Los Angeles Film Critics Give Spotlight Top Honors; Mad Max Makes a Strong Showing

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The race is on. Photo: Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films

We've gotten this far into the awards season and we're yet to get a front-runner for most of the major prizes. Last week, Carol made a strong showing at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards — winning best film, director, screenplay, and cinematography. But it seems that tastes differ between coasts, as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association cast their votes in favor of Spotlight, giving it awards for best picture and screenplay, and Mad Max: Fury Road, for director, cinematography, and production design. The L.A. critics also went their own way in the acting categories, making choices entirely distinct from those made by the New York Film Critics Circle, including wins for Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years). It's going to be an exciting awards season. See below for the full list of winners and runners-up.

BEST PICTURE
Spotlight
Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST DIRECTOR
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner-up: Todd Haynes, Carol

BEST ACTOR
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Runner-up: Géza RöhrigSon of Saul

BEST ACTRESS
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn.

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 SCREENPLAY
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION FILM
Amy
 
Runner-up: The Look of Silence

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Son of Saul
Runner-up: The Tribe

BEST ANIMATION
Anomalisa

Runner-up: Inside Out

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

SPECIAL CITATION
Film preservationist David Shepherd

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
Anne V. Coates