23 February 2016

Skandiewrap, or More Than You Wanted to Know

Well, that was predictable. Some years, I have no idea which film will win Best Picture; other years, I have a pretty good guess, but am well aware that it might be wrong (which it sometimes is). This was the first year in a long time—since 1999, probably, the year of Being John Malkovich—that I've had zero doubt about the result in that category. Wouldn't have bet my life on it, but if somebody had wanted to wager, say, twenty grand, I don't think I would have hesitated (and that's a substantial portion of my net worth, I'm afraid). Action movies as virtuosic and flat-out insane as Mad Max: Fury Road come around maybe once in a generation; with only a handful of exceptions among the AVB (cut to reaction shot of Michael Sicinski gritting teeth, shaking head), its greatness couldn't be denied.

Other races were more contentious. I honestly had no clue who was going to win Best Actor, and would have had a hard time even guessing the likely "nominees" (mostly because I saw virtually no great performances by leading men last year—for me, there was Jason Bateman in The Gift and then pretty much everybody else in a tie for who cares). Given the whole #OscarsSoWhite brouhaha, Michael B. Jordan's win feels like a corrective, though it's not as if the Skandies have been super diverse over the years. (I'd actually thought Jordan was our first African-American champ ever—forgot that Shareeka Epps won Supporting Actress for Half Nelson.) Actress, meanwhile, turned out to be a real nail-biter, the lead shifting among Rampling, Hoss, and Mara throughout balloting; Mara ultimately squeaked out the narrowest victory since 2010, when David Fincher pipped Darren Aronofsky by a single point in Director (even though neither one directed that year's Best Picture, which was Dogtooth). Alex Fung, who used to calculate what he called Impact stats back in the day (basically how many points a film/person received out of how many possible points they could have received, given how many people saw the film in question), pointed out that four of the five people who saw She's Lost Control (myself included) voted for Brooke Bloom, which is pretty impressive even though that was too few for her to make the main list. Sarah Snook, who placed 11th, managed the exact equivalent, receiving points from 8 of the 10 folks who caught Predestination. (What the hell is wrong with the other two of you?)

Last year, I expressed concern that the AVB was getting a tad too aggressively auteurist, as Picture and Director overlapped in 18 of 20 slots, whereas Picture and Screenplay did so in only 13 instances. Well, you heard me loud and clear. Seven directors made the cut in 2015 despite voters being less enamored of the films they directed: Aleksey German, Michael Mann, Pedro Costa, László Nemes, Guillermo Del Toro, the Safdie brothers, and (in something of a shocker, given that The Act of Killing placed 7th two years ago while he didn't make the top 20) Joshua Oppenheimer. We also loved the scripts for 45 Years, Bone Tomahawk, The Big Short, The Kindergarten Teacher, Bridge of Spies, Spotlight, and Results more than we did any of those pictures as a whole. Same number in both cases. That pleases me. Good job everyone. Also good job showing little love for The Revenant, even though I enjoyed it more than most of you did. My hypothetical prediction of the Actor "nominees" would surely have included DiCaprio (who won the category two years ago and nearly won for The Departed); instead, he failed to even make the top 20—as firm a repudiation of suffering-for-my-Oscar as I could have imagined or desired. I don't really get the passion for this particular Oscar Isaac performance, but at least Richard Jenkins was in the running for a while. No anger or major disappointment to report, really, apart from wishing Scott "sorry, I thought I'd be at the office today to retrieve my shortlists and it didn't happen" Renshaw and Sky "stuck outside of Sundance with the snowstorm blues again" Hirschkron had heeded my annual plea to create a provisional ballot that I can use in the event that something goes wrong right before the deadline...which, as you can see, it sometimes does, life being much less predictable than this year's Best Picture contest. FULL CIRCLE!

Okay, on to the number-crunching. (Many of you will want to check out at this point.) What follows are the stats I used to send out to voters (via snail mail!) back in the '90s, which I still maintain for my own obsessive amusement.



HIGHEST AVERAGE RATING (1996–2015)
(includes only films receiving a minimum of ten votes)

01. 3.65 The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
02. 3.61 Being John Malkovich (1999)
02. 3.61 A Separation (2011)
04. 3.58 Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
05. 3.57 In the Company of Men (1997)
06. 3.56 Secrets & Lies (1996)
07. 3.53 La Promesse (1997)
08. 3.52 Yi Yi (A One and a Two…) (2000)
09. 3.50 From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1996)
10. 3.49 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

It's still nearly impossible for new films to make this list, due to a significant uptick in voter stinginess with high ratings since the '90s, but Mad Max: Fury Road just barely managed it, displacing what had been a three-way tie for 10th between Irma Vep, Lone Star and Margaret.



LOWEST AVERAGE RATING (1996–2015)
(includes only films receiving a minimum of five votes)

01. 0.20 Date Movie (2006)
01. 0.20 America (2014)
03. 0.58 Miss March (2009)
04. 0.60 Dragonfly (2002)
05. 0.61 The Roommate (2011)
06. 0.67 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
06. 0.67 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)
08. 0.70 Beastly (2011)
08. 0.70 Left Behind (2014)
10. 0.75 The Mod Squad (1999)

The final Human Centipede installment knocks out the aging-bro "thriller" I Melt With You.



MOST DIVISIVE FILMS (2015)
(std. deviation >= 0.75; minimum 2 votes 3.5 or higher, 2 votes 1.5 or lower)



  • Aloha (0.90)
  • Tangerine (0.89)
  • Horse Money (0.79)
  • The Tribe (0.79)
  • The Duke of Burgundy (0.78)
  • Anomalisa (0.77)
  • Magic Mike XXL (0.75)

  • Those last three are all on my top ten list, so apparently I myself am pretty divisive.



    BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
    (lowest-ranked film seen by at least 75% of respondents)

    1996: Twister (1.80)
    1997: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (2.33)
    1998: He Got Game (2.59)
    1999: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (2.18)
    2000: Nurse Betty (2.31)
    2001: Vanilla Sky (2.20)
    2002: Storytelling (2.03)
    2003: The Matrix Reloaded (2.29)
    2004: The Village (2.30)
    2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2.49)
    2006: Little Miss Sunshine (2.52)
    2007: Ocean's Thirteen (2.52)
    2008: Milk (2.83)
    2009: The Hangover (2.35)
    2010: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2.71)
    2011: Midnight in Paris (2.47)
    2012: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2.37)
    2013: American Hustle (2.50)
    2014: Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2.44)
    2015: While We're Young (2.67)

    Though Trainwreck, which was just shy of 75%, has a much lower average than Baumbach's film, and is probably the real winner here.



    PASSIONATE MINORITY AWARD
    (lowest average among top 20 films in Picture voting)

    1996: Dead Man (2.94)
    1997: Crash (2.52)
    1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (2.68)
    1999: The End of the Affair (2.96)
    2000: Requiem for a Dream (2.73)
    2001: Amélie (2.71)
    2002: 8 Women (2.79)
    2003: The Good Thief (2.81)
    2004: I ♥ Huckabees (2.84)
    2005: Oldboy (2.68)
    2006: Manderlay (2.69)
    2007: Once (2.79)
    2008: Funny Games (2.83)
    2009: A Serious Man (2.83)
    2010: The Exploding Girl (2.75)
    2011: Shame (2.63)
    2012: Damsels in Distress (2.76)
    2013: Spring Breakers (2.72)
    2014: Goodbye to Language (2.64)
    2015: The Assassin (2.73)

    I keep waiting for a film to beat Crash's record for the lowest average ever, but it may never happen. Remember, that's Cronenberg's Crash, not Haggis'.



    DAMNED WITH FAINT PRAISE
    (highest-ranked film by average rating not to place in Picture voting [10+ voters] )

    1996: Get on the Bus (3.29)
    1997: Forgotten Silver (3.36)
    1998: The Kingdom II (3.14)
    1999: My Name Is Joe (3.18)
    2000: Erin Brockovich (3.14)
    2001: No Man’s Land (3.19)
    2002: Roger Dodger (3.14)
    2003: The Weather Underground (3.18)
    2004: Bright Leaves (3.16)
    2005: Howl's Moving Castle (3.15)
    2006: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (3.18)
    2007: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (3.25)
    2008: The Duchess of Langeais (3.20)
    2009: Night and Day (3.07)
    2010: Another Year (3.21)
    2011: Senna (3.07)
    2012: The Imposter (3.10)
    2013: Drug War (3.17)
    2014: National Gallery (3.25)
    2015: The Look of Silence (3.28)

    Interestingly, The Look of Silence scored a significantly higher average than The Act of Killing (3.13), but the latter placed 7th in Best Picture voting while the former finished 25th.



    DAMN THE REVIEWS, FULL SPEED AHEAD
    (lowest average among films seen by at least 10 respondents)

    1996: Twister (1.80)
    1997: Batman & Robin (1.28)
    1998: The Avengers | Stepmom [tie] (1.50)
    1999: Jawbreaker (1.14)
    2000: Pay It Forward (1.41)
    2001: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (1.26)
    2002: Scooby-Doo (1.08)
    2003: Bad Boys II (1.60)
    2004: Exorcist: The Beginning (1.21)
    2005: Undead (1.29)
    2006: The Hills Have Eyes (1.65)
    2007: Smokin' Aces (1.64)
    2008: Jumper (1.54)
    2009: Gigantic (1.00)
    2010: The Last Airbender (1.05)
    2011: Vanishing on 7th Street (1.55)
    2012: This Means War (1.50)
    2013: Gangster Squad (1.29)
    2014: That Awkward Moment (1.45)
    2015: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (1.79)

    Not really a "damn the reviews" situation this year, but a case of the AVB actively hating a film that many critics (inexplicably) loved.



    SELECTION COMMITTEE ON CRACK
    (lowest average for a film that screened at the New York Film Festival)
    (post-expansion: Main Slate only)

    1996: Flirt (2.20)
    1997: Kiss or Kill (1.79)
    1998: Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1.80)
    1999: Dogma (1.89)
    2000: Before Night Falls (2.31)
    2001: La Ciénaga (1.95)
    2002: In Praise of Love (1.95)
    2003: Chi-Hwa-Seon: Painted Fire (2.19)
    2004: Free Radicals (2.08)
    2005: Palindromes (2.15)
    2006: Rolling Family (1.83)
    2007: The Go Master (1.93)
    2008: Married Life (2.25)
    2009: The Windmill Movie (2.13)
    2010: Hereafter (2.05)
    2011: We Are What We Are (1.64)
    2012: Hyde Park on Hudson (1.69)
    2013: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1.92)
    2014: Child of God (2.00)
    2015: The Princess of France (2.42)

    Odds are good that My Name Is Hmmm... would have won the title this year, but almost nobody saw it.



    ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)
    (suggested by Alex Fung; lowest average for a film that received a 4-star rating

    1996: The Stupids (2.30) | Bryan “Frankenseuss” Theiss (ret.)
    1997: Kissed (2.46) | Alex Fung
    1998: Psycho (2.11) | Erik Gregersen (ret.)
    1999: Twin Falls Idaho (2.28) | Milton Lawson (ret.)
    2000: Beautiful People (2.29) | Keith Collins (ret.)
    2001: The Road Home (1.88) | Erik Gregersen (ret.)
    2002: In Praise of Love (1.95) | Jeremy Heilman
    2003: Gigli (1.92) | Jeremy Heilman
    2004: The Passion of the Christ (2.18) | Victor J. Morton
    2005: The Brothers Grimm (2.29) | Bilge Ebiri
    2006: The Fountain (2.21) | Peter Reiher
    2007: Southland Tales (1.88) | Dave Cowen; Jeremy Heilman
    2008: Jellyfish (2.36) | Daniel Waters
    2009: 12 (2.29) | Bilge Ebiri
    2010: Somewhere (2.41) | Nictate
    2011: A Serbian Film (1.81) | Daniel Waters
    2012: Alps (2.43) | Don Marks
    2013: Maniac (2.50) | Jeremy Heilman
    2014: Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2.43) | Victor J. Morton
    2015: The Tribe (2.43) | Daniel Waters



