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Critics' Choice 2015 Nominations Announced

Mad Max: Fury Road Leads with 13 Nominations.

by | December 14, 2015 | Comments

The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced today the 2015 movie and TV nominations for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Read through for the full list of nominees.


MOVIE


BEST PICTURE


BEST ACTOR


Matt Damon

The Martian


Johnny Depp

Black Mass


Leonardo DiCaprio

The Revenant


Eddie Redmayne

The Danish Girl


BEST ACTRESS


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Paul Dano

Love & Mercy


Tom Hardy

The Revenant


Mark Ruffalo

Spotlight


Mark Rylance

Bridge of Spies


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS


Abraham Attah

Beasts of No Nation


R.J. Cyler

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


Milo Parker

Mr. Holmes


BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE


BEST DIRECTOR

Todd Haynes

Carol
94%

Alejandro González Iñárritu

The Revenant
78%

Tom McCarthy

Spotlight
97%

George Miller

Mad Max: Fury Road
97%

Ridley Scott

The Martian
91%

Steven Spielberg

Bridge of Spies
91%

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Bridge of Spies
91%

Alex Garland

Ex Machina
92%

Quentin Tarantino

The Hateful Eight
74%

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley

Inside Out
98%

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Spotlight
97%

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

The Big Short
88%

Nick Hornby

Brooklyn
97%

Drew Goddard

The Martian
91%

Emma Donoghue

Room
93%

Aaron Sorkin

Steve Jobs
86%

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ed Lachman

Carol
94%

Robert Richardson

The Hateful Eight
74%

John Seale

Mad Max: Fury Road
97%

Dariusz Wolski

The Martian
91%

Emmanuel Lubezki

The Revenant
78%

Roger Deakins

Sicario
92%

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo

Bridge of Spies
91%

François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay

Brooklyn
97%

Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler

Carol
94%

Eve Stewart, Michael Standish

The Danish Girl
67%

Colin Gibson

Mad Max: Fury Road
97%

Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

The Martian
91%

BEST EDITING

Hank Corwin

The Big Short
88%

Margaret Sixel

Mad Max: Fury Road
97%

Pietro Scalia

The Martian
91%

Stephen Mirrione

The Revenant
78%

Tom McArdle

Spotlight
97%

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Odile Dicks-Mireaux

Brooklyn
97%

Sandy Powell

Carol
94%

Sandy Powell

Cinderella
84%

Paco Delgado

The Danish Girl
67%

Jenny Beavan

Mad Max: Fury Road
97%

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE


BEST ACTION MOVIE


BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE


Tom Cruise

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation


Tom Hardy

Mad Max: Fury Road


Chris Pratt

Jurassic World


Paul Rudd

Ant-Man


BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE


Rebecca Ferguson

Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation


Bryce Dallas Howard

Jurassic World


Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2


Charlize Theron

Mad Max: Fury Road


BEST COMEDY


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY


Christian Bale

The Big Short


Steve Carell

The Big Short


Robert De Niro

The Intern


Bill Hader

Trainwreck


BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY


BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


BEST SONG

“Love Me Like You Do”

Fifty Shades of Grey
25%

“See You Again”

Furious 7
81%

“Til It Happens To You”

The Hunting Ground
93%

“One Kind of Love”

Love & Mercy
90%

“Writing’s on the Wall”

Spectre
64%

“Simple Song #3”

Youth
72%

BEST SCORE

Carter Burwell

Carol
94%

Ennio Morricone

The Hateful Eight
74%

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto

The Revenant
78%

Johann Johannsson

Sicario
92%

Howard Shore

Spotlight
97%

TELEVISION


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


Aziz Ansari

Master of None


Will Forte

The Last Man on Earth


Randall Park

Fresh Off the Boat


Fred Savage

The Grinder


Jeffrey Tambor

Transparent


BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


Hugh Dancy

Hannibal


Rami Malek

Mr. Robot


Clive Owen

The Knick


Liev Schreiber

Ray Donovan


Justin Theroux

The Leftovers


Aden Young

Rectify


BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES


Wes Bentley

American Horror Story: Hotel


Martin Clunes

Arthur & George


Oscar Isaac

Show Me a Hero


Vincent Kartheiser

Saints & Strangers


BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


Rachel Bloom

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


Aya Cash

You’re the Worst


Gina Rodriguez

Jane the Virgin


Constance Wu

Fresh Off the Boat


BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


Carrie Coon

The Leftovers


Viola Davis

How to Get Away With Murder


Eva Green

Penny Dreadful


Krysten Ritter

Jessica Jones


BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES


Kathy Bates

American Horror Story: Hotel


Sarah Hay

Flesh and Bone


Alyvia Alyn Lind

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors


Rachel McAdams

True Detective


Shanice Williams

The Wiz Live!


