Frank Awards 2016


Welcome to the Frank Awards 2016, the awards that are chosen by Jaime Grijalba and Jaime Grijalba alone, considering what were the best films that he saw in 2016 in a varying amount of categories. These awards were announced on Oscar night all the way back in February, but here they are for everyone in text form so you don’t have to search for the hashtag #FrankAwards and read through the nominees and all.

As I mentioned in last year’s ceremony, if a nominee is in cursive, it means that he’s been nominated before (in parenthetical it’ll be said which movies was he nominated for), and if it’s in bold, it means that the nominee has already won a Frank Award, and the movie that it won for will be in parenthetical as well.

So, let’s begin.

Best Art Direction

The winners last year were the art directors of ‘Crimson Peak’ (2015), Thomas E. Sanders and Brandt Gordon. Sanders went on to work on the new installment of the Star Trek franchise, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, which I didn’t see, while Gordon went on to be part of the team of the controversial ‘Suicide Squad’, which I didn’t see either.

The nominees this year are:

  • Cara Brower, Jess Gonchor and Dawn Swiderski – ‘Hail, Caesar!’
  • David Duarte and Jason Kisvarday – ‘Swiss Army Man’
  • Dante Ferretti (‘Hugo’, ‘Shutter Island’), Wen-ying Huang (‘Nie yin niang’-but for costume design), Ding-Yang Weng, Michael Tsung-Ying Yang and Wang Zhi-Cheng – ‘Silence’
  • Seong-hie Ryu – ‘Ah-ga-ssi’
  • Sebastian Vogler – ‘La mort de Louis XIV’

And the winner/s is/are:


Seong-hie Ryu single handed manages to create a period look that’s luscious but at the same time erotic, murderous and filled with intent in every background choice.

Best Choreography, Action

As practically every year, Asian films win this category and last year’s win by ‘Nie yin niang’ (2015) (The Assassin) wasn’t the exception. What will happen this year?

The nominees are:

  • Busanhaeng
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Headshot
  • The Legend of Tarzan
  • San ren xing

And the winner is:


‘Headshot’ makes you feel every punch and every creative fight, it’s a movie where once it gets going, it never stops. And the Asian reign remains untouched.

Best Choreography, Dance

Last year it was also an Asian film that won on this category, with ‘Hua lI shang ban zou’ (2015) (Office) taking the prize. What could happen this year?

The nominees are:

  • Anchiporuno
  • El Diablo es Magnífico
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Sing Street

And the winner is:

For this sequence alone, the film revels in heights that other musicals couldn’t. ‘Hail, Caesar!’ was the one to beat and no one did!

Best Cinematography

Last year’s winner Ping Bin Lee, cinematographer of ‘Nie yin niang’ (2015) worked on a couple of films last year, particularly ‘Chang jiang tu’ (Crosscurrent) and ‘Éternité’ (Eternity), both I haven’t seen.

The nominees are:

  • Chung-hoon Chung (‘Stoker’) – ‘Ah-ga-ssi’
  • Adam J. Minnick – ‘The Alchemist Cookbook’
  • Diego Poleri – ‘El limonero real’
  • Rodrigo Prieto – ‘Silence’
  • Jonathan Ricquebourg – ‘La mort de Louis XIV’

And the winner is:


Diego Poleri’s work in the Argentinian film ‘El limonero real’ is the stuff dreams are made of. The most stunning and beautiful images of 2016 were contained in this masterpiece.

Best Costume Design

Last year’s winner, Kym Barrett, who won for ‘Jupiter Ascending’ (2015) continued working in 2016 with films like ‘The Nice Guys’, for which work she’s been nominated again this year, and ‘The Shallows’, alongside a TV production named ‘Toruk: The First Flight’.

