LAFCA, NYFCO and Boston Name ‘Spotlight’ Best Film of 2015

Tom McCarthy’s Newsroom Drama

The Los Angles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Film Critics Society named Tom McCarthy’s newsroom drama Spotlight as the best picture of the year.

All three organizations have significant pull in terms of either kick starting a film or performance or solidifying their status throughout the season.

The Boston Globe church-scandal movie also took the same prize earlier on Sunday from the BSFC. The NYFCO also chose McCarthy as their pick for the best director, his script with Josh Singer best screenplay and his star-studded cast as best ensemble.

Well, it was a good movie but I’d be disappointed if it won the Best Picture Oscar. To be honest, I don’t think it’s a great movie. Spotlight seems like a perfectly adequate little film on a fascinating subject. Also, the Amy doc is kind of a bummer. There are way better documentaries that were released this year. Hopefully there are at least no actors sweeping all the awards like previous years.

The full list of winners is below.

LAFCA 2015 Winners

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

NYFCO 2015 Winners

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

BSFC 2015 Winners

BEST PICTURE: Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR: Todd Haynes, Carol

BEST ACTOR: (Tie) Paul Dano, Love & Mercy, Leonardo DiCapri, 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

Source: Collider