26 January 2016

Kroagnon Awards 2016: Day Two - Film

Welcome to the Kroagnon Awards 2016! All this week, we'll be announcing all our favourite things of 2015, ranging from the broad to the niche. As well as being voted on by editors Dave, Matt and Tom, several categories have been decided by you, our readers, and industry experts.

2015 was full of smash-hit blockbusters but Jurassic World was among the best-loved. It continued the popular Jurassic Park series and starred Chris Pratt in his highest-profile role yet. The film currently stands as the third highest-grossing of all time, with total takings standing at $1.52 billion. This was a very difficult category to decide and Jurassic World only just edged out the fantastic Birdman.

Sticking with Jurassic World, Chris Pratt is named our Best Actor in a Film of 2015 for his role as Owen. It's been announced that he will return to the role for a 2018 Jurassic World follow-up so look out for his name on this list in another three years. Last year he also appeared in the widely-panned Jem and the Holograms in film and on television appearing once more as the much-loved Andy in the sublime Parks and Recreation. Michael Keaton was also nominated for his leading role in Birdman.

Although it was released in 2014 in most places, Birdman actually came out in 2015 here in the UK, so Emma Stone's award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film still counts in our book. She was fantastic as Michael Keaton's daughter and fought off tough competition in the form of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Oscar Isaac to win this award. Stone also appeared in Irrational Man and Aloha last year - and look out for her later this year in La La Land.

For his work on SPECTRE, his second James Bond film, Sam Mendes is named our Best Director of 2015. He also helmed Skyfall, the franchise's fiftieth anniversary special, to great acclaim, but has sadly said he doesn't want to return to Bond any time soon. Mendes also served as Executive Producer on Penny Dreadful last year.

For his stunning cinematographic direction on Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki easily sweeps the gong for Best Director of Photography for 2015. For those that don't know, there are no discernible cuts in the entire film - in other words, it looks continuous. But beyond that, the footage is remarkably beautiful and each frame really is like a photograph. We were also fans of Hoyte van Hoytema's contribution to SPECTRE.

John Williams is named our Best Composer this year for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the eagerly-awaited seventh episode of the series. Despite only being released in December, the film has already broken all kinds of records and Williams is once again receiving broad recognition for his musical talents. A well-deserved award. Also nominated was Thomas Newman for his soundtrack to SPECTRE.

Our readers' favourite film of last year was the summer blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, which saw all kinds of famous actors get together for another instalment in the Avengers film series. The Avengers will all return in 2018 and 2019's two-part budget-busting action-fest Infinity War but there are plenty of related films coming out before then, such as this year's Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange.

The film we're looking forward to most in 2016 is Ghostbusters, the reboot of the much-loved film series. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the film has been directed by Paul Feig and is due out on 15 July in the UK. We look forward to it making the shortlist for our awards next year.

That's it for today! Join us tomorrow when we'll be naming all our favourite
Books, Music and Live Events of 2015!

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