Awards

The Shaunies, 2016

Below is a list of the nominees and winners (in bold) for the 2016 Shaunie Awards. The winners were announced on the affiliated podcast episode (click here!). Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
A Monster Calls

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Bradford Young, Arrival
Fedor Lyass, Pasha Kapinos, & Vsevolod Kaptur, Hardcore Henry
James Laxton, Moonlight
Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Natasha Braier, The Neon Demon

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Al Hoffman, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Can Canatan, John Klenner, & Jorma Taccone, "I'm So Humble," Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Benj Pasek, Justin Hurwitz, & Justin Paul, "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," La La Land
Dave Bassett, "Set It All Free," Sing
Gary Clark & John Carney, "Drive It Like You Stole It," Sing Street
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina, & Opetaia Foa'i, "How Far I'll Go," Moana

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Dario Marianelli, Kubo and the Two Strings
Fernando Velázquez, A Monster Calls
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Mark Korven, The Witch
Nicholas Britell, Moonlight

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Auli'i Cravalho, Moana
Edward Norton, Sausage Party
Idris Elba, The Jungle Book
Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls

BEST YOUNG STAR
Alex R. Hibbert, Moonlight
Angourie Rice, The Nice Guys
Harvey Scrimshaw, The Witch
Royalty Hightower, The Fits
Sunny Pawar, Lion

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits
Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Swiss Army Man
Nicolas Pesce, The Eyes of My Mother
Robert Eggers, The Witch
Trey Edward Shults, Krisha

BEST CAST
20th Century Women
Captain Fantastic
Everybody Wants Some!!
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Dev Patel, Lion
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Timothy Spall, Denial

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Felicity Jones, A Monster Calls
Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Viola Davis, Fences

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Denzel Washington, Fences
Ethan Hawke, Born to Be Blue
Logan Lerman, Indignation
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emma Stone, La La Land
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Rebecca Hall, Christine
Ruth Negga, Loving

BEST SCREENPLAY
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Jared Bush & Phil Johnston, Zootopia
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

BEST DIRECTOR
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
David Mackenzie, Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Ezra Edelman, O.J.: Made in America

BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight
O.J.: Made in America

The Shaunies: The Winners

Welcome to the Shaunies Awards winners page! Below you'll find the lists of every winning film in Shaunies history, dating back to 1992, in each respective category! The list will be updated any time winners are announced and/or changed. Enjoy!


Cinematography
2015: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
2014: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
2013: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
2012: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master
2011: Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive
2010: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
2009: Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker
2008: Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
2007: Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2006: Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men
2005: Peter Suschitzky, A History of Violence
2004: Dion Beebe & Paul Cameron, Collateral
2003: César Charlone, City of God
2002: Conrad L. Hall, Road to Perdition
2001: Slawomir Idziak, Black Hawk Down
2000: Matthew Libatique, Requiem for a Dream
1999: Jeff Cronenweth, Fight Club
1998: Janusz Kaminski, Saving Private Ryan
1997: Russell Carpenter, Titanic
1996: Brian Tufano, Trainspotting
1995: Darius Khondji, Se7en
1994: Robert Richardson, Natural Born Killers
1993: Janusz Kaminski, Schindler's List
1992: Jack N. Green, Unforgiven

Visual Effects
2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
2014: Interstellar
2013: Gravity
2012: Life of Pi
2011: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2010: Inception
2009: Avatar
2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2007: Transformers
2006: A Scanner Darkly
2005: Sin City
2004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2003: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2002: Minority Report
2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
1999: The Mummy
1998: Armageddon
1997: Titanic
1996: Independence Day
1995: Apollo 13
1994: Speed
1993: Jurassic Park
1992: Dead Alive

Original Score
2015: Richard Vreeland, It Follows
2014: Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
2013: Mark Orton, Nebraska
2012: Benh Zeitlin & Dan Romer, Beasts of the Southern Wild
2011: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
2010: Atticus Ross & Trent Reznor, The Social Network
2009: Alexandre Desplat, Fantastic Mr. Fox
2008: Thomas Newman, WALL•E
2007: Mychael Danna, Surf's Up
2006: Javier Navarrete, Pan's Labyrinth
2005: Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain
2004: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Finding Neverland
2003: Thomas Newman, Finding Nemo
2002: Philip Glass, The Hours
2001: John Williams, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2000: Clint Mansell, Requiem for a Dream
1999: Thomas Newman, American Beauty
1998: John Williams, Saving Private Ryan
1997: James Horner, Titanic
1996: David Arnold, Independence Day
1995: James Newton Howard, Waterworld
1994: Hans Zimmer, The Lion King
1993: John Williams, Jurassic Park
1992: Alan Menken, Aladdin

