Individual Ballots | The Best of 2015

This is where you can see how truly different the Bit Players are from one another. We’re five relatively like-minded individuals, but we have wildy differing interests, standards, factors that we look for in films, and, of course, brow heights. Take a look at our individual ballots of 2015 to see where along the lines we all fall.

This is where you can see how truly different the Bit Players are from one another. We're five relatively like-minded individuals, but we have wildy differing interests, standards, factors that we look for in films, and, of course, brow heights. Take a look at our individual ballots of 2015 to see where along the lines we all fall.

Anders Oster
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Top 25 Films
1. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
2. The Martian
3. Steve Jobs
4. The Big Short
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service
6. The Revenant
7. Room
8. Inside Out
9. The Man from UNCLE
10. Creed
11. Mad Max: Fury Road
12. Joy
13. Spotlight
14. Avengers: Age of Ultron
15. Everest
16. Ex Machina
17. It Follows
18. McFarland, USA
19. The Night Before
20. The Hateful Eight
21. Concussion
22. Straight Outta Compton
23. Chappie
24. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
25. The Intern

Best Acting Performances
1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
2. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
3. Adam Driver (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
4. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
5. Brie Larson (Room)
6. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
7. Christian Bale (The Big Short)
8. Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
9. Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
10. Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
11. Rooney Mara (Carol)
12. Cate Blanchett (Carol)
13. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
14. Jacob Tremblay (Room)
15. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
16. Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
17. Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
18. Steve Carell (The Big Short)
19. Will Smith (Concussion)
20. O'Shea Jackson (Straight Outta Compton)

Best Direction
1. J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
2. Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs)
3. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
4. George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
5. Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: Secret Service)

Best Scenes
1. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Rey Uses the Force" Scene
2. The Martian "Starman Slingshot" Scene
3. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Ben/Han Solo Reunion" Scene
4. The Man From UNCLE "Boat Chase and Underwater Rescue" Scene
5. The Man From UNCLE "Hotel Dance Seduction"
6. The Martian "Making Water for Potatoes" Scene
7. Kingsman: Secret Service "Chaos in a Church" Scene
8. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Rey Meets Kylo Ren" Scene
9. Room "Jack Sees the World" Scene
10. The Revenant "Bear Attack" Scene

Best Trailers
1. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
2. Spectre
3. Joy

Best Characters
1. Kylo Ren (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
2. Rey (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
3. Valentine (Kingsman: Secret Service)
4. Jared Vennet (The Big Short)
5. Thunderclap (The Good Dinosaur)

Best Writing
1. Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)
2. Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
3. Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen)
4. The Big Short (Charles Randolph & Adam McKay)
5. The Hateful Eight (Quintin Tarantino)

Best Music
1. Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)
2. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (John Williams)
3. Steve Jobs (Daniel Pemberton)
4. The Martian (Harry Gregson-Williams)
5. The Man From UNCLE (Daniel Pemberton)
6. Jurassic World (Michael Giacchino)
7. It Follows (Rich Vreeland)
8. The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
9. Chappie (Hanz Zimmer)
10. Spotlight (Howard Shore)

Best Cinematography
1. The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
2. The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)
3. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (Dan Mindel)
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
5. Everest (Salvatore Totino)

Worst Films
1. Fantastic Four
2. Turbo Kid
3. In the Heart of the Sea
4. Tomorrowland
5. Bone Tomahawk
Brian Urrutia
Mad Max: Fury Road

Top 25 Films
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Steve Jobs
3. Inside Out
4. Listen to Me Marlon
5. The Big Short
6. Room
7. Straight Outta Compton
8. It Follows
9. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
10. Crimson Peak
11. The Revenant
12. Creed
13. Sicario
14. Bridge of Spies
15. Carol
16. Beasts of No Nation
17. Macbeth
18. Brooklyn
19. Ex Machina
20. The Hateful Eight
21. Spotlight
22. Burnt
23. The Martian
24. Spectre
25. Goosebumps

Best Acting Performances
1. Brie Larson (Room)
2. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
3. Cate Blanchett (Carol)
4. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
5. Steve Carell (The Big Short)
6. Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
7. Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
8. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
9. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
10. Spotlight Ensemble (Spotlight)
11. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
12. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
13. Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
14. Johnny Depp (Black Mass)
15. Tom Hardy (Legend)
16. Christian Bale (The Big Short)
17. Adam Driver (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
18. Jason Segel (The End of the Tour)
19. Trumbo Ensemble
20. Emily Blunt (Sicario)

