Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2015 Fisti Awards

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2015.  This has been a crazy year for me, but while the year wasn't everything I'd hope it would be, personally, it was pretty incredible from a cinematic point of view; and that's what we're here to talk about.  From an awards standpoint, the year was anything but fluid, which made for some nail-biters on Oscar night since nothing was certain, and that was proven in Spotlight's last minute dash to Oscar Best Picture victory.  Deserved win?  Hell yes.  The complaints that Spotlight is too generic or baity or safe are void when you consider just how powerful and authentic the film is.  Sure, there are other edgier and inspired picks out there, but when it comes to Oscar winning films, this one is a very nice addition to the catalog.  

For me, though, this year was all about the kids.  Whether it be films about childhood, growing up or losing (and possibly re-gaining) innocence or the sheer fantasy of watching the essence of childhood breathed to life on the screen (and let's not forget the astonishing child performances that gripped my soul), this year was all about those little ones.

And speaking of the children, this year felt ripe with candidates for the Lee Hirsch Award for Change, but two films in particular stuck out to me as VERY deserving.  One of them was already going to win Best Picture here so I figured I'd let the other have the spotlight.

Hint hint.

And of course there were two films this year that touched me in ways most films never could have dreamed of and have cemented themselves in my heart for all time.  It became a real Sophie's Choice for me in Best Picture, but I went with the one that effected me most as the person I am now and not the person I once was, if that makes sense.  Both films though, will easily make my 100 Favorite Films of All Time list whenever I get around to revising it.

I also want to apologize to Britt and Sati who are most likely going to hate 90% of what I've nominated & awarded.

And with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 2015!












[NOTE: Due to the luminous chemistry between both Blanchett & Mara, deciding on a winner was impossible. Every time I thought Mara had the edge, Blanchett would take it, and visa-versa. Thus, a tie here is warranted.]









Award's Tally

[6 Wins]

Carol*

[3 Wins]

Inside Out

[2 Wins]

Cinderella
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road

[1 Win]

Beasts of No Nation
Spotlight*
Tom at the Farm
The Water Diviner

*Because of the Special Award and the tie in Lead Actress, there are 19 awards given out this year instead of the usual 17.

58 comments:

  1. I don't hate 90% maybe just like, 73% lmao. So much Inside Out and no Sicario for Cinematography? Nah...I can't have that.

    I love that you have Phoenix so many places though, and Del Toro for supporting, and Attah and Tremblay for lead.

    I'm still irritated that I haven't seen Tom at the Farm. It's been saved in my Netflix queue for ages.

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    1. LOL, I knew with nom's for films like Inside Out, Carol, Macbeth, Beasts of No Nation and the lack of big category love for Mad Max, you'd be less than in agreement.

      Cinematography was SO STACKED that I can't even say that Sicario was 6th...because The Assassin, Macbeth and Ex Machina were so good as well.

      YAY for Phoenix, Del Toro, Attah and Tremblay love.

      I saw Tom at the Farm the same was I saw 45 Years...illegally.

      Whoops.

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    2. Bitches need to upload that on youtube.

      Sicario owned everything else in cinematography. *diva pose*

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    3. LOL, maybe it was because I found Sicario so hard to care about, but I didn't notice anything outside of that one shot (which was GLORIOUS) that stood out as overly exceptional to me.

      But that movie was so trying for me. If it weren't for the score (which was my runner-up and in some moments of every day my winner) and Del Toro seering into my soul, I would have written it off completely.

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  2. Love you some Inside Out, huh. Excellent flick, but I'm not quite THERE with it.

    I've seen a few ties for Best actress on other blogs with those same two actresses for the same reason. While I think ties are a bit of a cop out, I have to see it for myself.

    Could Vikander be lead for Ex Machina?

    If there is one good thing about 50 Shades it's The Weekend's song.

    Sounds like I'm bagging on you since I only pointed out disagreements, bit I'm not. Great job, as usual.

