Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015 VILLAGE VOICE FILM POLL RESULTS!


A belated post recognising the Village Voice's excellent picks for the best in film this year. The publication's critics convened to make choices across a variety of categories and posted the results online: Mad Max: Fury Road was top for Best Film and Director, while there were surprising but strong wins in the acting categories for Son of Saul's Rohrig Geza and 45 Years' Charlotte Rampling. The lists were long, so I've edited them to the top ten in each (Screenplay edited to include the ten highest-ranking original works and the ten highest adaptations), as only these ten will count toward the SOS Critics' Tally.

Best Film
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Carol
3. Spotlight
4. Phoenix
5. Tangerine
6. Anomalisa
7. Inside Out
8. Clouds of Sils Maria
9. Brooklyn
10. The Assassin

Best Director
1. George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
2. Todd Haynes (Carol)
3. Hou Hsiao Hsien (The Assassin)
4. Nemes Laszlo (Son of Saul)
5. Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
6. Aleksei German (Hard to Be a God)
7. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
8. Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin (The Forbidden Room)
=  Spike Lee (Chi-Raq)
=  Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu)

Best Actor
1. Rohrig Geza (Son of Saul)
2. Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
3. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
4. Peter Sarsgaard (Experimenter)
5. Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
6. Ben Mendelsohn (Mississippi Grind)
7. Christopher Abbott (James White)
8. Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
9. Matt Damon (The Martian)
10. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Actress
1. Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
2. Nina Hoss (Phoenix)
3. Brie Larson (Room)
4. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
5. Cate Blanchett (Carol)
6. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
7. Rooney Mara (Carol)
8. Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
9. Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria)
10. Arielle Holmes (Heaven Knows What)

Best Supporting Actor
1. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
2. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
3. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
4. Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
5. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
6. Emory Cohen (Brooklyn)
7. Benicio del Toro (Sicario)
8. Jacob Tremblay (Room)
9. Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
10. Liev Schreiber (Spotlight)

Best Supporting Actress
1. Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)
2. Rooney Mara (Carol)
3. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
4. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
5. Mya Taylor (Tangerine)
6. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
7. Cynthia Nixon (James White)
8. Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy)
9. Jada Pinkett Smith (Magic Mike XXL)
10. Rose Byrne (Spy)

Best Screenplay
1. Spotlight
2. Carol
3. Mistress America
4. Anomalisa
5. Ex Machina
6. The Big Short
=  Chi-Raq
=  The Duke of Burgundy
=  Steve Jobs
10. 45 Years
=   Brooklyn
=   Clouds of Sils Maria
=   The Diary of a Teenage Girl
=   The End of the Tour
=   The Hateful Eight
16. Bridge of Spies
=   Inside Out
=   Love & Mercy
=   Timbuktu
20. Amour Fou
=   The Assassin
=   Bone Tomahawk
=   Dope
=   Experimenter
=   The Fool
=   The Forbidden Room
=   Gemma Bovery
=   Grandma
=   Heart of a Dog
=   Heaven Knows What
=   Jauja
=   Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
=   Mad Max: Fury Road
=   Phoenix
=   The Princess of France
=   Results
=   La Sapienza
=   Tangerine
=   Trainwreck

Best Animated Feature
1. Inside Out
2. Anomalisa
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie
4. The Boy and the World
5. When Marnie Was There
=  World of Tomorrow
7. Cheatin'
=  The Good Dinosaur
=  Mad Max: Fury Road
=  Minions
=  The Peanuts Movie
=  Unfriended

Best Documentary
1. The Look of Silence
2. Amy
3. Listen to Me Marlon
4. In Jackson Heights
5. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
=  Heart of a Dog
7. Approaching the Elephant
=  Call Me Lucky
9. Best of Enemies
=  The Hunting Ground

Best Undistributed Film
1. Chevalier
2. Right Now, Wrong Then
3. 88:88
=  The Academy of Muses
=  Cosmos
=  Embers
=  How Heavy This Hammer
=  The Lobster
=  One Floor Below
=  Pervert Park
=  Uncle Kent 2

Best First Feature
1. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
2. The Mend
=  Son of Saul
4. Ex Machina
5. Mustang
6. James White
=  The Tribe
8. Approaching the Elephant
=  Appropriate Behaviour
10. Bone Tomahawk
=   Court
=   The Gift

Movie Everyone Is Wrong About
1. Jupiter Ascending
2. Sicario
3. Aloha
=  The Big Short
=  Mad Max: Fury Road
=  The Revenant
7. By the Sea
=  Crimson Peak
=  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
10. Anomalisa
=   Burnt
=   Carol
=   Chappie
=   Creed
=   Ex Machina
=   The Hateful Eight
=   Steve Jobs
=   The Tribe
=   Tomorrowland

Worst Film
1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
2. Jurassic World
3. The Cobbler
4. The Human Centipede III (Full Sequence)
5. Entourage
6. Youth
7. Chappie
8. Jupiter Ascending
9. Son of Saul
10. The Danish Girl