BEST COMEDY SERIES


BEST DRAMA SERIES


BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


Anjelica Huston

Transparent


Cherry Jones

Transparent


Jenifer Lewis

black-ish


Timothy Olyphant

The Grinder


John Slattery

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp


BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


Justin Kirk

Manhattan


Patti LuPone

Penny Dreadful


Margo Martindale

The Good Wife


B.D. Wong

Mr. Robot


BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


Andre Braugher

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Jaime Camil

Jane the Virgin


Jay Duplass

Transparent


Neil Flynn

The Middle


Keegan-Michael Key

Playing House


Mel Rodriguez

Getting On


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


Rufus Sewell

The Man in the High Castle


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES


David Alan Grier

The Wiz Live!


Ne-Yo

The Wiz Live!


Raoul Trujillo

Saints & Strangers


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory


Kether Donohue

You’re the Worst


Judith Light

Transparent


Niecy Nash

Getting On


Eden Sher

The Middle


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


Ann Dowd

The Leftovers


Regina King

The Leftovers


Helen McCrory

Penny Dreadful


Maura Tierney

The Affair


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES


Mary J. Blige

The Wiz Live!


Sarah Paulson

American Horror Story: Hotel


Winona Ryder

Show Me a Hero


BEST ANIMATION SERIES


BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITION


BEST REALITY SHOW HOST


BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOW


BEST TALK SHOW


BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW

  • Jared

    Loving these nominations, mad max, the martian, and sicario getting nominated for best picture, and Johnny Depp getting nominated for best actor makes up for the golden globes

  • phylos

    Theron nominated for best actress and Silicon Valley ignored in everything are complete jokes.
    I’m glad that Penny Dreadful got some recognition, though.

    • Greg

      Theron is amazing in Mad Max…

      • phylos

        A role so paper thin it consists mostly of looking determined.
        There are a quite a few actresses who gave fantastic performances in far more demanding roles who were overlooked.

        • Greg

          More demanding role? No other actress gives a most physically demanding role than Theron in Mad Max this year. But I agree that there’s a lot of performances who were overlooked!

          • phylos

            lmao at “physically demanding”.
            Yes, every acting nomination should go to martial arts movies every year, then.

    • Jared

      Sorkin was nominated for adapted screenplay…..

      • phylos

        Oh, you’re right, my bad.

  • MrMagpie91

    They might not be that relevant, but these nominations are pretty nice. Finally The Leftovers is getting some recognition, especially Carrie Coon.

  • MontyPythonFanatic2

    And “The Gift” continues to be shafted at the awards. Joel Edgerton should rightfully feel cheated.

  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    1) Since it’s been such an unfocused and overcrowded season, it’s hard to say who’s lead and supporting in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL. Wes Bentley does come close, but Kathy Bates? Not more than Sarah Paulson. Unless they’re going by the order of the credits?

    2) If Wendi McLendon-Covey is the lead in THE GOLDBERGS, so is Neill Flynn in THE MIDDLE.

    • Israel de Oliveira

      “Since it’s been such an unfocused and overcrowded season, it’s hard to say who’s lead and supporting in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL.”

      I don’t know what season are you watching, but this season has been the tighest written season in years. Bentley, Gaga and Sevigny are obviously the leads. Kathy Bates is definitely supporting, though.

      • Vits/Vicente Torres

        There are more story arcs than ever. I don’t think there’s been an episode with all the main actors.

        • Israel de Oliveira

          Not really. A large part of the characters and their storylines are there to service the major characters (e.g.: Ramona, Donovan and Will are there mainly to complement the Countess’s story arc, Sally to John’s, Mr. March to both John’s and Countess’s, Tristan was basically a plot device, etc.). And I don’t know why do you want an episode where all the cast members appear, it’d be convoluted as hell, just see what happened to Coven.