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    1. No bagging noted! Part of why I post these is to debate personal picks.

      I love Inside Out to the heavens and back, but I've noted that a few time. It and Carol are the two, in my opinion, clear masterpieces of 2015.

      And, yes, the tie in Best Actress is warranted (but gun to head I'd lean towards Blanchett).

      Vikander could be Lead and I almost placed her there, but it was grey enough for me to place her in Supporting where I could hand her a win for a very impressive year in cinema.

      That Weeknd song is SEXy

      I was hoping you'd notice that I nominated Duplass!!!

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    2. If there's one good thing about 50 Shades, it's Dakota Johnson. Talk about spinning gold out of straw!

      That said, I love both the nominated songs from that film.

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    3. I have to admit, I appreciated Johnson's performance more than I thought I would, considering that her character is rather...cliche and ridiculous.

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    4. She's AMAZING. How she found so much humor in that role is a complete mystery, but I'm so glad she did. She almost single-handedly makes the film.

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    5. I'll never watch that mess again, but she did impress me. I hope she gets better films to work with soon.

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    6. See A Bigger Splash. I didn't love it, but she's REALLY good, and has a much fuller character to work with.

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    7. It's on my watch list for sure. LOVE what Fiennes is doing with his career...and of course Goddess Tilda so count me in for that one.

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    8. OMFG TILDA!!!!!!!!!! Is so amazing and BEYOND fabulous in A Bigger Splash.

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    9. I actually didn't notice the Duplass nom, but that's what happens when I'm looking at things quickly on my phone while at work instead of at home on my comfy desktop. Glad to see him get some love, though. He gave a phenomenal performance.

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  3. SO MUCH about this is perfect. Particularly the tie in Best Actress. A true duet if ever there was one. I don't even think I could choose a winner in that category AT ALL, between just the five you nominated, let alone the other deserving nominees (sorry, but Mya Taylor is as much a co-lead in Tangerine as Rooney Mara is in Carol).

    I also LOVE the win for Pierre-Yves Cardinal in Tom at the Farm - such a KILLER performance (literally)! I would also nominate Lise Roy in Supporting Actress for her work in that film, although your nominee list is perfect (except for leaving out the delightful Julie Walters from Brooklyn), so... GAH so many good choices to pick from, and overall I don't think 2015 was as strong a year as, say, 2014! Even where I would have different nominees than you, I can't begrudge ANY of your nominees. I LOVE it!

    I will say, even though I didn't love it as much as the rest of the internet, I'm sad to see Mad Max not in the lineup for Editing. That fucker is GENIUSLY edited.

    I loved reading this. Here's to 2016 being a better year, personally AND cinematically, than 2015!

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    1. YAY! So happy you love so much. I knew you'd be happy with the Carol love, especially the tie. So deserved.

      Walters was on my list for a while, but she slowly got bumped out of the top 12. I see what you say about Taylor...but I just always felt like she was supporting. I think because much of her story feels so background, and by that I mean that we feel a backstory we don't get but FEEL in her performance, that she feels like those great supporting performers who understand how to underline without 'highlighting', if that makes sense.

      The lack of Mad Max in Editing was a clear oversight and one that I almost went back and edited this morning when I realized that I didn't nominate it and should have. In fact, it's a glaring oversight and I kind of hate myself for it, but I like all five of those films better (sans maybe Star Wars, but Star Wars was gloriously paced), as films, and I wanted another place to nominate films like Beasts and Dope and Girlhood so...

      Bring on 2016...or what's left of it!

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    2. What you say about Mya Taylor is SO true. But that doesn't change (for me) the fact that it's just as much her story as it is Sin-Dee's. Sin-Dee may be more active than Alexandra, but that doesn't mean they don't drive the story equally. If that makes sense.

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    3. Oh, it makes perfect sense and I tend to agree. Same with Vikander in Ex Machina. Like, they could both contend in the Lead category for me as well.

