By Mitch Burns

Welcome to the First Annual Hollywood Persona Awards! I’ve done variations of this before, but this is the first time on the new site, and I’ve never done it quite this big! 25 categories, with some deep thought going in to each winner, and the runner ups!

In most categories, I tried my best to slim it down to one winner, and five nominees. Although, as you’ll see, in some categories I got a little ahead of myself. I had a hard time paring it down, as I feel there were many aspects of film, especially in the acting areas, that deserve more attention than they’ve received.

24 categories (plus one bonus), many categories borrow their titles from The Academy, Golden Globes, or other awards show, but I have put my own spin on everything. If you’re looking for my picks for best picture, well you can find my top ten list by clicking here!

Best Male Actor – Lead

When it comes to the acting categories, I find myself a sucker for good acting. It’s hard for me to not notice great performances, and I feel like they all deserved to be mentioned. I tried to cut it down a bit, but for the most part if I liked the performance, I noted it and made sure they showed up here.

For me, You could interchange Redmaybe or Keaton in this spot. Hawking and his family have applauded Redmayne for his performance, and Keaton has created something new and exciting. It’s a tough call, but I’d give it to Redmayne, as you can clearly see that he put a lot of work into the performance. Gyllenhaal was cruelly left out of the Oscars, for probably the best performance of his career. Fiennes was hilarious in “Budapest“, and it’s amazing how he can switch between dramatic and comedic so easily. It’s surprising Hardy was completely left out of any Oscar conversation even though he had two great performances in “Locke“, and lesser, “The Drop“.

  1. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything – Winner
  2. Michael Keaton – Birdman
  3. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
  4. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Tom Hardy – Locke (& The Drop)
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
  7. David Oyelowo – Selma
  8. Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
  9. Brendan Gleeson – Calvary
  10. Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar
  11. Miles Teller – Whiplash
  12. Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
  13. Tommy Lee Jones – The Homesman
  14. Bill Hader – The Skeleton Twins
  15. Peyman Moaadi – Camp X-ray

Best Actor

Best Female Actor – Lead

Like I’ve said before, if Julianne Moore didn’t give such a spot on performance as a woman dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s, Rosamund Pike would have had the award in the bag. Felicity Jones is now someone who I will look forward to seeing in anything. Tilda Swinton is my number 4, for one of 3 great performances last year. Jenny Slate, a fairly newcomer, really surprised me with a beautiful, understated, but funny performance.

  1. Julianne Moore – Still Alice – Winner
  2. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
  3. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
  4. Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Jennifer Aniston Cake
  7. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
  8. Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
  9. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
  10. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in our Stars
  11. Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
  12. Hilary Swank – The Homesman
  13. Agata trzebuchowska – Ida
  14. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
  15. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Best female leadBest Female Actor – Supporting

I felt Patricia Arquette’s performance was real, watching her in “Boyhood” you probably saw your own mother in Arquette’s performance several times throughout. Emma Stone gets my number 2 spot, basically for one amazingly brilliant speech. Rene Russo, who we had all but forgotten, comes out of no where and gives a terrific performances in “Nightcrawler”. Tilda Swinton gave three great performances this year, “Budapest’s” was not a s great as her performance in “Snowpiercer”, but still good. Kim Dickens surprised me twice last year, one: for her role in “The Walking Dead’s” 5th season, and Two: as detective Boney.

  1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood – Winner
  2. Emma Stone – Birdman
  3. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
  4. Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer & The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Kim Dickens – Gone Girl
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar
  7. Laura Dern – Wild
  8. Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
  9. Agata Kulesza – Ida
  10. Kristen Stewart – Still Alice
  11. Katherine Waterston – Inherent Vice
  12. Naomi Wats – Birdman & St. Vincent

Female Supporting actor

Best Male Actor – Supporting

Okay, my number 1 pick for all the acting categories has been the exact same as what the Academy chose, but it’s really hard to argue with them this year. It is the same reason why the acting categories had been basically locked up since for months, because the performances were so great. With that, I award my number 1 spot too J.K. Simmons for his

  1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash – Winner
  2. Edward Norton – Birdman
  3. Steve Carrel – Foxcatcher
  4. Robert Pattinson – The Rover
  5. Shia LeBouf – Fury
    Honorable Mentions:
  6. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
  7. Jon Bernthal – Fury
  8. Adrien Brody – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
  10. Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  11. Chris O’Dowd – Calvary
  12. Adam Pearson – Under the Skin
  13. James McCavoy – X:Men – Days of Future Past

Supporting Actor maleBest Ensemble –

  1. Birdman – Winner
  2. Fury
  3. Interstellar
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Gone Girl

Best of 20143

Best Director –

  1. Richard Linklater – Boyhood – Winner
  2. Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
  4. Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
  5. Steven Knight – Locke

Best DirectorBest Animated Film –

  1. How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Winner
  2. The Boxtrolls
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. Penguins of Madagascar
  5. Big Hero 6

