7 Films That Got an Oscars Boost From the Critics Awards — and 5 That Didn’t

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Spotlight’ named best picture of the year by Boston Society of Film Critics.

The Andrew Haigh-directed film is about a middle-class English couple who have been married for almost half a century until they receive an unexpected letter which contains potentially life changing news.The movie, which is about The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in the United States, also won awards for the best screenplay and ensemble cast, reported Variety. “Love & Mercy” star Paul Danon and The Revenant’s Leonardo DiCaprio shared the best actor prize, while Charlotte Rampling bagged the best actress trophy for “45 Years”.We’re in Week 2 of the Oscar race and things are heating up accordingly, not just because of Matt Drudge’s inane false claim that Leonardo DiCaprio was raped by a mama bear in “The Revenant.” This week, more tea-leaf fodder will be served up when the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes arrive early Wednesday and Thursday.

The high-octane Mad Max: Fury Road might have driven off with the most awards, but it was Spotlight that was named movie of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Her awards come after the Essex-born star appeared on the cover of the November 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter for its annual Actress Roundtable edition. She posed alongside Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Carey Mulligan and Helen Mirren – all of whom have been either nominated for or won Academy Awards. Actors Kristen Stewart and Mark Rylance received the Best Supporting Actress and Actor nods for their roles in ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’ respectively and Marielle Heller was named Best New Filmmaker for ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’. Awards buzz continues to grow for 45 Years, which received critical acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival, and continued to impress critics following its north American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Last year’s Golden Globe winners in the drama acting categories all nabbed Oscars, though neither of the best film winners, “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” went on win best picture. This year, the Globes eligibility committee has put “The Martian” in its comedy category because, you know, the story of an astronaut marooned on Mars is a real laugh riot. (In all fairness, the film is largely light-hearted. But the dystopian rager, which the National Board of Review chose as their best film earlier this week, got second place to Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” which also won for its screenplay. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s dark animated film “Anomalisa” also got multiple awards, including best animated film and best music/score for composer Carter Burwell, who was also recognized for “Carol.” Acting awards were given similarly out of the box choices.

While it’s early in the race, right now we’re broadly looking at a face-off between indie darlings and smart blockbusters, which is pretty cool: the tentpole films, or some of them, are finally smartening up. Jordan and best supporting actor to Sylvester Stallone, both for “Creed.” Best actress wins stayed firmly rooted in small films (where, “Mad Max: Fury Road” notwithstanding, the strongest parts for actresses tend to live): Boston gave best actress to Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) and best supporting to Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”). Carol, Todd Haynes’ 1950s-set romance, which dominated the New York Film Critics Circle Awards this past week was practically shut out, aside from Burwell’s co-win for score and a host of runner-up awards, including director and production design.

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