    MAJOR FESTIVAL PRIZE WINNERS: OUR VERDICT

    Cannes Palme d'Or

    1995: Underground (#15, 1997)
    1996: Secrets & Lies (#2, 1996)
    1997: Taste of Cherry (#15, 1998)
    1997: The Eel (did not place)
    1998: Eternity and a Day (did not place)
    1999: Rosetta (did not place)
    2000: Dancer in the Dark (#10, 2000)
    2001: The Son's Room (did not place)
    2002: The Pianist (did not place)
    2003: Elephant (did not place)
    2004: Fahrenheit 9/11 (did not place)
    2005: L'Enfant (The Child) (#6, 2006)
    2006: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (did not place)
    2007: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (#1, 2008)
    2008: The Class (did not place)
    2009: The White Ribbon (did not place)
    2010: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (#9, 2011)
    2011: The Tree of Life (#1, 2011)
    2012: Amour (#6, 2012)
    2013: Blue Is the Warmest Color (#8, 2013)
    2014: Winter Sleep (#15, 2014)
    2015: Dheepan (TBD)

    Venice Golden Lion

    1995: Cyclo (#14, 1996)
    1996: Michael Collins (did not place)
    1997: Fireworks (Hana-Bi) (#5, 1998)
    1998: The Way We Laughed (N/A, not theatrically released during window of eligibility)
    1999: Not One Less (did not place)
    2000: The Circle (did not place)
    2001: Monsoon Wedding (did not place)
    2002: The Magdalene Sisters (did not place)
    2003: The Return (did not place)
    2004: Vera Drake (#6, 2004)
    2005: Brokeback Mountain (#3, 2005)
    2006: Still Life (#18, 2008)
    2007: Lust, Caution (did not place)
    2008: The Wrestler (#13, 2008)
    2009: Lebanon (did not place)
    2010: Somewhere (did not place)
    2011: Faust (did not place)
    2012: Pieta (did not place)
    2013: Sacro GRA (N/A, not theatrically released during window of eligibility)
    2014: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (did not place)
    2015: From Afar (TBD)

    Sundance Grand Jury (Dramatic)

    1995: The Brothers McMullen (did not place)
    1996: Welcome to the Dollhouse (did not place)
    1997: Sunday (did not place)
    1998: Slam (did not place)
    1999: Three Seasons (did not place)
    2000: Girlfight (did not place)
    2000: You Can Count on Me (#3, 2000)
    2001: The Believer (did not place)
    2002: Personal Velocity (did not place)
    2003: American Splendor (#20, 2003)
    2004: Primer (#10, 2004)
    2005: Forty Shades of Blue (did not place)
    2006: Quinceañera (did not place)
    2007: Padre Nuestro (did not place)
    2008: Frozen River (did not place)
    2009: Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (did not place)
    2010: Winter's Bone (#2, 2010)
    2011: Like Crazy (did not place)
    2012: Beasts of the Southern Wild (did not place)
    2013: Fruitvale Station (did not place)
    2014: Whiplash (#20, 2014)
    2015: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (did not place)



    Most Appearances in Top 20 (Actors)
    (ties for number of appearances broken by average placement)

    01. Philip Seymour Hoffman (15)

    1s. The Master
    3s. Charlie Wilson's War
    5. Capote
    6. Synecdoche, New York
    6s. The Talented Mr. Ripley
    6s. Almost Famous
    10s. Magnolia
    10s. 25th Hour
    11. Doubt
    12. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    12s. State and Main
    15s. Happiness
    15. Owning Mahowny
    18. A Most Wanted Man
    19s. Mission: Impossible III

    02. Tilda Swinton (13)

    1. Julia
    4s. Michael Clayton
    4s. Snowpiercer
    5. The Deep End
    5. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    7. Only Lovers Left Alive
    9s. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    11. I Am Love
    12s. Burn After Reading
    13s. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    18. Female Perversions
    19s. Thumbsucker
    19s. Trainwreck

    03. Isabelle Huppert (12)

    2. The Piano Teacher
    2s. 8 Women
    4. Gabrielle
    8. Abuse of Weakness
    8. The School of Flesh
    12. White Material
    13s. I ♥ Huckabees
    13s. Amour
    15. La Cérémonie
    17. Time of the Wolf
    17. In Another Country
    19. Home

    04. Kate Winslet (10)

    3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    8. Titanic
    9. Jude
    9s. Steve Jobs
    10. Revolutionary Road
    10s. Quills
    12. Little Children
    13. Holy Smoke
    16s. Hamlet
    17. Hideous Kinky

    (Was also a Supporting Actress nominee for Sense and Sensibility in 1995, when the survey employed Oscar-style voting.)

    05. Julianne Moore (10)

    1. Far From Heaven
    3s. Boogie Nights
    6. Still Alice
    8s. Magnolia
    11. The End of the Affair
    13s. The Big Lebowski
    15s. An Ideal Husband
    16s. A Single Man
    19. Savage Grace
    19. The Kids Are All Right

    (Also won Best Actress for Safe in 1995, when the survey employed Oscar-style voting.)

    Winslet moves into 4th place, knocking out Edward Norton.



