Oklahoma Film Critics Circle – *my crew* – Names SPOTLIGHT Best Film of 2015

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC), of which I’m a member, opened the new year as they traditionally do – on the first Monday – by announcing their choices for the best in film from the previous year. They joined a growing chorus of other critics groups in naming Spotlight as the Best Picture of 2015.

The thoughtful, riveting drama – about the 2001 Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child sex abuse by priests – has emerged with Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol as the trio of 2015 films most commonly embraced by critics nationwide. Those other two favorites also appear in the OFCC‘s Top 10 List at #2 and #6, respectively.

The movie that made the biggest splash across the OFCC‘s awards categories was last spring’s indie sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, a three-person psychological thriller about advanced artificial intelligence. Appearing at #4 on the OFCC‘s Top 10, it co-starred two actors from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson) and Alicia Vikander, who was the OFCC‘s choice as Best Supporting Actress for her breakthrough role as the female A.I. The OFCC also awarded last year’s It Girl for Best Body Of Work, and cited the film’s writer/director Alex Garland for Best First Feature.

Here is the group’s complete list of winners:

Best of Film 2015

Best Picture: Spotlight

(rest of the Top 10)

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Supporting Actor (tie): Michael Keaton, Spotlight
and Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Best Body of Work: Alicia Vikander, Ex MachinaThe Danish Girl,
Testament of Youth, Burnt
Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big ShortCharles Randolph & Adam McKay
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Documentary: Amy
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best First Feature: Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Most Disappointing Film: Tomorrowland

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