Original Song
2015: "Lava," Lava
2014: "Lost Stars," Begin Again
2013: "Let It Go," Frozen
2012: "Skyfall," Skyfall
2011: "Man of Muppet," The Muppets
2010: "I See the Light," Tangled
2009: "The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart
2008: "Jai Ho," Slumdog Millionaire
2007: "Falling Slowly," Once
2006: "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)," Snakes on a Plane
2005: "Remains of the Day," Corpse Bride
2004: "Believe," The Polar Express
2003: "Belleville Rendezvous," The Triplets of Belleville
2002: "Lose Yourself," 8 Mile
2001: "Come What May," Moulin Rouge!
2000: "Fever Dog," Almost Famous
1999: "You'll Be in My Heart," Tarzan
1998: "When You Believe," The Prince of Egypt
1997: "Go the Distance," Hercules
1996: "Out There," The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1995: "Colors of the Wind," Pocahontas
1994: "Circle of Life," The Lion King
1993: "Will You Be There," Free Willy
1992: "A Whole New World," Aladdin

Young Star
2015: Jacob Tremblay, Room
2014: Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel
2013: Kaitlyn Dever, Short Term 12
2012: Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
2011: Saoirse Ronan, Hanna
2010: Dakota Fanning, The Runaways
2009: Elle Fanning, Phoebe in Wonderland
2008: Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In
2007: Marcus Carl Franklin, I'm Not There.
2006: Juno Temple, Notes on a Scandal
2005: Q'orianka Kilcher, The New World
2004: Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland
2003: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider
2002: Tyler Hoechlin, Road to Perdition
2001: Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2000: Hayden Panettiere, Remember the Titans
1999: Thora Birch, American Beauty
1998: Rufus Read, Happiness
1997: Christina Ricci, The Ice Storm
1996: Claire Danes, Romeo + Juliet
1995: Rosario Dawson, Kids
1994: Natalie Portman, Léon: The Professional
1993: Larenz Tate, Menace II Society
1992: Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Lorenzo's Oil

Vocal Performance
2015: Ryan Reynolds, The Voices
2014: Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy
2013: Scarlett Johansson, Her
2012: Seth MacFarlane, Ted
2011: Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2010: Timothy Dalton, Toy Story 3
2009: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mary and Max
2008: Paul Bettany, Iron Man
2007: Jeff Bridges, Surf's Up
2006: Robin Williams, Happy Feet
2005: Liam Neeson, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe
2004: Antonio Banderas, Shrek 2
2003: Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo
2002: Chris Sanders, Lilo & Stitch
2001: Eddie Murphy, Shrek
2000: Kevin Kline, The Road to El Dorado
1999: Vin Diesel, The Iron Giant
1998: Eddie Murphy, Mulan
1997: John Cleese, George of the Jungle
1996: Roger Jackson, Scream
1995: Tom Hanks, Toy Story
1994: Nathan Lane, The Lion King
1993: Greg Burson, Jurassic Park
1992: Robin Williams, Aladdin

Cast
2015: The Big Short
2014: Birdman
2013: American Hustle
2012: Moonrise Kingdom
2011: Midnight in Paris
2010: The Fighter
2009: Inglourious Basterds
2008: Tropic Thunder
2007: I'm Not There.
2006: The Departed
2005: Crash
2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003: Mystic River
2002: Chicago
2001: Wet Hot American Summer
2000: Almost Famous
1999: American Beauty
1998: Happiness
1997: Boogie Nights
1996: Trainspotting
1995: Heat
1994: Pulp Fiction
1993: Dazed and Confused
1992: Reservoir Dogs


Directorial Debut
2015: Alex Garland, Ex Machina
2014: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
2013: Matt Johnson, The Dirties
2012: Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods
2011: Joe Cornish, Attack the Block
2010: David Michôd, Animal Kingdom
2009: Duncan Jones, Moon
2008: Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
2007: Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone
2006: Rian Johnson, Brick
2005: Shane Black, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2004: Shane Carruth, Primer
2003: Jordan Melamed, Manic
2002: Rob Marshall, Chicago
2001: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Amores perros
2000: Troy Duffy, The Boondock Saints
1999: Sam Mendes, American Beauty
1998: Darren Aronofsky, Pi
1997: Andrew Niccol, Gattaca
1996: Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket
1995: Larry Clark, Kids
1994: Kevin Smith, Clerks
1993: Robert Rodriguez, El mariachi
1992: Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs

