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2016 International Cinephile Society (ICS) Awards Love Carol

Love Wins: CAROL is the 2016 ICS winner for Best Film of 2015
Love Wins: CAROL is the 2016 ICS winner for Best Film of 2015


The 13th International Cinephile Society‘s Best Picture of 2015 has been awarded to Carol, Todd Haynes’ gorgeous and evocative drama of forbidden love of two women in the 1950s based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel and adapted by Phyllis Nagy. Carol won five awards overall, an all-time high for a single film in the ICS’s 13-year history. Along with Best Picture it won Best Director (Todd Haynes), Best Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy) and Best Original Score (Carter Burwell).

Gaspard Ulliel’s mesmerizing turn at Yves Saint Laurent in Saint Laurent earned him the Best Actor prize and the supporting categories were won by Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria (which also won Original Screenplay and a place in the top 5 films of the year) and Oscar Isaac for Ex Machina.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s immersive tale of moral choices, The Assassin, leapt high atop the list for best film not in the English language, while also winning honors for its stunning cinematography by Mark Lee Ping Bin and for production designer Wen-Ying Huang’s sumptuous recreation of medieval China.

Here is the FULL list of winners and runners-up (where applicable) of the 13th International Cinephile Society Awards.

02. The Assassin
03. Mad Max: Fury Road
04. Clouds of Sils Maria
05. 45 Years
06. Li’l Quinquin
07. Inside Out
08. The Duke of Burgundy
09. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
10. Arabian Nights
11. Tangerine

Todd Haynes for Carol

Hou Hsiao-Hsien for The Assassin

Rooney Mara for Carol

Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years


Gaspard Ulliel for Saint Laurent

Géza Röhrig for Son of Saul

Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria

Mya Taylor for Tangerine

Oscar Isaac for Ex Machina

Walton Goggins for The Hateful Eight

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem


Phyllis Nagy for Carol

Andrew Haigh for 45 Years

Olivier Assayas for Clouds of Sils Maria

Jessica Hausner for Amour Fou

Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road
Matyas Fekete for The Duke of Burgundy

Carter Burwell for Carol

Rich Vreeland a.k.a. Disasterpeace for It Follows

Heart of a Dog

In Jackson Heights

Inside Out

When Marnie Was There

01. The Assassin
02. Li’l Quinquin
03. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
04. Arabian Nights
05. Jauja
06. Son of Saul
07. Amour Fou
08. Phoenix
09. Hard to Be a God
10. Saint Laurent
11. La Sapienza

Honorable Mentions: In a great year for non-English language films, four made our Best Picture list, and the competition for slots on the non-English language list was truly fierce. This year it took many more votes to make it than in prior years. So we include here four honorable mentions: outstanding films that just missed, yet were passionately loved by a minority and certainly deserved this accolade.

• Horse Money
• Mustang
• Timbuktu
• The Tribe

Mark Lee Ping Bin for The Assassin

Ed Lachman for Carol

Wen-Ying Huang for The Assassin

Judy Becker for Carol


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