Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners: ‘Spotlight’ wins Best Picture, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ takes Director

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Circle went with “Carol” for Best Picture and this Sunday its West Coast counterpart, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association continued its tradition of being contrary and chose “Spotlight” instead. This Oscar frontrunner also won Best Screenplay for helmer Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer. However, Best Director went to George Miller whose film, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” was named runner-up for the top prize. (See complete list of winners and runners-up here.)

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Mad Max: Fury Road” also won Best Cinematography (John Searle) and Production Design (Colin Gibson) and was runner-up for Best Film Editing. “The Big Short” claimed Best Film Editing for all of its rapid-fire cuts. 

When it comes to the acting awards, these left coasters have always gone their own way.

Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years“) took Best Actress while NYFCC champ Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) was runner-up. Ronan got a nice consolation prize as she won Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards Sunday over, among others, Rampling. 

Michael Fassbender won Best Actor for “Steve Jobs” with “Son of Saul” breakout star Geza Rohrig named runner-up. That Hungarian feature won Best Foreign-Language Film and “The Tribe” was runner-up. 

Supporting Actress went to Alicia Vikander for BIFA’s big winner “Ex Machina,” not “The Danish Girl.” Michael Shannon won Supporting Actor for “99 Homes.” NYFCC champs Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”) and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) were the runners-up in these races.

Anomalisa” won Animated Feature with Oscar favorite “Inside Out” having to settle for runner-up.  And Charlie Kaufman was named Screenplay runner-up for the adapation of his play of the same name. 

RELATED: Complete list of New York Film Critics Circle Awards winners

The prolific Carter Burwell won Best Score for both “Anomalisa” and “Carol.” 

Carol” was runner-up for Director (Todd Haynes) and Cinematography (Ed Lachmann), both of whom had won at NYFCC) and Production Design (Judy Becker). 

Amy” won Best Documentary while “The Look of Silence,” which claimed the title at the International Documentary Association Awards on Saturday, was named runner-up. Both number among the 15 films on the academy’s shortlist.  

Creed” writer/director Ryan Coogler is to receive the New Generation award. 

The New York and Los Angeles movie critics rarely agree on Best Picture. The L.A. scribes began handing out awards in 1975 but it took till 1979 till they went with the same film — eventual Oscar champ “Kramer vs. Kramer” — as the New York crowd, which was formed in 1935. They have agreed 11 more times since: “Terms of Endearment’ (1983), “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Schindler’s List” (1993), “Leaving Las Vegas” (1996), “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “Sideways” (2004), “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “The Hurt Locker” (2009) and “Boyhood” (2014). Of these, only “Kramer,” “Terms,” “Schindler’s List” and “The Hurt Locker” went on to win the Best Picture Oscar. 

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