Welcome back to the genre nominations for the 1st Ever Annual Movie Dude Awards! Since this snowball started rolling yesterday it’s gained a fair bit of momentum, so much so that I’m considering maybe potentially contemplating the idea that I could think about pondering on the thought that I might deliberate over proposing naming a date for the ceremony! But I don’t want to rush anything…

For those who are just joining us these are the second round of nominations for the genre categories of my own awards ceremony and the first part can be found here. Once you’re up to date head back over, keep on reading and stay tuned for more. Enjoy!

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The life of an everyday kid over the course of twelve years. A nun who questions her identity as she rediscovers her families roots. A simple man taken advantage of by everyone around him. An 18th century painter revolutionising the concept of art. A young drummer pushed beyond his limits by his unorthodox conductor.

When you look at it that way you could say these characters have nothing in common when in actuality they do. They all faced diversity in all its forms throughout their lives, be it just a small chapter or from the ages of six to eighteen, and these five films depict these challenges compellingly, leaving you enthralled.

Best Ever Drama Film

Boyhood Ida Leviathan

Mr. Turner Whiplash

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Can you imagine a world that exists within a book? Or trolls living in boxes during the Victorian era? Perhaps a war involving wizards, goblins, dwarves, elves and one little hairy man with an invisibility ring? Can you fathom the adventures of a young viking boy and his dragon as they fight dragon trappers? Or maybe a crossover of some of the most famous of fairy-tales all set in a deep, dark forest?

Of course you can imagine them, that’s what makes them such great fantasy films! If you couldn’t daydream about trolls, Hobbits, dragons and witches then they wouldn’t be such enduring fantastical concepts. The greatest challenge for fantasy is to make you suspend not just disbelief but reality, and where most failed the following nominees succeeded.

Best Ever Fantasy Film

The Book Of LifeThe BoxtrollsThe Hobbit How To Train Your Dragon 2Into The Woods

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The scares in a horror film can take on many forms and yet still possess the ability to entertain by way of fright no matter how it’s presented. Cinema has created its fair share or terrors but it has also successfully re-imagined the things we know that go bump in the night. It’s a credit to the films that they were able to invent new horrors like grief manifested or Nazi zombies (zombie Nazi’s? I’m not sure), but it also speaks volumes that others could take concepts such as ghosts, vampires and Bigfoot and make them like new again. It’s quite an achievement that in a time where horror films have somewhat lost the ability to truly scare us these films could accomplish that task in five distinctly different ways.

Best Ever Horror Film

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night The BabadookDead Snow Red Vs Dead HB POSTER FINAL_BLEED_3Willow Creek

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Song and dance will never get old. From people to fairy-tale characters to CGI characters and even muppets, the ability to interpret feeling and emotion through song has never fallen on deaf ears. Not only did these films manage that, they entertained us along the way.

Best Ever Musical

Begin Again The Book Of Life God Help The GirlInto The Woods Muppets Most Wanted

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With the abilities of graphic effects continually evolving science-fiction can never tire. The two go hand in hand, and when used to their full potential the results are wondrous. It’s because sci-fi is complimented by CGI that it’s ability to create and invent is limitless. Most films can be held back any concept, no matter how outlandish, can find a home within science-fiction, so when given the chance to shine sci-fi has the potential to shine brighter than most.

The treatment of our ancestors coming back to haunt us, the not-so-little lizard who could, deep space exploration, time travel and aliens! That’s sci-fi for you folks, right there. And last year nobody did it better than these five films.

Best Ever Science-Fiction Film

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Godzilla Interstellar PREDESTINATION_27X40_R3MECH.indd Under The Skin

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When you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails and waiting for that climatic moment you know you’re watching a thriller. They suck you in more than all others and don’t let you go until the credits roll, and that’s great because you nobody wants a down moment in a thriller film, they want to see the close-calls and the cliffhangers. Those ‘what if’ moments where you doubt if German authorities will catch their man, if the vagrant will get his revenge, if the husband didn’t kill his wife, if the assassin will survive his one-man war, or if the cameraman will ever get caught, are what make thrillers the best. But don’t doubt the quality of these five nail-biters.

Best Ever Thriller Film

A Most Wanted Man Blue Ruin Gone Girl John Wick Nightcrawler

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And that, right there, are the genres! I hope you like my choices, I looked far and wide and did a lot of comparisons to determine who would make the cut, and some of them without having actually seen the films! As for the future I’ve got my review for Insurgent coming very soon, as well as some quick flicks before I announce the nominees for the production categories. Fun times ahead!

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