The Best and Worst of 2015

The author’s considered best/worst in each category are listed in bold italics with an asterisk (*). The listed links will take you to more detailed reviews of each film.

The 10 Best Films

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Martian
  3. Ex Machina
  4. High-Rise
  5. The Witch: A New-England Folktale
  6. Shaun the Sheep Movie
  7. The Forbidden Room
  8. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  9. April and the Extraordinary World
  10. No Men Beyond This Point

Worst Films

  1. Raiders of the Lost Shark
  2. Martyrs
  3. Descendants
  4. Sharktopus vs Whalewolf
  5. The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power

Best Director

Robert Eggers – The Witch: A New-England Folktale
Guy Maddin – The Forbidden Room
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road (*)
Ilya Naishuller – Hardcore Henry
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Ben Wheatley – High-Rise

Best Original Screenplay

Bone Tomahawk
Ex Machina (tie) (*)
The Final Girls (tie) (*)
No Men Beyond This Point

Best Adapted Screenplay

April and the Extraordinary World
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Martian (*)
Midwinter of the Spirit

Best Actor

Matt Damon – The Martian
Colin Firth – Kingsman: The Secret Service
Tom Hardy – Child 44
Anthony Hopkins – Solace
Eddie Marsan – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (*)
Kurt Russell – Bone Tomahawk

Best Actress

Anna Maxwell Martin – Midwinter of the Spirit
Ellen Page – Into the Forest
Abbie Cornish – Solace
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina (*)

Best Supporting Actor

Jeff Daniels – The Martian
Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Martian (*)
Matthew Fox – Bone Tomahawk
Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina
Alexander Ludwig – Final Girl

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett – Cinderella
Helena Bonham Carter – Cinderella
Raffey Cassidy – Tomorrowland
Naomie Harris – Spectre
Fiona O’Shaughnessy – Nina Forever (*)

Best Cinematography

The Forbidden Room
Mad Max: Fury Road (*)

Best Special Effects

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
The Martian
San Andreas (*)

Best Makeup Effects

Fire City: End of Days (*)
Harbinger Down
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Production Design

Child 44
Crimson Peak (*)
Mad Max: Fury Road
Victor Frankenstein