone Girl BEST LEAD ACTRESS 1.) Lisa Loven Kongsli -Force Majeure 2.) Marion Cotillard -Two Days, One Night 3.) Sidse Babbett Knudsen -The Duke of Burgundy 4.) Nina Hoss -Phoenix 5.) Tessa Thompson -Dear White People 6.) Sarah Snook -Predestination 7.) Chiara D'Anna -The Duke of Burgundy 8.) Rosamund Pike -Gone Girl 9.) Juliette Binoche -Clouds of Sils Maria 10.) Essie Davis -The Babadook HM: Rinko Kikuchi -Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Julianne Moore -Still Alice, Brandy Burre -Actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw -Beyond the Lights, Emily Blunt -Edge of Tomorrow, Mary Elizabeth Winstead -Faults, Jenny Slate -Obvious Child, Hilary Swank -The Homesman, Rosario Dawson -Top Five BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1.) Edward Norton -Birdman 2.) J.K. Simmons -Whiplash 3.) Ethan Hawke -Boyhood 4.) Jonathan Pryce -Listen Up Philip 5.) Oscar Isaac -Ex Machina 6.) Mark Ruffalo -Foxcatcher 7.) Josh Brolin -Inherent Vice 8.) F. Murray Abraham -The Grand Budapest Hotel 9.) Fabrizio Rongione -Two Days, One Night 10.) Ricardo Darin -Wild Tales HM: Nelsan Ellis -Get On Up, Riz Ahmed -Nightcrawler, , Martin Short -Inherent Vice, Bryan Cranston -Godzilla,Tyler Perry -Gone Girl, Jeff Goldblum -The Grand Budapest Hotel, David Oyewolo -A Most Violent Year, Brandon Bell -Dear White People, Kristofer Hivju -Force Majeure, Robert Pattinson -The Rover, Albert Brooks -A Most Violent Year, Adam Driver -When We're Young, Joel Potrykus -Buzzard, James Hand -Thank You a Lot, James Gandolfini -The Drop, Will Arnett -The Lego Movie, Wyatt Russell -22 Jump Street BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1.) Elizabeth Moss -Listen Up Philip 2.) Emma Stone -Birdman 3.) Natalya Surkova -The Fool 4.) Kristen Stewart -Clouds of Sils Maria 5.) Kim Dickens -Gone Girl 6.) Katherine Waterston -Inherent Vice 7.) Erica Rivas -Wild Tales 8.) Alicia Vikander -Ex Machina 9.) Carmen Ejogo -Selma 10.) Carrie **** -Gone Girl HM: Jessica Chastain -A Most Violent Year, Rene Russo -Nightcrawler, Saoirse Ronan -The Grand Budapest Hotel, Teyonah Parris -Dear White People, Elena Lyadova -Leviathan, Nina Kunzendorf -Phoenix, Mia Wasikowska -Maps to the Stars, Keira Knightley -The Imitation Game, Anais Desmoustier -Bird People, Minnie Driver -Beyond the Lights, Amy Ryan -Birdman, Krysten Ritter -Listen Up Philip, Lucy Owen -The Mend, Elizabeth Banks -Love & Mercy JUVENILE 1.) Ellar Coltrane -Boyhood 2.) Noah Wiseman -The Babadook 3.) Lorelei Linklater -Boyhood 4.) Elias Schwartz & Lukas Schwartz -Goodnight Mommy 5.) Jordan & Jamarian Scott -Get On Up
