2015 ICS Award Nominees

Stranger by the Lake and Mommy Lead 2015 ICS Award Nominees

Honoring films released in the USA in 2014.

Two French-language films led a diverse pack of nominees for this year’s International Cinephile Society Awards. Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, a meditation on risk and lust wrapped up as a sun-and-shadow-drenched Hitchcockian thriller, came away with 9 nominations. Close behind with 8 nods was Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, in which three people confront their damage in tightly claustrophobic frames, their love and rage barely confined to the screen.

Also in the running, period romp The Grand Budapest Hotel and moody alien seduction Under the Skin each scored 7 nods, while Richard Linklater’s ambitious project Boyhood, filming a child’s life for a few weeks each year from ages 6-18, received 6 nominations.

Surprisingly, several actresses were double-nominated this year: Marion Cotillard twice in lead for lush melodrama The Immigrant and also for the realist social drama Two Days, One Night; Julianne Moore in lead as Alzheimer’s patient Still Alice and in supporting for David Cronenberg’s scathing Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars; and finally Tilda Swinton in lead for her wise-and-wonderful vampire, Eve, in Only Lovers Left Alive and in supporting as Minister Mason from the futurist cautionary tale Snowpiercer.

Besides Guiraudie, Dolan, and Linklater, the director nominees included legend Jean-Luc Godard for his insanely experimental Goodbye to Language and the multi-talented Jonathan Glazer for Under the Skin. In keeping with ICS tradition, the Unreleased Films list features 15 underseen films that our members were lucky enough to catch at festivals on five continents, and for which they voted passionately, but which failed to receive theatrical distribution in the USA in 2014. We look forward to seeing some of these titles in our awards next year.

Winners of the 12th ICS Awards will be announced on February 20, 2015.


• Boyhood
• Goodbye to Language
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
• The Immigrant
• Inherent Vice
• Mommy
• Mr. Turner
• Only Lovers Left Alive
• Stranger by the Lake
• Two Days, One Night
• Under the Skin

• Xavier Dolan – Mommy
• Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin
• Jean-Luc Godard – Goodbye to Language
• Alain Guiraudie – Stranger by the Lake
• Richard Linklater – Boyhood

• Force Majeure
• A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
• Goodbye to Language
• The Missing Picture
• Mommy
• Norte, The End of History
• Stranger by the Lake
• Stray Dogs
• The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
• Two Days, One Night
• Winter Sleep

• Pierre Deladonchamps – Stranger by the Lake
• Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
• David Oyelowo – Selma
• Antoine-Olivier Pilon – Mommy
• Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

• Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
• Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
• Anne Dorval – Mommy
• Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
• Julianne Moore – Still Alice
• Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive

• Patrick d’Assumçao – Stranger by the Lake
• Timur Magomedgadzhiev – Two Days, One Night
• Edward Norton – Birdman
• Christophe Paou – Stranger by the Lake
• J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

• Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
• Suzanne Clément – Mommy
• Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
• Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
• Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

• Boyhood – Richard Linklater
• Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
• The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
• Mommy – Xavier Dolan
• Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie

• Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
• Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
• Snowpiercer – Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson
• Under the Skin – Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer
• Winter Sleep – Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

• Goodbye to Language – Fabrice Aragno
• The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert D. Yeoman
• The Immigrant – Darius Khondji
• Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
• Stranger by the Lake – Claire Mathon
• Under the Skin – Daniel Landin

• Boyhood – Sandra Adair
• Goodbye to Language – Jean-Luc Godard
• Stranger by the Lake – Jean-Christophe Hym
• Under the Skin – Paul Watts
• Whiplash – Tom Cross

• The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen
• The Immigrant – Happy Massee
• Inherent Vice – David Crank
• Mr. Turner – Suzie Davies
• Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil

• Gone Girl – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
• The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
• Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, Shane Stoneback, Jozef van Wissem
• The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Joe Hisaishi
• Under the Skin – Mica Levi

• Boyhood
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Inherent Vice
• Mommy
• Mr. Turner

• The Congress
• How to Train Your Dragon 2
• The LEGO Movie
• Song of the Sea
• The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

• Citizenfour
• Jodorowsky’s Dune
• Maidan
• The Missing Picture
• National Gallery

• Amour Fou
• Bande de Filles
• Black Coal, Thin Ice
• Clouds of Sils Maria
• The Duke of Burgundy
• Hill of Freedom
• Horse Money
• La Sapienza
• Li’l Quinquin
• The Look of Silence
• Pasolini
• A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
• Saint Laurent
• The Tribe
• The Wonders