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  4. Some inspired choices here. Nice picks!

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  5. Well at least Byrne and Hardy are here :)

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    1. And Tremblay! And Del Toro! They were your personal winners, right? Hehe...so there's the 10% (not even) that you like.

      LOL

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  6. Why is everyone ignoring Leo this year!?!?! XD Kidding, this is really cool, and I REALLY need to see TWD, but... it also looks boring... lol. btw my awards are already done this year too ;) Maybbee let me know what ya think dude? :P Great to hear from ya too ^^

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    1. Leo held onto the 5th slot for me until about two weeks ago when I saw Legend. He had to go.

      But I LOVE his Oscar win, so no disdain for the performance at all.

      The Water Diviner is far from boring.

      I'll swing by and check out your awards soon!

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  7. Cant tell you how happy I am to see this post and see you blogging even if its only temporarily or for a few posts.

    You and me are on a huge disagreement this year, my friend but I admire all your picks, especially those that didnt get any attention elsewhere like Mark Duplass in Creep which was a really brilliant and unnerving performance.
    Disappointed at the lack of Sicario, Hateful Eight, Fury Road and The Revenant bu I love that Del Toro, Nemes, Rose Bryne and Vikander all got nominated. Will definitely have both Nemes and Son of Saul in 2016.
    Hoping to see alot more Fistis in the future. Especially Fistis for the 2000s

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    1. Yeah, I knew we were off this year. I remember seeing your awards a while back.

      The Revenant was close in a lot of categories, and as you saw was in my Top 12 so it was pretty close to BP as well.

      I'll post them as I wrap them up. The 2000's should come sometime this year, for sure.

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  8. Absolute perfection!!!

    I'vee been tempted to make Vikander my winner for Supporting Actress. But Byrne, man. Byrne. As good as a film Spy is, every time I watch it, I always start at the middle when Byrne appears more often because she just inhales each scene she's in.

    I also love how you nominated Keaton for Spotlight. While I thought Stanley Tucci and Rachel McAdams were even better, Keaton was terrific.

    Lots to love here!!

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    1. Thanks, Matt!

      Byrne is incredible and I was so happy to nominate her. She's such a fresh take on comedy. LOVE what she's done with her career.

      Keaton haunted me. The whole ensemble was superb, but Keaton just stayed with me so strongly. He anchored the film and actually played two sides, and his reveal, his guilt, he just added so many layers.

      I'm not a real Keaton fan, but I think this was easily his best work.

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    2. I think if he were nominated, he could've very easily taken it due to the IOU he's carrying for losing for Birdman.

      I also love that you have It Follows on your Best Original Score ballot and the Best Actress tie is very nice. I'm going to update my 2015 ballot soon and I'm very likely going to add the Carol girls on Best Actress.

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    3. Keaton could have carried a narrative to win had he been nominated instead of Ruffalo. To be honest though, I was almost shocked Ruffalo didn't win, especially since the category was so fluid, his film was the BP winner, he gave a showy performance and it was his third nom.

      And that It Follows score is AMAZING!

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  9. OMG I love this list!! Drew, you've seen PHOENIX and loved it, yay!! I still haven't got around to reviewing it but have been recommending that movie left and right. YES on Ex Machina too on Best Picture list, and Girlhood on Best Original Screenplay. Great stuff!

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    1. So glad to hear love for Phoenix! Such a great movie, and one that has lingered with me for some time now. I knew you'd be happy to see Girlhood pop up. It was my #6 in BP too, so very close to snagging a spot there.

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    2. Psst, I posted this on my Everybody's Chattin' post. You're not on Twitter anymore so I can't ping you there. Yeah Phoenix is SO good, I wan to see more by that same director and Nina Hoss. And Girlhood rules!!

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    3. Thanks so much, Ruth! I'll swing by today :-D

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  10. This is a nice list though I'm so not finished with 2015 as I have a lot of films to cover as here is what I've seen so far in this list.

