I'm still a few days away from finalizing my list of the top films of 2015 and so you won't see my list until the Dec. 21 IBJ.
And, no, I haven't seen the new Star Wars film yet.
However, I am a proud member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association, a gang that met on Dec. 12 to debate, discuss, and battle to come up with a collective list of the best of the year.
And, no, no one else in the group has seen the Star Wars film yet, either, although we do get a look at many of the films that have yet to be released here.
Here's what the collective came up with:
Other Finalists(listed alphabetically):
"The Big Short"
"The End of the Tour"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
"Straight Outta Compton"
Best Animated Feature
Runner-Up: "Inside Out "
Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: "Son of Saul"
Runner-Up: "Goodnight Mommy"
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, "Spotlight"
Runner-up: Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, "Bridge of Spies"
Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Emma Donoghue, "Room"
Runner-up: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, "The Big Short"
Winner: George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Runner-up: Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"
Winner: Brie Larson, "Room"
Runner-up: Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Greta Gerwig, "Mistress America"
Runner-up: Elizabeth Banks, "Love & Mercy"
Winner: Jacob Tremblay, "Room"
Runner-up: Jason Segel, "The End of the Tour"
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"
Runner-up: Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation"
Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance
Winner: Phyllis Smith, "Inside Out"
Runner-up: Tom Noonan, "Anomalisa"
Best Musical Score
Winner: Junkie XL, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Runner-up: Disasterpeace, "It Follows"
Original Vision Award
The Hoosier Award
Winner: Angelo Pizzo, writer/director/producer
(As a special award, no runner-up is declared in this category.)
About IFJA: The Indiana Film Journalists Association was established in February 2009. Members must reside in the Hoosier State and produce consistent, quality film criticism or commentary in any medium. More info here