Posted Dec 08 2015

Boston Spotlights Spotlight; LA Spotlights...Spotlight. NY Film Critics Online Spotlight...You Know By Now..UPDATED - Washington Went There Too!


The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (catchy name) joined the Spotlight party earlier with Tom McCarthy’s journo drama once again picking up Best Picture. George Miller was named Best Director for Fury Road, whilst Leo and Saoirse were the Best Actors in the DC Area, supported by Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, and Alicia Vikander, once again for the unexpected Ex Machina rather than the expected, but MIA, Danish Girl.

We don’t need to tell you how Inside Out did, do we?

Full list below –


Best Film: “Spotlight”

Best Director: George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)

Best Supporting Actor: Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”)

Best Acting Ensemble: “Spotlight”

Best Youth Performance: Jacob Tremblay (“Room”)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue (“Room”)

Best Original Screenplay: Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (Original Story by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen) (“Inside Out”)

Best Animated Feature: “Inside Out”

Best Documentary: “Amy”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”

Best Production Design: Production Designer Colin Gibson, Set Decorator Lisa Thompson (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (“The Revenant”)

Best Editing: Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Best Original Score: Johann Johannsson (“Sicario”)

ORIGINAL POST: The Boston Society of Film Critics spread the wealth over several movies on Sunday with Spotlight taking Best Picture, but Todd Haynes walking away with Best Director for Carol. Leo meanwhile made his first waves for The Revenant, even if he had to share Best Actor with increasingly likely looking Paul Dano for his Half-Wilson in Love & Mercy.

Charlotte Rampling entered the conversation picking up Best Actress for 45 Years, whilst Mark Rylance and Kristen Stewart repeated themselves in the Best Supporting area.

Edward Lachman continued to prove to be Emmanuel Lubezki’s main competition this year in the Cinematography category.

Anomalisa finally got some love in the Best Animated category – even if it did have to share with the all but unstoppable Inside Out.


Best Picture: Spotlight

Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol

Best Actor (tie): Paul Dano, Love & Mercy and 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 Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman, Carol

Best Documentary: Amy

Best Animated Film (tie): Anomalisa and Inside Out

Best Film Editing: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best New Filmmaker: Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best Ensemble Cast: Spotlight

Best Use Of Music In A Film: Love & Mercy

Best Foreign-Language Film: The Look of Silence


Meanwhile, over on the other coast, just a few hours later, the LA Film Critics Association went for…Spotlight. The rapidly rising ensemble paedo priests drama picked up Best Picture and Screenplay. Mad Max Fury Road also filled its boots taking Best Director, Cinematography and Production Design. (Fury Road also came runner up in Best Picture – the LA crits being one of the few that publish their runners up.)

Acting wise – Fassbender finally got a nod for Jobs, Charlotte Rampling was best Actress again, whilst Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress – but not for The Danish Girl as widely touted but for Ex Machina. Meanwhile, Michael Shannon entered the conversation in the Best Supporting Actor category for 99 Homes.

Anomalisa picked up Best Animation – although the omnipresent Inside Out was named runner up.


Back on the east coast, the New York Film Critics Online totally bucked the trend and – oh no, hang on, they didn’t – they went for Spotlight. It also walked home with Best Director, Screenplay and Ensemble Cast.

Paul Dano continued his run with another Best Actor gong, while Brie Larson made her first showing for Room. Mark Rylance added another Best Supporting to his mantle, whilst Rooney Mara was named Supporting Actress for Carol. Inside Out was once again named Best Animation.


Finally, in what has been a very busy weekend for awards – Ex Machina was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards (the BIFAs for short.) Alex Garland’s assured directorial debut took Best Film, Director and Screenplay, although Alicia Vikander lost out to Saoirse Ronan, who won for Brooklyn in the Best Actress category. At least one of the Tom Hardys from Legend was named Best Actor, whilst Brendan Gleeson was named Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette, with Olivia Colman picking up Supporting Actress for The Lobster.

Given that it is not a British Independent Film – Inside Out, for once, won nothing!


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