Dillsbuster Movie Awards 2013

Note: this is my personal awards list for the year of 2013. It’s not a prediction of who will win at the Oscars. You will notice that the nominee categories aren’t even the same. This is all my opinion. I’m someone that a lot of people would say knows nothing about movies. This is fun for me. I also don’t pretend to know anything about sound editing/mixing, costume/art design, etc. so you won’t see those categories. Scroll around my blog to see my 13 Best Picture nominations. The winners are bolded.

Best Soundtrack
Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewelyn Davis
Kanye West (2), Sleigh Bells, Frank Ocean, MIA, etc. - The Bling Ring
Primal Scream, Pulp, The Doors, etc. - The World’s End
Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, etc. - Frozen

Youth Lagoon, MGMT, and The Orb - The Kings of Summer

Best Soundtrack

Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewelyn Davis

Kanye West (2), Sleigh Bells, Frank Ocean, MIA, etc. - The Bling Ring

Primal Scream, Pulp, The Doors, etc. - The World’s End

Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, etc. - Frozen

Youth Lagoon, MGMT, and The Orb - The Kings of Summer

Adapted Screenplay
Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen - This is the End
Jennifer Lee - Frozen 
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight
Peter Morgan - Rush

Terence Winter - The Wolf of Wall Street

Adapted Screenplay

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen - This is the End

Jennifer Lee - Frozen 

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight

Peter Morgan - Rush

Terence Winter - The Wolf of Wall Street

Original Screenplay
Derek Cianfrance - The Place Beyond The Pines
Destin Cretton - Short Term 12
Spike Jonze - Her
Alexander Payne - Nebraska

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg - The World’s End

Original Screenplay

Derek Cianfrance - The Place Beyond The Pines

Destin Cretton - Short Term 12

Spike Jonze - Her

Alexander Payne - Nebraska

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg - The World’s End

Visual Effects 
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Man of Steel
Oblivion
Pacific Rim

Visual Effects 

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Man of Steel

Oblivion

Pacific Rim

Cinematography 
Benoit Debie - Spring Breakers
Sean Bobbitt - The Place Beyond The Pines
Roger Deakins - Prisoners
Hoyte Van Hoytema - Her
Emmanuel Lubezki - Gravity 


Cinematography 

Benoit Debie - Spring Breakers

Sean Bobbitt - The Place Beyond The Pines

Roger Deakins - Prisoners

Hoyte Van Hoytema - Her

Emmanuel Lubezki - Gravity 


 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Rooney Mara - Aint Them Body Saints
Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave
Kristen Scott Thomas  - Only God Forgives

June Squibb - Nebraska 

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine

Rooney Mara - Aint Them Body Saints

Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave

Kristen Scott Thomas  - Only God Forgives

June Squibb - Nebraska 



Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Daniel Bruhl - Rush
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
James Franco - Spring Breakers 
Jake Gyllenhaal - Prisoners
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Daniel Bruhl - Rush

Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave

James Franco - Spring Breakers 

Jake Gyllenhaal - Prisoners

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club 

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Brie Larson - Short Term 12 

Olivia Wilde - Drinking Buddies 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams - American Hustle

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock - Gravity

Brie Larson - Short Term 12 

Olivia Wilde - Drinking Buddies 

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo Dicaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street 
Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyln Davis
Simon Pegg - The World’s End 
Joaquin Phoenix - Her
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street 

Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyln Davis

Simon Pegg - The World’s End 

Joaquin Phoenix - Her

Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Director

Derek Cianfrance - The Place Beyond The Pines
Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Spike Jonze - Her
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street

Edgar Wright - The World’s End

Best Director

Derek Cianfrance - The Place Beyond The Pines

Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity

Spike Jonze - Her

Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street

Edgar Wright - The World’s End

#1 Favorite Movie of 2013 - The Place Beyond The Pines
No film shook me up in 2013 more than The Place Beyond The Pines. Writer/director Derek Cianfrance destroyed me back in 2010 with his gut-wrenchingly realistic portrayal of a marriage gone bad in Blue Valentine. This time he returned to the big screen (again with Ryan Gosling) to tell a story about the sins of our fathers and the fate of our decisions, good and bad. The Godfather-like themes set the stage perfectly for Cianfrance, who really swings for the fences with this one. He does not hit every pitch out of the park, but when he connects, it’s simply unmissable. The first third of this movie has some of my favorite sequences ever. The entire ensemble is rock solid, from Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Ray Liotta, to Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, and Dane Dehaan. It’s one of the most ambitious movies you’ll ever see, and definitely not for everybody. But for me, it’s powerful and bold filmmaking that can’t be compared to. 

#1 Favorite Movie of 2013 - The Place Beyond The Pines

No film shook me up in 2013 more than The Place Beyond The Pines. Writer/director Derek Cianfrance destroyed me back in 2010 with his gut-wrenchingly realistic portrayal of a marriage gone bad in Blue Valentine. This time he returned to the big screen (again with Ryan Gosling) to tell a story about the sins of our fathers and the fate of our decisions, good and bad. The Godfather-like themes set the stage perfectly for Cianfrance, who really swings for the fences with this one. He does not hit every pitch out of the park, but when he connects, it’s simply unmissable. The first third of this movie has some of my favorite sequences ever. The entire ensemble is rock solid, from Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Ray Liotta, to Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, and Dane Dehaan. It’s one of the most ambitious movies you’ll ever see, and definitely not for everybody. But for me, it’s powerful and bold filmmaking that can’t be compared to. 