Supporting Actor
2015: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
2014: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2013: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
2012: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
2011: Albert Brooks, Drive
2010: Christian Bale, The Fighter
2009: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
2008: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2007: Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood
2006: Jack Nicholson, The Departed
2005: Daniel Craig, The Jacket
2004: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
2003: Don Cheadle, Manic
2002: Ed Harris, The Hours
2001: Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast
2000: Brad Pitt, Snatch.
1999: John Malkovich, Being John Malkovich
1998: John Goodman, The Big Lebowski
1997: Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting
1996: Edward Norton, Primal Fear
1995: Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects
1994: Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction
1993: Pete Postlethwaite, In the Name of the Father
1992: John Malkovich, Of Mice and Men

Supporting Actress
2015: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
2014: Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer
2013: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
2012: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
2011: Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris
2010: Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
2009: Charlize Theron, The Road
2008: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2007: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There.
2006: Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
2005: Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
2004: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
2003: Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog
2002: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago
2001: Gwyneth Paltrow, The Royal Tenenbaums
2000: Jennifer Connelly, Requiem for a Dream
1999: Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted
1998: Joan Allen, Pleasantville
1997: Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential
1996: Dianne Wiest, The Birdcage
1995: Chloë Sevigny, Kids
1994: Kirsten Dunst, Interview with the Vampire
1993: Tracey Ullman, Robin Hood: Men in Tights
1992: Frances Fisher, Unforgiven

Actor
2015: Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
2014: David Oyelowo, Selma
2013: Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
2012: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
2011: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
2010: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
2009: Sam Rockwell, Moon
2008: Sean Penn, Milk
2007: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
2006: Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
2005: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
2004: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator
2003: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Manic
2002: Nicolas Cage, Adaptation.
2001: Denzel Washington, Training Day
2000: Christian Bale, American Psycho
1999: Kevin Spacey, American Beauty
1998: Edward Norton, American History X
1997: Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets
1996: Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting
1995: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Basketball Diaries
1994: Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
1993: Benoît Poelvoorde, Man Bites Dog
1992: Harvey Keitel, Bad Lieutenant

Actress
2015: Brie Larson, Room
2014: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
2013: Brie Larson, Short Term 12
2012: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
2011: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
2010: Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2009: Carey Mulligan, An Education
2008: Kate Winslet, The Reader
2007: Keira Knightley, Atonement
2006: Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
2005: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
2004: Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003: Scarlett Johansson, Lost in Translation
2002: Nicole Kidman, The Hours
2001: Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!
2000: Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream
1999: Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry
1998: Nicoletta Braschi, Life Is Beautiful
1997: Julianne Moore, Boogie Nights
1996: Frances McDormand, Fargo
1995: Sharon Stone, Casino
1994: Natalie Portman, Léon: The Professional
1993: Andie MacDowell, Groundhog Day
1992: Geena Davis, A League of Their Own

Director
2015: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
2014: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
2013: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
2012: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
2011: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
2010: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
2009: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
2008: Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In
2007: Todd Haynes, I'm Not There.
2006: Paul Greengrass, United 93
2005: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
2004: Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003: Clint Eastwood, Mystic River
2002: Sam Mendes, Road to Perdition
2001: Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down
2000: Darren Aronofsky, Requiem for a Dream
1999: David Fincher, Fight Club
1998: Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan
1997: Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights
1996: Danny Boyle, Trainspotting
1995: David Fincher, Se7en
1994: Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
1993: Steven Spielberg, Schindler's List
1992: Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven

Screenplay
2015: Adam McKay & Charles Randolph, The Big Short
2014: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
2013: Spike Jonze, Her
2012: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
2011: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
2010: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
2009: Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
2008: Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, WALL•E
2007: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
2006: Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth
2005: George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck
2004: Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003: Brian Helgeland, Mystic River
2002: Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation.
2001: Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park
2000: Christopher Nolan, Memento
1999: Jim Uhls, Fight Club
1998: David McKenna, American History X
1997: Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential
1996: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Fargo
1995: Andrew Kevin Walker, Se7en
1994: Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
1993: Steven Zaillian, Schindler's List
1992: Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs

