Thursday, April 18, 2024

List: Top 3 Discoveries of 2015

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we continued our look back at 2015 as we discussed our favorite discoveries of 2015. This could be any actor/actress, director, composer or anyone in the industry that was a new discovery for us. Perhaps it was an up and comer or someone who has been around for awhile but really stood out this year for whatever reason. We even had a few re-discoveries that was fun to talk about.

That being said, what Top 3 discoveries of 2015 would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours:

*Keep in mind we have different criteria for our lists as well


1) Alicia Vikander – Actress, Ex Machinia, The Danish Girl, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
2) Kornél Mundruczó – Director, White God
3) Jacob Tremblay – Actor, Room


1) Abraham Attah – Actor, Beasts of No Nation
2) Sebastian Schipper – Director, Victoria
3) Jacob Tremblay – Actor, Room


1) Alicia Vikander – Actress, Ex Machinia, The Danish Girl, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
2) Taron Egeron – Actor, Kingsman: The Secret Service
3) M. Night Shyamalan – Director, The Visit

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez / Mya Talor – Tangerine, Ridley Scott – The Martian, Lola Kirk – Mistress America, Nina Hoss – Phoenix, George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road, Xavier Dolan – Mommy, Laia Costa – Victoria, Shameik Moore – Dope, Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Peyton Reed – Ant-Man, Alex Garland – Ex Machina, Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies, Hou Hsiao-Hsien – The Assassin, O’Shea Jackson Jr / Jason Mitchell – Straight Outta Compton, Maika Monroe – It Follows, Amy Schumer – Trainwreck, Michael Brook – Brooklyn, Heather McIntosh – Z for Zachariah, Disasterpiece – It Follows

Our Top 3 Discoveries of 2014

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Perhaps your criteria was slightly different than ours or maybe you just have other directors or actors that we overlooked as well, there are definitely a lot of good options out there. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.


JD Duran
JD Duran
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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