The nominees are:

  • Nina Avramovic – ‘La mort de Louis XIV’
  • Kym Barrett (‘Jupiter Ascending’, also nominated for ‘Cloud Atlas’) – ‘The Nice Guys’
  • Sang-gyeong Jo – ‘Ah-ga-ssi’
  • Mary Zophres – ‘Hail, Caesar!’
  • Mary Zophres (‘Hail, Caesar!’) – ‘La La Land’

And the winner is:


The fabric, the flamboyance and decadence of the costumes in ‘La mort de Louis XIV’ make Nina Avramovic a wonderful and worthy winner of this award.

“Sally Menke Award” – Best Film Editing

This award, named after the wonderful deceased editor Sally Menke, was given to Jean-Gabriel Périot last year for his extreme work in ‘Une jeunnesse allemande’ (2015) (A German Youth). Last year he directed, wrote and edited a new film ‘Lumières d’été’, which I saw but wasn’t worthy of this legacy.

The nominees are:

  • Adam Curtis – ‘HyperNormalisation’
  • Affonso Gonçalves – ‘Paterson’
  • Jun’ichi Itô (‘Tokyo Tribe’) – ‘Anchiporuno’
  • Jae-Bum Kim and Sang-beom Kim – ‘Ah-ga-ssi’
  • Thelma Schoonmaker (‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Hugo’) – ‘Silence’

And the winner/s is/are:


The amount of footage, news reels, sources and commentary that piles on ‘HyperNormalisation’ makes it one of the most wonderfully and complexly edited films of 2016, and Adam Curtis manages this swiftly while also delivering a powerful message.

Best Makeup

Last year the winner of this category was the impressive and controversial ‘The Revenant’ (2015), which film will follow its legacy?

The Nominees are:

  • 31
  • Busanhaeng
  • La mort de Louis XIV
  • Swiss Army Man
  • X-Men: Apocalypse

And the winner is…


The wonderful ‘Busanhaeng’ (Train to Busan) features the best zombie makeup of the last few years, making it realistic and at the same time gruesome to wonderfully unnerving extremes.

Best Score

The winner last year was the good Ennio Morricone for his score in ‘The Hateful Eight’ (2015), and he continued working last year in Tornatore’s latest, ‘La corrispondenza’, which I wasn’t able to watch. The following lineup of composers is all new!

The nominees are:

  • Justin Hurwitz – ‘La La Land’
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson – ‘Arrival’
  • Kathryn Kluge and Kim Allen Kluge – ‘Silence’
  • Mako Kuwabara – ‘Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome’
  • Mica Levi – ‘Jackie’

And the winner/s is/are:

Having Cocco in its cast helps the film become magical in its use of music, as Mako Kuwabara does wonders with nuptial music in ‘Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome’ (The Bride of Rip Van Winkle).

Best Performance, Acting, Ensemble

Last year the award went out to ‘The Hateful Eight’ as well, with its wonderfully varied and talented cast. What will happen this year? Remember, this category and another one are the only ones with 10 nominees.

The Nominees are:

  • Ah-ga-ssi
  • Busanhaeng
  • Certain Women
  • Crisis in Six Scenes
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Hermia & Helena
  • Kazoku wa tsuraiyo
  • Moonlight
  • Sieranevada
  • Silence

And the winner is…


‘Moonlight’ bases its well earned respect on the strength of its cast, and how the varying stories work with each other related to the acting strength of each one of them. Bravo!

Best Performance, Acting, Female, Lead

Last year the winner of this Frank Award was Rooney Mara for her wonderful performance as the timid Therese in ‘Carol’ (2015). During 2016 she remained busy with films like ‘Una’, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘The Secret Scripture’ and ‘Lion’, of which only the last one I saw, and I wasn’t particularly enthused with her performance. All new performers this year!

The nominees are:

  • Sonia Braga – ‘Aquarius’
  • Isabelle Huppert – ‘Elle’
  • Haru Kuroki – ‘Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome’
  • Charo Santos-Concio – ‘Ang babaeng humayo’
  • Ami Tomite – ‘Anchiporuno’

And the winner is:


Haru Kuroki works marvelously in ‘Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome’ as the main “bride” that suffers through three blows in her life that change what she is and what she can do with herself.