    Don't worry about those reviews and boos for It's Only the End of the World. After all, (unless you're Southland Tales) a boo at Cannes is a badge of honor.

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    1. Oh, I'm not worried. It's not the end of the world (pun intended) and every tweet I read that bashes aspects of the film only make me feel like the things they loathe I'll love.

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    2. Oh, and good news. You don't have to worry about Xavier getting lukewarm reviews. At least he's not Sean Penn and his lame-ass new movie which is this year's Southland Tales.

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    3. LOL, Penn was slaughtered!

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    4. Xavier won Grand Jury Prize.... reviews can suck it! YAY!!!! Eat shit Sean Penn you overrated and overbearing liberal douchebag. And take Susan Sarandon with you back to your boring-ass mansion!!!!

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    5. I was in tears when I heard!!!

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    6. He will win Palme d'Or very soon. It will happen... unless I make a film and get to it first. We will have the great film rivalry based on love.

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    7. Love it!

      I'm all for the Palme d'Olen

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  11. Hi Drew,

    I’m woefully deficient in this year’s films so I won’t be doing my usual lists, but I’ll be back on my mettle when the ’63 awards come along. I’ve been working on my project to see as many of my favorite classic stars films as possible and well….something’s gotta give.

    I’ve been trying to catch up on the big films that I missed from last year so I can comment on some of this but I have huge gaps that I need to fill.

    Best Picture-Of what I’ve seen my vote would go to Spotlight which reminded me of All the President’s Men though not quite as good, what is? I liked Brooklyn until she went back to Ireland and then it just pissed me off and never won me back, but Ronan was terrific. This is probably going to get me a drubbing but I didn’t care for Ex-Machina and I so desperately wanted to love Carol and I didn’t. I loved Bridge of Spies though.

    Best Director-Though I wasn’t wild for the overall film George Miller did a great job of keeping the action fast and the tension high with Mad Max.

    Best Actor-As I said my range of choice is small but I loved Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies however my choice would be between Tom Hardy in Legend-I hated the film but he was amazing- and Jacob Tremblay in Room. After I watched it I was mystified how he received no awards traction. He was IT in that movie, Brie Larson was good but nothing compared to him.

    Best Actress-I’m holding out my final vote until I see 45 Years when it comes out on DVD next month, my admiration for Charlotte Rampling is endless so I have a feeling she might be my winner, but I thought Carey Mulligan was aces in Suffragette. Nothing else has really moved me, though Melissa McCarthy was all sorts of hysterical in Spy.

    Best Supporting Actor-Love the mentions of Emory Cohen and Jason Statham-loved both their work and I thought Mark Rylance deserved to win out of the actual nominees. But I’d choose Michael Keaton, I don’t get the love for Mark Ruffalo in the film, I’m a fan but he overdid it in my view.
    As far as Matthias Schoenaerts in Madding Crowd, I thought he was very good but you know how much I love the original and compared to Alan Bates he just didn’t compare. That actually goes for the entire film, it was very pretty and sedate but the loss of that hour was crippling to the story.

    Best Supporting Actress-I’m extremely thin here. Steve Jobs is coming in the mail and I’m excited to see Kate Winslet, from what I’ve seen she seems terrific. Of what I’ve actually seen Vikander was good but the whole film didn’t do much for me, I felt for her more than any other part but still by the end I didn’t care. Happy to see Rose Byrne, I wouldn’t give her the prize but she played it just right. I also thought highly of Joan Allen’s contribution to Room.

    Aargh!!! I hate that I’m so behind!

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    1. Behind or not, I'm so glad you stopped by!

      Spotlight is a very deserving winner. I hate all the flack it got. I remember when I first saw it being completely shocked that it was getting so much hate. It may not be 'edgy', but it really isn't generic either. It's a very well made drama.

      Miller did a great job making an action flick. For me, though, the film is just...nothing really special.

      Tremblay was EVERYTHING! He was easily my runner up and I almost tied him with Attah.

