Wednesday, 6 January 2016


I'm just about ready to slap someone. The Denver Film Critics Society announced their award nominees; Carol features in just one category. They saw the film. They could've at least acknowledged it where deserved. Instead, The Revenant does bloody well, while at least Mad Max: Fury Road leads the nomination count, though expect Spotlight to win, as per fucking usual. We'll find out what does win on the 11th of January. I'm going to pose what I believe to be a fairly convincing theory, and not a unique one for this season (or any other, in fact): these nominations were posted in ranked order. They make sense that way, right? Check this shitshow out:

Best Picture
1. Room
2. Spotlight
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Inside Out
5. The Revenant

Best Director
1. George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
2. Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
3. Ridley Scott (The Martian)
4. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
5. Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

Best Actor
1. Matt Damon (The Martian)
2. Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
3. Will Smith (Concussion)
4. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
5. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Actress
1. Brie Larson (Room)
2. Cate Blanchett (Carol)
3. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
4. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
5. Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Supporting Actor
1. Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
2. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
3. Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
4. Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
5. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress
1. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
2. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
3. Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy)
4. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
5. Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

Best Original Screenplay
1. Josh Cooley, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out)
2. Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
3. Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
4. Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)
5. Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Emma Donoghue (Room)
2. Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
3. Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (The Big Short)
4. Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)
5. Drew Goddard (The Martian)

Best Visual Effects
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. The Walk
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Ex Machina
5. The Martian

Best Score
1. Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)
2. John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
3. Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai and Sakamoto Ryuichi (The Revenant)
4. Howard Shore (Spotlight)
5. Tom Holkenborg (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Original Song
1. Cameron Thomaz - 'See You Again' (Furious 7)
2. Sam Smith - 'Writing's on the Wall' (Spectre)
3. Stefani Germanotta - ''Til It Happens to You' (The Hunting Ground)
4. Tim Wheeler - 'Feels Like Summer' (Shaun the Sheep Movie)
5. Sumi Jo - 'Simple Song #3' (Youth)

Best Animated Film
1. Inside Out
2. Anomalisa
3. The Peanuts Movie
4. Shaun the Sheep Movie
5. The Good Dinosaur

Best Documentary
1. Listen to Me Marlon
2. Cartel Land
3. Amy
4. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
5. The Look of Silence

Best Foreign Language Film
1. Son of Saul
2. The Fencer
3. The Assassin
4. Taxi
5. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Best Comedy
1. Joy
2. What We Do in the Shadows
3. The Big Short
4. Trainwreck
5. Inside Out

Best Science Fiction / Horror Film
1. Ex Machina
2. The Martian
3. It Follows
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. Mad Max: Fury Road