Best Direction
1. George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
3. Sevan Riley (Listen to Me Marlon)
4. Todd Haynes (Carol)
5. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario)

Best Scenes
1. Steve Jobs "Next Launch John Sculley" Scene
2. Creed "Adonis Johnson vs. Leo Sporino" Scene
3. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Ben/Han Solo Reunion" Scene
4. Love & Mercy "Recording Pet Sounds" Scene
5. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Opening" Scene
6. It Follows "Beach Attack" Scene
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron "Opening Fight" Scene
8. The Revenant "Final" Scene
9. Sicario "Border Return" Scene
10. Mad Max: Fury Road "Furiosa v. Immortan Joe" Scene

Best Trailers
1. Listen to Me Marlon
2. Magic Mike XXL
3. The Revenant

Best Characters
1. Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road)
2. Riley (Inside Out)
3. Maz Kanata (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
4. Kylo Ren (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
5. Adonis Johnson (Creed)

Best Writing
1. Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)
2. Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen)
3. Brooklyn (Nick Hornby)
4. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer)
5. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris)

Best Music
1. The Revenant (Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Moto)
2. Mad Max: Fury Road (Tom Holkenberg)
3. Room (Stephen Rennicks)
4. Creed (Ludwig Goransson)
5. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (John Williams)
6. Kingsman: Secret Service (Henry Jackson & Matthew Margeson)
7. Sicario (Johan Johansson)
8. The Walk (Alan Silvestri)
9. The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
10. Listen to Me Marlon (Stevan Riley)

Best Cinematography
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
2. The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)
3. Crimson Peak (Dan Laustsen)
4. Sicario (Roger Deakins)
5. The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Worst Films
1. Sisters
2. Get Hard
3. In the Heart of the Sea
4. Pixels
5. Mortdechai
Clark Carmichael
It Follows

Top 25 Films
It Follows
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Sicario
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Revenant
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Steve Jobs
Chappie
The Martian
Ex Machina
Everest
The Big Short
Crimson Peak
Ant-Man
The Man from UNCLE
Bridge of Spies
Bone Tomahawk
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Visit
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Spotlight
Jurassic World
Spectre
The Hateful Eight
Creed

Best Acting Performances
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Adam Driver (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Spotlight Ensemble (Spotlight)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Maika Monroe (It Follows)
Tom Hardy (Legend)
John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Johnny Depp (Black Mass)
Christian Bale (The Big Short)
The Martian Earthbound Ensemble (The Martian)
Bone Tomahawk Ensemble (Bone Tomahawk)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)
Jeff Daniels (Steve Jobs)
Everest Ensemble (Everest)
Michael Douglas (Ant-Man)
Josh Brolin (Sicario)
Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies)

Best Direction
J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
David Robert Mitchell (It Follows)
Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)

Best Scenes
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Rey Uses the Force" Scene
The Revenant "Bear Attack" Scene
Sicario "Border Return" Scene
It Follows "Explaining the Rules" Scene
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Ben/Han Solo Reunion" Scene
Kingsman: The Secret Service "Chaos in a Church" Scene
Avengers: Age of Ultron "Opening Fight" Scene
The Martian "Rescue" Scene
Ex Machina "Dance" Scene
It Follows "Beach Attack" Scene

Best Trailers
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
The Revenant
Steve Jobs

Best Characters
It (It Follows)
Chappie (Chappie)
BB8 (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Kylo Ren (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Valentine (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Best Writing
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)
Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler)
Sicario (Taylor Sheridan)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan & Michael Arndt)
The Big Short (Charles Randolph & Adam McKay)

Best Music
It Follows (Rich Vreeland)
The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (John Williams)
Jurassic World (Michael Giacchino)
The Revenant (Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Moto)
Steve Jobs (Daniel Pemberton)
Brooklyn (Michael Brook)
The Martian (Harry Gregson-Williams)
Everest (Dario Marianelli)
Sicario (Johan Johansson)