  13. Top Ten Films of...

    The Best Films of 2015 1.) Making a Murderer 2.) Beasts of No Nation 3.) Anomalisa 4.) About Elly 5.) Hard to Be a God 6.) Cartel Land 7.) Son of Saul 8.) World of Tomorrow 9.) Approaching the Elephant 10.) Out 1 & (T)error (tie) Honorable mention: Carol, Sicario, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Above, Lighthouse, The Fool, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, The Duke of Burgundy, The Look of Silence, 45 Years, Junun, In Jackson Heights, Wild Tales, Queen of Earth, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Krisha, Timbuktu, Mistress America, Phoenix, Everything Will Be Okay, Eric & "Anna," Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, The Forbidden Room, The Assassin, Clouds of Sils Maria, Steve Jobs, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, The End of the Tour, Inside Out, The Yes Men Are Revolting, Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, '71, Bone Tomahawk, Spotlight, Creed, Magic Mike XXL, The Tribe, No No Sleep, What We Do in the Shadows Worst 1.) The Leisure Class 2.) Secrets of a Psychopath 3.) Jupiter Ascending 4.) Hot Girls Wanted 5.) Everest 6.) Fantastic Four 7.) The Mend 8.) Goodnight Mommy 9.) Every Thing Will Be Fine 10.) Echoes of War Dishonorable mention: Creep, A Very Murray Christmas, Jurassic World, The Other Side, Point Break, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Uncle Kent 2, The Walk, Digging for Fire, Baby, Baby, Baby, A Country Called Home, Joy, Trainwreck, Spectre, Room, Ant-Man, Two Step, Results, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Furious 7, Ted 2, Sleeping with Other People, Best of Enemies, 99 Homes, Western, The Seven-Five
  14. More than any other year I can think of, this one was really altered by going with premiere dates. Initially Delpy and Seydoux were the winners of their categories, half my Best Actress nominees were swapped, and I think 2014 will be a much weaker collection of performances. However that means I think this is a particularly strong crop, especially the ladies. BEST ACTOR 1.) Joaquin Phoenix -Her 2.) Chiwetel Ejiofor -12 Years A Slave 3.) Ethan Hawke –Before Midnight 4.) Oscar Isaac -Inside Llewyn Davis 5.) Lee Kang-Sheng -Stray Dogs 6.) Leonardo DiCaprio -The Wolf of Wall Street 7.) Ali Mosaffa -The Past 8.) Robert Redford -All is Lost 9.) Paul Rudd -Prince Avalanche 10.) Macon Blair -Blue Ruin HM: Bruce Dern -Nebraska, Christian Bale -American Hustle, Tishuan Scott -The Retrieval, Miles Teller -The Spectacular Now, Jake Gyllenhaal -Enemy, Tom Hanks -Captain Phillips, Nicolas Cage -Joe, Jesse Eisenberg -Night Moves, Jack O'Connell -Starred Up, Hugh Jackman -Prisoners, Toni Servillo -The Great Beauty, Steve Coogan -Philomena, Matthew McConaughey -Dallas Buyers Club, Michael B. Jordan -Fruitvale Station, Isaiah Washington -Blue Caprice, Simon Pegg -The World's End, Daniel Bruhl -Rush, Johnny Depp -The Lone Ranger, Mark Wahlberg -Pain & Gain, Jude Law -Side Effects, Will Forte -Nebraska, Jay Baruchel -This Is the End BEST ACTRESS 1.) Scarlett Johansson -Under the Skin 2.) Julie Delpy –Before Midnight 3.) Adele Exarchopoulos -Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.) Agata Trzebuchowska -Ida 5.) Shailene Woodley –The Spectacular Now 6.) Amy Seimetz –Upstream Color 7.) Amy Adams -American Hustle 8.) Luminita Gheorgiu -Child's Pose 9.) Brie Larson -Short Term 12 10.) Kristen Wiig -Hateship Loveship HM: Berenice Bejo -The Past, Judi Dench -Philomena, Danai Gurira -Mother of George, Julia Louis-Dreyfus -Enough Said, Tilda Swinton -Only Lovers Left Alive, Marion Cotillard - The Immigrant, Cate Blanchett -Blue Jasmine, Marin Ireland -Sparrows Dance, Lake Bell -In A World..., Anna Margaret Hollyman -White Reindeer, Rooney Mara -Side Effects & Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Robin Wright -The Congress, Emily Baldoni -Coherence, Sandra Bullock -Gravity (though while it's pretty good and the best performance of her career, the fact that her performance isn't as strong as it should be and would have been had Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson or any of the other far better actresses who were up for the part been cast is the film's biggest weakness. It's an incredible technical marvel but Bullock simply lacks the talent to provide the emotional core that might otherwise make the film one of the all-time greats.) