Westport News film critic Susan Granger unveils her top movies and performances for 2015 (the choices are listed alphabetically):


“Bridge of Spies” — Fact-based spy-swap story, set during the Cold War.

“Creed” — Re-birth of the “Rocky” legend for another generation.

“Ex Machina” — A scientist creates a remarkably life-like cyborg.

“Inside Out” — Pixar Animation delightfully details how our minds work.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” — Explosive, post-apocalyptic action epic.

“The Martian” — A rousing sci-fi adventure about an astronaut stranded on Mars.

“Son of Saul” — Holocaust drama set in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

“Spotlight” — Boston Globe reporters expose the Catholic Church’s pedophilia cover-up.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Revival of the galactic, good vs. evil adventure.

“Trumbo” — Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo battles the Hollywood blacklist.


J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Ryan Coogler, “Creed”

Pete Docter, “Inside Out”

Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Lazlo Nemes, “Son of Saul”

Jay Roach, “Trumbo”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies”


Michael Caine, “Youth”

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs

Al Pacino in “Danny Collins

Ian McKellen, “Mr. Holmes”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”


Cate Blanchett, “Truth”

Patricia Clarkson, “Learning to Drive”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Helen Mirren, “Woman in Gold”

Carey Mulligan, “Suffragette”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”


Tom Courtenay, “45 Years”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Joel Edgerton, “Black Mass”

Oscar Isaac, “Ex Machina”

Harvey Keitel, “Youth”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Jacob Tremblay, “Room”


Elizabeth Banks, “Love and Mercy”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Laura Linney, “Mr. Holmes”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Kristen Stewart, “Clouds of Sils Maria”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Julie Walters, “Brooklyn”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

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