Friday, May 24, 2024

“Spotlight” Named Best Picture by Film Critics, Leo, “Revenant” Ignored, “Creed” Star Best Actor


The National Society of Film Critics comprises a lot really great writers who’ve matriculated out of the New York and L.A. Film Critics groups. They’ve named “Spotlight” best picture, and Michael B. Jordan Best Actor from “Creed.” Todd Haynes is Best Director for “Carol.” Charlotte Rampling is Best Actress for “45 Years.” Their choices are very good, I think. The pick of Jordan is a nice touch. The group completely ignored “The Revenant” and Leonardo DiCaprio, including cinematography. Lubezki didn’t even get runner up. None of this means a thing Oscars-wise, but it’s an interesting episode.

They dedicated the meeting to the late Richard Corliss, who I can’t believe isn’t with us anymore. Unlike the idiots at the National Board of Review, the National Society has no lavish dinner dance and rat-fuck so the critics can meet the stars. There’s no $600 ticket. That’s what makes it real.

Awards for 2015 films


*1. Michael B. Jordan (Creed) 29 points

Geza Rohrig (Son of Saul) 18
Tom Courtenay (45 Years) 15


*1. Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) 57

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) 30
Nina Hoss (Phoenix) 22


*1. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) 56

Michael Shannon (99 Homes) 16
Sylvester Stallone (Creed) 14


*1. Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria) 53

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) 23
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) 17
Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy) 17


*1. Spotlight (Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy) 21

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman) 15
The Big Short (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay) 15


*1. Carol (Ed Lachman) 25

The Assassin (Mark Lee Ping-bin) 22
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale) 12


*1. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy) 23

Carol (Todd Haynes) 17
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) 13


*1.Todd Haynes (Carol) 21

Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) 21 (because he was on fewer ballots; a winner must be on a majority of ballots)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) 20


*1. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako) 22

Phoenix (Christian Petzold) 20
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien) 16


*1. Amy (Asif Kapadia) 23

In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman) 18
Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke) 15


Film Society of Lincoln Center and the programmers Jake Perlin and Michelle Materre, for the series Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986

The Criterion Collection and L’Immagine Ritrovata for the restoration and packaging of the reconstructed version of The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray

Association Chaplin for supervising the digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay Films

SPECIAL CITATION for a film awaiting American distribution: One Floor Below, a Romanian film directed by Radu Muntean.

This meeting was dedicated to the late Richard Corliss, longtime critic at TIME magazine, not just a writer of extraordinary intelligence, wit, and energy, but also a generous friend and colleague.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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