    Most Films Landed in Top 20 (Directors)
    (again, ties broken by average placement)

    01. Joel [& Ethan] Coen (9)

    1. Inside Llewyn Davis
    2. No Country for Old Men
    4. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    5. The Man Who Wasn't There
    6. Fargo
    7. A Serious Man
    11. Burn After Reading
    12. The Big Lebowski
    12. True Grit

    02. Richard Linklater (7)

    3. Before Sunset
    3. Boyhood
    4. Before Midnight
    9. The School of Rock
    12. A Scanner Darkly
    15. Waking Life
    18. Bernie

    03. Lars von Trier (7)

    1. Breaking the Waves
    1. Dogville
    7. Melancholia
    10. Dancer in the Dark
    17. Nymph()maniac Vol. I
    19. The Five Obstructions
    20. Manderlay

    04. Quentin Tarantino (6)

    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Kill Bill Vol. 1
    4. Kill Bill Vol. 2
    4. Grindhouse
    8. The Hateful Eight
    9. Django Unchained

    05. Wes Anderson (6)

    2. Rushmore
    2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    8. The Royal Tenenbaums
    17. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

    Tarantino moves into 4nd place, knocking out Paul Thomas Anderson (who also has placed six films in the top 20—all in the top 8, in fact—but still has weaker average placement than QT or Wes, because only two of them are top 5).



    And finally. Back when I started the survey, I remember looking forward to the time, a decade or so later (i.e. now), when there'd be tons of accumulated data to wade through. In particular, I was excited about the prospect of being able to compare how various films from major directors had been received over the years. Granted, that process isn't exactly definitive—the AVB has mutated over the years and even the diehards tend to be stingier with their star ratings than they were back in the mid-'90s. But perhaps my favorite task after receiving the averages is updating my Directors' Gallery, plugging this year's films into various post-'94 oeuvres. Here are the entries that saw additions this year—every filmmaker who's ever placed in the Director top 20. 2015 films are in bold. Numbers in parentheses indicate how the film placed in Best Picture that year, if applicable; if the film title is in parentheses that means it received fewer than 10 votes and hence the result is a bit less meaningful. N/A (not applicable) means it was eligible but didn't even get five votes and so didn't make the main list.

    Woody Allen

    Everyone Says I Love You: 3.09
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona (19): 2.98
    Match Point (13): 2.93
    Blue Jasmine (19): 2.82
    Sweet and Lowdown: 2.63
    Deconstructing Harry: 2.61
    Cassandra's Dream: 2.60
    Midnight in Paris: 2.47
    Magic in the Moonlight: 2.47
    Irrational Man: 2.46
    Small Time Crooks: 2.37
    The Curse of the Jade Scorpion: 2.33
    To Rome With Love: 2.29
    Scoop: 2.28
    Whatever Works: 2.24
    Anything Else: 2.13
    Hollywood Ending: 2.13
    Celebrity: 2.04
    Melinda and Melinda: 2.00
    You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger: 1.93

    Michael Almereyda

    Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story (14): 3.02
    Hamlet: 2.87
    (This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs "The Late Henry Moss"): 2.60
    (Cymbeline): 2.31

    Lisandro Alonso

    Jauja (16): 2.83
    Liverpool: 2.54

    Roy Andersson

    Songs From the Second Floor (9): 3.23
    You, the Living: 2.96
    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence: 2.92

    Olivier Assayas

    Irma Vep (5): 3.48
    Summer Hours (3): 3.23
    Carlos (6): 3.21
    Clouds of Sils Maria (9): 3.16
    Late August, Early September: 2.88
    Something in the Air: 2.82
    Les Destinées: 2.79
    Clean: 2.78
    demonlover: 2.45
    Boarding Gate: 2.35
    Paris je t'aime: 2.24

    Noah Baumbach

    Frances Ha (3): 3.32
    The Squid and the Whale (6): 3.21
    Mistress America (19): 2.94
    Margot at the Wedding: 2.92
    Greenberg: 2.84
    Mr. Jealousy: 2.72
    While We're Young: 2.67

    Brad Bird

    The Iron Giant (11): 3.24
    The Incredibles (8): 3.13
    Ratatouille (14): 3.08
    Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol: 2.91
    Tomorrowland: 2.23

    Bertrand Bonello

    House of Pleasures (5): 3.40
    Saint Laurent (13): 3.11

    Danny Boyle

    Trainspotting (11): 3.19
    Millions: 2.93
    28 Days Later: 2.90
    127 Hours: 2.76
    Sunshine: 2.74
    Steve Jobs: 2.62
    Slumdog Millionaire: 2.42
    (A Life Less Ordinary): 2.22
    The Beach: 2.08
    (Trance): 1.88

    Kenneth Branagh

    Hamlet (9): 3.29
    (A Midwinter's Tale): 2.83
    (Cinderella): 2.75
    Thor: 2.39
    Love's Labours Lost: 2.10
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: 2.05
    Sleuth: 1.40

    Andrew Bujalski

    Computer Chess (13): 3.10
    Mutual Appreciation (15): 2.93
    Results: 2.78
    Funny Ha Ha: 2.76
    Beeswax: 2.75

    Pedro Costa

    (Ne change rien): 3.17
    Colossal Youth: 2.77
    Horse Money: 2.73

    David Cronenberg

    A History of Violence (7): 3.11
    Cosmopolis (15): 2.76
    eXistenZ: 2.74
    Eastern Promises: 2.73
    Crash (18): 2.52
    A Dangerous Method: 2.48
    Maps to the Stars: 2.48
    Spider: 2.34

    Cameron Crowe

    Jerry Maguire (10): 3.27
    Almost Famous (15): 2.99
    We Bought a Zoo: 2.50
    Aloha: 2.28
    Vanilla Sky: 2.20
    Elizabethtown: 1.90

    Guillermo Del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth (8): 2.95
    Crimson Peak: 2.76
    The Devil's Backbone: 2.66
    Blade II: 2.63
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army: 2.53
    Hellboy: 2.33
    Pacific Rim: 2.18
    Mimic: 2.06

    Jonathan Demme

    Rachel Getting Married (4): 3.28
    Neil Young: Heart of Gold: 2.94
    (Neil Young Journeys): 2.93
    (Storefront Hitchcock): 2.92
    Ricki and the Flash: 2.76
    The Manchurian Candidate: 2.70
    (Man From Plains): 2.67
    Beloved: 2.64
    (A Master Builder): 2.64
    Neil Young Trunk Show: 2.50
    The Truth About Charlie: 2.48
    (The Agronomist): 2.39
    Enzo Avitabile Music Life: N/A
    I'm Carolyn Parker: N/A

