Ladies and gentleman the time has come again for the best made up movie awards show in the business. Welcome to the 2015 Golden Potato Movie Awards celebrating the best and the worst movies and performances that made 2015 a year to remember at the cinemas. So without further ado; ladies and gentlemen, I give you the most important movie awards in the entire universe. Here are the 2015 Golden Potatoes.

Best Surprise – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures

Courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures

Mad Max: Fury Road was a throwback to how action movies used to be when studios decided to actually crash and blow stuff up. Director George Miller’s quasi-sequel Mad Max: Fury Road managed reinvigorate the franchise and create a new female action icon in the form of Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron. The film would best be described as an Action Opera that’s over the top in all the right ways. Fury Road doesn’t lose the look or vibe of the series and is rollercoaster action for the audience. Critics were over the top for this film and applauded Miller for mixing practical effects with CG to create a visually epic, beautiful film and most importantly fun adult action film.

Runner UpKingsman: The Secret Service

Who knew Colin Firth could be such a bad ass.

 

Breakout Star – Alicia Vikander

Courtesy: A24 Films

Courtesy: A24 Films

The young swedish actress had a breakout year at the movies in 2015. First she seduced audiences and made your mind ponder the idea of what is real and what is not playing the beautiful robot Ava in Ex Machina. After receiving rave reviews for that role show she followed it up with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. proving she could hang with the big boys when it comes to action. Then she starred in The Danish Girl and managed to steal the spotlight from Eddie Redmayne at times which is no easy task considering the other role and the acting talent involved. Vikander is a star in the making that may find herself in both the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress categories as of the result of the strong work she did in 2015.

Runner Up – O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Genetics aside, that dude was Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton.

 

Best Comeback: Sylvester Stallone

Courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures

Courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures

The old man showed he still had it in Creed as the aging former Champ that takes young Adonis under his wing and trains him to be a great boxer like his late father Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone does the best work of his career even surpassing his Oscar nominated acting job in the original Rocky. His performance isn’t over the top, but rather subdued with the Stallion just wanting to pass forward his ring knowledge to Adonis. By deferring to Michael B. Jordan, Stallone becomes the standout of Creed showing the world he can give a strong showing despite how many Razzies are on his shelf. Creed would not have been the special movie experience it was without Stallone perfecting his craft in very familiar territory.

Runner Up – Sir Ridley Scott

After two horrendous films in a row (Exodus: Gods and Kings & The Counselor), Scott bounced back in a big way with The Martian.

 

Biggest Disappointment – The Good Dinosaur

Courtesy: Disney/Pixar

Courtesy: Disney/Pixar

The plot of The Good Dinosaur is quite generic and plain which is something the audience isn’t accustomed to with Pixar films that are filled with colorful little emotions in your head and flying houses attached to balloons. We think of grand ideas when it comes to Pixar, but The Good Dinosaur is basically a little dinosaur gets lost and has to find his way home. This entry in the film company’s library is one of the weakest stories we’ve seen from the animation studio. You could tell the movie had been thrown together after being retooled numerous times by its lack direction.

Runner Up – Spectre

The life of a spy turned out to be a dull and dumb experience.

 

POS Award –  Fantastic Four

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Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

After viewing Fantastic Four, there should be no questions as to why Disney fired director Josh Trank from the future stand alone Star Wars film. Trank takes the least exciting part of the superhero tale, which is the origin, and drags it out for an entire movie. The Fantastic Four are not the team we all loved until the last ten minutes of the reboot where all the action takes place. Nothing exciting happens for the entire movie and then when the action does begin it’s over in a matter of minutes. Fantastic Four is a deplorable piece of film that is 105 minutes of nothing. There’s not many movies that have earned a 0 out of 4 star rating, but Fantastic Four was one of them.

Runner Up – Vacation

When you have the audience longing for Vegas Vacation, you have failed.

 

Best Weapon – Kylo Ren’s Cross-guard Lightsaber

Lucasfilm Ltd./Disney

Lucasfilm Ltd./Disney

By adding two small blades coming off the top of the handle, Kylo Ren created the best movie weapon of the year with his Cross-guard Lightsaber. A villain this big, needed the perfect weapon to go with him and the Cross-guard Lightsaber was the perfect addition to Ren’s arsenal leading The Knights of Ren and the First Order.

Runner Up – The Raptor Pack from Jurassic World.

Yes, I know it was dumb, but who wouldn’t want to have a trained raptor as a pet.

 

Star of the Year – Jennifer Lawrence

Courtesy: Lionsgate Entertainment

Courtesy: Lionsgate Entertainment

Jennifer Lawrence is one in a million by Hollywood standards. An actress that can lead huge blockbuster franchises (The Hunger Games, X-Men), but is also a critical darling landing three Oscar nominations and taking the golden statue home for her work in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence is young, beautiful, talented, unafraid to speak her mind and she’s only 25 years old. She ruled the box office for a month with The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 2 and may end up hearing her name called again during Oscar nominations for her work in Joy collaborating with her favorite director David O. Russell.

Runner Up – Cate Blanchett

Blanchett killed it as the wicked stepmother in Cinderella and shined in films like Truth and especially Carol.

 

Best Movie – The Martian

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

The Martian is a technical achievement delivered by director Ridley Scott. The best way to describe the film is a cross between Castaway and Apollo 13 with astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) marooned on Mars after a future expedition goes south. The Martian makes the audience ponder what they would do in this situation and if they would be able to survive the isolation. Damon gives you a wide range of emotions as this stranded space traveler including despair, hope, laughter and a sense of accomplishment when he finds new ways to survive. The Martian gives us a story of hope where the needs of the one, outweigh the needs of the many. Ridley Scott’s execution is flawless, but what makes The Martian special is its heart which is provided by a career defining performance by Matt Damon.

Runner Up – Straight Outta Compton

The gangsta rap drama became a surprise hit in August that crossed generations and demographics with its nostalgic appeal.

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