Best Cinematography
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (Dan Mindel)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
It Follows (Mike Gioulakis)
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Ben Davis)

Worst Films
Spy
Trainwreck
Trumbo
Beasts of No Nation
Fantastic Four
Jarryd Baxter
Creed

Top 25 Films
Creed
Room
Brooklyn
Inside Out
Steve Jobs
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
The Revenant
Spotlight
The Hateful Eight
The Martian
Bridge of Spies
It Follows
Crimson Peak
Sicario
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Joy
Love & Mercy
Everest
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The End of the Tour
The Big Short
The Walk
The Kingsman: Secret Service
The Visit

Best Acting Performances
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
Spotlight Ensemble
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Brie Larson (Room)
Tessa Thompson (Creed)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Jason Segel (The End of the Tour)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies)
Benecio del Toro (Sicario)

Best Direction
J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Ryan Coogler (Creed)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak)
Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

Best Scenes
Room "Jack Sees the World" Scene
Steve Jobs "Next Launch John Sculley" Scene
Creed "Adonis Johnson vs. Leo Sporino" Scene
The Revenant "Opening Battle" Scene
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Ben/Han Solo Reunion" Scene
Brooklyn "Dinner with Tony's Family" Scene
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Rey Uses the Force" Scene
Ex Machina "Dance" Scene
Magic Mike XXL "Gas Station Dance" Scene
Ant-Man "Michael Pena's Dubbed" Scenes

Best Trailers
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Creed
The Revenant

Best Characters
Rey (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Riley (Inside Out)
Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max)
Ava (Ex Machina)
Finn (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Best Writing
Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)
Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen)
Spotlight (Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer)
The Hateful Eight (Quintin Tarantino)
Room (Emma Donaghue)

Best Music
Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)
Steve Jobs (Daniel Pemberton)
Brooklyn (Michael Brook)
Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman)
The Walk (Alan Silvestri)
Creed (Ludwig Goransson)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (John Williams)
The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
Sicario (Johan Johansson)
Room (Stephen Rennicks)

Best Cinematography
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Everest (Salvatore Totino)
The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)
The Martian (Dariusz Wolski)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)

Worst Films
Entourage
Unfinished Business
American Ultra
Mistress America
San Andreas
Jeff Pearson
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Top 25 Films
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
It Follows
Crimson Peak
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Beasts of No Nation
Inside Out
Ex Machina
Steve Jobs
Creed
Sicario
Spotlight
Joy
The Hateful Eight
The Visit
Queen of Earth
Mustang
Clouds of Sils Maria
Blackhat
Brooklyn
Slow West
Chi-Raq
The Big Short
Danny Collins
Dope

Best Acting Performances
Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
Elisabeth Moss (Queen of Earth)
Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Tom Hardy (Legend)
Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Brie Larson (Room)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Katherine Waterston (Queen of Earth)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Deanna Dunegan (The Visit)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw)

Best Direction
J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak)
Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation)
David Robert Mitchell (It Follows)

Best Scenes
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens "Ben/Han Solo Reunion" Scene
Crimson Peak "Lucille Rages" Scene
Ex Machina "Dance" Scene
Ant-Man "Train Fight" Scene
The Revenant "Opening Battle" Scene
Chi-Raq "Funeral" Scene
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl "Film Screening" Scene
Steve Jobs "Next Launch John Sculley" Scene
The Hateful Eight "Marquis Warren Flashback" Scene
Anomalisa "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" Scene

Best Trailers
The Revenant
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Crimson Peak

Best Characters
Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max)
Kylo Ren (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)
Nana (The Visit)
Finn (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Indominus Rex (Jurassic World)

Best Writing
Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)
Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen)
Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris)

Best Music
It Follows (Rich Vreeland)
Beasts of No Nation (Dan Romer)
Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)
Steve Jobs (Daniel Pemberton)
Mustang (Warren Ellis)
Sicario (Johan Johansson)
The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (John Williams)
The Revenant (Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Moto)
Love & Mercy (Atticus Ross)

Best Cinematography
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
The Hateful Eight (Robert Richardson)
Crimson Peak (Dan Laustsen)
Sicario (Roger Deakins)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)

Worst Films
Furious 7
Tangerine
Suffragette
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Get Hard
Back
Honorable Mentions