    Pete Docter

    Up (4): 3.17
    Inside Out (4): 3.12
    Monsters, Inc.: 3.06

    Bruno Dumont

    Hadewijch: 3.00
    Flanders: 2.96
    Camille Claudel 1915: 2.79
    Humanité (13): 2.79
    Li'l Quinquin: 2.79
    Outside Satan: 2.60
    Twentynine Palms: 2.42
    (Life of Jesus): 2.19

    Miguel Gomes

    Tabu (13): 3.13
    Arabian Nights: Volume Two, The Desolate One: 2.92
    (Our Beloved Month of August): 2.64
    Arabian Nights: Volume One, The Restless One: 2.57
    Arabian Nights: Volume Three, The Enchanted One: 2.54

    Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Amores Perros (17): 2.82
    21 Grams: 2.49
    The Revenant: 2.45
    Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): 2.44
    Biutiful: 2.00
    Babel: 1.95

    Debra Granik

    Winter's Bone (2): 3.24
    (Stray Dog): 3.10
    Down to the Bone: N/A

    David Gordon Green

    George Washington: 3.05
    All the Real Girls (15): 2.93
    Pineapple Express: 2.71
    Joe: 2.69
    (Manglehorn): 2.58
    Undertow: 2.56
    Snow Angels: 2.56
    Prince Avalanche: 2.50
    (Our Brand Is Crisis): 2.19
    (The Sitter): 2.00
    Your Highness: 1.89

    Todd Haynes

    Far From Heaven (4): 3.37
    Carol (2): 3.35
    I'm Not There (10): 2.92
    Velvet Goldmine: 2.43

    Hou Hsiao-hsien

    Flight of the Red Balloon (15): 3.04
    Three Times: 2.85
    Millennium Mambo: 2.83
    The Assassin (17): 2.73
    Café Lumière: 2.55

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet

    (The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet): 2.80
    Micmacs: 2.75
    Amélie (13): 2.71
    A Very Long Engagement: 2.55
    Alien Resurrection: 2.39

    Charlie Kaufman

    Synecdoche, New York (7): 2.93
    Anomalisa (10): 2.87

    Neil LaBute

    In the Company of Men (2): 3.57
    Possession: 2.78
    Your Friends & Neighbors: 2.62
    (Some Velvet Morning): 2.50
    Lakeview Terrace: 2.43
    Nurse Betty: 2.31
    The Shape of Things: 2.27
    The Wicker Man: 1.79
    Death at a Funeral: N/A
    Dirty Weekend: N/A

    Spike Lee

    25th Hour (1): 3.42
    Get on the Bus: 3.29
    (4 Little Girls): 3.14
    Inside Man (16): 2.99
    (Passing Strange): 2.94
    Chi-Raq: 2.74
    The Original Kings of Comedy: 2.73
    (Bad 25): 2.60
    He Got Game: 2.59
    Summer of Sam: 2.57
    Oldboy: 2.46
    Red Hook Summer: 2.42
    (Girl 6): 2.28
    Bamboozled: 2.13
    Da Sweet Blood of Jesus: 2.13
    Miracle at St. Anna: 2.00
    She Hate Me: 1.32
    Jim Brown: All American: N/A

    Guy Maddin

    The Forbidden Room (7): 3.26
    My Winnipeg (8): 3.22
    Cowards Bend the Knee: 3.11
    The Saddest Music in the World: 3.01
    Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary: 2.93
    Brand Upon the Brain!: 2.90
    Keyhole: 2.56

    Michael Mann

    The Insider: 3.07
    Ali: 2.82
    Collateral: 2.81
    Miami Vice: 2.79
    Blackhat: 2.71
    Public Enemies: 2.58

    Sam Mendes

    American Beauty (16): 2.97
    Skyfall: 2.93
    Road to Perdition: 2.82
    Revolutionary Road: 2.65
    Jarhead: 2.44
    Spectre: 2.29
    Away We Go: 2.19

    Takashi Miike

    Audition (6): 3.22
    13 Assassins: 3.03
    Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai: 2.80
    Dead or Alive: 2.79
    Ichi the Killer: 2.74
    The Happiness of the Katakuris: 2.73
    Gozu: 2.61
    The City of Lost Souls: 2.56
    Yakuza Apocalypse: 2.54
    Three...Extremes: 2.47
    Sukiyaki Western Django: 2.32
    The Great Yokai War: 2.25
    (One Missed Call): 2.20
    (DOA: Final): 2.17

    George Miller

    Mad Max: Fury Road (1): 3.49
    Babe: Pig in the City (9): 3.13
    Happy Feet: 2.42
    (Happy Feet Two): 2.20

    David Robert Mitchell

    It Follows (15): 3.00
    The Myth of the American Sleepover: 2.66

    Gaspar Noé

    Irreversible (1): 3.12
    I Stand Alone: 2.94
    Enter the Void (11): 2.78
    Love: 2.41

    Joshua Oppenheimer

    The Look of Silence: 3.28
    The Act of Killing (7): 3.13

    Jafar Panahi

    Offside (11): 3.25
    Crimson Gold (11): 3.20
    (The Mirror): 3.20
    The White Balloon: 3.14
    This Is Not a Film: 3.00
    Jafar Panahi's Taxi: 2.84
    The Circle: 2.70
    Closed Curtain: 2.63

    Christian Petzold

    Phoenix (6): 3.24
    Barbara: 3.00
    Jerichow: 2.82
    (Yella): 2.29

    David O. Russell

    Three Kings (9): 3.18
    Flirting With Disaster: 3.12
    I [Heart] Huckabees (14): 2.84
    The Fighter: 2.76
    Silver Linings Playbook: 2.63
    Joy: 2.54
    American Hustle: 2.50
    Accidental Love: 2.11 [unfinished/disowned/pseudonymized]

    Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie

    Heaven Knows What: 3.02
    Daddy Longlegs: 2.25

    Ridley Scott

    Gladiator (20): 3.04
    The Counselor: 2.91
    The Martian: 2.89
    Black Hawk Down (20): 2.78
    Matchstick Men: 2.78
    American Gangster : 2.50
    Body of Lies: 2.50
    G.I. Jane: 2.42
    Kingdom of Heaven: 2.33
    Prometheus: 2.26
    (White Squall): 2.22
    (Exodus: Gods and Kings): 2.00
    Hannibal: 1.94
    (A Good Year): 1.93
    Robin Hood: 1.91

    Paolo Sorrentino

    The Great Beauty (15): 3.00
    This Must Be the Place: 2.91
    Il Divo: 2.74
    Youth: 2.46

    Steven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan (8): 3.27
    Minority Report: 2.92
    AI (7): 2.91
    Munich (14): 2.88
    Lincoln (19): 2.86
    Bridge of Spies: 2.85
    Amistad: 2.83
    War of the Worlds: 2.82
    Catch Me if You Can: 2.79
    War Horse: 2.79
    The Adventures of Tintin: 2.78
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: 2.39
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park: 2.33
    The Terminal: 2.10

    Peter Strickland

    The Duke of Burgundy (3): 3.22
    Berberian Sound Studio: 2.72

    Quentin Tarantino

    Inglourious Basterds (1): 3.46
    Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2): 3.21
    Kill Bill Vol. 2 (4): 3.16
    The Hateful Eight (8): 3.13
    Django Unchained (9): 3.09
    Grindhouse (4): 2.93
    Jackie Brown: 2.90

    Johnnie To

    Drug War: 3.17
    Exiled (18): 2.97
    Mad Detective: 2.95
    Vengeance: 2.87
    Election: 2.79
    Fulltime Killer: 2.74
    Election 2: 2.73
    (Breaking News): 2.50
    Office: 2.47
    (Throwdown): 2.33
    Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2: N/A

    Denis Villeneuve

    Sicario (12): 3.09
    (Polytechnique): 2.71
    Incendies: 2.67
    Enemy: 2.43
    Maelström: 2.29
    Prisoners: 2.08

    Thomas Vinterberg

    The Celebration (14): 3.24
    Far From the Madding Crowd: 2.79
    The Hunt: 2.61
    Dear Wendy: 2.14
    It's All About Love: 1.77

    The Wachowski Siblings

    Bound (16): 3.29
    The Matrix: 2.96
    Speed Racer: 2.57
    Cloud Atlas: 2.45
    The Matrix Reloaded: 2.29
    The Matrix Revolutions: 2.21
    Jupiter Ascending: 1.88

    Joe Wright

    Pride & Prejudice: 3.02
    Atonement (20): 3.00
    Hanna: 2.57
    Anna Karenina: 2.56
    (The Soloist): 2.14
    Pan: N/A

    Robert Zemeckis

    Cast Away (12): 3.06
    Contact: 2.83
    The Walk: 2.68
    The Polar Express: 2.65
    (Disney's A Christmas Carol): 2.61
    Flight: 2.55
    Beowulf: 2.47
    What Lies Beneath: 2.00

     Zhang Yimou

    Hero (5): 3.15
    Not One Less: 3.03
    House of Flying Daggers (20): 3.00
    Curse of the Golden Flower: 2.65
    Coming Home: 2.56
    (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles): 2.50
    (Happy Times): 2.44
    (The Flowers of War): 2.42
    (A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop): 2.19
    The Road Home: 1.88

    19 February 2016

    Skandies: #1


    Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road (357/24)




    Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road (425/26)
    Skandie history: #8, Babe: Pig in the City (1998). (Do more sequels, George!)




    Best Actress: Rooney Mara, Carol (283/24)
    Skandie history: #20s, The Social Network (2010); #15, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011); #14s, Side Effects (2013).



    Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan, Creed (223/19)
    Skandie history: None.




    Best Supporting Actor: Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina (190/15)
    Skandie history: #2, Inside Llewyn Davis (2013); #13, A Most Violent Year (2014). That's three years in a row.




    Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria (402/26)
    Skandie history: #18s, Adventureland (2009); #16s, Still Alice (2014).




    Best Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy, Carol (222/19)
    Skandie history: None.




    Best Scene: "Speak Low," Phoenix (253/19).

    (Scene is on YouTube, but embedding is disabled. Also, as Theo observed in the comments, this scene is completely meaningless out of context, whereas in context it ranks among the most powerful endings in recent film history—some would say in all of film history.)

    Complete results available here. Thanks to all voters, and especially to Mark Pittillo for programming the automated ballot and maintaining the website. The big post-mortem will be up in the next day or two.

    Skandies: #2


    Picture: Carol (254/22)
    Director: Todd Haynes, Carol (275/24)
    Actress: Nina Hoss, Phoenix (280/22)
    Actor: Josh Lucas, The Mend (203/16)
    S. Actor: Benicio Del Toro, Sicario (163/13)
    S. Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight (191/17)
    Screenplay: Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria (170/16)
    Scene: Donnie vs. Leo (single shot), Creed (123/13)

    Best I can do is a NYT clip in which Coogler provides commentary on top of the first three minutes.


    HISTORY:

    Haynes came in 2nd for Far From Heaven (2002) as well, losing that year to Spike Lee. He also placed 7th for I'm Not There (2007).

    Del Toro is a previous Skandie winner in Supporting (for Traffic, 2000); he's also placed in that category at #10 (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998) and #13 (21 Grams, 2003), and squeaked into the lead category at #19 for Che (2008). Hoss' performance in Petzold's previous film, Barbara (2012), landed her at #10. (Note that only three points separate her and Mara; Actress was by far the closest race this year.) Leigh's history can be found below at #6. Lucas is new.

