The last of the major four critics groups (LAFCA, NYFCC, NSFC, and NBR), The National Society of Film Critics, has just announced their winners:
Best Film: Spotlight
Yeah, this is one of the best movies of the year. But, let's not get overboard by giving this almost every critical Best Picture prize. There are other great movies that could've used the boost.
Best Director: Todd Haynes, Carol
No surprise here. Very well-deserved.
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan, Creed
This is one of my favorite winners here. I LOVE that Michael B. Jordan won. Hopefully, he can surprise his way into Best Actor, especially considering competition for Best Actor is so sparse this year.
Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
One of the best female performances of the year. I mean, that final scene. That. Final. Scene. A+ work. I think if she got in the Oscars, then Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan have serious competition.
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
No surprise here. He was very good, but no surprise.
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
The critics continue to give Stewart a major boost. This year's Marion Cotillard along with Charlotte Rampling, perhaps?
Best Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
This is a win we'll have to get used to seeing.
Best Non-Fiction Film: Amy
And another one we'll have to get used to seeing.
Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman, Carol
Very well-deserved win. Makes Best Cinematography competitive this year along with Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant and John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road.
Best Foreign Language Film: Timbuktu
This one was already nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars last year. So, it won't be much of a factor in this year's race.