Considering that the annual self-indulgent, self-congratulatory beauty pageants (a.k.a awards shows) almost never get it right, I don’t bother watching them, knowing they’ll just rile me up needlessly – another post for another time. That said, I tend to construct my own mental ‘awards’ anyway, and I am rather pleased that I didn’t have to struggle for choice.

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FILM
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Poulet aux Prunes
Tyrannosaur
Monsieur Lazhar

DIRECTION
Andrea Arnold (Wuthering Heights)
Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

LEAD ACTOR
Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur)
Mohamed Fellag (Monsieur Lazhar)

LEAD ACTRESS
Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Cécile De France (Le gamin au vélo)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Paul Giamatti (The Ides of March)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kristin Scott Thomas (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus)
Kathy Bates (Midnight in Paris)

SCREENPLAY
جدایی نادر از سیمین/Jodái-e Náder az Simin (by Asghar Farhadi)
Page Eight (by David Hare)
Weekend (by Andrew Haigh)
The Ides of March (by George Clooney & Grant Heslov)

SCORE
La piel que habito (by Alberto Iglesias)
Perfect Sense (by Max Richter)
Jane Eyre (by Dario Marianelli)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (by Hans Zimmer)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (by Hoyte van Hoytema)
The Tree of Life (by Emmanuel Lubezki)
Jane Eyre (by Adriano Goldman)
The Mill & the Cross (by Lech Majewski)

COSTUME DESIGN
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (by Jacqueline Durran)
L’apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close (by Anaïs Romand)
Faust (by Lidiia Kriukova)
Jane Eyre (by Michael O’Connor)

EDITING
Drive (by Matthew Newman)
La piel que habito (by José Salcedo)
Shame (by Joe Walker)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (by Joe Bini)

DOCUMENTARY
The Interrupters (dir. Steve James)
Into the Abyss (dir. Werner Herzog)
Pina (dir. Wim Wenders)
Project Nim (dir. James Marsh)

ANIMATED FILM
Αλόις Νέμπελ (Alois Nebel)
Arrugas (Wrinkles)
Les contes de la nuit (Tales of the Night)
Un vie de chat (A Cat in Paris)

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