Friday, December 18, 2015

2015 YEAR-END BALLOT

Past ballots at The Wandering Image:
 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991199219931994199519961997, 199819992000 2001,
 20022003200420052006, 200720082009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 
 2013, 2014

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Note: As usual, Oscar winner predictions will be added towards the end of January next to my *top pick in each category.


**Actual AMPAS nominees added 1/14/2016**
**Oscar winner predictions added 1/14/2016 in parentheses next to my choices**
**Actual AMPAS winners noted 2/29/2016**









*MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
ANOMALISA
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
CAROL
WORLD OF TOMORROW
QUEEN OF EARTH

ROOM
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

BONE TOMAHAWK

actual oscar nominees:
THE BIG SHORT
SPOTLIGHT (won)
BRIDGE OF SPIES
BROOKLYN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE MARTIAN
THE REVENANT
ROOM

prediction:
SPOTLIGHT


 









*HARD TO BE A GOD                            (SON OF SAUL)               
HORSE MONEY
PIGEON SAT ON BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
PHOENIX
TAXI
THE TRIBE
GETT
MEDITERRANEA
GIRLHOOD

GUEROS

actual oscar nominees:
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
MUSTANG
THEEB
A WAR
SON OF SAUL  (won)










*George Miller for 
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD       (Tom McCarthy)
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson for ANOMALISA
Joshua Oppenheimer for THE LOOK OF SILENCE
Todd Haynes for CAROL
Aleksei German for HARD TO BE A GOD
Peter Strickland for THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY 

actual oscar nominees:
Adam McKay for THE BIG SHORT
George Miller for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Alejandro G. Iñárritu for THE REVENANT  (won)
Lenny Abrahamson for ROOM
Tom McCarthy for SPOTLIGHT












*Nina Hoss in PHOENIX                  (Charlotte Rampling)
Blythe Danner in I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS
Ronit Elkabetz in GETT: TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
Elisabeth Moss in QUEEN OF EARTH
Rinko Kikuchi in KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

actual oscar nominees:
Cate Blanchett in CAROL
Jennifer Lawrence in JOY
Charlotte Rampling in 45 YEARS
Saoirse Ronan in BROOKLYN

Brie Larson in ROOM  (won)












*Bryan Cranston in TRUMBO           (DiCaprio) 
Ben Mendelsohn in MISSISSIPPI GRIND 
Koji Yakusho in THE WORLD OF KANAKO
Samuel L. Jackson in THE HATEFUL EIGHT 
Michael Fassbender in STEVE JOBS

actual oscar nominees:
Leonardo DiCaprio in THE REVENANT  (won)
Bryan Cranston in TRUMBO
Matt Damon in THE MARTIAN
Michael Fassbender in STEVE JOBS
Eddie Redmayne in THE DANISH GIRL



 









*Rooney Mara in CAROL                  (Alicia Vikander)
Jennifer Jason Leigh in THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Kate Winslet in STEVE JOBS
Jessica Chastain in CRIMSON PEAK
Julianne Moore in MAPS TO THE STARS

actual oscar nominees:
Jennifer Jason Leigh THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Rooney Mara in CAROL
Rachel McAdams in SPOTLIGHT
Kate Winslet in STEVE JOBS

Alicia Vikander in THE DANISH GIRL  (won)











*Mark Duplass in CREEP           (Mark Ruffalo) 
Idris Elba in BEASTS OF NO NATION
Paul Dano in LOVE & MERCY
B.D. Wong in FOCUS
Mark Rylance in BRIDGE OF SPIES

actual oscar nominees:
Christian Bale in THE BIG SHORT
Mark Rylance in BRIDGE OF SPIES  (won)
Tom Hardy in THE REVENANT
Mark Ruffalo in SPOTLIGHT
Sylvester Stallone in CREED












*LOVE & MERCY - Oren Moverman  (SPOTLIGHT)
EX MACHINA - Alex Garland
SPOTLIGHT - Todd McCarthy
BRIDGE OF SPIES - Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY - Peter Strickland

actual oscar nominees:
BRIDGE OF SPIES
EX MACHINA
INSIDE OUT
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
SPOTLIGHT  (won)



 








*BROOKLYN - Nick Hornby          (THE MARTIAN)
ANOMALISA - Charlie Kaufman
CAROL - Phyllis Nagy
PHOENIX Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki
CHI-RAQ - Spike Lee

actual oscar nominees:
THE BIG SHORT  (won)
BROOKLYN
CAROL
THE MARTIAN
ROOM










*THE LOOK OF SILENCE          (AMY)
OF MEN AND WAR
HEART OF A DOG
THE PEARL BUTTON
WESTERN
WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE?
IN JACKSON HEIGHTS
THE HUNTING GROUND
THE LIFE & DEATH OF MARK DEFRIEST
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

actual oscar nominees:
AMY  (won)
CARTEL LAND
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE?
WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE/S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM











*ANOMALISA                                    (INSIDE OUT)
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
CHEATIN'
THE GOOD DINOSAUR
ZARAFA 

actual oscar nominees:
ANOMALISA
BOY & THE WORLD
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
INSIDE OUT  (won)










*THE REVENANT - Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, MSC             (THE REVENANT)
CAROL - Edward Lachman, ASC
HARD TO BE A GOD - Vladimir Ilin, Yuriy Klimenko 
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - John Seale, ACS
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Robert Richardson, ASC

actual oscar nominees:
CAROL
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE REVENANT  (won)
SICARIO










*MAD MAX: 
FURY ROAD - Margaret Sixel  (THE REVENANT)
SICARIO - Joe Walker
CAROL - Affonso Gonçalves
CREED - Claudia Castello, Michael P. Shawver
LOVE & MERCY - Dino Jonsäter
THE REVENANT - Stephen Mirrione

actual oscar nominees:
THE BIG SHORT
THE REVENANT
SPOTLIGHT
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  (won)
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS













*CAROL - Carter Burwell >           (HATEFUL 8)
HEART OF A DOG - Laurie Anderson > >
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Ennio Morricone >
IT FOLLOWS - Disasterpiece >
SICARIO - Johann Johannsson >
EX MACHINA - Barrow & Salisbury >
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - Junkie XL > 


actual oscar nominees:
BRIDGE OF SPIES
THE HATEFUL EIGHT  (won)
CAROL
SICARIO
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS









*CRIMSON PEAK - Thomas E. Sanders      (BRIDGE OF SPIES)
HARD TO BE A GOD - Sergei Kokovkin; Kropachyov; Zhukova
BRIDGE OF SPIES Adam Stockhausen
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - Colin Gibson; Lisa Thompson
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM - Galen Johnson
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA - Mark Tildesley; Dominic Capon

actual oscar nominees:
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  (won)
BRIDGE OF SPIES
THE DANISH GIRL
THE MARTIAN
THE REVENANT











*HARD TO BE A GOD - Elena Zhukova       (FURY ROAD)
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - Jenny Beaven
CRIMSON PEAK - Kate Hawley
CAROL - Sandy Powell
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - Joanna Johnston
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Courtney Hoffman

actual oscar nominees:
CAROL
CINDERELLA
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  (won)
THE DANISH GIRL
THE REVENANT












*MAD MAX: FURY ROAD     (THE REVENANT)
PREDESTINATION
BLACK MASS
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
CRIMSON PEAK
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 
THE HATEFUL EIGHT

actual oscar nominees:
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  (won)
100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT A WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED
THE REVENANT











*MAD MAX: FURY ROAD       (FURY ROAD)
LOVE & MERCY
ANOMALISA
THE REVENANT
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
CRIMSON PEAK
EX MACHINA

actual oscar nominees:
THE MARTIAN
THE REVENANT
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  (won)
SICARIO
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS











*MAD MAX: FURY ROAD      (FURY ROAD)
LOVE & MERCY
EVEREST
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
BLACK HAT 

actual oscar nominees:
BRIDGE OF SPIES
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  (won)
THE MARTIAN
THE REVENANT
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS











*THE MARTIAN                                   (FORCE AWAKENS)
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
THE WALK 3D
EX MACHINA
CRIMSON PEAK
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE REVENANT
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
SPRING
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

actual oscar nominees:
EX MACHINA  (won)
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE MARTIAN
THE REVENANT
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS












*RUN THE JEWELS: CLOSE YOUR EYES (AND COUNT TO FUCK)            (STUTTERER)
COPYCAT (Charlie Lyne)
NO NO SLEEP
MELVILLE
POWER / RANGERS
KUNG FURY
TAME IMPALA: THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER
QUAY
JUDY JUDY JUDY
DAWN (Rose McGowan)
JOANNA NEWSOM: DIVERS

LANA DEL REY: HIGH BY THE BEACH


actual oscar nominees:
AVE MARIA
DAY ONE
EVERYTHING WILL BE OK
SHOK
STUTTERER  (won)










*WORLD OF TOMORROW      (SANJAY'S)
THE LAST DAYS OF CONEY ISLAND
CODA
ODIN'S AFTERBIRTH
SANJAY'S SUPER TEAM
MIGRATION
OK GO: LAST LEAF
PROLOGUE

actual oscar nominees:
BEAR STORY  (won)
PROLOGUE
SANJAY'S SUPER TEAM
WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS
WORLD OF TOMORROW












Muriel Awards Categories:





