I had a couple of Oscar articles planned before the awards but was ill at the time and didn’t get around to it, I also didn’t get around to posting Sixth Annual Groovers Movie Awards. Better late than never! All awards are chosen by me and the criteria for eligibility is decided by me. The categories for the awards given aren’t always the same year on year. The award, is called the “Dom”, if you don’t know the relevance you need to watch the movie Fandango (1985).
Best Film: Should I christen it the Denis Villeneuve award? For the second year in a row the best movie of the year is directed by Villeneuve: Arrival
Best Director: Tom Ford. Proving A Single Man wasn’t a fluke, Ford is back with Nocturnal Animals. The second best movie of the year and one that is directed with a precision reminiscent of David Fincher, past master John Ford.
Best Performance: This is where it gets complicated, do you give Amy Adams the best performance award for Arrival or Nocturnal Animals? It doesn’t matter, you would be right either way.
Most Fun Movie of the Year: Sing Street, John Carney’s story of a teenager who starts a band for the most noble of reasons, to impress a girl, is fun, funny and charming.
Best Horror: To be honest, Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to Blue Ruin is more a violent thriller than an horror, but it is shocking, violent, bloody and visceral; all the elements of a great horror.
Breakout Star: The startling thing about the breakout star, Anya Taylor-Joy is how out of nowhere that she came. Last years winner Alicia Vikander had been a star of TV and film in her native Sweden for a decade before her moving to English language movies. Prior to The Witch, Taylor-Joy has just two IMDB credits, a bit part in Vampire Academy and an episode of TV Show Endeavour. As well as her sensational performance in The Witch she is also fantastic in the underrated Morgan and Split.
Fandango Award: Kelly Fremon Craig – Fandango was writer/director Kevin Reynolds debut (and best) feature, and the first notable movie for star Kevin Costner. It gives its name to this award for the best breakout film-makers of the year: This years winner; Kelly Fremon Craig had just one credit as a writer before writing, directing and producing The Edge of Seventeen. As the director of the best teen movie in a generation she is in some pretty impressive company: John Hughes, Mark Waters, Michael Lehmann, Richard Linklater and Nicholas Ray.