2015 Recap – The Moviefreak “Sara Awards”

by - January 1st, 2016 - Features

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The Second Semi-Annual Moviefreak “Sara Awards”

As we’re now well into Oscar season, the following are my picks for the absolute pest performances, screenplays and what-not for 2015. Many of these individuals and films will certainly get singled out for Academy Award consideration; quite a few of them sadly will not. To my mind, however, all are worthy of recognition, and push come to shove were arguably my favorites in their individual categories.

I did this once before, back in 2013. Even called them the “Sara Awards.” I guess we’ll stick with that for the time being. Heck, maybe if I start doing this more often, Moviefreak might actually spring for an actual plaque or trophy or something. I’m guessing no on that but, either way, if I were an Oscar voter, this is likely how my ballot would look in a number of major categories.

BEST ACTOR

Son of Saul (2015) PHOTO: Sony Pictures Classics

Son of Saul (2015)
PHOTO: Sony Pictures Classics

1. Géza Röhrig – Son of Saul
2. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
3. Michael B. Jordan – Creed
4. Ian McKellan – Mr. Holmes
5. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS

Phoenix (2015) PHOTO: IFC Films

Phoenix (2015)
PHOTO: IFC Films

1. Nina Hoss – Phoenix
2. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
3. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
4. Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Rooney Mara – Carol

BEST DIRECTOR

George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) PHOTO: Kevin Winter - © 2015 Getty Images

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
PHOTO: Kevin Winter – © 2015 Getty Images

1. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Todd Haynes – Carol
3. Denis Villeneuve – Sicario
4. Olivier Assayas – Clouds of Sils Maria
5. Sebastian Schipper – Victoria

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sicario (2015) PHOTO: Lionsgate

Sicario (2015)
PHOTO: Lionsgate

1. Benicio del Toro – Sicario
2. Jason Mitchell – Straight Outta Compton
3. Richard Jenkins – Bone Tomahawk
4. Liev Schreiber – Pawn Sacrifice
5. Walton Goggins – The Hateful Eight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) PHOTO: IFC Films

Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
PHOTO: IFC Films

1. Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
2. Mya Taylor – Tangerine
3. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
4. Malin Akerman – The Final Girls
5. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer - Spotlight (2015) PHOTO: Kevin Winter - © 2015 Getty Images

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer – Spotlight (2015)
PHOTO: Kevin Winter – © 2015 Getty Images

1. Spotlight – Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
2. The Gift – Joel Edgerton
3. Inside Out – Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen (Original Story); Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley (Screenplay)
4. Tangerine – Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
5. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Phyllis Nagy - Carol (2015) PHOTO: Patrick McMullan

Phyllis Nagy – Carol (2015)
PHOTO: Patrick McMullan

1. Carol – Phyllis Nagy
2. Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin
3. The Martian – Drew Goddard
4. Far From the Madding Crowd – David Nicholls
5. Cinderella – Chris Weitz

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roger Deakins, Denis Villeneuve - Sicario (2015) PHOTO: Tristan Fewings - © 2015 Getty Images

Roger Deakins, Denis Villeneuve – Sicario (2015)
PHOTO: Tristan Fewings – © 2015 Getty Images

1. Sicario – Roger Deakins
2. The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
3. Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
4. The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
5. It Follows – Mike Gioulakis

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Crimson Peak (2015) PHOTO: Universal Pictures

Crimson Peak (2015)
PHOTO: Universal Pictures

1. Crimson Peak – Thomas E. Sanders
2. Carol – Judy Becker
3. Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson
4. Cinderella – Dante Ferretti
5. The Hateful Eight – Yohei Taneda

BEST EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) PHOTO: Warner Bros

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
PHOTO: Warner Bros

1. Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
2. Sicario – Joe Walker
3. Creed – Claudia Castello, Michael P. Shawver
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey
5. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – James Herbert

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) PHOTO: Warner Bros

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
PHOTO: Warner Bros

1. Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
2. Cinderella – Sandy Powell
3. Carol – Sandy Powell
4. Crimson Peak – Kate Hawley
5. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Joanna Johnston

BEST MAKEUP

The Revenant (2015) PHOTO: 20th Century Fox

The Revenant (2015)
PHOTO: 20th Century Fox

1. The Revenant
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Crimson Peak

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) PHOTO: LucasFilm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
PHOTO: LucasFilm

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Chappie
4. Jurassic World
5. Jupiter Ascending

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. Mad Max: Fury Road – Tom Holkenborg
2. Carol – Carter Burwell
3. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Daniel Pemberton
4. The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
5. Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
2. “Cold One” from Ricki and the Flash
3. “Waiting For My Moment” from Creed
4. “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey
5. “Hey Baby Doll” from Danny Collins

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