Sunday, 7 February 2016


The International Cinephile Society has announced its nominees for achievements in film for 2015, and they've more than rectified the mistakes of other awards groups this season. Three female-led films top the nomination count, with Carol scoring ten mentions and both The Assassin and Mad Max: Fury Road scoring seven each - three of my favourite films of the year too! And the list of personal delights continues through every single category, including richly deserved tech nods for Hard to Be a God and Jauja, appearances from Tangerine in main categories and The Duke of Burgundy and Saint Laurent in select categories, again all richly deserved citations, and a considerably more diverse slate overall than any of this year's major groups. Keep a close eye on the 16 films nominated for the Best Picture Not Released in 2016 award: half of last year's list appear on this year's ICS lineup in at least one category. Winners are due to be announced on the 21st of February. Check it all out below:

Best Picture
45 Years
Arabian Nights: Volume 1 – The Restless One / Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One / Arabian Nights: Volume 3 – The Enchanted One
The Assassin
Clouds of Sils Maria
The Duke of Burgundy
Inside Out
Li’l Quinquin
Mad Max: Fury Road
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Best Director
Sean Baker (Tangerine)
Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin)
Todd Haynes (Carol)
Hou Hsiao Hsien (The Assassin)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott (James White)
Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)
Röhrig Géza (Son of Saul)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)
Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent)

Best Actress
Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Nina Hoss (Phoenix)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Best Supporting Actor
Helmut Berger (Saint Laurent)
Emory Cohen (Brooklyn)
Benicio del Toro (Sicario)
Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Cynthia Nixon (James White)
Erica Rivas (Wild Tales)
Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Mya Taylor (Tangerine)

Best Original Screenplay
Roy Andersson (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence)
Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out)
Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin)
Jessica Hausner (Amour Fou)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Ah Cheng, Chu T’ien Wen, Hou Hsiao Hsien and Hsieh Hai Meng (The Assassin)
Andrew Haigh (45 Years)
Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa)
Nick Lathouris, Brendan McCarthy and George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Best Cinematography
Vladimir Ilin and Yuriy Klimenko (Hard to Be a God)
Edward Lachman (Carol)
Lee Ping Bin (The Assassin)
Emmanuel Lubekzi (The Revenant)
Timo Salminen (Jauja)
John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Editing
Matyas Fekete (The Duke of Burgundy)
Affonso Gonçalves (Carol)
Huang Chih Chia and Liao Ching Song (The Assassin)
Julio Perez (It Follows)
Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Production Design
Judy Becker (Carol)
Colin Gibson (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Huang Wen Ying (The Assassin)
Sergei Kokovkin, Georgiy Kropachyov and Elena Zhukova (Hard to Be a God)
Thomas E. Sanders (Crimson Peak)
Katia Wyszkop (Saint Laurent)

Best Score
Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira (The Duke of Burgundy)
Carter Burwell (Carol)
Tom Holkenborg (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)
Rich Vreeland (It Follows)

Best Ensemble
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
The Hateful Eight
Li’l Quinquin

Best Animated Film
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There
World of Tomorrow

Best Documentary
Heart of a Dog
In Jackson Heights
The Look of Silence
The Pearl Button

Best Picture Not in the English Language
Amour Fou
Arabian Nights: Volume 1 – The Restless One / Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One / Arabian Nights: Volume 3 – The Enchanted One
The Assassin
Hard to Be a God
Li’l Quinquin
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Saint Laurent
La Sapienza
Son of Saul
Honourable Mentions
Horse Money
The Tribe

Best Picture Not Released in 2015
Blood of My Blood
Cemetery of Splendour
Closet Monster
Embrace of the Serpent
In the Shadow of Women
Knight of Cups
The Lobster
Mia Madre
Mountains May Depart
My Golden Days
No Home Movie
Right Now, Wrong Then
Sunset Song
The Treasure
The Witch