Carbon Arcademy Awards

As lovers of film, we here at Carbon Arc look at Oscar night with a certain amount of respect. It's a night dedicated to celebrating films, some of which would not get widespread attention otherwise. Carbon Arc's programming often overlaps with the Academy's picks; we recently screened Best Foreign Language Film nominee Tanna, and this Friday, March 3rd we will show another of the nominees at 7pm, Sweden's A Man Called Ove

However, some of our favourite films go overlooked by the Academy each year. Thus, we have decided to take matters into our own hands for the first time! A small team of Carbon Arc's programmers, writers, volunteers, and all around cinephiles consisting of Chris Campbell, Carsten Knox, Nick Malbeuf, Zack Miller, and Hillary West teamed up to create our own awards, deemed the Arc-ademy Awards. After a round of nominations, the five of us cast our votes on a list ranging from the typical Oscar categories, and a few bonus slots. The final results reflect a slightly more eccentric taste in film to complement the movies honored by the real Academy. We hope you find some agreement with us, or use this list as a point of recommendation. So, without further ado, here are the nominees and winners from our very first Arc-ademy Awards:

Best Picture

American Honey

Cameraperson

Green Room

Lemonade

The Lobster

The Love Witch

Paterson

Things to Come

The Witch

WINNER: Moonlight

 
The much beloved film Moonlight took home Best Picture from us and the Oscars

The much beloved film Moonlight took home Best Picture from us and the Oscars

 

Best Carbon Arc Screening

Chevalier

The Fits

The Love Witch

Mustang

WINNER: Cameraperson

 

Best Foreign Film

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Neruda

Things to Come

WINNER: Toni Erdmann

 

Best Documentary Film

13th

Fire at Sea

Kate Plays Christine

Weiner

WINNER: Cameraperson

 
Kirsten Johnson's debut documentary feature Cameraperson screened in our fall season of films in 2016. We liked it enough to honor it with our Best Documentary, Best Carbon Arc Screening, and Best Editing awards.

Kirsten Johnson's debut documentary feature Cameraperson screened in our fall season of films in 2016. We liked it enough to honor it with our Best Documentary, Best Carbon Arc Screening, and Best Editing awards.

 

Best Animated Film

Finding Dory

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

Window Horses

Zootopia

WINNER: Kubo and the Two Strings

 

Best Canadian Film

Maudie

Operation Avalance

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Window Horses

WINNER: Werewolf

 
The story of a relationship struggling under the stress of a shared methadone addiction, local film Werewolf was our favourite Canadian film of the year. Join us Friday, March 3rd at 9:30pm for a screening of the film, fresh out of Berlinale. Writer/director Ashley McKenzie will be present for a Q&A.

The story of a relationship struggling under the stress of a shared methadone addiction, local film Werewolf was our favourite Canadian film of the year. Join us Friday, March 3rd at 9:30pm for a screening of the film, fresh out of Berlinale. Writer/director Ashley McKenzie will be present for a Q&A.

 

Best Director

Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann

Anna Biller – The Love Witch

Pablo Larrain – Jackie/Neruda/The Club

Jeremy Saulnier – Green Room

WINNER: Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

 

Best Original Screenplay

Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos – The Lobster

Mia Hansen-Love – Things to Come

Jim Jarmusch - Paterson

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

WINNER: Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Xavier Dolan – It’s Only the End of the World

Eric Heisserer – Arrival

Whit Stillman – Love & Friendship

August Wilson – Fences

WINNER: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney – Moonlight

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Sasha Lane – American Honey

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

WINNER: Isabelle Huppert – Things to Come

 
Although the Academy nominated Isabelle Huppert for her work in Elle, we preferred her performance in Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come.

Although the Academy nominated Isabelle Huppert for her work in Elle, we preferred her performance in Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come.

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Adam Driver – Paterson

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Daniel Radcliffe – Swiss Army Man

Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight

WINNER: Denzel Washington - Fences

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis – Fences

Golshifteh Farahani – Paterson

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Janelle Monae – Moonlight/Hidden Figures

WINNER: Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Alden Ehrenreich – Hail, Caesar!

Ralph Fiennes – A Bigger Splash

John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane

John Hurt – Jackie

WINNER: Mahershala Ali - Moonlight

 

Best Ensemble Cast

American Honey

A Bigger Splash

Hail, Caesar!

The Witch

WINNER: Moonlight

 

Best Cinematography

Jarin Blaschke - The Witch

Natasha Braier – Neon Demon

James Laxton – Moonlight

Bradford Young – Arrival

WINNER: Chung-hoon Chung – The Handmaiden

 
Park Chan-Wook's gorgeous romantic period thriller was shut out of the Oscars technical categories, but we couldn't resist it's cinematography.

Park Chan-Wook's gorgeous romantic period thriller was shut out of the Oscars technical categories, but we couldn't resist it's cinematography.

 

 

Best Editing

Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders – Moonlight

Sebastian Sepulveda -Jackie

 Joe Walker – Arrival

WINNER (TIE):

Nels Bangerter - Cameraperson

Louise Ford – The Witch

 

Best Original Score

Beyoncé – Lemonade

Nicholas Britell – Moonlight

Mark Korven – The Witch

Dario Marianelli – Kubo & the Two Strings

WINNER: Mica Levi – Jackie

 

Best Costume Design

Madeline Fontaine – Jackie

Linda Muir – The Witch

Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship

Mary Zophres – Hail, Caesar!

WINNER: Anna Biller – The Love Witch

 
While writing, directing, producing, editing, scoring, and set designing, The Love Witch's Anna Biller  also found time to design our favourite costumes of the year. The film had a special Halloween screening at our cinema last fall.

While writing, directing, producing, editing, scoring, and set designing, The Love Witch's Anna Biller  also found time to design our favourite costumes of the year. The film had a special Halloween screening at our cinema last fall.

 

 Best Hair & Make-up

Jackie

The Love Witch

Star Trek Beyond

Swiss Army Man

WINNER: Hail, Caesar!

 
George Clooney breaks the fourth wall in the Coen brothers underappreciated film Hail, Caesar!

George Clooney breaks the fourth wall in the Coen brothers underappreciated film Hail, Caesar!

 

 Best Production Design

Anna Biller – The Love Witch

Dante Ferretti – Silence

Craig Lathrop - The Witch

Jean Rabasse – Jackie

WINNER: Jess Gonchor – Hail, Caesar!

 

Best Visual Effects

Arrival

The Jungle Book

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Trek Beyond

WINNER: Kubo and the Two Strings

 

Best Sound Editing

Arrival

The Fits

Jackie

Moonlight

WINNER: The Witch

 

Best Sound Mixing

10 Cloverfield Lane

The Handmaiden

La La Land

Moonlight

WINNER: Arrival

 

Best Original Song

 “Able” – Hidden Figures

 “Audition” – La La Land

“Equal Rights” – Popstar

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

WINNER: “I’m So Humble” - Popstar

 

Best “That Guy” Appearance (Best Character Actor)

Adam Driver – Midnight Special

Billy Crudup – Jackie/20th Century Women

WINNER: John Carroll Lynch – The Invitation/The Founder/Jackie

 

We hope you enjoyed our picks for the year! If not, we are always happy to discuss at our Friday night screenings!