04 January, 2016

Georgia Film Critics Association Announces 2015 Nominees

"Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Sicario" lead the pack; "Ex Machina," "Room," "Spotlight" land multiple nominations.

The Georgia Film Critics Association turns 5-years-old this year and has released the nominees for the last year in film. "Mad Max: Fury Road" leads the pack with 7 nominations. "Sicario" landed 6, with "Spotlight" and "Room" each getting 5. "Carol," "Ex Machina" and "The Martian" all earned 4 nominations.

Some surprises include "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" landing a sole nomination for Best Picture, "The End of the Tour" being honored for Jason Segel and Adapted Screenplay, director Ryan Coogler landing a Best Director nod without "Creed" getting nominated for Best Picture and Rose Byrne showing up in the Best Supporting Actress race for "Spy."

Documentary nominee "The Look of Silence" was also nominated for Best Foreign Film. A voting tie results in the GAFCA's first ever list of 7 nominees for Best Actress. Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" earned 3 nominations, as did "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Georgia-lensed "Furious 7" was nominated for Best Original Song. The Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema will be announced with the winners list on Friday. A shortlist of considered films is expected to be released as well.

Several of these films were found on the Georgia film festival circuit this year. "Frame by Frame," "I'll See You in My Dreams," and "Love & Mercy" all played at the Atlanta Film Festival. "45 Years," "Amy," "Anomalisa," "Best of Enemies," "Brooklyn," "Frame by Frame," "The Hunting Ground," "Room," "Son of Saul," "Spotlight" and "Youth" all played at the Savannah Film Festival. Additionally, "Frame by Frame" played at the Macon Film Festival.

Winners will be announced on Friday, January 8th. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

Best Picture
  • "Brooklyn"
  • "Carol"
  • "Ex Machina"
  • "Inside Out"
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road"
  • "The Martian"
  • "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
  • "Room"
  • "Sicario"
  • "Spotlight"

Best Director
  • "Creed" - Ryan Coogler
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - George Miller
  • "The Martian" - Ridley Scott
  • "Room" - Lenny Abrahamson
  • "Spotlight" - Tom McCarthy

Best Actor
  • Matt Damon ("The Martian")
  • Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant")
  • Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs")
  • Michael B. Jordan ("Creed")
  • Jason Segel ("The End of the Tour")

Best Actress
  • Emily Blunt ("Sicario")
  • Blythe Danner ("I'll See You In My Dreams")
  • Brie Larson ("Room")
  • Rooney Mara ("Carol")
  • Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years")
  • Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn")
  • Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road")

Best Supporting Actor
  • Benicio Del Toro ("Sicario")
  • Mark Ruffalo ("Spotlight")
  • Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies")
  • Sylvester Stallone ("Creed")
  • Jacob Tremblay ("Room")

Best Supporting Actress
  • Elizabeth Banks ("Love & Mercy")
  • Rose Byrne ("Spy")
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh ("The Hateful Eight")
  • Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina")
  • Kate Winslet ("Steve Jobs")

Best Original Screenplay
  • "Bridge of Spies" - Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • "Ex Machina" - Alex Garland
  • "Inside Out" - Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley
  • "Sicario" - Taylor Sheridan
  • "Spotlight" - Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Best Adapted Screenplay
  • "The Big Short" - Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
  • "Brooklyn" - Nick Hornby
  • "The End of the Tour" - Donald Margulies
  • "The Martian" - Drew Goddard
  • "Room" - Emma Donoghue
  • "Steve Jobs" - Aaron Sorkin

Best Cinematography
  • "The Assassin" - Ping Bin Lee
  • "Carol" - Edward Lachmann
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - John Seale
  • "The Revenant" - Emmanuel Lubezki
  • "Sicario" - Roger Deakins

Best Production Design
  • "Brooklyn" - François Séguin, Irene O'Brien, Robert Parle
  • "Carol" - Judy Becker, Jesse Rosenthal
  • "Ex Machina" - Mark Digby, Katrina Mackay, Denis Schnegg
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - Colin Gibson, Shira Hockman, Jacinta Leong
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Alastair Bullock, Gary Tomkins

Best Original Score
  • "Bridge of Spies" - Thomas Newman
  • "The Hateful Eight" - Ennio Morricone
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - Junkie XL
  • "Sicario" - Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - John Williams

Best Original Song
  • "I'll See You in My Dreams" - Keegan DeWitt ("I'll See You in My Dreams")
  • "See You Again" - DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa ("Furious 7")
  • "Simple Song #3" - David Lang ("Youth")
  • "So Long" - Leon Bridges ("Concussion")
  • "Til It Happens to You" - Lady Gaga, Diane Warren ("The Hunting Ground")

Best Ensemble
  • "The Big Short"
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road"
  • "Spotlight"
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
  • "Straight Outta Compton"

Best Foreign Film
  • "The Assassin"
  • "Labyrinth of Lies"
  • "The Look of Silence"
  • "Mustang"
  • "Son of Saul"

Breakthrough Award
  • Abraham Attah ("Beasts of No Nation")
  • Alex Garland ("Ex Machina")
  • Daisy Ridley ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens")
  • Jacob Tremblay ("Room")
  • Alicia Vikander ("Burnt," "The Danish Girl," "Ex Machina," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Testament of Youth")

Best Animated Film
  • "Anomalisa"
  • "The Good Dinosaur"
  • "Inside Out"
  • "The Peanuts Movie"
  • "Shaun the Sheep Movie"

Best Documentary
  • "Amy"
  • "Best of Enemies"
  • "Finders Keepers"
  • "Frame by Frame"
  • "The Look of Silence"

Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema
  • To Be Announced.

More information can be found at www.georgiafilmcritics.org.

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