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JASON'S BEST: If I Voted For The Oscars 2015 (Return to Jason's Best Main Page)


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Here's the detailed list of my Oscar choices for 2015, if I were allowed to vote -- my choice for the winner is in bold -- in addition, I have also included a few additional categories worth mentioning...


Inside Out, The Best Film of 2015

BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Carol
Inside Out
Sicario
Spotlight

BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Emily Blunt in Sicario
Brie Larson in Room
Rooney Mara in Carol
Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Hardy in The Revenant
Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation
Benicio Del Toro in Sicario
Christian Bale in The Big Short
Sylvester Stallone in Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
Elizabeth Banks in Love & Mercy
Ellen Page in Freeheld
Tessa Thompson in Creed
Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant
Adam McKay for The Big Short
Tom McCarthy for Spotlight
Todd Haynes for Carol
J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Inside Out
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Brooklyn
Carol
The Big Short
Steve Jobs
Trumbo

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
Michael Brook for Brooklyn
Carter Burwell for Carol
Danny Elfman for The End of the Tour
Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow for Ex Machina
Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight
Atticus Ross for Love & Mercy
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Carsten Nicolai for The Revenant
John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Howard Shore for Spotlight
Johann Johannson for Sicario

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey (Performed by The Weeknd)
"Flashlight" from Pitch Perfect 2 (Performed by Hailee Steinfeld)
"Pray 4 My City" from Chi-Raq (Performed by Nick Cannon)
"Love Me Like You Do" from Fifty Shades of Grey (Performed by Ellie Goulding)
"Hands of Love" from Freeheld (Performed by Miley Cyrus)
"See You Again" from Furious 7 (Performed by Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth)
"So Long" from Concussion (Performed by Leon Bridges)
"Till It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground (Performed by Lady Gaga)
"Towards the Sun" from Home (Performed by Rihanna)
"Writing's On The Wall" from Spectre (Performed by Sam Smith)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
The Hateful Eight
Sicario

BEST FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Steve Jobs
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hateful Eight

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Brooklyn
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Black Mass
Carol
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
Trainwreck

BEST SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Jurassic World
The Revenant
Spectre
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND EDITING
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spectre
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Star Wars: The Force Awaken
The Revenant
The Walk

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Carol
The Hateful Eight
The Big Short
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomonalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out

BEST SCENE OR SEQUENCE IN A 2015 MOTION PICTURE
Oscar Isaac tearing up the dance floor in Ex Machina
Carol's heartbreaking plea to her husband that we're not ugly people in Carol
The two round boxing match filmed in a single unedited take in Creed
The 1988 confrontation between Steve Jobs and John Sculley and the reflection back to when Jobs was fired from Apple in Steve Jobs
The bear attacking Hugh Glass in The Revenant
Bing Bong sacrificing himself so that Joy is able to get back to the control room in Inside Out
Seeing the actual recording session of Amy Winehouse recording "Back to Black" in Amy
Rey and Finn's lightsaber battle in the snow with Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jack (Jacob Tremblay) making his escape and first seeing the sky from the back of the truck in Room
Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) stepping onto the wire stretched between the World Trade Center towers in The Wire
The closing shot slowly moving in on Therese (Rooney Mara) as she looks at Carol (Cate Blanchett) in Carol

BEST FILM QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." from Kingsman: The Secret Service
"In every moment there's a possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality." from Tomorrowland
"You have no idea now what you will become. Don't try to control it. Let go. That's where the fun begins." from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
"Sometimes you have to break things down to build them back up again." from Pitch Perfect 2
"The good deeds a man has done before defends him." from Ex Machina
"Artists lead and hacks ask for a show of hands." from Steve Jobs
"The road to Hell is paved with some fun." from Ten Thousand Saints
"All art is anarchistic to some degree." from The Walk
"I'm poorly made." from Steve Jobs
"I have to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind." from Cinderella
"Find the ones who haven't given up. They are the future." from Tomorrowland
"Speak a little truth and people lose their minds." from Straight Outta Compton
"The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control." from Jurassic World
"There is no such thing as an ending; just a place where you leave the story." from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
"The future isn't just something that happens. It is a brutal force with a great sense of humor that'll steamroll you if you're not watching." from Aloha

BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
Carol
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton

BEST MOVIE POSTER
Carol
Inside Out
It Follows
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Youth

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM/DOCUMENTARY
Brand: A Second Coming (directed by Ondi Timoner)
Deep Web (directed by Alex Winter)
Frame by Frame (directed by Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli)

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM
"The Answers" (directed by Michael Goode) - https://vimeo.com/152639172
"Princess" (directed by Ross Marks)
"When to End" (directed by Travis Slagle) - https://www.facebook.com/127530350627268/videos/924094167637545/?hc_location=ufi
"Whispers Among Wolves" (directed by Kevin Lim)
"World of Tomorrow" (directed by Don Hertzfeldt) - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/worldoftomorrow