*1) Final 30mins convoy action (Slit & Interceptor ride eternal, "polecats," etc.) - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
2) Strangers confess love for Michael (mask falling off) - ANOMALISA
3) Fight with grizzly centerpiece.. continuous shot - THE REVENANT
4) the big finale between the Twin Towers - THE WALK [IMAX 3D]
5) second time the dinner scene plays out (shoulder embrace) - CAROL
6) "the four passengers" arrival & shootout - THE HATEFUL EIGHT
-tie- dirt bike gang pursuit through canyon - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
7) Jack is able to convey predicament to female officer - ROOM
8) chemo therapy / training montage. climaxing in a run with "12 o'clock" bikers to Rocky's apartment - CREED
9) stalking Sadak during Nyepi festival. (finale violence) - BLACKHAT
10) "the doll cabinet." Ava replaces her skin - EX MACHINA
11) climactic night raid on underground drug tunnel - SICARIO
12) Powers is shot down. U2 jet crash sequence - BRIDGE OF SPIES
-tie- race within a water-cooled storage tank - M:I 5- ROGUE NATION
13) trapped inside pitch black bedroom with "Nana" (hide & seek). Becca's camera LCD as sole light source. unnerving as hell - THE VISIT
14) the rampaging Shock Street praying mantis - GOOSEBUMPS [3D]
-tie- fiery Essex wreckage sinks into ocean - IN THE HEART OF THE SEA [3D]
15)  Mukunda's expressionist short during end credits - THE WOLFPACK

also this:












*LOVE & MERCY
SPOTLIGHT

CAROL
TRUMBO
BROOKLYN 
THE BIG SHORT














*1) Alicia Vikander in EX MACHINA, THE DANISH GIRL, MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, BURNT, SEVENTH SON
2) Spike Lee for CHI-RAQ and DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS
3) Domhnall Gleeson in BROOKLYN, EX MACHINA, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and THE REVENANT
4) John Cusack in CHI-RAQ, LOVE & MERCY, MAPS TO THE STARS
5) Amy Berg for PROPHET'S PREY, EVERY SECRET THING, JANIS JOPLIN LITTLE GIRL BLUE, and AN OPEN SECRET
6) Mary Elizabeth Winstead in FAULTS and ALEX OF VENICE
7) Walton Goggins in THE HATEFUL EIGHT, AMERICAN ULTRA, MOJAVE, and DIABLO
8) Michael Stuhlbarg in TRUMBO, STEVE JOBS, & PAWN SACRIFICE
9) Jennifer Jason Leigh in THE HATEFUL EIGHT, ANOMALISA, ALEX OF VENICE and WELCOME TO ME
10) Tom Hardy in THE REVENANT, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, CHILD 44, PEAKY BLINDERS, and LEGEND
11) Elizabeth Banks in LOVE & MERCY, PITCH PERFECT 2, EVERY SECRET THING, WET HOT AMERICAN 1ST DAY OF CAMP, HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY 2, and MAGIC MIKE XXL
12) Zoe Kravitz in GOOD KILL, DOPE, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD












*1) Deniz Gamze Ergüven for MUSTANG
2) Alex Garland for EX MACHINA

3) S. Craig Zahler for BONE TOMAHAWK
4) Miroslav Slaboshpitsky for THE TRIBE
5) Jonas Carpignano for MEDITERRANEA 
6) Joel Edgerton for THE GIFT 
7) Josh Mond for JAMES WHITE 
8) Bill Pohlad for LOVE & MERCY
9) Gabriel London for LIFE & MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
10) Sam de Jong for PRINCE
11) Eddie Mullins for DOOMSDAYS 
12) Miguel Llansó for CRUMBS 
13) Kiah Roache-Turner for WYRMWOOD  
14) Ryan Gosling for LOST RIVER 












*1) Christopher Abbott in JAMES WHITE
2)
Laia Costa in VICTORIA
3) Sarah Snook in PREDESTINATION
4) Golshifteh Farahani in ABOUT ELLY 
5) Jane Levy in BANG BANG BABY
6) Mya Taylor in TANGERINE
7) Arielle Holmes in HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT
8) Odeya Rush in GOOSEBUMPS
9) Sofia Boutella in KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE 
10) Jason Mitchell in STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

 









10TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE
*1) THE NEW WORLD
2)  NOBODY KNOWS
3) MEMORIES OF MURDER
4) HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
5) TROPICAL MALADY
6) PULSE [KAIRO]
7) MUNICH
8) THE BEST OF YOUTH
9) HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
10) KINGS & QUEEN








25TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE





*1) GOODFELLAS
2) CLOSE-UP
3) GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH
4) EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
5) JACOB'S LADDER

6) LANDSCAPE IN THE MIST
7) MILLER'S CROSSING
8) THE KILLER
9) TO SLEEP WITH ANGER
10) WILD AT HEART




 



50TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE
*1) REPULSION
2) JULIET OF THE SPIRITS

3) CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER
4) RED DESERT
5) KWAIDAN
6) THE HILL
7) TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC
8) ONIBABA
9) HELP!
10) BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING
  






Other year-end ballots posted at The Wandering Image:   1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,1992,
 199319941995199619971998199920002001, 2002, 2003,
 2004200520062007200820092010201120122013, 2014

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