#2 Favorite Movie of 2013 - Her
Why you gotta do me like that, Spike? Why you gotta have me sitting in a movie theater crying over a stupid computer? Her is my favorite Spike Jonze vision. The set design of the futuristic Los Angeles is absolutely amazing. It’s one of the best-looking movies of the year and features a great score from Arcade Fire. But what separates this film from the rest of the pack is how goddamn smart it is. Away from the soul-crushing theme of trying to move on from heartbreak, what Jonze has really given us is a cautionary tale on the reliance of technology. Joaquin Phoenix is pitch-perfect in his role and Scarlett Johanssen deserves some kind of award for her voice work. At the risk of sounding too pretentious, even if it’s too late for that, I’ll just say this: Her is a beautiful, funny film that will serve as the template for modern romance features. It’s like the perfect love story set in the iPhone world with the perfect mixture of thought-provoking underlying themes. 

#2 Favorite Movie of 2013 - Her

Why you gotta do me like that, Spike? Why you gotta have me sitting in a movie theater crying over a stupid computer? Her is my favorite Spike Jonze vision. The set design of the futuristic Los Angeles is absolutely amazing. It’s one of the best-looking movies of the year and features a great score from Arcade Fire. But what separates this film from the rest of the pack is how goddamn smart it is. Away from the soul-crushing theme of trying to move on from heartbreak, what Jonze has really given us is a cautionary tale on the reliance of technology. Joaquin Phoenix is pitch-perfect in his role and Scarlett Johanssen deserves some kind of award for her voice work. At the risk of sounding too pretentious, even if it’s too late for that, I’ll just say this: Her is a beautiful, funny film that will serve as the template for modern romance features. It’s like the perfect love story set in the iPhone world with the perfect mixture of thought-provoking underlying themes. 

#3 Favorite Movie of 2013 - Gravity
Children of Men was my favorite movie of the last decade, so naturally I would gravitate (sorry) towards the nearest IMAX 3D screen on opening night to scope this one out. It’s technically brilliant like I’ve never seen before. The effects, camerawork, sound, and use of 3D are all mind-blowing. Alfonso Cuaron is a master of his craft, and with Gravity he used the medium to its full effect. Eventually, though, the movie will look dated and not seem that impressive to young and upcoming movie fans, as all but a very minor few films eventually do. That’s where Gravity shows its true colors. Beneath the flashy cinematography and CGI sits a human story with a truly impressive performance from Sandra Bullock. At a tight ninety minutes, the movie takes us on an unparalleled adventure that’s as tense anything you’ve ever experienced. This is classic. 

#3 Favorite Movie of 2013 - Gravity

Children of Men was my favorite movie of the last decade, so naturally I would gravitate (sorry) towards the nearest IMAX 3D screen on opening night to scope this one out. It’s technically brilliant like I’ve never seen before. The effects, camerawork, sound, and use of 3D are all mind-blowing. Alfonso Cuaron is a master of his craft, and with Gravity he used the medium to its full effect. Eventually, though, the movie will look dated and not seem that impressive to young and upcoming movie fans, as all but a very minor few films eventually do. That’s where Gravity shows its true colors. Beneath the flashy cinematography and CGI sits a human story with a truly impressive performance from Sandra Bullock. At a tight ninety minutes, the movie takes us on an unparalleled adventure that’s as tense anything you’ve ever experienced. This is classic. 

#4 Favorite Movie of 2013 - The World’s End
And so comes the end of the unofficially labeled “Cornetto Trilogy” from director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. After and Shaun and Fuzz, the only logical thing they could do was send the series off with a bang. The comedy is at an all-time high here, with Wright and co-writer Pegg trying to jam as many jokes into the script as possibles. There’s puns, visual gags, bad language, and plenty of beer. In a year where this could have easily been the second-best apocalypse comedy, The World’s End steps it up with a fantastic soundtrack, great supporting characters, and some really awesome action sequences. Simon Pegg is legitimately brilliant in this, even showing off his dramatic chops. Nobody is making movies like Edgar Wright at the moment, and if he keeps it up, he’ll be up there with some of the greatest of all time. 

#4 Favorite Movie of 2013 - The World’s End

And so comes the end of the unofficially labeled “Cornetto Trilogy” from director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. After and Shaun and Fuzz, the only logical thing they could do was send the series off with a bang. The comedy is at an all-time high here, with Wright and co-writer Pegg trying to jam as many jokes into the script as possibles. There’s puns, visual gags, bad language, and plenty of beer. In a year where this could have easily been the second-best apocalypse comedy, The World’s End steps it up with a fantastic soundtrack, great supporting characters, and some really awesome action sequences. Simon Pegg is legitimately brilliant in this, even showing off his dramatic chops. Nobody is making movies like Edgar Wright at the moment, and if he keeps it up, he’ll be up there with some of the greatest of all time.