Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AFT Awards: Best Ending

This is the twenty-fourth category of the 8th Annual AFT Film Awards to be announced. The AFT Awards are my own personal choices for the best in film of each year and the best in television of each season. The AFT Film Awards include the traditional Oscar categories and a number of additional specific honors. Click here to see previous years of this category. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them. Beware spoilers for the films pictured above.

The winner:
Whiplash went out with great musical fanfare, giving its protagonist the glory he deserved after so much hard work while also representing the maniacal nature of his passion.

Other nominees:
Hellion wasn’t ever going to have a bright, optimistic ending, but the uncertain tread towards a bleak future for its young troublemaker was unforgettably haunting. Interstellar may get some flak for events towards the end of the film, but the actual hopeful exploratory finish was typically Nolanesque and appropriately resounding. Coherence revealed itself to be even darker and more disturbing than it had seemed for most of its runtime with a decidedly unnerving finish. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby didn’t provide a resolution in its final moments but instead an ambiguous silent walk accompanied by very effective music.

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