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

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.

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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.

George Lucas

The Close But No CGI Award Jurassic World

The Number’s Up Award Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight. His eighth film, the opening titles insist ostentatiously. He’s never going to own up to Four Rooms, is he?

The Take This Job and Shove It Award Seth McFarlane for A Million Ways to Die in the West

The Sepp Blatter Brown Envelope Tim Roth for Grace of Monaco and United Passions

Tim Roth and Sam Neill as Sepp Blatter and Joao Havelange
Tim Roth and Sam Neill as Sepp Blatter and Joao Havelange

The Wrong Man For the Job Award  Sepp Blatter (for the 37th consecutive year)

The Wrong Woman For the Job Award Miss Colombia, apparently

The Long Live the King Power Stadium Award Director Thomas McCarthy, for following one of the year’s worst films, The Cobbler, with one of the best, Spotlight – the cinematic equivalent of Leicester City being bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day 2014 and top in 2015

The Radio Rentals Award for Excellence in Television Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen for The Knick

The Don Draper Award for Honesty in Advertising Award Pan – Joe Wright’s Peter Pan ‘origins’ flop was pants and duly panned

By Monty Smith. Make sure to visit Monty’s Movies on SquareEyed for all the latest film reviews!