Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oscars 2016: BSFC/LAFCA/NYFCO Winners

The winners of the Boston Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the New York Film Critics Online have all been announced. Let's take a look:

BSFC:

Best Use of Music: Love and Mercy 
(runner-up) Creed

Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road 
(runner-up) Spotlight

Best Cinematography: Carol
(runner-up) The Revenant 

Best New Filmmaker: Marielle Heller, Diary of a Teenage Girl
(runner-up) Alex Garland, Ex Machina 

Best Animated Film: (tie) Inside Out and Anomalisa 
(runner-up) Shaun the Sheep Movie 

Best Documentary: Amy 
(runner-up) The Look of Silence 

Best Screenplay: Spotlight 
(runner-up) Carol

Best Ensemble: Spotlight 
(runner-up) The Big Short 

Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria 
(runner-up) Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, etc.)

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies 
(runner-up) Sylvester Stallone, Creed 

Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years 
(runner-up) Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn 

Best Actor: (TIE) Paul Dano, Love and Mercy and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant 
(runner-up)

Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol 
(runner-up) Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight 

Best Film: Spotlight 
(runner-up) Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Foreign Language Film: The Look of Silence
(runners-up) Son of Saul and White God

Spotlight winning Best Picture isn't surprising because I mean, it's Boston journalists honoring a film about Boston journalists. But it shows that it has solid legs in this race as well as Mad Max. You know who else has developed strong legs? Kristen Stewart! After fearing her New York Film Critics win would be the farthest she'd go, here she is again. Inside Out also continues its dominance in the Animated Feature category which is awesome.

LAFCA:

Best Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road 
(runner-up) Carol

Best Music Score: Anomalisa and Carol (TIE)
(runner-up) The Hateful Eight 

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
(runner-up) Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies 

Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road 
(runner-up) Carol 

Best Editing: The Big Short 
(runner-up) Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina 
(runner-up) Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria 

Best Documentary: Amy 
(runner-up) The Look of Silence 

Best Screenplay: Spotlight 
(runner-up) Anomalisa 

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs 
(runner-up) Geza Rohrig, Son of Saul 

Best Animation: Anomalisa
(runner-up) Inside Out 

Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road 
(runner-up) Todd Haynes, Carol 

Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years 
(runner-up) Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn 

Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul 
(runner-up) The Tribe

New Generation Award: Ryan Coogler, Creed

Best Picture: Spotlight 
(runner-up) Mad Max: Fury Road 

YES! Michael Fassbender wins Best Actor. I feared that he was losing a bit of steam due to the film's bad box office buzz and Fassbender's lack of campaigning. But this was a much needed win. Another major highlight was seeing Alicia Vikander win Best Supporting Actress for Ex Machina rather than The Danish Girl since Vikander's work in the former film is likely more supporting than the latter. Also, her work in Ex Machina is one of my favorite supporting turns of the year. But so far, with how Saoirse Ronan has become at least a runner-up in the critical Best Actress awards, she's now a definite threat to win the Oscar along with Brie Larson and even Charlotte Rampling who won Boston and Los Angeles.


NYFCO:

Top 10 Films:

45 Years 
The Big Short 
Bridge of Spies 
Brooklyn 
Carol 
Mad Max: Fury Road 
Sicario 
Spotlight 
Steve Jobs 
Trumbo

Breakthrough Performance: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl and Ex Machina 

Best Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara, Carol 

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies 

Best Screenplay: Spotlight 

Best Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Best Use of Music: Love and Mercy 

Debut Director: Alex Garland, Ex Machina 

Best Director: Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight 

Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room 

Best Actor: Paul Dano, Love and Mercy 

Best Ensemble: Spotlight 

Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul 

Best Documentary: Amy 

Best Animated Feature: Inside Out 

Best Film: Spotlight 

Brie Larson still managed to pick up some hardware today by winning Best Actress here. Even if she isn't THE frontrunner, it's likely because Best Actress is so competitive this year. Relievingly competitive. Mark Rylance has also maintained some heat in the Supporting Actor category by winning BSFC, NYFCC, and here. But rightfully so because his performance is so good. I also love seeing both Boston and the NYFCO correct the category fraud of Paul Dano by awarding him Best Actor despite him being pushed in Supporting. Also, Spotlight has won Best Screenplay at each of these critics groups which seems quite telling of what is out in front to win Best Original Screenplay since it is competing there. Lastly, I love seeing Alex Garland set sighted here in the Debut Director category. Wasn't the first time he got cited today and I'll get to that later.

So those are my thoughts on the winners of the different circles. Please feel free to write your own thoughts in the comments section and how you think the Oscar race is shaping up. Thanks for reading!