Best Performance, Acting, Female, Supporting

Last year we awarded Natalie Paul for her breakthrough performance in the magnificent ‘Show Me a Hero’ (2015), while in 2016 she continued working in various TV series, but she’s coming up with some cinema projects that should be exciting. All new performers to the Frank Awards in this category as well!

The Nominees are:

  • Miley Cyrus – ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’
  • Cocco – ‘Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome’
  • Lily Gladstone – ‘Certain Women’
  • Janelle Monae – ‘Moonlight’
  • Angourie Rice – ‘The Nice Guys’

And the winner is…


The singer turned actress remains in a great path towards being one of the greatest actresses, as her and Kuroki’s performances in ‘Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome’ are what make the movie memorable and balanced.

Best Performance, Acting, Male, Lead

Last year it was the turn of Oscar Isaac to win a Frank Award for his torturous performance in ‘Show Me a Hero’ (2015). During 2016 he worked in a compromised picture like ‘The Promise’ as well as a short film called ‘Lightningface’, but his turn in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is the most memorable by far, even though he wasn’t nominated this time for a Frank Award. Kinda sorta new batch? Let’s see!

The Nominees are:

  • Hiroshi Abe – ‘Umi yori mo mada fukaku’
  • Mimi Branescu – ‘Sieranevada’
  • Adam Driver (‘Inside Llewyn Davies’ but for the defunct category of Best Song Performance) – ‘Paterson’
  • Ty Hickson – ‘The Alchemist Cookbook’
  • Peter Simonischek – `Toni Erdmann’

And the winner is:

THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK, Ty Hickson, 2016. © Oscilloscope

Ty Hickson does some crazy shit in ‘The Alchemist Cookbook’ and he pulls them off magnificently, doing the work that Potrykus gives him and amplifying it, through his speech pattern and mannerisms.

Best Performance, Acting, Male, Supporting

Mark Rylance won last year for his affecting and compassionate portrait of a spy in ‘Bridge of Spies’ (2015), while last year he kept on working with Spielberg in his 2016 film ‘The BFG’, where he played the titular giant that didn’t impress me so much. New batch as well! Sweeping all acting categories!

The Nominees are:

  • Mahershala Ali – ‘Moonlight’
  • Amari Cheatom – ‘The Alchemist Cookbook’
  • John Lloyd Cruz – ‘Ang babaeng humayo’
  • Teruyuki Kagawa – ‘Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin’
  • Issei Ogata – ‘Silence’

And the winner is…


Maybe gonna catch some flack but John Lloyd Cruz had me completely, he was so convincing portraying a transgender prostitute that I couldn’t avoid nominating him, initially, in the best supporting actress award, until I knew who played the character. What a treat, sorry but in ‘Ang babaeng humayo’ (The Woman Who Left) she is the emotional core.

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Last year it was the wonderful Sion Sono who won the award for ‘Riaru Onigokko’ (2015), based on the original story by Yûsuke Yamada. During 2016 he kept more to himself and only released two films, writing the original scripts of a segment of ‘Madly’ (that I couldn’t see) and the one in ‘Anchiporuno’ (Antiporno), which is one of the best films of the year, but I couldn’t nominate it for best screenplay. And since the award is given out to the writer of the original concept as well, let’s say that Yûsuke Yamada had one of his novels adapted to film in ‘Fukushû shitai’ (Get My Revenge), that I didn’t see.

The Nominees this year are:

  • David Birke and Harold Manning – ‘Elle’ – based on the novel by Philippe Djian
  • Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese – ‘Silence’ – based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô
  • Lav Diaz (‘Mula sa kung ano ang noon’) – ‘Ang babaeng humayo’ – based on the short story ‘God Sees the Truth, But Waits’ by Leo Tolstoi
  • Gustavo Fontán – ‘El limonero real’ – based on the novel by Juan José Saer
  • Seo-kyeong Jeong (‘Bakjwi’) and Chan-wook Park (‘Paranmanjang’, ‘Bakjwi’) – ‘Ah-ga-ssi’ – based on the novel ‘Fingersmith’ by Sarah Waters

And the winners are:


An unadaptable book is forced into the perspective of Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks, bringing the whole endeavor to a wonderful ending and a beautiful script with all its voiceovers and debates. ‘Silence’ was the film that surprised me the most, and Shûsaku Endô, I can’t wait to finally read his novel.

