The 2015 Jeff Malone Academy Awards

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If I were in charge of unilaterally selecting the Oscars, here is who would be recognized. Nominees are listed in order of preference, winners at the top.

Best Picture
1. The Big Short
2. Spotlight
3. Ex Machina
4. Inside Out
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lead Actress
1. Alison Brie, Sleeping with Other People
2. Brie Larson, Room
3. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
4. Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Cate Blanchett, Carol

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9 Best Music Videos of 2015

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I almost exclusively picked dance videos this year. Go figure.

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1. Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell, “WTF” [Director: Dave Meyers] – If more music videos were reminiscent of Being John Malkovich, this would have been a harder decision.

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The Best Albums of 2015 That I Listened To

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As my best albums list is the “Best Albums I Listened To” as opposed to just the “Best Albums,” it is more pointedly subjective than my other best of lists. I usually do not listen to enough albums each year to really be able to definitively say which are the absolute greatest. Thus, instead of focusing on objective critical analysis, I am concentrating more on my own personal experiences with each of these entries.

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1. Tame Impala, Currents – The Australian psychedelic rockers’ latest gets my top spot because it is one of those vaunted albums in which I wanted to listen to every track over and over, both as a whole and individually. Tame Impala’s previous release, Lonerism, is one of my favorite albums of all-time; I am counting my blessings that its follow-up is now in the same category.

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The Best Commercials of 2015

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1. Apple TV – “The Future of Television” – The spot for Apple’s latest innovation has the bouncy sort of colors and sounds that portend utopia.

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Best New TV Characters of 2015

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1. Rad Cunningham (Will Forte), Moonbeam City – On an underseen show, Will Forte worked his indelible powers of empathy and open-mindedness to birth another one of his beautifully pathetic creations. In the patently ridiculous Moonbeam City PD, Rad is the most ridiculous, and the most childish, but also the most profoundly human.

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Best TV Scenes of 2015

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These were the moments that had me had me keeling over, on the edge of my seat, and begging for mercy.

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10. The Eric Andre Show, “Bird Up!” – Focus group – This is how TV gets made, apparently.

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Best Movie Scenes of 2015

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The best mini-movies that had us rocking in and falling out of our seats in the past year.

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10. Jurassic World, T. Rex vs. Indominus Rex – A.K.A the 2015 Late Night War.

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