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"They're saying this is for Adam Driver what Kramer vs Kramer was for Dustin Hoffman. More about him than about her.  Scarlett, to me, is the open question. By now it's Driver vs Phoenix for best actor." - Melchiades - Andrew

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Directors (For Sama)
Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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The Films of 2015. The 16th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards



Best Picture
Todd Haynes
(Weinstein Co)
Nov 20th
Alex Garland
April 24th

George Miller
(Warner Bros)
May 15th

Lenny Abrahamson
Oct 16th
Sean Baker
July 10th
 A gloriously precise lesbian romantic drama And erotic noir and sci-fi chamber drama   Adrenaline and estrogen fueled action masterwork  The spaces we fill, and the worlds we discover. One of a kind streetwalking comedy
Runners Up 
If you'd like the Oscar equivalency (8 this year) add: Phoenix, Brooklyn, and Inside Out
Top Fifteen List Write-up Here


Best Director

Sean Baker

Denis Gamze Erguven
Alex Garland
Todd Haynes
George Miller
 For his prolific ingenuity. For guiding novice actors through resonant arcs and landing big laughs. His movies don't feel like anyone's elses. Can't wait for the next one.  Even at Mustang's most confined and politically pointed, this debut is brimming over with passion, ideas and non-competitive but disparate tones. Can't wait for her next one.  Danny Boyle's frequent screenwriter moves over into the director's chair and should stay there. It's minimalist but he's got razor sharp visual instincts. Can't wait for the next one.  After a long drought, Haynes delivered yet another masterwork with this perfectly executed, continually rewarding and densely imagined romantic drama. Don't make us wait so long for the next one!   Immediate bracing proof that the action genre is as capable of masterworks as any other. If you're doing it right. Thrilling, inventive, original, and just plain nuts  There's no use begging for the next one so take a fucking bow, man.


Finalists: Christian Petzold provides Phoenix with such a mysterious rich noir vibe, it continues resonating and haunting despite its perfect and very final ending;  Lenny Abrahamson nails both halves of Room's mother/son drama, guiding incredible performances and audience catharsis; Denis Villeneuve is in such total control of all the crafts at his disposal in Sicario that I'm almost (almost) wondering if he can pull off Blade Runner 2 despite it being a terrible idea as sequelizations go. He's on fire right now; don't put him out. 

Semi Finalists: Andrew Haigh 45 Years; Ryan Coogler Creed; John Crowley Brooklyn


Best Original Screenplay
Ex Machina Grandma I'll See You In My Dreams Inside Out Spotlight
 Alex Garland gave his actors a lot to work with in his Turing test riffing sci-fi noir Bless Paul Weitz for gifting Lily Tomlin a whole new biting hilarious star vehicle   Marc Basch and Brett Haley crafted a beautiful twilight years awakening.   Peter Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley a dream team for Pixar  It's fitting that Tom McCarthy, who usually writes alone, collaborated with Josh Singer on a film that so rest on teamwork

Finalists Girlhood, Sicario, Mustang, Tangerine, Clouds of Sils Maria
Semi-Finalists: Spy, What We Do in the Shadows 


Best Adapted Screenplay
The Martian
Steve Jobs
 Phyllis Nagy wrestled Patricia Highsmith's novel "The Price of Salt" away from Therese alone into a whole new point of view   This sci-fi romp, based on the Andy Weir novel, owes much of its success to Drew Goddard's pop sensibility and light touch skill  Christian Petzold and Harun Farocki's haunted interpretation of the novel "Le Retour des cendres" (Return of the Ashes) by Hubert Monteilhet  As with Gone Girl last year, a bestselling novelist proves just as adept in a new medium. Emma Donogue reworks her own book to grand affect Who is the author of Steve Jobs? Is it the auteur Danny Boyle or Aaron Sorkin, wordsmith, adapting the non-fiction book by Walter Isaacson

Finalists: Andrew Haigh's precise calibration of David Constantine's short story 45 Years, Spike Lee's modernizing gonzo take on Lysistrata in Chi-Raq, Nick Hornsby's beautiful take on Colm Toibin's bestseller Brooklyn, and Xavier Dolan and Michel Marc Bouchard's collaboration on Bouchard's play Tom at the Farm
Semi-Finalists: Anomalisa, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Big Short