2014 is here, and although we have a lot of great films to look forward to, it is important to reflect upon all the accomplishments in film from last year. For this reason, we are proud to present the categories and nominees for the 2013 Cinelinx Movie Awards (“The Linxies”). This will be our first annual awards event and with your help we can make it something really fun and special.
Listed below are the categories we’ve chosen to highlight all of the hard work that goes into movies. These categories are organized to reflect our review system. These are categories that we judge movies by because we think they are the most important. The nominees have been selected as the best representation of each category.
Now comes the fun part. It’s time to narrow down the list of nominees and select winners, and WE NEED YOUR HELP. Each category has its own poll. Simply vote for whichever nominee you think deserves to win in each category. Feel free to post your thoughts and supporting arguments in the comments or on Facebook. We want to know what makes you like a certain nominee over the others for a given category. Have fun with it!
The Cinelinx contributors will vote separately to determine the official winners of the awards. Results of these reader polls plus the official Cinelinx decision will be announced on January 31st. That gives you 3 weeks to watch a lot of really great movies to help you decide who you want to win. Need some help deciding? Look for podcasts and discussions posted on the site from our contributors. Watch out though, they may be trying to persuade you towards a certain selection….
Without further delay, here are the nominees for the 2013 Cinelinx Movie Awards….
The winner of this award will be the movie that is decided to be the most fun to watch. Which of these films has all the right elements to keep you engaged? It could be the eye-watering special effects, gut-wrenching comedy, exciting action sequences, or even just the fact that it is the latest addition to your favorite franchise.
The winner of this award will be the movie that is decided to have the best story. This includes the dialogue of characters, the script, the plot itself, or even the themes and messages that the film brings to life. Which story inspired you the most?
The winner of this award will be the actor who has given us the best performance of the year in a leading role. Some of these actors went to extraordinary lengths in order to become their character, while others fit into their roles more naturally. Who deserves top honors?
The winner of this award will be the actress who has given us the best performance of the year in a leading role. This year we have a lot of accomplished women who are battling for the title. Which one should be the winner?
The winner of this award will be the actor or actress in a supporting role who provided us with the best performance of the year. While some names are familiar, others are new to most audiences and really showed off what they can do. Who will be deemed most talented for 2013?
This award will be given to the filmmaker who did the best work as director. Consider how they handle the physical framework of their film in addition to the emotional impact and the quality of performance they get from their actors. Who is worthy of being called the best director of 2013?
This award will be given to the film which has the best special effects. This could mean the most realistic, most innovative, most exciting, or even perhaps the effects that best enhanced the story. Which film pushed the envelope in terms of visual effects?
This award is for the film with the best costumes. Best costumes could be defined as most realistic, most creative, best executed, or most captivating. Which film’s costumes made it that much better to watch?
This award is for the film with the best score or soundtrack. These scores either enhanced the stories and characters or kept us entertained with their innovation and quality. Which film used its music the best?
This award is for the film that looked the best. The visual texture and palette of the film are important to consider, along with the clarity or crispness of the picture. Which film had the best execution?
This award honors the animated films that came out this year. While they are all computer animated, each had its own unique look and feel. Which was the best?
Now for the top honors….
While actors and directors can achieve individual honors for their performances, any film that wins the Cinelinx Best Movie Award must have everyone involved doing their best work. This is only for the best of the best; a film that not only showed competency in every category but raised the bar. This award is reserved for films that will stand the test of time and be considered classics. Future generations will look back at this film in awe. It should inspire other filmmakers as well as the audience. Actors and directors will define their career with this film.
Which movie best embodies these characteristics?