Animated

Cinematography –

  1. Robert D. Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Jeff Cronenweth – Gone Girl
  3. Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
  4. Hoyte Van Hotema – Interstellar
  5. Robert Elswit – Nightcrawler

Best of 20144

Costume Design –

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  3. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
  4. Into The Woods
  5. Inherent Vice

Best of 20145

Foreign Language Film

  1. Tangerines (Mandariinid) – Winner
  2. Two Days, One Night
  3. Force Majeure
  4. Ida
  5. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Foreign

Editing

  1. Boyhood – Winner
  2. Birdman
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Wild
  5. Whiplash

editing

Writing – Original Screenplay

    1. Boyhood – Winner
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Birdman
    4. Locke
    5. Nightcrawler

Original Screenplay

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  1. Whiplash – Winner
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Under the Skin
  5. Edge of Tomorrow

Adapted Screenplay

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – Winner
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Snowpiercer
  4. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive

MAkeup

Music – Original Score

  1. Hans Zimmer – Interstellar – Winner
  2. Still Alice – Ilan Eshkeri
  3. Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Johan Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
  5. Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

Score

Music – Use of song in film

Click on each song to go to youtube and listen!

  1. Hero – Family of the Year & Yellow – Coldplay – Boyhood – Winner
  2. Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  3. Killing Strangers – Marilyn Manson – John Wick
  4. The Entire Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack
  5. Everything is Awesome – Tegan and Sara ft. The Lonely Island – The Lego Movie
  6. El Condor Pasa – Simon & Garfunkel – Wild
  7. Trapped by a thing called love – Denise Lasalle – Only Lovers Left Alive
  8. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship – The Skeleton Twins
  9. Halo – Gary Lightbody – Cake
  10. Kettering – The Antlers – Camp X-ray

Production Design

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Ida
  3. Interstellar
  4. Inherent Vice
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive/Foxcatcher

Production Design

Visual Effects

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Winner
  2. Interstellar
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Godzilla
  5. Noah

Visual Effects

Best Blockbuster (Action, Sci-Fi, Superhero, etc.)

  1. Interstellar – Winner
  2. Edge of Tomorrow
  3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  4. Noah
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. John Wick
  7. Godzilla
  8. Lucy
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Blockbuster

Best Comedy

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Obvious Child
  3. Top Five
  4. Bad Words
  5. Chef
    Honorable Mentions
  6. St. Vincent
  7. Neighbours
  8. The Muppets: Most Wanted
  9. 22 Jump Street

Comedy

Best Horror

  1. Blue Ruin – Winner
  2. The Babadook
  3. Willow Creek
  4. The Guest
  5. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Horror

Best Young Actor

  1. Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar – Winner
  2. Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Noah Wiseman – The Babadook
  4. Rohan Chand – Bad Words
  5. Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent
    Honorable Mentions
  6. daniel Huttlestone – Into the Woods
  7. Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
  8. Lorelei Linklater – Boyhood
  9. charlie tahan – Love is Strange
  10. Emjay Anthony – Chef

Young Actor

Best Voice Acting –

  1. Ben Kingsley – Archibald Snatcher – The Boxtrolls – Winner
  2. Dee Bradley Baker – Fish/Wheels/Bucket – The Boxtrolls
  3. Bradley Cooper – Rocket – Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Cate Blanchett – Valka – How to Train Your Dragon 2
  5. Gerard Butler – Stoick – How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Honorable Mentions
  6. Alison Brie – UniKitty – The Lego Movie
  7. Tom McGrath – Skipper – Penguins of Madagascar
  8. Bill Irwin – TARS – Interstellar
  9. Matt Vogel – Constantine (Etc.) – The Muppets Most Wanted
  10. Benedict Cumberbatch – Smaug – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Voice Acting

Best Character in a Movie

  1. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
  2. Eve (Tilda Swinton) – Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Sam (Emma Stone) – Birdman
  4. Bobbi (Laura Dern) – Wild
  5. Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) – Nightcrawler
    Honorable Mentions
  6. TARS (Bill Irwin) – Interstellar
  7. Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (Shia LeBeouf) – Fury
  8. Baymax (Scott Adsit) – Big Hero 6
  9. Rita (Emily Blunt) – Edge of Tomorrow
  10. Groot (Vin Diesel) – Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Characters

Bonus Category:

Worst Character in a Movie

  1. Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) – Tusk – Loser
  2. Alfrid (Ryan Gage) – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  3. Dave Skylark (James Franco) – The Interview
  4. Gus (Ansel Elgort) – The Fault in Our Stars
  5. Electro/Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  6. Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  7. Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) – Annie
  8. Albert (Seth MacFarlane) – A Million Ways to Die in the West
  9. Jay (Jason Segel) – Sex Tape
  10. Gally (Will Poulter) & Chuck (Blake Cooper) – The Maze Runner

Worst Characters


As Always, thank you for reading! 2014 was fun, I hope we get some great movies in 2015!

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