Picture
2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
2014: Whiplash
2013: Her
2012: Django Unchained
2011: Drive
2010: The Social Network
2009: Inglourious Basterds
2008: WALL•E
2007: No Country for Old Men
2006: Pan's Labyrinth
2005: Brokeback Mountain
2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003: Mystic River
2002: Road to Perdition
2001: Moulin Rouge!
2000: Requiem for a Dream
1999: American Beauty
1998: Happiness
1997: L.A. Confidential
1996: Fargo
1995: Se7en
1994: Pulp Fiction
1993: Schindler's List
1992: Reservoir Dogs

The Shaunies, 2017: Eligible Films

As you probably know, I have an annual awards list called "The Shaunies." Every year, I break down fifteen categories ranging from cinematography to music to acting, and I create nominees and winners in each category. Below are the posters for all of the films currently eligible for the 2017 Shaunies process. To be considered eligible, a film's first public theatrical release in the United States has to take place at some point in the 2017 calendar year. 

This list will constantly be updated as I see more movies. As of this moment, there are 20 movies on the list. Be sure to keep an eye out to see if your favorite movie of the year finds its way here!


Mid-Year Awards: 2016

Those of you following the Shaun Talks Movies brand know that back in February I hyped up a big-time episode called "The Shaunies." It was my end-of-year film awards in which I highlighted fifteen different categories of film and named winners in each category. Right now, we are exactly halfway through 2016, and I thought it would be fun to take a look at the current front-runners in each of those categories. Below you'll find a breakdown of my current thought-process with the best films of the year, and I break down each category and talk about runners-up and the like. Take a look and see what the best of the first half of the year has been. Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Last year's winner was the predominantly practical effects juggernaut Mad Max: Fury Road, but so far in 2016, we've been treated to a slog of CGI sensation. I seriously considered throwing a bone to Hardcore Henry for this category (but more on that in a moment), but I finally had to go with the groundbreaking technology utilized in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book. The film itself is a so-so adventure tale spun around a series of vignettes that ultimately left me wanting more from certain characters, but when you take a step back and remember that the only real practical effect is Neel Sethi's Mowgli, it's an incredibly world-building experience. From the detail of the jungle to the animals' individual hairs, The Jungle Book sets a new bar for computer generated imagery.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

© STX Entertainment

© STX Entertainment

Although Natasha Braier's stellar work with The Neon Demon nearly pulled the lead here, I still was most impressed by the Go Pro-style camera work in Hardcore Henry. When people tell you that this movie is unlike anything you've ever seen, believe them. I fear that the success of this film will generate a slew of copycats in the near future, but for now, I am perfectly content with the frenetic energy that the three-person cinematographer team of Fedor Lyass, Pasha Kapinos, and Vsevolod Kaptur were able to put forth. I don't foresee Hardcore Henry making much of a splash by the time the Shaunies come around next year, but I still want to throw a little love now while I can. 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

© The Weinstein Company

© The Weinstein Company

For the time being, I'm going with a John Carney three-peat and giving the edge to the song "Drive It Like You Stole It" from Sing Street. Carney's films have won Shaunie awards on two previous occasions: in 2007 for Once ("Falling Slowly") and in 2014 for Begin Again ("Lost Stars"). A month ago, this would have been a runaway favorite to nab the win at the Shaunies next year, but a little-seen film called Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping came into my life, and there are two songs from that film - "I'm So Humble" and "Finest Girl" - that make a strong case for being the best original song of the year.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

© Broad Green Pictures

© Broad Green Pictures

Until a few days ago, the Original Score category had a few different films jockeying for position as we hit the midway point of the year; however, a little film called The Neon Demon changed all that when Cliff Martinez created an absolutely beautiful score that perfectly sets the tone for the Los Angeles-based arthouse horror flick. Some of those runners-up include films like Green RoomThe Nice Guys, and Midnight Special, and at this point, all of those movies have a legitimate shot at nabbing Shaunies nominations. Cliff Martinez and The Neon Demon, however, currently takes the cake, and seeing as Richard Vreeland nabbed mid-year and Shaunies wins for his score of It Follows last year, there's a strong possibility this one might see glory come February.

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

I was very much on the Idris Elba train, championing his role as the evil Shere Khan in the aforementioned Jungle Book, but after seeing Finding Dory, I think that Ed O'Neill's Hank has a shot at being the first character in an animated film to win a Shaunie in this category since 2010. Hank is allegedly a character that Pixar has had wandering around for years, and it wasn't until Finding Dory that they were able to get the character just right. He's a perfect foil for Dory, and if they continue with the slew of sequels, I think we could very well see a "Finding Hank" film in the near future. He definitely gave us the backstory for it. 

