2016

2016 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

Welcome to the 15th annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong in their awarding. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards) are the same, and unlike the Oscars these awards are fluid. I may well change my mind. I might see something that I haven’t, and the awards will be updated to reflect my mercurial mood swings. (And just for the record, I did these on paper before Sunday’s awards, so if I happen to agree with the Academy, be assured it is a freak occurrence.)Star Wars Episode VII, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Finn, Rey
I saw sixty-eight 2015 movies, and that number will probably pass the 75 mark in a week (though I doubt it will impact the awards).  2015 was the strongest, deepest year for film that I can recall.  My top 25 films are rock-solid favorites, and I handed out more 9’s and 10’s this year than I ever have (and it’s not because I’m getting nicer in my dotage).  Films like Creed, Room, The Revenant or Mad Max: Fury Road, would ABSOLUTELY be nominated for Best Picture in a normal year, but with six films getting 10.0’s and four more getting 9.75’s, the bar was sky-high.
Kylo Ren, Ben Solo, Adam Driver, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars Episode VII leads the way with a whopping 14 nominations, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 8 and The Martian, Spotlight, and Ex Machina with 7 apiece.

Matt Damon, The Martian

Unlike the Oscars, I do not give documentary and short film awards or as I call them “bathroom break awards”.  Though, I encourage everyone to root for “The World of Tomorrow” for Animated Short.  Our Reasonable Critic pointed it out to me on Netflix and it is a thing of brilliance.  I have not, as yet, seen any foreign films this year so that category will remain empty until such time as I remedy that.  I nominate the maximum 10 the Academy allows for Best Picture (even if they’re too dumb to in a year this good).  Who will be the big winner this year and take the Best Picture torch from The LEGO Movie? Let’s see….

Best Original Screenplay
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Sicario
Star Wars Episode VII
Straight Outta Compton
Winner: Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Domhnall Gleeson, Ex Machina

Best Adapted Screenplay
The End of the Tour
The Martian
Mr. Holmes
Spotlight
Steve Jobs
Winner: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Furious 7
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars Episode VII
Winner: Star Wars Episode VII
Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, General Hux, Domnhall Gleeson, The First Order, Starkiller Base

Best Sound Mixing
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ex Machina
Furious 7
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars Episode VII
Winner: Star Wars Episode VII
Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer (Official) 1 2672

Best Sound Editing
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Furious 7
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars Episode VII
Winner: The Martian
Matt Damon, The Martian

Best Song
“Phenomenal” by Eminem, Southpaw
“See You Again” by Wiz Kahalia, Furious 7
“Lord Knows/Fighting Stronger” by Meek Mill, Creed
“Waiting for My Moment” by Donald Glover, Creed
“Breathe” by Tessa Thompson, Creed
Winner: “See You Again”, Furious 7
Paul Walker, Fast and Furious 7, Fast and Furious

Best Original Score
Creed
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
Star Wars Episode VII
Terminator: Genisys
Winner: John Williams, Star Wars Episode VII
John Williams, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars

Best Makeup
Creed
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Mr. Holmes
Star Wars Episode VII
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
Immortan Joe, Mad Max Fury Road

Best Film Editing
Sicario
Spotlight
Steve Jobs
Star Wars Episode VII
Straight Outta Compto
Winner: Spotlight
Spotlight, Michael Keaton

Best Costume Design
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars Episode VII
Winner: Star Wars Episode VIIKylo Ren, Episode VII, Adam Driver

Best Art Direction
Macbeth
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars Episode VII
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road, The Citadel

Best Cinematography
Macbeth
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Star Wars Episode VII
Winner: The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Animated Film
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Winner: Inside Out
Joy, Amy Poehler, Inside Out

Best Ensemble Cast
The Big Short
The Martian
Spotlight
Star Wars Episode VII
Straight Outta Compton
Winner: Spotlight
Spotlight, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo

Best Supporting Actress
Marion Cotillard, Macbeth
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Amy Poehler, Inside Out
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Winner: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Best Supporting Actor
Steve Carrell, The Big Short
Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
Michael Keaton, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Actress
Emily Blunt, Sicario
Brie Larson, Room
Daisy Ridley, Star Wars Episode VII
Saorise Ronan, Brooklyn
Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Actor
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Ian McKellan, Mr. Holmes
Jason Segal, The End of the Tour
Winner: Ian McKellan, Mr. Holmes

Best Director
JJ Abrams, Star Wars Episode VII
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Alejandro Innaritu, The Revenant

Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight
Denis Villaneuve, Sicario
Winner: Thomas McCarthy, SpotlightSpotlight, Thomas McCarthy

Best Picture
The End of the Tour
Ex Machina
Inside Out
The Martian
Mr. Holmes
Sicario
Spotlight
Star Wars Episode VII
Steve Jobs
The Walk
Winner: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

So, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens takes top honors with five, but a wide-spread of films were honored.  Spotlight took three wins and Mad Max and Ex Machina each grabbed two.  The acting winners were all first-time Renny recipients, with the exception of Sir Ian McKellan who last won for 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring.  It’s a rare, rare thing when your most-anticipated film of the year turns out to be the best beyond your wildest expectations, but I’m so happy that Star Wars came through, and in a year so strong that there are so many films worth of Best Picture.  Sicario had the dubious honor of being the highest-rated film of the year on my list not to win an award and fellow Best Picture nominees The End of the Tour and The Walk were shut out as well.  Deadpool has us off to an oddly great start to 2016, so here’s to hoping next year’s awards will be just as much of a celebration!

6 thoughts on “2016 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)”

  1. They should only give academy awards to movies twenty-five years after the fact. The 2015 Oscars should be held no sooner than 2040. That way, we would all be able to see which films endured, and which ones did not. Popularity over the long run does not always go along with quality, but it usually does, and when it doesn’t, popularity is more important. And if an academy member were tempted to give a best picture award to the Crying Game, maybe he would be shamed out of it.

    A few years ago, Harvey Weinstein reportedly loved Big Eyes, which he made with Tim Burton. At the same time he deliberately buried Snowpiercer, because of an argument he had with the director. Both films were amazing. Neither were nominated for any oscars. Harvey Weinstein has no illusions about the academy awards, and I don’t think anyone else in Hollywood has any misconceptions, either.

    These people are all too close to the movies being considered. There are too many egos in play. There’s too much politics, too many shiny gimmicks distracting the voters. If you view the oscars as an annual celebration of the medium, it’s all OK, but the academy awards have never been a fair contest where the best films were recognized.

    I mean it sincerely when I say that I take your humble contest a lot more seriously.

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      1. My family and friends used to go around the house and bolt everything down on oscar night. I think that’s why I ended up developing my “zen” philosophy. Because Kevin Spacey in American Beauty over Denzel Washington in The Hurricane… Arrrgh.

        Now everything is peaceful.

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    1. I honestly do put a lot of effort into the Rennys and detach myself from say giving Star Wars everything (which I was tempted to do) and look at each aspect and ask which film did this piece the best. Any lesser year and SW would have won 10 (I’d have to look but I think The Dark Knight and Return of the King both won 10 and that’s the record). There was just so much quality, even at the last minute watching Macbeth (which was awesome), I had to adjust nominees.

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