      You will LOVE Rampling. I also really liked Mulligan in a rather basic film (Suffragette is basic as hell...Spotlight was not), but thought she was better in FFTMC (obviously).

      Keaton!

      I hope you love Winslet. I thought she was just wonderful. I also really liked Allen, but I liked the other 12 more.

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  12. Also I like how the costume design pic is like : Dress, dress, dress, dress, MOUTHGINA XD

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    1. LOL!!! Yes, I thought that, too...but I couldn't NOT use that pic.

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  13. İşaretler hangi kısayollar ile yapılır sorusuna cevap veren bir sayfa Sanal İşaretler Listesi

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  14. Oh I have not seen many on this list but loved Ex Machina and felt she should have won for that role but I still have to see Room. I still loved The Revenent and thought Leo did do a great job. I really was taken with Spotlight. I remembered this in the news but this movie just grabbed me and the ending credits...to see how far it spread just was pure horror. I am so happy to see you here even if it brief moments. Thank you

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    1. Awww, thank Birgit. It's nice to be seen.

      I'm with you on Ex Machina, Spotlight and The Revenant. All great films and I'm happy for the awards that they won.

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  15. Stunning work, buddy!

    So glad to see Ex Machina held on for a BP nom, and your acting wins are amazing. (Like, Tom at the Farm wins a Fisti!)

    Mad Max gets 2 wins! YAASSS!!

    The resurgence of Phoenix has me kicking myself for only nominating it once, but it *just* missed in several categories.

    Stoked about the costume nom for Far from the Madding Crowd, and it's awesome that Dope had such a great showing.

    And Duffy made it! And Junkie XL! (Ugh, Lily Allen barely missed my lineup.) Love the music noms! Russell Crowe forever.

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    1. I knew you'd like the Phoenix resurgence. I rewatched it and just had to go for it. I mean, I had all these fluctuating 5th spots and then...it made perfect sense!

      I really love the Song category too. Russell Crowe forever, indeed!

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  16. Hi Drew! I'm so glad to see you. I still think about you on a daily basis. I like Inside Out too, but I don't love it as much as you do. But seriousy, how great was Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina??

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    1. Awww, thanks Steph. I think of you all too!

      Vikander was just incredible.

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  17. With the fear of pissing off Britt and Sati, thank you from the bottom of my heart for not putting Mad Max on your Best Picture ballot. It is not one of them. For shame though, I have yet to see Beasts of No Nation (for fear of the devastation I'm sure it may cause) and Phoenix (for that I just haven't gotten to it). Inside Out is an inspired choice and good call on the extra prize for Spotlight. I LOVE it, man!

    Glad to see Carol rack up. It didn't rank as high for me as you, but it is a special film that really worked. Todd Haynes certainly deserves the Best Director prize out of your nominees. Great call to include Nemes there. Son of Saul was the most original film of last year, as far as I'm concerned.

    For me, Best Picture is like this:

    The Big Short (winner)
    Bridge of Spies
    Brooklyn
    Creed
    Inside Out

    Great calls on double Best Actress and Production Design. Cinderella was stunning.

    Like Britt, I take issue with Deakins not being on your ballot for Cinematography. Sicario was shot with pure genius in an understated sort of way.

    Not much else I can say other than...GREAT post! I know you've hit some rough times, but I'm glad you're still around here, man. You really got me started in this blogging world, and I am forever grateful. Can't wait to continue along with you in this great movie conversation.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kevin!

      Yeah, Mad Max was good, but it never felt 'great' to me...or 'best'. So glad to see you in favor of my Inside Out win. Also love that you're a fan of Son of Saul. Such a devastating little film, but so heart felt and original. Beasts of No Nation is a hard watch...a VERY hard watch, but so important and poignant, I feel.

      Thank you so much for the continued support, Kevin. I was so happy to be a part of your blogging blossoming, and I continue to look forward to every post you make!

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