    Assayas' screenplays for Irma Vep (1997) and Summer Hours (2009) both placed at #6. He also placed 8th in this category for Carlos: A Movie That Creepy Greek Somehow Still Hasn't Seen (2010, co-written with Dan Franck)

    18 February 2016

    Skandies: #3


    Picture: The Duke of Burgundy (172/13)
    Director: Peter Strickland, The Duke of Burgundy (164/14)
    Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years (211/17)
    Actor: Samuel L. Jackson, The Hateful Eight (194/15)
    S. Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies (155/11)
    S. Actress: Cynthia Nixon, James White (147/12)
    Screenplay: Peter Strickland, The Duke of Burgundy (167/14)
    Scene: "The Final Derrière," The Forbidden Room (105/10)



    HISTORY:

    Strickland didn't make the cut for Berberian Sound Studio, in either Director or Screenplay (and his first feature was never released in the U.S.).

    As previously noted, Rampling also placed 3rd in 2001 for Under the Sand; her only other nod was at #10 for Swimming Pool (2003). Jackson makes his third appearance, all in Tarantino films; he previously placed 18th for Jackie Brown (1997) in addition to the aforementioned 4th-place finish in Supporting three years ago for Django Unchained. (Pulp Fiction predates the survey by one year. He almost surely would have won Supporting Actor.) Rylance placed 11th in the lead category for Angels and Insects way back in 1996, and thus sets a new record for the longest elapsed time between top 20 appearances (19 years, currently the maximum possible*). Nixon is not a crook. Sorry. Nixon is new.

    * Actors who could best it in future, which is to say those who made the list in 1996 but haven't since: Danny Aiello, Brenda Blethyn, Sandrine Bonnaire, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Robert Carlyle, Jeffrey Combs, Vincent D'Onofrio, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Eccleston, Gary Farmer, Janeane Garofalo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Karron Graves, Irma P. Hall, Deborah Harry, Bonnie Hunt, Hwang Sin-hye, Derek Jacobi, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Alice Krige, Kris Kristofferson, Virginie Ledoyen, Téa Leoni, Courtney Love, William H. Macy, Heather Matarazzo, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Debbie Reynolds, Mitch Rouse, Gena Rowlands, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Noah Taylor, Jennifer Tilly, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Faye Wang, Dwight Yoakam. Gives you an idea of how hard it is to get recognized, even with 20 spots in four categories. Three actors who placed that year have since died, sadly (two of them quite young): Elizabeth Peña, Chris Penn, and Paul Scofield.

    17 February 2016

    Skandies: #4


    Picture: Inside Out (136/10)
    Director: Guy Maddin, The Forbidden Room (136/13)
    Actress: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road (207/19)
    Actor: Christopher Abbott, James White (165/12)
    S. Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed (151/15)
    S. Actress: Lucy Owen, The Mend (128/12)
    Screenplay: Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig, Mistress America (152/13)
    Scene: Border crossing, Sicario (92/10)



    HISTORY:

    Maddin previously placed 15th for Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) and 6th for My Winnipeg (2008).

    Theron bests her 5th place finish for Monster in 2003; she's also previously placed 12th for Young Adult (2011). Everyone else is new.

    In addition to his numerous nomations (see post below) Baumbach has placed 10th for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004, co-written with Wes Anderson) and 7th for Greenberg (2010). Gerwig's non-Baumbach scripts, co-written with Joe Swanberg, were Hannah Takes the Stairs and Nights and Weekends; neither made the cut.

    BONUS: Pixar history (since that won't be part of the big wrap post):

    Toy Story (1995): Oscar-style inaugural year, was not one of the five nominees.
    A Bug's Life (1998): did not place
    Toy Story 2 (1999): #4
    Monsters, Inc. (2001): did not place
    Finding Nemo (2003): #13
    The Incredibles (2004): #8
    Cars (2006): did not place
    Ratatouille (2007): #14
    WALL•E (2008): #2
    Up (2009): #4
    Toy Story 3 (2010) : #9
    Cars 2 (2011): did not place
    Brave (2012): did not place
    Monsters University (2013): did not place
    Inside Out (2015): #4
    The Good Dinosaur (2015): did not place (and is the lowest-rated Pixar film ever, in terms of average rating)

    Pretty impressive track record, though Inside Out breaks an unprecedented three-film dry spell.

    16 February 2016

    Skandies: #5


    Picture: The Mend (129/11)
    Director: Denis Villeneuve, Sicario (119/12)
    Actress: Cate Blanchett, Carol (202/18)
    Actor: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs (147/10)
    S. Actor: Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk (146/10)
    S. Actress: Rebecca Ferguson, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation (124/13)
    Screenplay: Pete Docter & Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley, Inside Out (145/13)
    Scene: "Diamonds," Girlhood (90/7)



    HISTORY:

    This is Villeneuve's first appearance (because all of his previous movies stunk).

    In addition to her many "nominations" (see post below), Blanchett has placed 16th for Oscar and Lucinda (1997), 11th for Heaven (2002), and 17th in Supporting for Notes From a Scandal (2006). In addition to his several nominations (see same post below), Fassbender has previously placed three times in Supporting: 14th in 2009 for Inglourious Basterds, 12th in 2010 for Fish Tank, and 16th last year for Frank. Jenkins landed at #16 in the lead category for The Visitor (2008), his sole previous nod. Ferguson is new.

    Docter helped conceive the story for several beloved Pixar films (Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; WALL•E), but his only previous actual screenplay credit is for Up, which placed 7th in 2009. LeFauve and Cooley have no previous credits. 

    15 February 2016

    Skandies: The "nominees"

    Not all that much suspense about who/what remains, so let's answer potential questions about near-misses and no-chances here, as well as give the top picks a little additional airtime. (Sorry it's all text, incidentally—I have virtually no HTML skills and invariably mangle any attempt to combine words and images, except in the most basic just-one-image-up-at-the-top kind of way.)