BEST YOUNG STAR

© Warner Bros.

© Warner Bros.

There have been a slew of great performances from young actors so far this year, and although none of them quite measure up to the incredibly high bar Jacob Tremblay set in 2015 for his performance in Room, there are still a few frontrunners to consider. On the outside looking in, we have Harvey Scrimshaw, who plays the eldest son in The Witch, as well as Ferdia Walsh-Peelo who leads the way through Sing Street. Both of those young men bring quite a bit of emotion to their respective roles, but no one was as much a standout as Angourie Rice in Shane Black's The Nice Guys. She stands toe-to-toe with acting giants like Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and manages to be the most consistent of the bunch, handling herself in a madcap film noir caper alongside the best of them. It's a daring performance that might be a little mature for her age, but Rice manages it perfectly and steals every scene she's in. 

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

© A24

© A24

Part of me wanted to throw this to Dan Trachtenberg, who helmed the bizarre 10 Cloverfield Lane, but considering someone else (namely, Damien Chazelle) did most of the groundwork for that film before leaving to work on another picture, I can't quite give Trachtenberg all of the credit. There have been quite a few first-time directors so far this year, but the one truly standout film from the bunch has to be Robert Eggers's New England horror flick, The Witch. Horror in the 21st century too often settles for schlocky jump scares, but Eggers showed us that traditional, suspense-based horror can still be terrifying. The Witch is an original tale that left me wanting for more, and I only hope that Eggers will bring us back to this seed of evil for another go-around. 

BEST CAST

© Universal Pictures

© Universal Pictures

This category is currently a bit up in the air as I don't really have a true standout, but if I had to give it to any movie right now, I'd have to say opstar: Never Stop Never Stopping simply for the sheer magnitude of big-name cameos they managed to pull into the fray. When the principal cast already offers a stellar set of performances and you then guarantee that I'll be seeing a who's who of the current music industry, I might as well be handing you my money left and right. It's just a shame that so few people showed up for Popstar, which I thought was one of the better comedies to hit theaters so far this year. A few other films - such as The InvitationThe WitchGreen Room, and Hail, Caesar! - should also be considered for this particular category. 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

© A24

© A24

So far, no single supporting actress has truly stood out amongst the rest, and the de facto lead has to go to Kate Dickie and her performance in The Witch. She brings quite a bit of emotion as the mother of a family succumbing to the devil's charms, although her effective time on screen is mostly limited to the second half of the film. A few other honorable mentions include Alia Shawkat in Green Room, Emayatzy Corinealdi in The Invitation, Kirsten Dunst in Midnight Special, and Léa Seydoux in The Lobster.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

© The Weinstein Company

© The Weinstein Company

On the flip side, the supporting actor race already seems to be heating up. After seeing Hardcore Henry, I was ready to pencil Sharlto Copley in for his first Shaunie win despite having some stiff competition from the likes of Jack O'Connell in Money Monster and Laurence Fishburne in Standoff. Then I saw Sing Street, and Jack Reynor blew me away as the elder brother who lives and breathes for rock and roll. For most of the film, he remains a steadfast anti-authority figure set on teaching his little brother about the history of music, but for a few moments here and there, we get to see Reynor's character break down and delve into an emotional side that I didn't expect to see. It's a great performance and one that really hit home with me as I watched the movie. 

BEST ACTRESS

© Roadside Attractions

© Roadside Attractions

Like the supporting actor race, the run for best actress has one clear-cut favorite: Sally Field in Hello, My Name Is Doris. Playing an elderly woman working amongst a field of twenty- and thirty-somethings would be interesting enough, but when you add in the idea that Doris is starting to fall in love with one of those younger men, you have the exact ingredients for a dramatic comedy in the 21st century. While there may have been stronger dramatic performances from the likes of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Imogen Poots (Green Room), and Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon), the wonder and love that Field brings to her Doris is tangible and real, and it lets her stand head-and-shoulders above her competition. 

