It’s the end of the year and SquareEyed’s Chief Film Critic Monty Smith has decided to put together a special highlights list of all the most memorable moments in film. Here he runs through everything from the Best Film, to Best Director, with some quirky awards thrown in there too for good measure, like Best Android or Best Tom Hardy. Enjoy!
The Full Montys for 2015
Best Film: Ida
A perfectly formed gem from Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida bears comparison with Michael Haneke’s b&w masterpiece The White Ribbon and imparts essentially the same message: Forgive us, we know what we do. Up against Leviathan, Tangerines, Timbuktu and Wild Tales, Ida picked up the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film back in February. So when is Film4 going to get around to screening it?
Best Director: Denis Villeneuve For following the excellent Prisoners and Enemy with the thrilling Sicario.
Best Screenplay: Damián Szifrón For the exhilarating anthology Wild Tales, crazy stories of revenge played for hearty dark laughs.
Best Actress Nina Hoss for Phoenix
Best Alien: Scarlett Johansson for Under the Skin
Best Android: Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina
Best Martian: Matt Damon
Best Actor: Tom Hardy for The Drop
Best Tom Hardy: The one playing Reggie Kray in Legend (or was it Ronnie?)
Lesser Tom Hardy: The one playing a Russian in Child 44
Looking the Part: Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road
The Bernard Herrmann Award for Best Music: Hans Zimmer for Interstellar and Gustavo Santaolalla for Wild Tales.
The Up and Running Award: David Robert Mitchell for following his dreamy debut The Myth of the American Sleepover with the genuinely eerie retro horror It Follows.
The It’s All Right, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding Award Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice.
The Unaccountably Overlooked Award Mike Leigh and Timothy Spall for Mr Turner
The Hard Knock Life Award Shared by Kim Seong-hun for his uncomfortable dirty-Korean-cops thriller, A Hard Day; and Aleksei German for his unearthly Russian sci-fi epic, Hard To Be a God. Is it the future or is it the past?
The Meaning of Life Award Pixar for Inside Out
The Spaceballs Award George Lucas, for leaving Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the capable hands of J.J. Abrams.