Best Screenplay, Original

Last year the award was given, for the third time, to Quentin Tarantino for ‘The Hateful Eight’ (2015). What can I say? I just love the guy. And you know that he takes his time between projects so his 2016 was pretty free. New batch of screenwriters ahead!

The Nominees are:

  • Maren Ade – ‘Toni Erdmann’
  • Jim Jarmusch – ‘Paterson’
  • Kleber Mendonça Filho – ‘Aquarius’
  • Joel Potrykus – ‘The Alchemist Cookbook’
  • João Pedro Rodrigues – ‘O Ornitólogo’

And the winner is…


Jim Jarmusch mixes poetry with daily life and the pure love that he feels for his characters in ‘Paterson’, which is among the most lovable films that you will see.

Best Special Effects

Last year the special effects of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015) revitalized my love for the franchise, will the new Star Wars make it too?

The nominees are:

  • Busanhaeng
  • The Jungle Book
  • Operation Avalanche
  • Rogue One
  • X-Men: Apocalypse

And the winner is:


Trying to replicate the moon landing in ‘Operation Avalanche’ using available technology and archaic special effects is a feat deserving of a Frank Award.

Best Cinematical Moment

Or the prize for best scene, which last year went out to ‘The Tears of the Judge’ in the wonderful ‘As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado’. This category has 10 nominations, let’s see the scenes that made it.

The Nominees are:

  • ‘Cat Food’ – ‘The Alchemist Cookbook’
  • ‘Crosses on the Sea’ – ‘Silence’
  • ‘Drive it Like You Stole It’ – ‘Sing Street’
  • ‘Ending’ – ‘Aquarius’
  • ‘Ending’ – ‘Yourself and Yours’
  • ‘Paint from the Sky’ – ‘Anchiporuno’
  • ‘Protecting the Door’ – ‘Busanhaeng’
  • ‘Remembering What Happened’ – ‘Manchester by the Sea’
  • ‘Underwater’ – ‘El limonero real’
  • ‘Whitney Schnuck’ – ‘Toni Erdmann’

And the best scene of the year is…

This scene contains the emotional core of ‘Toni Erdmann’, and the performance from everyone involved is top notch.

Best Animated Film

Last year the winning film was the wonderful short ‘World of Tomorrow’ (2015), and as you know here anything goes, and for any category, it doesn’t need to be a feature film, it can be a cinematic music video, Direct to Video, TV mini-series, short films, whatever!

The nominees are:

  • Finding Dory
  • Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen
  • Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen
  • Piper
  • Zootopia

And the winner is…


‘Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen’ (Kizumonogatari Part I: Tekketsu) is one of the most visually surprising animated films of the year, and at the same time one of the most intense in how it tells its story in visual language, without much use of dialogue, which is always silly (which is a plus).

Best Chilean Film

As always, the prize for the best film from my country. Last year it was the turn of ‘El botón de nácar’ (2015), what will it be this year?

  • Como me da la gana 2
  • El Diablo es Magnífico
  • Poesía sin fin
  • Rara
  • El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa

And the winner is…


The best blend of documentary and fiction came through in ‘El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa’ (The Wind Knows that I’m going back Home) by José Luis Torres Leiva, and with the main performance of Ignacio Agüero, in the role (as himself) that turns him into the best actor of Chilean Cinema.

Best Documentary Film

Last year the award was also given to ‘El botón de nácar’ (2015), making it one of the usual double winners of past years, will it happen again somehow? Let’s see…

The nominees are:

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time
  • Hypernormalisation
  • I Had Nowhere to Go
  • Ku Qian
  • Ta’ang

And the winner is…


‘HyperNormalisation’ is the film about how it all became fucked up in our world. What a treat from Adam Curtis.

