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.


Anonymous said...

Del Toro didn't get an Oscar nom

md'a said...

Oops, quite right. This seemed so inevitable at one point that I thought it had actually happened. Fixed.

Anonymous said...

Was Beasts of No Nation not eligible or did it not get many votes? After the uproar of #oscarssowhite, it's funny that a critic/expert-based award didn't consider it worthy either.

md'a said...

It was eligible, was only seen by seven voters. (I passed, as the reviews from critics I trust/respect were so-so and I've been generally unimpressed by Fukunaga except on TV.) We do at least have two African-American nominees among the actors.

Alex said...

Where is Victor.

Private Joker said...

I saw BEASTS a couple weeks after submitting my ballot; I would have given it points in supporting actor, director, and maybe screenplay. Would have just missed picture (along with other worthy contenders like Carol, Room, Son of Saul, Unfriended, and Ricki and the Flash).

Victor Morton said...

right here alex ... as a huge proponent of diversification, i voted for many of the talented african performers, including charlize theron, samuel jackson, jada pinckett, samuel jackson, jason mitchell, michael jordan (and almost gave points to lebron james)

Is that what prompted the query?

Victor Morton said...

i will not be giving points to kobe bryant next year though, because his presence in the michael l jackson documentary is completely pointless

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