  • Sir Baronish

    Do you think these awards shows could at least wait until ALL the movies from the year have been released? Nobody has even seen “Star Wars” yet and it could be one of the best movies of the year, for all we know. They nominate all these movies for “2015” without all of 2015’s movies being present. Stupid.

    • voiceofreason

      any studio that wants awards recognition for a film distributes screeners of said film(s) long before they are released – if needed. with a movie like star wars, i doubt they sent out screeners for fear of black market value and/or online distribution. it’s a choice they have to make, and with star wars its a no-brainer. that said, oscar nominations aren’t out yet, and won’t be until january, so there’s a good chance it’ll get some technical/effects category nominations.

      • Sir Baronish

        Agreed, and good points.

  • clone

    Wow Mad Max is sure gaining a lot of momentum. Could that movie be nominated for best picture at the Oscars? Only time will tell. Surprised to see Charlize Theron for best actress. That’s the advantage of having six nominees in a category instead of just five.

    And glad to see Spotlight finally gets the love it deserves, although I kind of lament the exclusion of Michael Keaton among best supporting actor. But at least Mark Ruffalo already makes up for it.

    Overall this is a pretty fair and solid nomination with very few WTF moments. Much much better than the Golden Globes which was announced a few days ago. I just have one question, why did they combine horror and sci-fi category into one? Both are totally different genres. Why can’t they just separate it into two different categories?

    • Vits/Vicente Torres

      It’s true that sc-fi and horror are very different, but the point of the category is to recognize genre movies, which usually don’t get prestige awards.

      • clone

        It’s true what you said. And I do applaud the Critics Choice Awards for recognizing each genre respectively, genres that are usually left out or neglected in any other major award shows, i.e. comedy, action, horror etc.

        However, IMO horror should never be clumped together with sci-fi since they’re both completely different genres of movies. It would make much more sense if sci-fi is combined with fantasy.

        That being said, I would break the category into two, giving out two separate categories of best horror film AND best sci-fi/fantasy film. The advantage is that it would bring more potential movies to be acknowledged and awarded.

        • Vits/Vicente Torres

          I think it’s because there aren’t that many great horror movies released each year.

          • clone

            Among the nominees, It Follows is the only true horror movie there. I think Shyamalan’s The Visit is a pretty decent flick. And another good small horror film, We Are Still Here, can also be a contender. The Woman in Black 2??? Erg… I don’t know. The reviews are lukewarm.

            But if they are willing to expand to other countries/region such as Asia or Europe, I’m sure there are a lot of potential great horror movies to be nominated. USA is not the only country that produces good movies. There are a lot of other great quality films from abroad. Some are even better than the American production.

    • Jared

      What do you mean about spotlight finally getting the love it deserves? It was always loved. The film festivals loved it, it has a 98% on the tomato meter from critics and 96% from audiences and its been winning or at least getting nominated for best picture at every award show so far

      • clone

        It’s true that the movie itself is showered with so many love and praises by many critics and award shows. It receives more than 90% ratings in most movie websites and so far it takes home the most best picture awards in various award shows across the globe this year.

        That’s for the movie, however.

        For its individual acting performances though, the movie is kind of struggling to say the least. At the Golden Globes, none of its cast receives any nomination for acting categories. While the SAG Awards completely ignores the male talents (Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo) while bestowing its only acting nominee Rachel McAdams with a supporting actress nod. While the movie itself seems to be destined for best picture glory, the cast however shows no sign of similar prosperity in any major award shows.

        • Jared

          My bad I thought you meant the film in general. I feel the same about Sicario. I’m glad it got nominated for best picture here, but I think that Denis Villeneuve (director), Taylor Sheridan (writer), and Benicio Del Toro deserve more recognition. They as well as the rest of the cast made an engaging thriller with excellent characters, story and action that’s also thought provoking and relevant without shoving how relevant it is in the audience’s face

          • clone

            I haven’t watched Sicario yet. I might have to watch it later for Del Toro’s performance alone.

