The Half-Year Awards for Film — The Final Tally

Last week, I listed the most outstanding performers, writers, directors, and designers we’ve seen in film so far this year. Consider it a sort of six-months-in Oscars. This is a recap and a final tally – click on the links themselves to read the reasoning behind each decision. These aren’t Oscar predictions, they’re one critic’s opinions on the best we’ve seen in film this year.

httyd Dragon Thief

First, we ran the technical and design awards:

Best Sound Design
Johnnie Burn, Under the Skin
Best Musical Score
Mica Levi, Under the Skin
Best Art Direction
The Raid 2
Best Make-up
Kumalasari Tanara, The Raid 2
Best Stunts
Yayan Ruhian, Iko Uwais, Bruce Law, The Raid 2
Best Costume Design
Michael Wilkinson, Noah
Best Visual Effects
Industrial Light & Magic, Noah
Best 3-D
Edge of Tomorrow
Best Animated Film
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Cinematography
Daniel Landin, Under the Skin
Best Editing
James Herbert, Edge of Tomorrow

The Rover lead

Then, we ran the awards for the best acting we’ve seen this year:

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Connelly, Noah
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Pattinson, The Rover
Best Actor
Guy Pearce, The Rover
Best Actress
Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
Best Ensemble
The Monuments Men

Noah gaze

Finally, we finished out with the big awards, for writing, director, and best film overall:

Best Adapted Screenplay
Darren Aranofsky, Ari Handel, Noah
Best Original Screenplay
Joel Edgerton, David Michod, The Rover
Best Director
Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
Best Film
Under the Skin

Under the Skin lead

So what’s the final awards tally?

6 — Under the Skin
4 — Noah
3 — The Raid 2

3 — The Rover
2 — Edge of Tomorrow
1 — How to Train Your Dragon 2

1 — The Monuments Men

You can read all my movie reviews for this and last year right here. Enjoy!

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