‘Spotlight’ Named Top Film by D.C.-Area Film Critics

7 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 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. The critics on Sunday announced Charlotte Rampling as Best Actress for “45 Years”, while “Love & Mercy” star Paul Dano and “The Revenant” actor Leonardo DiCaprio tied as winners in the Best Actor category, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

The bigger surprise was that “Black Mass,” another major studio release with strong Boston ties, received nary a shout-out from the group at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge (sitting near those tallying the votes, I believe I heard one vote on one ballot for Johnny Depp’s acclaimed depiction of Boston’s own James “Whitey” Bulger). The film about The Boston Globe’s investigation of the Catholic Archdiocese’s pedophile priest coverup also nabbed an award for Josh Singer and director Tom McCarthy’s Screenplay. 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’.

The motorized dystopian fantasy “Mad Max: Fury Road” took the most prizes from the local critics group, winning Best Director (George Miller), Cinematography (John Seale) and Production Design (Colin Gibson), as well as the runner-up slots for Best Picture and Film Editing. 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. There was no clear favourite this year, and LAFCA honoured a vast variety of some of the year’s best films further reinforcing the narrative that the Oscar race is still fairly undefined. Todd Haynes won best director for “Carol.” Most notably, frequent Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio of the gripping 19th century survivalist drama “The Revenant,” a film directed by last year’s best director Oscar winner Alejandro G. LAFCA’s Best Actor award went to Michael Fassbender for his title role as Apple icon “Steve Jobs.” Charlotte Rampling took Best Actress honors for her part in the marital drama “45 Years.” Michael Shannon’s scathing “99 Homes” portrayal of a real estate schemer won Best Supporting Actor.

Pete Hammond from Deadline called it one of his ‘true highlights’ of the festival and praised Rampling’s performance, writing that she’s ‘immediately thrust into the Best Actress Oscar and BAFTA conversation because of her heartbreaking, wise and luminous work.’ The film scooped the top prize at the Edinburgh International Film Festival – the Michael Powell award for best British feature film – in June this year. Inarritu (“Birdman”), tied with Paul Dano of the excellent Brian Wilson biopic “Love & Money” for best actor in spite of the fact that only about half the voting members were able to attend the single, last-minute screening of “The Revenant” for awards consideration. But the dystopian rager, which the National Board of Review chose as their best film earlier this week, only took second place to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight when it came to best film.

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 recognised for Carol. Coates, whose credits range from “Lawrence of Arabia” to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” was designated this year’s Career Achievement award winner in October. Forty-three members of the critics group – which is comprised of print, radio and online movie reviewers based in Southern California – attended Sunday’s awards voting in Cheviot Hills. Other runners-up this year include “Carol” director Todd Haynes, cinematographer Ed Lachman and production designer Judy Becker; “Son of Saul” lead actor Géza Röhrig; “Brooklyn” lead actress Saoirse Ronan; supporting actress Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”); supporting actor Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”); composer Ennio Morricone (“The Hateful Eight”); and Kaufman for his “Anomalisa” screenplay. Among second-placing films were “Inside Out” (animation), “The Look of Silence” (documentary) and “The Tribe,” a movie told entirely in Ukrainian Sign Language (foreign).

Here you can write a commentary on the recording "‘Spotlight’ Named Top Film by D.C.-Area Film Critics".

* Required fields
All the reviews are moderated.
Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

About this site