The 2nd Annual CineMunchies: Honoring the Best of 2015 in Cinema

Last year we unleashed the CineMunchies upon the world, and now we're back with our 2nd annual edition. Take a look at the winners* below, and listen to the latest CineDrunk podcast for our extended thoughts. (ICYMI, we discussed our personal top ten films in last week's podcast.)

The task of reviewing an entire year in film called for a strong drink.

Masala Martini
(adapted from Saveur)
2 oz gin
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz orange blossom honey
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
lemon slice

Add first five ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake to incorporate honey. Add ice, and shake again. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with lemon slice. Watch the cumin grains scatter to the bottom of the glass, along with your hopes and dreams.

*For our Best Picture and acting awards, we attributed points based on our personal rankings, and those with the most points became our honorees. For other categories, we used a combination of secret ballot, tea leaves, and martini-fueled caucusing.


Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road

2. Spotlight
3. Carol
4. 45 Years
5. Brooklyn


Best Actor: Jacob Tremblay in Room

2. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
3. Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
4. Matt Damon (The Martian)
5. Michael B. Jordan (Creed)

Best Actress: (TIE) Cate Blanchett in Carol & Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years

3. Brie Larson (Room)
4. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
5. (TIE) Rooney Mara (Carol) & Lily Tomlin (Grandma)


Best Supporting Actor: Liev Schreiber in Spotlight

2. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
3. Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road)
4. (TIE) Benicio del Toro (Sicario) & Michael Keaton (Spotlight)


Best Supporting Actress: Phyllis Smith in Inside Out

2. Sarah Paulson (Carol)
3. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
4. (TIE) Joan Allen (Room) & Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Food Moments in Film: Eilis is taught how to properly eat spaghetti by her boarding house mates before a dinner with her Italian boyfriend's family in Brooklyn, Kumiko makes rabbit food rain down on Bunzo in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, & Susan eats a towel at a nice restaurant in Spy


Best Drink Moments in Film: Poison Trio: Don't trust the tea Jessica Chastain is serving you in Crimson Peak, someone poisoned the coffee in The Hateful Eight, & nosebleed cocktail in The Night Before


Best Performance in a Bad Movie: Dakota Johnson in Black Mass & Fifty Shades of Grey

Worst Performance in a Good Movie: Paul Giamatti as a music manager in both Love & Mercy and Straight Outta Compton

Sexiest Performance
     Female: Cate Blanchett in Carol
     Male: Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina (& Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Ensemble(s) of the Year: The casts of Mad Max: Fury Road, Spotlight, & Spy

The "Thumbs Up for Diversity" Award (awarding a film for thinking outside the box when casting): The Martian


Best Performance by a Younger Actor
     Female: Julia Pointner in Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
     Male: Abraham Attah in Beasts of No Nation

Film That Surprised Us the Most
     In a Good Way: The Gift
     In a Bad Way: Goodnight Mommy

The "I Wasn't Sure You Had That In You" Award
     Jason Statham in Spy


Most Underrated Film of the Year: I'll See You in My Dreams

Most Overrated Film of the Year: The Revenant

Best Performance by an Elderly British Actor: Julie Walters in Brooklyn

Breakthrough of the Year: Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Most Romantic Onscreen Moment: Eilis is 'amenable' to going on two dates with Tony in Brooklyn (just in case he screws up the first one)

Best Feline Moment: The end tag of Inside Out

Best Music Moment in Film: Oscar Isaac tears up the f*cking dance floor in Ex Machina & Joe Manganiello attempts to get a convenience store clerk to smile as he gyrates to "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys in Magic Mike XXL