BEST ACTOR

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© Paramount Pictures

This was a difficult race to call even this early in the year. We saw Ryan Gosling give a near career-best performance in The Nice Guys. Colin Farrell played against type in The Lobster. The late Anton Yelchin was phenomenal in Green Room. And Ben Foster became Lance Armstrong in The Program. However, John Goodman's performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane was one of the more terrifying portrayals I've seen in quite some time. For most of the film, you truly wonder whether his character is a genuine savior or a cold-hearted killer, and Goodman's ability to toe that line helps craft the character and the story. It's been a while since we've seen Goodman this good, and here's to hoping he continues that roll with his next few films. 

BEST SCREENPLAY

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© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Two screenplays jumped ahead of the pack so far this year, and both of them happen to be twists on the classic film noir style. It took a lot of time to choose between The Nice Guys and Zootopia, but I ultimately choose the latter. While Shane Black did a fantastic job bringing The Nice Guys to life, the world-building of Zootopia is really what helps set it apart. Writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston did a wonderful job of creating a fully-realized world that plays well with our current technologies and sensitivities. The film also takes a direct look at racism and its effects in society through the guise of a children's film. I believe that of all Disney's recent animated features, Zootopia will have some of the strongest staying power in the public zeitgeist because of the importance of the film's message. At least, that's my hope. 

BEST DIRECTOR

© Drafthouse Films

© Drafthouse Films

The director race could go any which way at the particular juncture, but I'm going to give the current edge to Karyn Kusama after she crafted a fantastic low-budget thriller in The Invitation. The film bounces back and forth constantly, letting the audience try to solve the mystery of just what's going on at this dinner party while the characters try to figure it out themselves. It's a taut and engaging film, and Kusama definitely deserves the edge this early in the year; however, a number of other directors definitely deserve early recognition as well. Jeff Nichols put forth another great film in Midnight Special, and Jeremy Saulnier continued his strong streak with Green Room. Yorgos Lanthimos gave us his first English-language film with The Lobster, and Nicolas Winding Refn put forth a strangely fascinating feature with The Neon Demon

BEST PICTURE

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© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Like the mid-year awards of 2015, there isn't quite a clear-cut favorite for the best picture of the year so far. I currently have eight films vying for position, and some of the honorable mentions include films like The WaveThe Lobster, and Midnight Special. Some of the immediate runners-up have to be The WitchThe Nice GuysThe Invitation, and Sing Street, but I ultimately have to give the early edge to Disney's Zootopia. As I mentioned before, the film puts forth a fantastic screenplay that really brings the audience into the storyline, and the great vocal cast does a wonderful job in crafting likable and relatable characters. Last year's early nod went to Ex Machina which ultimately landed a Best Picture nomination at the 2015 Shaunie Awards, where it lost to Mad Max: Fury Road. Can Zootopia remain at the top of the list through the rest of the year? We'll just have to wait and find out. 

The Shaunies, 2015

Below you can find the list of nominees and winners (in bold) for the 2015 Shaunie Awards! If you want to listen to the full announcement, check out the podcast episode featuring special co-host Keith Jenks and many special guests along the way. Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Crimson Peak
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Mike Gioulakis, It Follows
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Justin Franks, & Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again," Furious 7
Brian Wilson & Scott Montgomery, "One Kind of Love," Love & Mercy
Eminem, "Phenomenal," Southpaw
James Ford Murphy, "Lava," Lava
Robert Florczak, "N'chi Ya Nani (Whose Land Is This?)," Roar

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Michael Brook, Brooklyn
Michael Giacchino, Inside Out
Richard Vreeland, It Follows
Stephen Rennicks, Room

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Ben Whishaw, Paddington
James Spader, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Lewis Black, Inside Out
Ryan Reynolds, The Voices

BEST YOUNG STAR
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Elias Schwarz, Goodnight Mommy
Imogene Wolodarsky, Infinitely Polar Bear
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Milo Parker, Mr. Holmes

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Joel Edgerton, The Gift
John Maclean, Slow West
Maya Forbes, Infinitely Polar Bear
S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk

BEST CAST
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Straight Outta Compton

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Greta Gerwig, Mistress America
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Susanne Wuest, Goodnight Mommy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Benicio Del Toro, Sicario
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Walton Goggins, The Hateful Eight

BEST ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Brie Larson, Room
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine
Margot Robbie, Z for Zachariah
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST ACTOR
Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

BEST SCREENPLAY
Adam McKay & Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donoghue, Room

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Kornél Mundruczó, White God
Lenny Abrahamson, Room

