Views from the Sofa Awards 2016

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Today is the fourth anniversary of Views of the Sofa. To commemorate the birthday of the blog, I take a look back at the previous year in film with my Views from the Sofa Awards.

These awards are slightly different because it’s based on every and any film I watched last year. Not just movies released in 2015 but any movie I managed to watch. Re-Views don’t count but it means that the Goldfinger can be up against Spectre or Jurassic Park takes on Jurassic World.

I’ll explain each choice and of course feel free to argue your point or praise my ingenious insight! (Yeah… right!)

Best Actor 2015

Nominees: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road & Legend) Al Pacino (The Godfather), Bruno Ganz (Downfall), Matt Damon (The Martian).

Winner: Eddie Redmayne

Some actors are very good at “transforming” (Johnny Depp) but Eddie Redmayne managed to make you forget you were watching an able-bodied actor play the brilliant scientist Stephen Hawking. It is a brilliant portrayal that he may eclipse this year with The Danish Girl.

Best Actress 2015

Nominees: Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Elizabeth Olson (Martha, Marcy May, Marlene, Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Winner: Julianne Moore

This was almost wrapped up from the very beginning of the year. Julianne Moore manages to terrify and amaze in her role as an Alzheimer’s patient. It makes for one of the best performances in one of the best films of the year.

Best Director 2015

Nominees: Martin Scorcese (The Wolf of Wall Street), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Ridley Scott (The Martian), Ron Howard (In the Heart of the Sea), Brian Helgeland (Legend).

Winner: George Miller

Mad Max: Fury Road may not have quite impressed me as many other movies did this year but you can’t argue with what Miller achieved with his direction. He managed to create a chase movie like no other, with amazing effects, a relentless pace and stunts which relied on in-camera skill rather than CGI.

Best film released in 2015

Nominees: Still Alice, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Martian, Inside Out, In the Heart of the Sea.

The Winner: The Martian

Still Alice held this award throughout the year but The Martian blew me away. The story was gripping, Matt Damon was brilliant and the set-design and locations made it feel like you were on Mars.

Best film watched in 2015

Nominees: Still Alice, The Martian, The Godfather, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park

Winner: Jurassic Park

I watched some classics this year and many will hate the fact that I chose dinosaurs over the gangster classic but not many films come close to matching the brilliance of Jurassic Park. Considering the age of the movie, it still holds up to today and still couldn’t quite be matched by the CGI, digital update: Jurassic World.

Worst Film watched in 2015

Nominees: Dumb and Dumber to, Thunderball, Moonraker, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Falling

The Winner: The Falling

I hated this movie. The film had some promise but was the worst thing a movie can ever be – dull! It managed to take an intriguing premise and strip away the interest and focus more on the hysterical girls and corny performances. Avoid!

Overall, another year, another awards! There will be a couple of the choices that people will disagree with but that is the nature of opinion. As always, feel free to offer your opinions below and if you want to see all the contenders, scroll through the history of the blog this last year.

Here’s to a great 2016 in movies!

Potential Movie of Next Year?



4 thoughts on “Views from the Sofa Awards 2016

  1. I never forget the movie “Miss Congeniality” in which a pageant contest forges a fake assassination attempt in order to appear relevant and important.

    So, the oscars these days reminds me of that movie, pretending to be hip, pretending to be so desirable, particularly now, in a time in which original youtube content becomes more relevant that movies themselves.

    I would only go to the teathers to watch a “Mad Max”, a new Apollo 13, mission Mars or a new Star Trek or Marvel movie. I don´t have the strenght to pretend to enjoy first world problems drama.

    1. Unfortunately, you’re right. It feels like the movies people care about and appreciate don’t get the recognition they deserve. Considering Star Wars was the biggest movie of the year and got what could be considered “minor” nominations.

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