The J Awards 2016

Tis the season to give out awards. And so here are my very own J awards, the definitive blog based awards ceremony. Here I personally will choose both the nominees, and the winners. “but that system doesn’t make sense, what’s the point of having nominees in the first place?” I hear you ask. A good question, but oh look at the time we must go on with the show.


Best Film


That’s right ladies and gents, here at the J awards we don’t mess about. Straight onto the big guns. None of that Oscars wait til the end nonsense here, so if the best film award was all you wanted here it is you can clear off now.



The Girl with all the Gifts


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Rogue One

The Neon Demon

Under the Shadow

The Witch


It could only be Arrival. Absolutely wonderful on so many levels no film moved me the way that Arrival did in 2016.


Best Actress


Amy Adams (Arrival)

Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch)

Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon)

Laia Costa (Victoria)

Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow)

Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy)


No surprise really that the central performance from the best movie of the year, is the best performance of the year. Amy Adams has always been incredible and hopefully 2016 is the year she really gets the attention she deserves.


Best Actor


Daniel Radcliffe (Imperium)

Do Won Kwak (The Wailing)

Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Leonardo di Caprio (The Revenant)

Michael B Jordan (Creed)


For me the best male performance in a leading role came right at the beginning of the year with Jacob Tremblay in Room. Though only ten years of age I found Tremblay utterly spellbinding.


Best Supporting Actor


Jack Reynor (Sing Street)

John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Ralph Ineson (The Witch)

Sam Neill (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Toby Jones (Tale of Tales)


This may have been the most difficult category for me to decide because any of the above six could have really walked away with the prestigious J. But it goes to Ralph Ineson for his incredible work on The Witch.


Best Supporting Actress


Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Glenn Close (The Girl with all the Gifts)

Jena Malone (The Neon Demon)

Kate Dickie (The Witch)

Salma Hayek (Tale of Tales)

Sienna Miller (High-Rise)


This J for best performance by an actress in a supporting role goes to possibly the scariest performance of 2016? Kate Dickie in the witch – truly chilling and wonderful.


Best Voice Performance


Andy Samberg (Storks)

Bill Murray (The Jungle Book)

Dwayne Johnson (Moana)

Ellen Degeneres (Finding Dory)

Idris Elba (The Jungle Book)

Jennifer Jason Leigh (Anomalisa)


In Anomalisa Jennifer Jason lee is a shining light that propels the story forward both in a narrative sense and in terms of the film itself. I wasn’t massively keen on Anomalisa as a film, but I loved Lee’s voice work.


Best Original Score

Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon)

Clint Mansell (High-Rise)

Cristobal Tapia de Veer (The Girl with all the Gifts)

Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Johann Johannsson (Arrival)

Mark Kovren (The Witch)


Another insanely difficult decision to make but it has to go to Tapia de Veer for his magnificent work on The Girl with all the Gifts. Without a doubt his music makes the film a better movie that it would have been without it.


Best Cinematography


Bradford Young (Arrival)

Jarin Blaschke (The Witch)

Laurie Rose (High-Rise)

Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon)

Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight)

Sturla Brandth Grovlen (Victoria)


The Neon Demon is simply the best looking movie I have ever seen.


Best Director


Ben Wheatley (High-Rise)

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon)

Robert Eggers (The Witch)

Sebastian Schipper (Victoria)

Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)


Arrival was the best movie of 2016, and was helmed by the best director – Denis Villeneuve.


Best Visual Effects


10 Cloverfeild Lane


Fantastic Beasts and how to Find Them

The Revenant

Star Trek Beyond



A beautiful integration of computer generated and practical effects created something like I had never seen before in The Revenant.


Best Screenplay


Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley (High-Rise)

Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!)

John Carney (Sing Street)

Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick (Deadpool)

Robert Eggers (The Witch)


I’m sure by now you are probably noticing a bit of a trend happening. Yes, yet again Arrival walks away with the J, this time for Screenplay.


Best Production Design


The Assassin


The Neon Demon

Nocturnal Animals

Tale of Tales

The Witch


High-Rise achieved the feat of managing to look both like it was set in the 70’s but also seem futuristic. And all on what is nowadays a shoe-string budget.


Best Comedy Performance


Alan Tudyk (Rogue One)

Chris Hemsworth (Ghostbusters)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

Sacha Baron Cohen (Grimsby)

Tom Bennet (Love & Friendship)


In time I think Deadpool will probably emerge as the only superhero movie we remember from 2016, as while I liked some of the others (Civil War) none shone anywhere near as brightly as Deadpool did. And that is mostly due to Deadpool himself Ryan Reynolds.


Best Villain Performance


Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One)

Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them)

Daniel Wu (Warcraft)

Ed Skrein (Deadpool)

Idris Elba (The Jungle Book)

John Goodman (10 Cloverfeild Lane)

One of the reasons the Star Wars franchise has enjoyed such longevity is because it is full of terrific villains. Even the bad ones have good villains (Darth Maul, Count Dooku, hell even General Grievous), and Ben Mendelsohn provides a villain performance as good as any.



Well that was that. Hope you enjoyed it.


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