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  • Irishmovielover4ever
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    2015 has been a wild year for cinema and with the massive stinkers I witnessed throughout the 12 months the brillant feature films I saw really made me reflect more positively on the year then I ever expected to half way through the year. I will start announcing nominees and winners on Monday (February 1st) for 24 days just before Oscars Big Night.

    One note I feel I need to make is while I’ve seen so many films (140 in total) there are some clear film events that I just haven’t seen yet and before announcing any of my best of the year I need to announce the films I haven’t seen that from what I have heard I most likely would have considered across many of my categories:

    Girlhood, Stray Dog, Taxi, The Forbidden Room, Heart of a Dog, In Jackson Heights, James White, Mustang, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Arabian Nights (Volume 1,2 & 3), Son of Saul & Where to Invade Next are the long list of films I wanted so badly to see but just didn’t.

    Now that I’ve got that out of the way I will leave you with the previous four years I’ve posted my awards on this site (also the 19th features my nominees and winners for every year I rewarded the best in film).

    16th “An Irish Boy” Film Awards
    http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/2010
    17th “An Irish Boy” Film Awards
    http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/4154
    18th “An Irish Boy” Film Awards
    http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/6951
    19th “An Irish Boy” Film Awards + 1st-15th “An Irish Boy” Film Awards
    http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/10384

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

    Kyle Chandler as Harge Aird in “CAROL”
    Emory Cohen as Anthony “Tony” Fiorello in “BROOKLYN”
    Patrick Fugit as Rich in “QUEEN OF EARTH”
    Oscar Isaac as Nathan in “EX MACHINA”
    Jason Statham as Rick Ford in “SPY”

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    OSCAR ISAAC AS NATHAN IN “EX MACHINA”

    This is the first win and second individual acting nomination for Oscar Isaac. He was previously nomination individually for Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and A Most Violent Year (2014).

    Oscar Isaac continues he’s incredible roll of towering performances with his work as Nathan in the 2015 indie sci-fi feature Ex Machina. The loose control Isaac has on the roll proves his great talent as an actor. Playing a truly villianess man can be difficult to make likeable but Isaac is winning in the role and charming to boot. The dance scene alone proves how wonderful he is but that along with the rest of his work throughout the feature is just wonderful and if it wasn’t already obvious that Isaac is one of our best work actors just watch Ex Machina to see him in high form.

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    Go “Spy” 🙂 So far so good! 

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN:

    Odile Dicks-Mireaux for Brooklyn
    Sandy Powell for Carol
    Kate Hawley for Crimson Peak
    Janet Patterson for Far From the Madding Crowd
    Jacqueline Durran for Macbeth

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    SANDY POWELL FOR CAROL

    This is the fourth win and eleventh nominaion for Sandy Powell. She previous won for Velvet Goldmine (1998)Far from Heaven (2002) & Hugo (2011) and was nominated for The Wings of the Dove (1997)Shakespeare in Love (1998), The End of the Affair (1999)Gangs of New York (2002)The Aviator (2004)Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) & The Young Victoria (2009).

    Sandy Powell just is a costume design master at this point and even with her many wonderful creations of the year she really outdone herself with Carol. Not only has she perfectly captured the clothing of the 1950’s decade but fully created these characters looks better then anyway I ever could have imagined. Just look for example of how the clothing is intertwined with the arcs of it’s characters showing the growth of the Therese character out also the opening of the Carol character. So many vibrant colours and different textures to the work of the costumes that every time I watch the film the costumes stand strong amoung the immpecable production side of this brillant film.

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    These are always my favorite awards 🙂

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

    Jerry DeCarlo & Patricia Regan for Carol
    Hannah Edwards, Kirsty Mcqueen & Jenny Shircore for Macbeth
    Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega & Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road
    Dave Elsey for Mr. Holmes
    Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman & Robert A. Pandini for The Revenant

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    LESELY VANDERWALT, ELKA WARDEGA & DAMIAN MARTIN FOR MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

    This is the first win and nomination for Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega & Damian Martin for their work on Mad Max: Fury Road.


    The insane motor chase world of Mad Max: Fury Road at this point is just too much to talk about how just genius it is. The work of these designers was just one of the many production sides that made the film as special as it was. The character designs required no explenation just as much as the world did. All the way boys had their own unique looks, Imperator Furiosa with her war paint our main villian Immortan Joe all looked so different from one another but because of the great job of these designers made each of their looks blend together in only the best ways.

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    babypook
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    #213694

    Way to go Irish.

    Nice nods for Mr Holmes and MacBeth

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    Michael Norris
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    Good choices so far

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

    The Assassin (Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou)
    Phoenix (Directed by Christian Petzold)
    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Directed by Roy Andersson)
    Victoria (Directed by Sebastian Schipper)
    Wild Tales (Directed by Damián Szifrón)

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    PHOENIX (DIRECTED BY CHRISTIAN PETZOLD)

    Before watching Phoenix I had no expectations towards the film because I knew nothing of the film but after watching it I was floored. Having noT much liked 2012’s Barbara, Phoenix was sort of a revelation. The strong callbacks to other world war II drama’s was so interesting to watch. Also the work by Nina Hoss is so good where when she’s not even speaking she pulls focus and really gives one of the great performances from this year. The final note I’ll make of the film is how in a year of brillant ending scenes this is easily one of the best and without spoiling I will say that the choice was a risk but one that paid off as it showed the strength of the film.