BEST PICTURE
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room

The Shaunies, 2014

Below is the list of nominees and winners (in bold) for the 2014 Shaunie Awards. Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Hoyte Van Hoytema, Interstellar
Kyung-pyo Hong, Snowpiercer
Robert Elswit, Nightcrawler
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, & Shawn Patterson, "Everything Is Awesome," The Lego Movie
Common, John Legend, & Rhymefest, "Glory," Selma
Danielle Brisebois, Gregg Alexander, Nick Lashley, & Nick Southwood, "Lost Stars," Begin Again
Gustavo Santaolalla & Paul Williams, "I Love You Too Much," The Book of Life
Lenny Abrahamson & Stephen Rennicks, "I Love You All," Frank

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
James Newton Howard, Nightcrawler
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Ben Kingsley, The Boxtrolls
Bill Irwin, Interstellar
Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy
Liam Neeson, The Lego Movie
Toby Kebbell, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

BEST YOUNG STAR
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Hailee Steinfeld, Begin Again
Makenzie Foy, Interstellar
Noah Wiseman, The Babadook
Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child
Jason Bateman, Bad Words
Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
Jorge R. Gutierrez, The Book of Life

BEST CAST
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Selma

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Carrie Coon, Gone Girl
Emma Stone, Birdman
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Edward Norton, Birdman
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Michael Fassbender, Frank
Robert Pattinson, The Rover

BEST ACTRESS
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

BEST ACTOR
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, & Nicolás Giacobone, Birdman
David Michôd, The Rover
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Christopher Nolan, Interstellar
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST PICTURE
Birdman
Boyhood
Frank
Interstellar
Whiplash

The Shaunies, 2013

Below is a list of the nominees and winners (in bold) for the 2013 Shaunie Awards. Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Elysium
Gravity
Man of Steel
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anthony Dod Mantle, Rush
Barry Ackroyd, Captain Phillips
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Frank G. DeMarco & Peter Zuccarini, All Is Lost
Roger Deakins, Prisoners

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Karen O. & Spike Jonze, "The Moon Song," Her
Keith Stanfield, "So You Know What It's Like," Short Term 12
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, "Let It Go," Frozen
Nicholas Britell, "My Lord, Sunshine," 12 Years a Slave
Pharrell Williams, "Happy," Despicable Me 2

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
David Wingo, Mud
Joel P. West, Short Term 12
Mark Orton, Nebraska
Nikolaj Egelund, The Hunt

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Bill Nighy, The World's End
Charlie Day, Monsters University
Ed Harris, Gravity
Josh Gad, Frozen
Scarlett Johansson, Her

BEST YOUNG STAR
Annika Wedderkopp, The Hunt
Jackson Nicoll, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Kaitlyn Dever, Short Term 12
Liam James, The Way, Way Back
Nick Robinson, The Kings of Summer

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen, This Is the End
Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead
Lake Bell, In a World...
Matt Johnson, The Dirties
Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station

BEST CAST
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Prisoners
Short Term 12
This Is the End

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
June Squibb, Nebraska
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street
Reese Witherspoon, Mud

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey, Mud
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Judi Dench, Philomena

BEST ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

BEST SCREENPLAY
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
David O. Russell & Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle
Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12
Spike Jonze, Her
Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm, The Hunt

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
David O. Russel, American Hustle
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze, Her
Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle
Her
The Hunt
Mud
Short Term 12

The Shaunies, 2012

Below is a list of the nominees and winners (in bold) from the 2012 Shaunie Awards. Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Avengers
Flight
The Impossible

Life of Pi
Prometheus

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty
Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master
Robert D. Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom
Roger Deakins, Skyfall

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Adele & Paul Epworth, "Skyfall," Skyfall
Alex Mandel & Mark Andrews, "Touch the Sky," Brave
Anthony Hamilton, Elayna Boynton, & Kelvin Wooten, "Freedom," Django Unchained
Ryan Miller, "The Big Machine," Safety Not Guaranteed
Seth MacFarlane & Walter Murphy, "Everybody Needs a Best Friend," Ted

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, Moonrise Kingdom
Benh Zeitlin & Dan Romer, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Nick Urata, Ruby Sparks
Thomas Newman, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Hugh Grant, The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Hugh Jackman, Rise of the Guardians
Kelly Macdonald, Brave
Peter Sarsgaard, Robot & Frank
Seth MacFarlane, Ted

BEST YOUNG STAR
Ayush Tandon, Life of Pi
Jared Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom
Pierce Gagnon, Looper
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Tom Holland, The Impossible

