SPOTLIGHT named Best Picture by Los Angeles Film Critics; 2nd Win Of Day (AWARDS 2015)

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The critics from LA and Boston must be drinking the same kool-aid. Spotlight had a banner afternoon, and Mad Max: Fury Road is solidifying itself as a major Oscar contender.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association became the 4th group of the Awards season – and second of the day (Sunday, December 6th) – to name their picks for the best in film of 2015. The top choice for Best Picture went to Spotlight, which had received the same honor just a few hours earlier from the Boston Society of Film Critics. Also following Boston’s suit, LA’s Best Pic runner-up went to Mad Max: Fury Road, which also took the Best Director honor for George Miller. His film, now an awards favorite, took two other wins from the LA gang (along with two runners-up).

Michael Fassbender took the Best Actor prize, the first major award for the critically-praised but financially struggling Steve Jobs. Charlotte Rampling also notched her 2nd Best Actress honor of the day for her turn in the indie 45 Years, and now has to be considered a major contender for an Oscar nomination as well.

With Spotlight now having won 2 of the 4 early (and biggest) Critics kudos, it’s positioned itself as the early front-runner in the Oscar race. But the season’s just getting started and, overall, things are still looking pretty wide open.

Here’s the full list of LA Crix winners and runners-up:

2015 Awards

Best Picture: Spotlight
Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner-up: Todd Haynes, Carol
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Runner-up: Géza Röhrig, Son of Saul
Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years 
Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Runner-up: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Runner-up: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Best Screenplay: Spotlight
Runner-up: Anomalisa
Best Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
Runner-up: Carol (Edward Lachman)
Best Music Score: (TIE) Anomalisa and Carol (both by Carter Burwell)
Runner-up: The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner-up: Carol
Best Editing: The Big Short
Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Animated Film: Anomalisa
Runner-up: Inside Out
Best Foreign Film: Son of Saul
Runner-up: The Tribe
Best Documentary: Amy
Runner-up: The Look of Silence
New Generation: Ryan Coogler (Writer/Director, Creed)
Special Citation: David Shepard, Film Preservationist
Career Achievement: Anne V. Coates, Film Editor (a career that spans as far back as Lawrence Of Arabia to today)

Click on the links below to see the Critics Group Awards previously announced so far this season:

National Board of Review
New York Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics

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