For the last piece of the puzzle in completing this year's Best Of lists, I've written up my dream Oscar ballot for 2015. The Academy announces its nominees this Thursday and, while they always get plenty wrong, this year threatens to be particularly egregious. Two of the most beloved and clear masterpieces of the year, Mad Max and Carol, could be honored or mostly left in the dust in favor of some of the year's most generic prestige fare. But not at the Patty's (patent pending) where they and a number of other movies are justly celebrated! Oh, what a lovely day!
As usual, I've extended each category to six rather than five contenders (I'm sure I watch more films than the Academy does) and added a few of my own personal superlatives at the end of the list. The winners are bolded and runners-up italicized. Read below and agree or disagree as desired. Enjoy!