The Boston film critics named "Spotlight as Best Picture on Sunday. As the film showcases the efforts of the Boston Globe to expose pedophile priests in the local Catholic diocese, it was expected that the Beantown critics would embrace it. They awarded it Best Ensemble and Screenplay as well, with helmer Tom McCarthy sharing in the latter with Josh Singer. He was runner-up for Best Director to Todd Haynes ("Carol").
The runner-up for Best Picture was “Mad Max: Fury Road” while "The Big Short" cast came second for the ensemble award and New York Film Critics Circle champ Phyllis Nagy earned honorable mention for her "Carol" script.
Oscar frontrunner Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") and Paul Dano ("Love and Mercy") shared Best Actor and Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years") was named Best Actress. The supporting races went to NYFCC champs Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies") and Kristen Stewart ("Clouds of Sils Maria").
While this group has been handing out awards since 1980, they have foreseen only 10 of the Best Picture winners at the Oscars. Last year's was not one of those as they named "Boyhood" as the best film of the year as had the New York and Los Angeles critics. However, in 2013 these scribes went for eventual Oscar champ "12 Years a Slave" in a big way, with four wins including Best Picture. That biopic had been shunned by both the Gotham and LA critics in favor of "American Hustle" and both "Gravity" and "Her" respectively.
Below, the winners and runners-up of the 35th annual edition of these awards.
Runner-up: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Todd Haynes (“Carol”)
Runner-up: Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
Runner-up: “The Revenant”
BEST FILM EDITING
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Love & Mercy”
Runner-up: “The Big Short”
BEST ANIMATED FILM (tie)
“Anomalisa” & “Inside Out”
Runner-up: “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
Runner-up: “The Look of Silence”
BEST NEW FILMMAKER
Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”)
Runner-up: Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”