The members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association met over the weekend and voted "Spotlight" the best film of 2015. That's the film about the Boston Globe's investigation of Catholic priest sex abuse that all of your journalist friends and acquaintances are talking about as this generation's "All the President's Men." The film critics' runner-up was "Mad Max: Fury Road," which did win for best director, George Miller, and best cinematography, John Seale. "Spotlight" also won for screenplay, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy.
The lead acting awards from LAFCA went to Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") and Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years"). Supporting actor wins were cited for Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina") and Michael Shannon ("99 Homes"). For best documentary they liked "Amy," directed by Asif Kapadia. Here is the full list.
"Spotlight" also won the New York Film Critics this weekend. The British Independent Film Awards in London last night gave its best picture trophy to "Ex Machina" and liked Saoirse Ronan and Tom Hardy for the top acting awards.