Google+ Cinema Viewfinder: 2015 Online Film Critics Society Award Nominees

Monday, December 7, 2015

2015 Online Film Critics Society Award Nominees

by Tony Dayoub

From the Online Film Critics Society (of which I am a proud member):

The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) - the oldest and most prominent society for online film critics in the world - recognized the year’s best films with nominations for their 19th annual awards.

Carol and Sicario led the race with six nominations each. Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian followed with five nominations apiece. The Revenant, Spotlight and Steve Jobs each received four nominations while Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Inside Out and Room each received three nods.

The Best Picture category includes an eclectic mix of genre-spanning features from animated features to sci-fi dramas to action-packed blockbusters. The nominees are Brooklyn, Carol, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario and Spotlight.

Carol, a new drama chronicling a love affair in the 1950s, received several prominent nominations. In addition to Best Picture, it was nominated for Best Director (Todd Haynes), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy) and Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman). Sicario, which tells the story of an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in the drug war on the U.S-Mexico border, was nominated in Best Picture, Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan), Best Editing (Joe Walker) and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins).

The OFCS has nominated the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture in eight of the last ten years; matching Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Hurt Locker (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Argo (2012), becoming the first major critics group to recognize Ben Affleck’s future Academy Award recipient.

“This year’s crop of nominees is a rich tapestry of modern world cinema.” The OFCS Governing Committee members John Hanlon, Wesley Lovell and Cole Smithey said. “Our organization has always had a unique perspective in our annual selections and this batch is as compelling and fascinating as ever.”

The Online Film Critics Society currently consists of 254 members with writers representing 22 countries across the globe. The winners will be announced on Monday, December 14, 2015.

Best Picture:

Ex Machina
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Animated Feature:

The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Film Not in the English Language:

The Assassin (Taiwan)
Goodnight Mommy (Austria)
Mustang (France)
Phoenix (Germany)
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Documentary:

Best of Enemies
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Look of Silence

Best Director:

Todd Haynes - Carol
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott - The Martian
Denis Villeneuve - Sicario

Best Actor:

Matt Damon - The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Michael B. Jordan - Creed
Ian McKellen - Mr. Holmes

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room
Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Supporting Actor:

Benicio Del Toro - Sicario
Oscar Isaac - Ex Machina
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone - Creed

Best Supporting Actress:

Rooney Mara - Carol
Cynthia Nixon - James White
Kristen Stewart - Clouds of Sils Maria
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

Best Original Screenplay:

Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley)
Mistress America (Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach)
Sicario (Taylor Sheridan)
Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Brooklyn (Nick Hornby)
Carol (Phyllis Nagy)
The Martian (Drew Goddard)
Room (Emma Donoghue)
Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Editing:

Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)
The Martian (Pietro Scalia)
The Revenant (Stephen Mirrione)
Sicario (Joe Walker)
Steve Jobs (Elliot Graham)

Best Cinematography:

The Assassin (Ping Bin Lee)
Carol (Edward Lachman)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Sicario (Roger Deakins)

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