So the Oscars happens, the Leonardo DiCaprio meme is dead and it’s time for my own award ceremony with blackjack and hookers. I’ve managed to cover most of the actual awards from the Oscars and one new award I came up with. So lets start with…
Best Game Tie-In
Disney Infinity 3.0 – The Force Awakens Playset
Expect to see The Force Awakens a few times in these awards. After seeing the movie I played through this playset and I think it’s the best playset Disney Infinity has made so far. It’s a quick retelling of the movie with a bunch of side quests inbetween the main plot points with a pretty challenging fight against Kylo Ren (especially when compared to the other Star Wars bosses) at the end. It’s also neat that the original actors for Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren all reprise their roles.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Damian Martin, Lesley Vanderwalt, and Elka Wardega (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Hey look, the Academy actually made the right call on this one. Fury Road gets this award from me mostly because of Furiosa’s design. Speaking of character design…
Best Costume Design
Michael Kaplan (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Star Wars has always had great costumes and this film is no exception. It captures the look of the old films while also looking unique to this film. I expect to see a fair amount of Force Awakens cosplayers at MCM this year.
Russell Carpenter (Ant-Man)
The fight between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket is one of the best in the MCU. A big part of making Ant-Man work as a character is making the world look huge when he shrinks and the film does a fantastic job at that.
Best Visual Effects
Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
The Force Awakens had the best balance of practical and CG effects that sometimes it was hard to tell which was which. I’m still impressed by the fact BB-8 isn’t just a practical effect but that the toys function the same way, likewise by how well Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke fit into the world. So yeah I agree with the BAFTAs on this one.
Best Production Design
Rick Carter and Darren Gilford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
I said this film was going to turn up a lot, and we’re not even at the actors yet. Jakku could easily have just come across like it was just another Tatooine but the junkyard element gives it a unique look and personality.
Best Film Editing
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Oh look it’s Star Wars again. Something I can’t really find a good image to show is how this film keeps the wipe transitions from the original trilogy. It’s details like this that show the kind of love for the series that went into the editing process.
Best Original Song
Barenaked Ladies – Lazer Team (Lazer Team)
So because IMDB considers this film to be a 2015 film and this song was in the film during the 2015 screenings it’s eligible for this award. The song plays at the start of the end credits and right away I wanted to get the soundtrack and hear an extended version. Unfortunately the soundtrack isn’t available yet but someone has ripped the song from the movie (along with the song that comes after it) and posted it on Tumblr.
Best Original Score
Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna (The Good Dinosaur)
I really feel this movie was underrated (a side effect of coming out the same year as Inside Out), I really liked it and one of my favourite parts of the movie was the soundtrack. I especially like the recurring melody (or leitmotif as it appears to be called). I’d say the best track would be Run with the Herd.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (Paper Towns)
It’s hard to look past book bias when you watch a movie based on a book you liked. So when one not only manages to be great but actually improve on areas of the book (something John Green also agrees on) I’m impressed.
Best Original Screenplay
Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams and Michael Arndt (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
It’s also hard to make a new film in a series as huge as Star Wars, especially after the reaction the prequels got. Sure there are a lot of similarities to A New Hope but each of those similarities comes with a “but…” preventing it from simply being a remake. Plus most of these story similarities are recurring plots in the entire saga.
J. J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
When I watched Star Trek: Into Darkness knowing J. J. Abrams would be directing Star Wars I could see the potential for a great Star Wars movie in a not so great Star Trek movie. I also think his first Star Trek film was a great reintroduction to the universe for new fans and was interest in the way he’d reintroduce us to Star Wars. As you can see by the amount of awards I’ve given it already he did a great job.
Best Reprising Voice Actress
Rebecca Shoichet as Sunset Shimmer (My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games)
Sunset Shimmer’s story really has been the highlight of the Equestria Girls movies. Without her I doubt I’d enjoy them quite as much as I do. This is the first movie where she gets to be the main character and Rebecca Shoichet updates her voice to fit the new role. She also has improved Sunset’s singing voice since Rainbow Rocks that makes it different from Twilight’s singing voice (which she also does).
