HFCS Nominations and Awards Show Info


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Howdy, film fans! As a proud member of the Houston Film Critics Society, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce this year’s nominees, celebrating the best motion pictures and performances of 2015. It was an incredible year for movies and after much watching, rewatching, deliberating and debating, the votes have been cast and the results are in. Head on down to Sundance Cinemas Houston on Saturday, January 9th at 4pm, where the HFCS will announce the winners during their annual awards ceremony. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Nominees

Best Picture
The Big Short, Paramount
Ex Machina, A24 Films
Inside Out, Disney/PIXAR
Mad Max: Fury Road, Warner Bros.
The Martian, 20th Century Fox
The Revenant, 20th Century Fox
Room, A24 Films
Sicario, Lionsgate
Spotlight, Open Road Films
Steve Jobs, Universal

Best Direction of a Motion Picture
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Tom Hardy, Legend

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Brie Larsen, Room
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
Emily Blunt, Sicario
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara, Carol

Best Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donaghue, Room
Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Animated Film
Anomalisa, Paramount
The Good Dinosaur, Disney/PIXAR
Inside Out, Disney/PIXAR
The Peanuts Movie, 20th Century Fox
Shaun the Sheep Movie, StudioCanal

Best Cinematography
Dariusz Wolski, The Martian
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight
Roger Deakins, Sicario

Best Documentary Feature
Amy, Altitude Film Distribution
Best of Enemies, Magnolia
Cartel Land, IFC Films
The Look of Silence, Drafthouse Films
Where to Invade Next, IMG Films

Best Foreign Language Film
The Assassin, Well Go USA
Goodnight Mommy, Radius/TWC
Son of Saul, Sony Pictures Classic
The Tribe, Drafthouse Films
White God, Magnolia

Best Original Score
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Michael Giacchino, Inside Out
Junkie XL, Mad Max: Fury Road
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner, The Revenant

Best Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do,” music & lyrics by Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Tove Lo, Max Martin & Ali Payami, 50 Shades of Grey
“One Kind of Love,” music & lyrics by Brian Wilson & Scott Bennett, Love & Mercy
“See You Again,” music & lyrics by Wiz Khalifa, DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Andrew Cedar, Furious 7
“Simple Song #3,” music & lyrics by David Lang, Youth
“Writing’s on the Wall,” music & lyrics by Sam Smith & Jimmy Napes, Spectre

Texas Independent Film Award
6 Years
7 Chinese Brothers
Last Man on the Moon
Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove

Best Poster


Worst Film of the Year
Aloha, Columbia
The Boy Next Door, Universal
Fantastic Four, 20th Century Fox
Mortdecai, Lionsgate
Pixels, Columbia

Saturday, January 9th, 4pm at Sundance Cinemas Houston. Be there or be square!

Check out my Top 50 Films of 2015 here.

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Salty Winters

Salty Winters once said, "Everything I learned I learned from the movies." He was quoting Audrey Hepburn.