‘Spotlight’ named best film by Los Angeles critics

7 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Spotlight’ Dominates New York Film Critics Online Voting.

Unsurprisingly, given the hometown connections and particularly the role the Boston Globe played in the narrative (to say nothing of the fact that the film is brilliant and critically acclaimed), Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” has been named the best film of the year by the Boston Society of Film Critics. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was the runner-up, and a “distant second” according to Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr. “Love & Mercy” star Paul Danon and “The Revenant’s” Leonardo DiCaprio shared the best actor prize, while Charlotte Rampling won best actress for “45 Years.” Another Boston group, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, named “Mad Max: Fury Road” the year’s best last week, mirroring the National Board of Review’s decision. The drama about crusading Boston Globe reporters uncovering sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was named best picture and also secured awards for its ensemble cast, director Tom McCarthy and its screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer.

The dramatization of Boston’s difficult and painful pedophile priest scandal, and the local journalists who uncovered it, was far and away the organization’s top choice. Finally there also was a little awards love for Steve Jobs with LA’s critics voting for Michael Fassbender as Best Actor for his characterization of the prickly and perfectionist computer pioneer. It’s not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle, another of Manhattan’s critics’ groups, which gave its best film award to Carol on Dec. 2. Runner-up in the category was Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence, which just last night was honored as Best Documentary at the International Documentary Association Awards.

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