The category that arguably the most people care about, the Best Film of 2015 was one I thought was locked up early on this year, only for a film that came later to surprise me. And then another film. And then another. 2015 had more than five viable candidates. It may have had more than ten! The top films of the year were genuinely really great; there's no Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close this year.
Ex Machina is a modern sci-fi masterpiece. Inside Out is arguably Pixar's best film ever. Mad Max: Fury Road is a reminder that even junky action movies can have a brain and a heart. The Martian is everything Interstellar wishes it was. And Spotlight is a perfect film, even though it's not flashy. What a year.