‘Spotlight’ Declared Best Picture by 3 Film Critics Groups: LAFCA, BSFC, and NYFCO

     December 6, 2015

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Three major critics groups announced their 2015 winners today, and all three—the Los Angles Film Critics Association, the Boston Film Critics Society, and New York Film Critics Online—chose Tom McCarthy’s excellent drama Spotlight as their pick for the Best Picture of the year. They also chose McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer for Best Screenplay, and BSFC and NYFCO gave it Best Ensemble (LAFCA doesn’t have that category).

Outside of that, it was hard to find any consistency among the groups outside of Best Documentary for Amy, which is kind of a bummer since there are way better docs that were released this year. While I would definitely stay tuned to Awards Beat since Adam is our resident pro at breaking down the awards race, I’ll personally say it’s at least refreshing to see a lack of frontrunners, and it should make things interesting while it lasts.


Check out the list of winners below.

spotlight-posterLOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

BEST PICTURE: Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ACTRESS: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

BEST ACTOR: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

BEST SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST EDITING: Hank Corwin, The Big Short

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Son of Saul

BEST ANIMATION: Anomalisa

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Amy

BEST MUSIC SCORE: Carter Burwell, Anomalisa & Carol

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Editor Anne V. Coates.


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BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS

BEST PICTURE: Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR: Todd Haynes, Carol

BEST ACTOR: (Tie) Paul Dano, Love & Mercy, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ed Lachman, Carol

BEST SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

BEST EDITING: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Atticus Ross, Love & Mercy

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Spotlight

BEST ANIMATED FILM: (Tie) Inside Out & Anomalisa

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Amy

BEST NEW FILMMAKER: Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Look of Silence

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS ONLINE


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BEST PICTURE: Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

BEST ACTOR: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rooney Mara, Carol

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

BEST SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Atticus Ross, Love & Mercy

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Spotlight

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Inside Out

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Amy

BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR: Alex Garland, Ex Machina

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Son of Saul


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