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1.) Jared Leto -Dallas Buyers Club 2.) Jake Gyllenhaal -Prisoners 3.) Michael Fassbender -12 Years A Slave 4.) Barkhad Abdi -Captain Phillips 5.) James Gandolfini -Enough Said 6.) Ben Mendehlson -Starred Up 7.) Emile Hirsch -Prince Avalanche 8.) Bradley Cooper -American Hustle 9.) Jonah Hill -The Wolf of Wall Street 10.) Dwayne Johnson -Pain & Gain HM: Nick Nolte -Hateship Loveship, Keith Stanfield -Short Term 12, Gary Poulter -Joe, George Clooney -Gravity, Peter Sarsgaard -Night Moves, F. Murray Abraham -Inside Llewyn Davis, Devin Ratray -Blue Ruin, James Franco -This Is the End, Guy Pearce -Hateship Loveship, Bobby Canavale -Blue Jasmine, Kyle Chandler -The Wolf of Wall Street, Ben Kingsley -Iron Man 3, Javier Bardem -The Counselor, Fred Melamed -In a World..., Bob Odenkirk -The Spectacular Now, Brad Pitt -The Counselor, Keith Carradine -Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Isaach de Bankole -Mother of George, Tahar Rahim -The Past, Chris Cooper -August: Osage County, Matthew Goode -Stoker, Ben Foster -Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Jonah Hill -This Is the End, David Koechner -Cheap Thrills, Joaquin Phoenix -The Immigrant, Song Kang-Ho -Snowpiercer, Stacy Keach -Nebraska, Mos Def -Life of Crime, John Hawkes -Life of Crime BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1.) Agata Kulesza -Ida 2.) Lea Seydoux -Blue Is the Warmest Color 3.) Scarlett Johannson -Her 4.) Emma Watson -The Bling Ring 5.) Lupita Nyong'o -12 Years A Slave 6.) Pauline Burlet -The Past 7.) Zoe Kazan –Some Girl(s) 8.) Jennifer Lawrence -American Hustle 9.) Sally Hawkins -Blue Jasmine 10.) Carey Mulligan -Inside Llewyn Davis HM: Sarah Gadon -Enemy, Natasa Raab -Child's Pose, Adepero Oduye -12 Years a Slave, Dakota Fanning -Night Moves, Mia Wasikowska -Only Lovers Left Alive, Andrea Riseborough -Oblivion, Pamela Flores -The Dance of Reality, Tilda Swinton -Snowpiercer, Alexia Rasmussen -Proxy, Jennifer Jason Leigh -The Spectacular Now, Emily Watson -Some Girl(s), Margot Robbie -The Wolf of Wall Street, Amy Adams -Her, Sara Paxton -Love & Air Sex, Kaitlyn Dever -Short Term 12, Yaya Dacosta -Mother of George, Abigail Breslin -August: Osage County, Laura Lemar-Golsborough -White Reindeer, Meagan Good -Anchroman 2, Christine Lahti -Hateship Loveship, Alison Bruce -Dotty, Joyce Payne -Prince Avalanche, Octavia Spencer -Fruitvale Station, Ellen Page -The East, Anjorka Strechel -The Strange Little Cat, Sami Gayle -Hateship Loveship BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE 1.) Tye Sheridan -Joe 2.) Tavi Gevinson -Enough Said 3.) Jeremias Herskovitz -The Dance of Reality 4.) Zouhair Sabri -Horses of God 5.) Kaitlyn Dever -Short Term 12 6.) Achraf Afir -Horses of God 7.) Hailee Steinfeld -Hateship Loveship & Ender's Game 8.) Lee Yi-chieh -Stray Dogs 9.) Robbie Cleiren -Cadet 10.) AnnaSophia Robb -The Way, Way Back * Turns out that to my great surprise, my original choice, Ashton Sanders in The Retrieval, was 18 playing 13.
  15. Lead or Supporting Role?

    Fair enough, thanks for the explanation. It's often a quite subjective judgment call and there's no wrong answer, I was just curious as to the rationale for what initially struck me as a curious choice. I think it probably mostly stems from what I gather is the overwhelming importance of the role's story function in making such calls for you while, though I consider that as one of many factors, screentime is ultimately my paramount metric for whether a performance belongs in the lead or supporting category.

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