            That being said, Critics Choice usually has more rational and senseful nomination than any other award shows, even the Oscar. Oscar may have more fame and prestige, but IMO in terms of fair nomination and winning, the Critics Choice excels by miles. Not to mention that they also create specific categories for each genre, so movies of other genres that are usually neglected by the Oscar and similar award shows can also get the love and recognition they deserve. That is one of the reasons why I love Critics Choice a lot. 🙂

            My only complain is that there are too many categories so it could be very hard to keep up with all of them. But it’s not that much of a big deal though. 🙂

          • Jared

            Yeah I like these nominations better than the sag and golden globes. And definitely check out sicario

  • Mark Trollglade

    Jennifer Lawrence should definitely win for Mockingjay: Part 2. I’d say her only real competition in that category is Charlize Theron in Mad Max.

    • Vits/Vicente Torres

      Since Charlize is nominated for Best Actress, she’ll automatically win Best Actress in an Action Movie.

      • KittyAntoinette

        Why?

        • Vits/Vicente Torres

          Simple math. If she’s one of the best actresses overall, she’s the best actress of a specific genre. That’s also why MAD MAX will win Best Action Movie and THE BIG SHORT will win Best Comedy Movie.

  • ReallyReallyBigMan

    Inside Out got snubbed. Again.

    • doc

      It was nominated for best animated feature and best comedy.

      • ReallyReallyBigMan

        Indeed, but not for Best Picture, despite having better reviews than most of the nominees.

  • Mark

    I’ve seen four of the Best Picture nominees, and I wouldn’t nominate any of them EXCEPT for a Razzie. Really. Mad Max, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian–compare these to any from, say, 1975. Your brains have obviously been scraped and sold as scrap metal, Holly.

    • HMS

      Shocking that not everyone will be in total agreement in what they like and dislike. It’s like everyone has a mind of their own. Your post reminds me of an old geezer that says everything was better in the old days.

      • Mark

        Shocks are what glib androids sell. Your post reminds me of an older geezer who says whatever everybody else says.

        • HMS

          When you respond with something more clever than a ‘I know you are, but what am I?’ post, I will put more effort into my response.

          • Mark

            Oh, you mean what I did and you didn’t… No illegal industry of critical thought cares what the audience believes. They are a paradox to the Overlords, who impose molecular stripes for god Behavior and Bad savior. So the debate tonight wants no opinions, only belief in what you would have me never to use. Sorry, if I’m not more in sync with the Established Order on planet Geezer.

    • Jared

      You think that mad max, the martian, bridge of spies and brooklyn are the worst movies of the year? Have you not seen pixels, 50 shades of grey, fantastic four, aloha, hitman agent 47,jem and the holograms, terminator genisys,or hot pursuit? Also, sorry that not every film is as good as chinatown or the godfather

      • Mark

        No, I haven’t been as brilliant as you in my people’s choices.

        • Jared

          Sorry that you think the martian, bridge of spies, mad max and brooklyn are bad films (they’re not). I think you need to watch some of the truly terrible films I listed like 50 shades of grey and pixels to understand what a bad film really is. Again, not every film can be The Godfather

          • Mark

            Sorry you recommend shit. Obviously THE JEWfather is your kind o’ meal.

          • Jared

            LMFAO It seems like you think The Godfather is a bad movie which means you have shit taste. , if you think the martian, bridge of spies, mad max and brooklyn are bad fine whatever but they are in no way deserving of razzie awards. You clearly haven’t seen any truly awful films this year

          • Mark

            It’s the kind of movie he couldn’t stop making because he is a mediocre director in need of a good script.

    • politicaldefiance

      I bet people who didn’t like movies in 1975 were complaining about how much better they were in 1945.

      • Mark

        Actually, if Bridge of Spies had been released in 1945 it still would have had to plagiarize PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET, and that wasn’t made until the 50’s. SO your point that I’m a hater is back at you.

  • doc

    I have 2 nitpicks:
    1. Jurassic World was nominated for best visual effects. I guess they needed one more movie for that category.
    2. Sicario was nominated for best action movie. It’s not an action movie. But I guess it’s nice to see some love for it.

    • Vits/Vicente Torres

      Last year, AMERICAN SNIPER won Best Actor in an Action Movie. They seem to be very flexible with the meaning of that genre.

  • Maryam Shahri

    So glad to see Leftovers in the mix! Great show!

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