    Best Picture


    • Carol
    • The Duke of Burgundy
    • Inside Out
    • Mad Max: Fury Road
    • The Mend

    Overlap with Oscar nomineesMad Max: Fury Road
    Just missedHard to Be a God (tie for #21), L for Leisure (tie for #21), Mustang (#23), The Look of Silence (#24), Blackhat (#25).
    Not so muchThe Big Short (#29), The Martian (#32), Bridge of Spies (#37), Room (#56), Spotlight (#65), The Revenant (no votes).


    Best Director


    • Todd Haynes, Carol
    • Guy Maddin, The Forbidden Room
    • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
    • Peter Strickland, The Duke of Burgundy
    • Denis Villeneuve, Sicario

    Previous "nominations": Only Haynes, who placed 2nd for Far From Heaven (2002) and was one of the five nominees in the inaugural year's Oscar-style survey, for Safe (1995).
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Miller.
    Just missed: Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (#21); Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn, L for Leisure (#22); Ryan Coogler, Creed (#23); Roy Andersson, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (tie for #24); Andrew Haigh, 45 Years (tie for #24).
    Not so much: Ridley Scott, The Martian (#30); Lenny Abrahamson, Room (#62); Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant (tie for #82); Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (tie for #82); Adam McKay, The Big Short (tie for #82).


    Best Actress


    • Cate Blanchett, Carol
    • Nina Hoss, Phoenix
    • Rooney Mara, Carol
    • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
    • Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

    Previous "nominations": Blanchett becomes the first actor in Skandies history to be nominated six times. She won Supporting Actress for The Aviator (2004), which I still consider an embarrassment, and placed 5th in the same category for Coffee and Cigarettes that same year. She's also placed 2nd for Elizabeth (1998), 2nd in Supporting for I'm Not There (2007), and 4th for Blue Jasmine (2013). Two other favorites this year land in the top five for a second time, a decade after their first: Rampling came in 3rd in 2001 for Under the Sand, and Theron finished at #5 for Monster in 2003.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Blanchett, Rampling. (And see Supporting Actress, below.)
    Just missed: Julianne Côté, Tu dors Nicole (#21); Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars (#22); Lola Kirke, Mistress America (#23); Jennifer Lawrence, Joy (#24); Amy Poehler, Inside Out (#25).
    Not so much: Nobody. With Lawrence noted above at #24, every notable prizewinner is accounted for. Rare!


    Best Actor


    • Christopher Abbott, James White
    • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
    • Samuel L. Jackson, The Hateful Eight
    • Michael B. Jordan, Creed
    • Josh Lucas, The Mend

    Previous "nominations": Fassbender has scored four nominations in just seven years, having previously placed 5th for both Hunger (2009) and Shame (2011), plus 3rd in Supporting for 12 Years a Slave (2013). And people are loving Jackson in recent Tarantino films—his sole previous nomination was for Django Unchained, for which he placed 4th in Supporting three years ago. (He arguably belongs in Supporting for this performance as well.) Side note: Joaquin Phoenix, who had been nominated for the past three consecutive years, missed the chance at extending his record to four, despite starring in a Woody Allen film. He placed 55th, thanks to a single vote.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Fassbender.
    Just missed: Leland Orser, Faults (#21); Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant (#22); Guy Pearce, Results (#23); Rory Culkin, Gabriel (#24); Ryan Reynolds, Mississippi Grind (#25).
    Not so much: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo (no votes); Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl (no votes).


    Best Supporting Actor


    • Benicio Del Toro, Sicario
    • Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
    • Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk
    • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
    • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

    Previous "nominations": Del Toro previously won this category for Traffic (2000). Isaac nearly won two years in the lead category for Inside Llewyn Davis, finishing 2nd (to DiCaprio, ironically).
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Rylance, Stallone.
    Just missed: Ronald Zehrfeld, Phoenix (#21); Taika Waititi, What We Do in the Shadows (#22); Bernard Pruvost, Li'l Quinquin (#23); Samuel L. Jackson, Chi-Raq (#24); Michael Peña, Ant-Man (#25).
    Not so much: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes (#27 in the lead category); Christian Bale, The Big Short (#42); Tom Hardy, The Revenant (no votes, though he did get votes in the lead category for both Legend and Mad Max: Fury Road).


    Best Supporting Actress


    • Rebecca Ferguson, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation
    • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
    • Cynthia Nixon, James White
    • Lucy Owen, The Mend
    • Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria

    Previous "nominations": Only Leigh, who placed 3rd in this category for Margot at the Wedding (2007) and was one of the five Best Actress nominees in 1995's Oscar-style inaugural year, for Georgia. (And she missed getting two nominations this year by just three points.)
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Also only Leigh...though AMPAS put Rooney Mara here rather than in Actress, where she clearly belongs.
    Just missed: Andie MacDowell, Magic Mike XXL (#21); Nina Kunzendorf, Phoenix (#22); Aubrey Plaza, Ned Rifle (#23); Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike XXL (#24); Katherine Waterston, Queen of Earth (#25).
    Not so much: Rachel McAdams, Spotlight (#31); Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl (#80).


    Best Screenplay


    • Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria
    • Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig, Mistress America
    • Pete Docter & Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley, Inside Out
    • Phyllis Nagy, Carol
    • Peter Strickland, The Duke of Burgundy

    Previous "nominations": Baumbach scores his fifth career nomination, tying him for 2nd place with his buddy Wes Anderson (but well behind the Coens, with eight). He won in 2005 for The Squid and the Whale, and his screenplays for Margot at the Wedding (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, written with Anderson), and Frances Ha (2013, written with Gerwig) placed 4th, 5th, and 2nd, respectively. Hence it's also the second nomination for Gerwig.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Nagy and the Inside Out crew.
    Just missed: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs (#21); Drew Goddard, The Martian (tie for #22); Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, What We Do in the Shadows (tie for #22); Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (#24); Noah Baumbach, While We're Young (#25).
    Not so much: Alex Garland, Ex Machina (#39); Emma Donoghue, Room (#42); Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton (no votes).


    Best Scene

    Nah, I gotta save something as a surprise.