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. The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power
  5. Avengers Grimm

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