Best Reprising Voice Actor
Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
While he will continue to appear in the MCU as the Vision this was his last time playing Tony Stark’s A.I. who has been a part of the series since the beginning.
Best Reprising Actress
Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
While she doesn’t appear until the third act when she really is one of the stand out performances of the movie. She’s also been one of the most entertaining members of the cast to see in interviews often calling out tiresome interview question cliches.
Best Reprising Actor
Harrison Ford as Han Solo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Having the biggest role out of all the returning actors it was great to see Harrison Ford fully embrace being Han Solo again. He could have easily just phoned it in (something he tends to do a lot these days) and no one would have blamed him but I’m glad he didn’t.
Best Supporting Actress
Cara Delevingne as Margo Roth Spiegelman (Paper Towns)
While she is one of the main characters of the movie because she only really appears around the beginning and end of the film so supporting actress category it is. Margo is an interesting character and Cara Delevingne does a great job playing the different sides to her character.
Best Supporting Actor
Michael Peña as Luis
Luis is one of those characters who could have been really annoying but Michael Peña’s performance is so entertaining he became one of the funniest characters in the movie. His narration of conversations that have happened are especially entertaining and includes one of Stan Lee’s best cameos yet.
Best Voice Actress
Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
Despite only appearing in three feature films (and one short film) so far Lupita Nyong’o has really made a name for herself and won an Academy Award. It’s just a shame they don’t celebrate voice acting an motion capture performances because she deserves another award for this performance. I’m really looking forward to seeing more from her in the future, especially as Maz again next year.
Best Voice Actor
James Spader as Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
So far this award has always gone to motion capture performances and this year is no exception. While Age of Ultron wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be James Spader’s performance as Ultron is one of the best villain performances in the MCU.
Daisy Ridley as Rey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
While the returning cast members helped make The Force Awakens feel canon it was the new characters that made it great and out of all of them main character Rey stood out the most. She’s been such a huge success with audience Hasbro have faced a lot of criticism for not making enough merchandise of her. Out of the new actors she’s been in the least amount of films but after this role I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of her.
Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes (Mr. Holmes)
In this film we see Sherlock Holmes at three different points of his life and Ian McKellen does a fantastic job portraying each, especially the latest stage of his life as he struggles with his memory.
Best Animated Short Film
Sanjay’s Super Team
Pixar animator Sanay Patel directed this short based on his own childhood. Reading about the story behind the short makes it even better. It’s a heartwarming short both with and without context.
Best Live Action Short Film
The extremely cheesy 80s inspired video was a huge hit online. Funded through Kickstarter this short really feels like a long lost VHS of an 80s action film. It’s really something you need to see for yourself, fortunately you can watch it on YouTube.
A film I probably wouldn’t have even seen if I hadn’t been scrolling Netflix for 2015 films to watch. Another Kickstarter funded project this film centers around the personal journey of two twin sisters adopted by different families in different countries meeting thanks to the internet. Compared to most documentaries I’ve seen it’s a much more personal to the film makers and that is a big part of what caused it to make it into my 10 last year.
Best Animated Picture
Boruto: Naruto the Movie
2015 was a great year for animated movies in my opinion. Two Pixar movies, the Peanuts movie and the second canon Naruto movie. As I said in my previous description of this film in my top 10 this was the first time since Pokémon the First Movie I’ve seen an anime film in the cinema, I made a trip up to Plymouth just to see this and spent a lot of time waiting for the screening to start and for my train home but it was worth it.
Best Live Action Picture/Best Picture
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Are you even surprised? Even if you haven’t read my top 10 films of last year you could probably guess this was coming from all the awards I gave it. It lived up to the hype and I can’t wait for Episode VIII next year. But until then I’ve got Rogue One to look forward to.
Thank you for reading, last year was a good year for movies in my opinion and I had a lot of fun putting this article together. It’s hard to predict what will be on next year’s list so I’m looking forward to seeing what it’ll be like.