Second Annual Groucho Movie Awards


Welcome back, movie nerds! Last year I started a new tradition of hosting my own annual movie awards that I deemed “The Grouchos”. This name is obviously meant to be an homage to Groucho Marx (and our logo), and is doubly fitting because I tend to get snarky when it comes to discussing movies. Also, the more I learn about the Oscars voting process, the more grouchy I get with that as well.

In terms of the scoring, remember that I’m using some weird, unofficial formula in my head that merges what I consider to be artistic merit with what gave me the most enjoyment in general. Whatever that means.

First, let’s meet the contenders. Here is a list of all the films I saw in 2015 (and early 2016, as many had limited release dates in 2015):

’71, Amy, Anomalisa, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Chi-Raq, Creed, Crimson Peak, Deadpool, Dope, Entourage, Ex Machina, Focus, Furious Seven, The Gift, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, ich seh), Hail Caesar!, The Hateful Eight, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2, Inside Out, Insurgent, Iris, Irrational Man, Joy, Jurassic World, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Love & Mercy, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Merchants of Doubt, Minions, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Mistress America, Monkey Kingdom, Mr. Turner, The Revenant, Room, The Salt of the Earth, Sicario, Spectre, Spotlight, Spy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton, Tangerine, Ted 2, Tomorrowland, Trainwreck, Vacation, What We Do In The Shadows, While We’re Young, and White God (Fehér isten).

***To be clear, the nominees are listed alphabetically below. They are not ranked.***

Favorite Trailer

1. Black Mass
2. Ex Machina
3. Goodnight Mommy
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. The Revenant

Winner: Black Mass

Favorite Screenplay

1. Anomalisa
2. The Big Short
3. Bridge of Spies
5. Ex Machina
6. The Hateful Eight
7. Inside Out
8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl
9. Spotlight
10. Steve Jobs

Winner: Ex Machina

Favorite Visuals

1. Anomalisa
2. Beasts of No Nation
3. Bridge of Spies
4. Crimson Peak
5. Ex Machina
6. The Hateful Eight
7. Love & Mercy
8. Mad Max: Fury Road
9. The Revenant
10. Sicario

Winner: Ex Machina

Favorite Director

1. Alejandro Inarritu – The Revenant
2. Alex Garland – Ex Machina
3. Cary Joji Fukunaga – Beasts of No Nation
4. Dennis Villeneuve – Sicario
5. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
6. Lenny Abrahamson – Room
7. Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
8. Ryan Coogler – Creed
9. Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
10. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Winner: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Favorite Actress

1. Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
2. Brie Larson – Room
3. Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Emily Blunt – Sicario
5. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
6. Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
7. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
8. Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
9. Sonoya Mizuno – Ex Machina
10. Susanne Wuest – Goodnight Mommy

Winner: Brie Larson – Room

Favorite Actor

1. Christian Bale- The Big Short
2. Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
3. Jacob Tremblay – Room
4. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
5. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
6. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
7. Michael B. Jordan – Creed
8. Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina
9. Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
10. Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Winner: Jacob Tremblay – Room

Favorite Ensemble Cast
1. Bridge of Spies
2. Creed
3. Ex Machina
4. The Hateful Eight
5. The Revenant
6. Room
7. Sicario
8. Spotlight
9. Steve Jobs
10. Straight Outta Compton

Winner: Ex Machina

Favorite Documentary

1. Amy
2. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
3. Iris
4. Merchants of Doubt
5. The Salt of the Earth

Winner: The Salt of the Earth

Most Fun Film Experience

1. Creed
2. Dope
3. Ex Machina
4. Furious Seven
5. Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

And finally the obvious big one – Favorite Film.

1. Amy
2. Anomalisa
3. Beasts of No Nation
4. The Big Short
5. Bridge of Spies
6. Creed
7. Ex Machina
8. The Hateful Eight
9. Inside Out
10. Love & Mercy
11. Mad Max: Fury Road
12. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
13. The Revenant
14. Room
15. The Salt of the Earth
16. Sicario
17. Spotlight
18. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
19. Steve Jobs
20. Straight Outta Compton

Winner: The Revenant
Second Place: Mad Max: Fury Road
Third Place: Ex Machina

What was your favorite movie of 2015?

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