The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted Sunday on its annual award winners, with Spotlight and Mad Max: Fury Road taking home top prizes.
LACFA recognized Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, which follows the 2002 Boston Globe investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, as its Best Picture. With a star-studded ensemble including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Brian d’Arcy James, Spotlight has racked up a series of prizes from various awards shows and critics associations, and it also earned Best Picture at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
But although Spotlight won Best Picture, it was the Best Picture runner-up that took home the most LAFCA awards: George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road grabbed three honors, including Miller for Best Director, Colin Gibson for Best Production Design, and John Seale for Best Cinematography.
Other selections included Michael Fassbender as Best Actor for his role in Steve Jobs and Charlotte Rampling as Best Actress for 45 Years. Michael Shannon won Best Supporting Actor for his role in 99 Homes, and Alicia Vikander was named Best Supporting Actress for Ex Machina.
Anomalisa won for best animation, and composer Carter Burwell won Best Score for his work on both Carol and Anomalisa. Laszlo Nemes’ Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul was also recognized as Best Foreign Language Film. Creed director Ryan Coogler earned the New Generation Award, which recognizes a rising filmmaker.
While being recognized by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association doesn’t always correlate to Academy Awards success, the group has been a bellwether in the past. Just last year, for instance, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was the big LAFCA winner, taking home four awards for best picture, best director, best actress, and best editing. Five out of 14 winners from last year’s LAFCA Awards went on to win at the Oscars (including Patricia Arquette, who LAFCA picked as Best Actress for Boyhood but who won for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars).
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This year’s LAFCA winners will be honored at an event in Los Angeles on Jan. 9. See the full list of winners below:
Best Picture: Spotlight
Runner up: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner up: Todd Haynes, Carol
Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Runner up: Saiorse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Runner up: Geza Rohrig, Son of Saul
Best Screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Runner up: Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Runner up: The Tribe
Best Animation: Anomalisa
Runner up: Inside Out
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Runner up: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Runner up: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Documentary: Amy
Runner up: The Look of Silence
Best Cinematography: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner up: Edward Lachman, Carol
Best Music Score: Carter Burwell, Anomalisa and Carol
Runner up: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Best Production Design: Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner up: Judy Becker, Carol
Best Editing: Hank Corwin, The Big Short
Runner up: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road
New Generation Award: Ryan Coogler, Creed
Career Achievement: Anne V. Coates, film editor