Best Direction

Last year it was Quentin Tarantino who won for ‘The Hateful Eight’ (2015), and I can’t say much more about that, he is a saint. What will happen this year?

The nominees are:

  • Jim Jarmusch (for writing, just now, in the same film) – ‘Paterson’
  • Kleber Mendonça Filho (for writing, just now, in the same film) – ‘Aquarius’
  • Joäo Pedro Rodrigues (for writing, just now, in the same film) – ‘O Ornitólogo’
  • Martin Scorsese (for writing, just now, in the same film) – ‘Silence’
  • Paul Verhoeven – ‘Elle’

And the winner is!


Martin Scorsese never came this close to portray the inherent spiritual world in every one of his films. ‘Silence’ is among his masterpieces, and I can’t think of a better time to prize this wonderful director.

Best Film

And now, the award everyone’s waiting for, the wonderful ‘The Hateful Eight’ was the winner last year, what will this one?

The Nominees are:

  • Aquarius
  • Elle
  • O Ornitólogo
  • Paterson
  • Silence

And the Frank Award for best film is…


‘Silence’ is the only masterpiece that was released in 2016. A wonderful portrait of spirituality against all odds, a complex film about faith and the inherent silence that is in its beauty,


And that was it! The final tally of awards and nominations comes below, hope you enjoyed these Frank Awards!

Silence – 3 Frank Awards – 10 nominations

Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome – 3 Frank Awards – 3 nominations

HyperNormalisation – 2 Frank Awards – 2 nominations

Ah-ga-ssi – 1 Frank Award – 6 nominations

The Alchemist Cookbook – 1 Frank Award – 5 nominations

Busanhaeng – 1 Frank Award – 5 nominations

Paterson – 1 Frank Award – 5 nominations

Hail, Caesar! – 1 Frank Award – 4 nominations

La mort de Louis XIV – 1 Frank Award – 4 nominations

Ang babaeng humayo – 1 Frank Award – 3 nominations

El limonero real – 1 Frank Award – 3 nominations

Moonlight – 1 Frank Award – 3 nominations

Toni Erdmann – 1 Frank Award – 3 nominations

Headshot – 1 Frank Award – 1 nomination

Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen – 1 Frank Award – 1 nomination

Operation Avalanche – 1 Frank Award – 1 nomination

El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa – 1 Frank Award – 1 nomination

Aquarius – 5 nominations

Anchiporuno – 4 nominations

Elle – 4 nominations

La La Land – 3 nominations

O Ornitólogo – 3 nominations

Certain Women – 2 nominations

Crisis in Six Scenes – 2 nominations

El Diablo es Magnífico – 2 nominations

The Nice Guys – 2 nominations

Sieranevada – 2 nominations

Sing Street – 2 nominations

Swiss Army Man – 2 nominations

X-Men: Apocalypse – 2 nominations

31 – 1 nomination

Arrival – 1 nomination

Captain America: Civil War – 1 nomination

Como me da la gana 2 – 1 nomination

Dawson City: Frozen Time – 1 nomination

Finding Dory –  1 nomination

Hermia & Helena – 1 nomination

I Had Nowhere to Go – 1 nomination

Jackie – 1 nomination

The Jungle Book – 1 nomination

Kazoku wa tsoraiyu – 1 nomination

Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen – 1 nomination

Ku Qian – 1 nomination

Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin – 1 nomination

The Legend of Tarzan – 1 nomination

Manchester by the Sea – 1 nomination

Piper – 1 nomination

Poesía sin fin – 1 nomination

Rara – 1 nomination

Rogue One – 1 nomination

San ren xing – 1 nomination

Ta’ang – 1 nomination

Umi yori mo mada fukaku – 1 nomination

Yourself and Yours – 1 nomination

Zootopia – 1 nomination


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