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List: Best of the Decade Awards (all nominees and winners)

List: Best of the Decade Awards (all nominees and winners)

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we featured our Best of the Decade Awards for the 2010s! We had a great time celebrating the very best that the decade had to offer in terms of film. We discussed everything from best animated film, to best documentary, to the best acting performances and so much more. We may have forgone the “unique” categories that we typically do for our annual yearly awards, but we still have them listed out below (you can also hear us discuss those categories on Patreon).

For every category, we each listed our own nominations and winners. Winners are highlighted in bold.

Best Actor

Brendan:

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Michael Fassbender, Shame
  • Andy Serkis, Planet of the Apes Trilogy
  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

JD:

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Jessie Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress

Brendan:

  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
  • Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell
  • Kim Hye-ja, Mother
  • Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus

JD:

  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Actor Supporting Role

Brendan:

  • Javier Bardem, Skyfall
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Harry Melling, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

JD:

  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Michael Shannon, Midnight Special
Best Actress Supporting Role

Brendan:

  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
  • Bria Vinaite, The Floria Project
  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Scarlett Johansson, Her

JD:

  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
  • Ando Sakura, Shoplifters
  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Scarlett Johansson, Her
Best Director

Brendan:

  • Robert Eggers, The Witch
  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive
  • Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

JD:

  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Best Original Screenplay

Brendan:

  • Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • Alex Garland, Ex Machina
  • Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood

JD:

  • Alex Garland, Ex Machina
  • Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal, Blindspotting
Best Adapted Screenplay

Brendan:

  • Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
  • Park Chan-wook & Chung Seo-kyung, The Handmaiden
  • Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
  • Phyllis Nagy, Carol

JD:

  • Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
  • Greta Gerwig, Little Women
  • Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
  • Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises
Best Cinematography

Brendan:

  • Jarin Blaschke, The Witch
  • Elisha Christian, Columbus
  • Hoyte van Hoytema, Interstellar
  • Alfonso Cauron, Roma
  • John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

JD:

  • Roger Deakins Blade Runner 2049
  • Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Emmanuel Lubeski, The Tree of Life
  • Alfonso Cauron, Roma
  • Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Best Documentary

Brendan:

  • The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
  • Minding the Gap
  • Faces Places
  • Tower

JD:

  • The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence
  • Senna
  • Stories We Tell
  • Faces Places
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Foreign Language Film

Brendan:

  • The Handmaiden
  • Amour
  • Mother
  • Phoenix
  • Shoplifters

JD:

  • Roma
  • A Prophet
  • Parasite
  • White God
  • Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Animated Movie

Brendan:

  • Inside Out
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Wind Rises
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

JD:

  • Inside Out
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Wind Rises
  • The Red Turtle
Best Original Score

Brendan:

  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emile Mosseri, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Jo Yeong-wook, The Handmaiden
  • Joe Hisaishi, The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Social Network

JD:

  • John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon
  • Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Michael Giacchino, Inside Out
  • Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Use of Soundtrack Music

Brendan:

  • “I Get Overwhelmed” by Dark Rooms, A Ghost Story
  • “Please Mr. Kennedy” by Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver & Justin Timberlake, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Sing Street, Sing Street
  • “The Moon Song” by Karen O, Her
  • “Visions of Gideon” by Sufjan Stevens, Call Me By Your Name

JD:

  • “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” by Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
  • “Fare Thee Well” by Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Sing Street, Sing Street
  • “About Today” by The National & Mark Isham, Warrior
  • “Visions of Gideon” by Sufjan Stevens, Call Me By Your Name
Best Opening/Closing Credits Sequence or Scene

Brendan:

  • Blue Valentine (Closing)
  • The Florida Project (Opening)
  • Skyfall (Opening)
  • Call Me By Your Name (Closing)
  • Drive (Opening)

JD:

  • Leave No Trace (Closing)
  • Warrior (Closing)
  • Whiplash (Closing)
  • Call Me By Your Name (Closing)
  • Captain Phillips (Closing)
Best Overlooked Movie

Brendan:

  • The World’s End
  • Anomalisa
  • Rango
  • Love & Mercy
  • Wonderstruck

JD:

  • High Life
  • Columbus
  • Krisha
  • Phoenix
  • Meek’s Cutoff
Best Surprise Movie

Brendan:

  • Creed
  • Let Me In
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Paddington 2

JD:

  • Trainwreck
  • Gleason
  • Warrior
  • Rush
  • Blaze
Best Surprise Actor/Actress

Brendan:

  • James Franco, 127 Hours
  • Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street
  • June Squibb, Nebraska
  • Robert Pattinson, The Rover
  • Tilda Swington, Suspiria

JD:

  • Tahar Rahim, A Prophet
  • Ben Dickey, Blaze
  • James Franco, Spring Breakers
  • Lil Rel Howery, Get Out
  • Bria Vinaite, The Florida Project
Best Movie Discovery

Brendan:

  • Barry Jenkins, Director
  • Oscar Isaac, Actor
  • Ryan Coogler, Director
  • Michael B. Jordan, Actor
  • Margot Robbie, Actress

JD:

  • Barry Jenkins, Director
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Actress
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Actress
  • Damien Chazelle, Director
  • Denis Villenueve, Director
JD’s Individual Special Awards

Best Individual Score Track

  • “Time” – Hans Zimmer (Inception)
  • “Brothers In Arms” – Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road)
  • “Forbidden Friendship” – John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon)
  • “Lost But Won” – Hans Zimmer (Rush)
  • “Budle of Joy” – Michael Giacchino (Inside Out)
  • “A Hidden Life” – James Newton Howard (A Hidden Life)
  • “Karen Theme” – Justin Hurwitz (First Man)
  • “Hope” – John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
  • “Carol Theme” – Carter Burwell (Carol)
  • “Once I Was a Hushpuppy” – Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Directorial Debut

  • Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
  • Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Alex Garland – Ex Machina
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out

Best Undervalued Performance

  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Daniel Bruhl – Rush
  • Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
  • Alex Wolff – Hereditary

Best Poster

  • The Red Turtle
  • The Tree of Life
  • Logan
  • The Lobster
  • Moonlight

Holy Crap, I’m Still Not Sure How They Did That Award

  • The astounding performance by the dog Body in White God
  • Shooting the entire movie as one-take in Victoria
  • All of the insane practical stunts in Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Terry Notary reprising his ape character from the Apes trilogy in The Square
  • Ridle Soctt recasting Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer two months before the release of All the Money in the World
Brendan’s Individual Special Awards

Best Directorial Debut

  • Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Alex Garland – Ex Machina
  • Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
  • Robert Eggers – The Witch

Wow, That’s It, I’m Never…

  • Amour – that’s it, I’m never getting old
  • Blue Valentine – that’s it, I’m never getting married
  • Drive – that’s it, I’m never getting into an elevator with Ryan Gosling
  • Phoenix – that’s it, I’m never betraying my future singing wife
  • Spring Breakers – that’s it, I’m never going on spring break
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin – that’s it, I’m never having kids

Well that’s it for our Best of the Decade Awards! Hopefully you all enjoyed our nominations and winners. If you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear how your nominations and winners would vary from our picks above. You can also email your selections to us at insessionfilm@gmail.com or follow us on social media.

To hear our Top 10 Movies of the decade, be sure to listen to hear Episode 363!

Hear us talk about our “Unique Categories” on Patreon here!

InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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