This award goes to my overall favorite movie character of 2015. Naturally, this category is favored more towards fresh, new characters, but returning characters are still eligible even though none of them made the cut this year. Overall, it was a tough field to narrow down with so many great contenders, and I feel a little bad that more of them couldn't get the recognition they deserve. But alas, there can only be 5 nominees, and here they are!
Favorite Character Nominees:
Hardy's Fitzgerald is a fascinating foil to DiCaprio's Hugh Glass, and is actually even a whole lot more interesting. Driven by fear and greed, Fitzgerald acts towards only his own selfish means. He's haunted by his near-fatal encounter with Native Americans which has sculpted him into a vile, cowardly person with a twisted worldview.
The most fascinating thing about Alejandro is how reserved he remains throughout most of Sicario's story, despite being such an integral character. When he finally flips the switch and turns the tables, you'll be left picking your jaw up off the floor. He's an intense, merciless hitman determined to have his justice and avenge his fallen family, and he'll let no one stand in his way.
Imperator Furiosa is one bad ass chick. She's the sole female warrior and driver in Immortan Joe's army, and yet she proves she can clearly hold her own amongst all the men. In fact, Furiosa leads the way in Mad Max: Fury Road, even seizing the spotlight from the film's title character Max. Furiosa is the true star here, and she's enthralling throughout.
I honestly didn't expect much from Marquis Warren, seeing him only as a side character in a star-studded film. Shame on me for ever underestimating Samuel L. Jackson! Marquis is the most bad ass bounty hunter since Django (possible blood relative?). What makes him most endearing though are his means of survival in a racist world, and his pleasure in enacting justice on those racists.
Mars-stranded astronaut Mark Watney is an immensely likeable guy. He's funny, he's relatable, and he's a real fighter. Determined to survive and get back home, Watney takes his intelligence, his optimism, and his determination and he gets to work. He's admirable and entertaining despite facing near-impossible odds of survival.
And the Winner Is...
If you haven't noticed already, I love Love LOVE this character! Gillick's an ultimate bad ass. He's like a super spy in a realistic world. He's tactical, calm, calculated, exact. He's a man who knows what he wants, and he patiently will wait for the right moment to strike. I found his journey to be so awesome and unexpected, and the way it all comes to an end was so shocking and yet simultaneously satisfying. Gillick's very nature reminded me of a wolf, and if it takes a wolf to catch a wolf, as Denzel so famously told us in Training Day, I don't think anyone short of Liam Neeson could stop this one. (Note to Hollywood, make that happen!)