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Colin Trevorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed
Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods
Jake Schreier, Robot & Frank
Josh Trank, Chronicle

BEST CAST
The Avengers
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Master
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Jessica Chastain, Lawless
Juno Temple, Killer Joe
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tom Hardy, Lawless

BEST ACTRESS
Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Frank Langella, Robot & Frank
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

BEST SCREENPLAY
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Roman Coppola & Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
William Friedkin, Killer Joe

BEST PICTURE
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

The Shaunies, 2011

Below is a list of the nominees and winners (in bold) from the 2011 Shaunie Awards. Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Attack the Block
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Source Code
Super 8
X-Men: First Class

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
Larry Fong, Super 8
Manuel Alberto Claro, Melancholia
Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Bret McKenzie, "Man or Muppet," The Muppets
Carlinhos Brown & Siedah Garrett, "Fly Love," Rio
Damon Thomas, Harvey Mason Jr., Mary J. Blige, & Thomas Newman, "The Living Proof," The Help
David Thum & John Thum, "Rango," Rango
Zooey Deschanel, "So Long," Winnie the Pooh

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The Tree of Life
Hans Zimmer, Rango
Howard Shore, Hugo
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Thomas Newman, The Help

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

John Cleese, Winnie the Pooh
Seth Rogen, Paul
Simon Pegg, The Adventures of Tintin
Werner Herzog, Cave of Forgotten Dreams

BEST YOUNG STAR
Alex Shaffer, Win Win
Amara Miller, The Descendants
Elle Fanning, Super 8
Hunter McCracken, The Tree of Life
Saoirse Ronan, Hanna

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Eli Craig, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
George Nolfi, The Adjustment Bureau
James Bobin, The Muppets
Joe Cornish, Attack the Block
Nick Tomnay, The Perfect Host

BEST CAST
Contagion
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Drive
The Help
Midnight in Paris

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris
Octavia Spencer, The Help

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Albert Brooks, Drive
Ben Kingsley, Hugo
Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Paul Giamatti, The Ides of March

BEST ACTRESS
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Viola Davis, The Help

BEST ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, Carnage
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Paul Giamatti, Win Win
Ryan Gosling, Drive

BEST SCREENPLAY
Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, & Nat Faxon, The Descendants
Beau Willimon, George Clooney, & Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Roman Polanski & Yasmina Reza, Carnage
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

BEST DIRECTOR
Bennett Miller, Moneyball
Lars von Trier, Melancholia
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
Carnage

Drive
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life

The Shaunies, 2010

Below is a list of the nominees and winners (in bold) from the 2010 Shaunie Awards. Enjoy!


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Alice in Wonderland
Inception

Kick-Ass
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
TRON: Legacy

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Benoît Debie, Enter the Void
Eric Kress, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Jeff Cronenweth, The Social Network
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Wally Pfister, Inception

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
A.R. Rahman, Dido, & Roland "Rollo" Armstrong, "If I Rise," 127 Hours
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, "I See the Light," Tangled
Diane Warren, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," Burlesque
Jason Segel & Lyle Workman, "Going Up," Get Him to the Greek
Randy Newman, "We Belong Together," Toy Story 3

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
Atticus Ross & Trent Reznor, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception
John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Alan Rickman, Alice in Wonderland
Donna Murphy, Tangled
Gerard Butler, How to Train Your Dragon
Steve Carell, Despicable Me
Timothy Dalton, Toy Story 3

BEST YOUNG STAR
Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass
Dakota Fanning, The Runaways
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Let Me In
Madeline Carroll, Flipped

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Aaron Schneider, Get Low
David Michôd, Animal Kingdom
Floria Sigismondi, The Runaways
Gareth Edwards, Monsters
Sam Taylor-Johnson, Nowhere Boy

BEST CAST
Animal Kingdom
The Fighter
Inception
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The Social Network

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne-Marie Duff, Nowhere Boy
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Keira Knightley, Never Let Me Go
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Andrew Garfield, Never Let Me Go
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
Jeremy Renner, The Town
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST ACTOR
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nowhere Boy
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Robert Duvall, Get Low
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

BEST SCREENPLAY
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin, & Mark Heyman, Black Swan
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3
Nikolaj Arcel & Rasmus Heisterberg, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Mark Romanek, Never Let Me Go
Niels Arden Oplev, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST PICTURE
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Social Network
Toy Story 3