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    shart
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    Phoenix is a very good film. 

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    Andrew Carden
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    Good stuff!

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH/DEBUT:

    Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible – Rouge Nation)
    Arielle Holmes (Heaven Knows What)
    Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
    Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)
    Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    BEL POWLEY (THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL)

    In a year of great year for actresses it’s no surprise that each of the breakthrough nominees I nominated this year were women. However while there were some great work by women one breakthrough stands above. That is Bel Powley who just is the best in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. With this performance Powley could have easily given the young starlet kind of turn but she never falls into this expected performance and is just such a different teenager like none we’ve seen on screen and even when acting opposite the more known actors she easily owns the film and hopefully with this great turn she will be given new opportunities to impress.

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING PERFORMER OF THE YEAR:

    Cate Blanchett (Carol, Cinderella, Truth)
    Domhnall Gleeson (Brooklyn, Ex Machina, The Revenant, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)
    Peter Sarsgaard (Black Mass, Experimenter, Pawn Sacrifice)
    Alicia Vikander (Burnt, The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Testament of Youth)
    Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Martian, Nasty Baby, Welcome to Me)

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    CATE BLANCHETT (CAROL, CINDERELLA, TRUTH)

    When you think about the best actors currently working today Cate Blanchett easily rises above many and the fact she gave three performances at this level in one year is a feet no other could do. In Cinderella she plays the villianess Lady Tremaine, having only fun with this role she calls back to Joan Crawford with the great laugh and just perfect timing. In Truth she plays Mary Mapes and even in a film that isn’t good enough for Blanchett’s gifts he fully invests in this character and is just to good to forget. There are many moments in this film that show Blanchett at her best but if I were to call out one moment out it is when Mapes is defending herself and even in a room of all men Blanchett shines and easily wins the film. Finally in Carol she plays the titular character Carol Aird. Possibly Blanchett’s greatest performance every second she is on screen is a standout performance moment of pure genius. No actress reads dialogue like Blanchett and Carol is the prove of this with even the slighest change in tone your heart breaks for this women. Of course above all the court speech is her greatest moment and returning to line reading her delivery of “We’re Not Ugly People, Harge” is one of the single greatest actors moments I think I’ve even witnessed. Again it’s just mindblowing that Blanchett gave all these performances this year and I just say thank you to Cate Blanchett for being so great.

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING:

    Glenn Freemantle & Mitch Low for Ex Machina
    Eugene Gearty & Edward Tise for Love & Mercy
    Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff & Ben Osmo for Mad Max: Fury Road
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom & Chris Duesterdiek for The Revenant
    Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio & Stuart Wilson for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    GLENN FREEMANTLE & MITCH LOW FOR EX MACHINA

    This is the first win for Glenn Freemantle & Mitch Low. Freemantle was previously nominated for V for Vendetta (2006) and Gravity (2013).

    Ex Machina contiuned through 2015 to be one of the years greatest achievements. For such a low budget feature it’s quite stunning how amazing this feature is put together in terms of production. The sound quality of the final product was above all for the year. The unique sounds of Ava were put in well during the Ava session scenes as she would move around and the dialogue and sound was very well mixed together in this scene. Then there would be the dance scene I would call out in particular for it’s great sound mix where even through loud disco music the actors and every other sound is very well placed which makes the scene as special as it is. Overall the sound mix of this film is beyond and really many low budget and big budget films should look to this sound work for when it’s done best.

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING:

    Niv Adiri, Ben Barker, Danny Freemantle & Glenn Freemantle for Ex Machina
    Mark A. Mangini & David White for Mad Max: Fury Road
    Alan Robert Murray or Sicario
    Matthew Wood & David Acord for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
    Eriko Kimura & Jamie Simone for When Marnie Was There

    AND THE WINNER IS:

    MATTHEW WOOD & DAVID ACORD FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS

    This is the first win for Matthew Wood & David Acord for the sound editing work for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Wood was previous nominated three times for There Will Be Blood (2007), WALL•E (2008) & Super 8 (2011). Acord was previously nominated once for Super 8 (2011).

    When thinking back on 2015 surely Star Wars is the cultural event that will define the year and no matter your opinion on the film itself you can’t take away the fact that the production of the film was so strong that it really turned out successful. Wood and Acord had a lot to live up to from previous installments of the series and they did there work strong and really stand high with previous sound editors of the series. From the sounds of the light sabers to the sound’s coming from creature and space ship alike the work really calls back to previous sound effects as well as making new unique ones to add to this great franchise universe.

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