Below are my favorite movies, performances etc. of the year. With the exception of Picture, the #1 on each list is the best of the year and the rest are ranked accordingly although 2-5 are at least somewhat interchangeable. I did not follow the model of the Academy exactly, for example I gave Rooney Mara Best Actress because she's a co-lead in Carol given that she's in the entire film. Enjoy.  

Picture

CREED

Nominees:

THE BIG SHORT

CAROL

THE GIFT

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

THE MARTIAN

THE WALK

 

Directing 

1. George Miller - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

2. Ryan Coogler - CREED

3. Todd Haynes - CAROL

4. Quentin Tarantino - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

5. Robert Zemeckis - THE WALK

 

Actor

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1. Michael Fassbender - STEVE JOBS

2. Samuel L. Jackson - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

3. Michael B. Jordan - CREED

4. Ben Mendelson - MISSISSIPPI GRIND

5. Josh Lucas - THE MEND

 

Actress

1. Rooney Mara - CAROL

2. Brie Larson - THE ROOM

3. Cate Blanchett - CAROL

4. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez - TANGERINE

5. Saoirse Ronan - BROOKLYN

 

Supporting Actor

1. Sylvester Stallone - CREED

2. Christian Bale - THE BIG SHORT

3. Walton Goggins - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

4. Tom Hardy - THE REVENANT

5. Richard Jenkins - BONE TOMAHAWK

 

Supporting Actress

1. Jennifer Jason Leigh - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

2. Kate Winslet - STEVE JOBS

3. Tessa Thompson - CREED

4. Alicia Vikander - EX MACHINA

5. Phyllis Smith - INSIDE OUT

 

Original Screenplay

1. Quentin Tarantino - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

2. Joel & Ethan Cohen, Matt Charman - BRIDGE OF SPIES

3. Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy - SPOTLIGHT

4. Joel Edgerton - THE GIFT

5. John Magary - THE MEND

 

Adapted Screenplay

1. Phyllis Nagy - CAROL

2. Charles Randolph & Adam McKay - THE BIG SHORT

3. Ryan Coogler - CREED

4. Drew Goddard - THE MARTIAN

5. Aaron Sorkin - STEVE JOBS

 

ENSEMBLE

1. Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlberg, Katherine Waterson - STEVE JOBS

2. Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci - SPOTLIGHT

3. Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, John Magaro, Finn Wittorck - THE BIG SHORT

4. Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Demian Bechir - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

5. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karen Karagulian, Mickey O'hagan - TANGERINE

 

Cinematography

1. Robert Richardson - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

2. Edward Lachman - CAROL

3. Sean Baker & Radium Cheung - TANGERINE

4. Stuart Dryburgh - BLACKHAT

5. John Seale - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

 

Original Score

1. Ludwig Goransson - CREED

2. Ennio Morricone - THE HATEFUL EIGHT

3. Disasterpeace - IT FOLLOWS

4. Carter Burwell - CAROL

5. Junkie XL - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

 

Production Design

1. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

2. EX MACHINA

3. CRIMSON PEAK

4. STAR WARS - EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS

5. THE HATEFUL EIGHT

 

Editing

1. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

2. CREED

3. THE WALK

4. THE GIFT

5. THE HATEFUL EIGHT

 

Costume Design

1. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

2. STAR WARS - EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS

3. CRIMSON PEAK

4. CAROL

5. THE REVENANT 

 

Visual Effects

1. THE WALK

2. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

3. STAR WARS - EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS

4. EX MACHINA

5. JURASSIC WORLD

 

Makeup

1. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

2. THE REVENANT 

3. STAR WARS - EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS

4. BONE TOMAHAWK

5. GOODNIGHT MOMMY