National Society of Film Critics Awards: ‘Spotlight,’ Todd Haynes (‘Carol’), Michael B. Jordan (‘Creed’) …

Oscar frontrunner “Spotlight” was named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics on Sunday. And this docudrama that details the Boston Globe investigation into pedophile priests won Best Screenplay. To take the big prize it edged out “Carol,” which had to settle for Best Director (Todd Haynes) and Cinematography (Ed Lachman). 

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The acting awards went to leads Michael B. Jordan (“Creed“) and Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years“) and supporting players Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies“) and Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria). 

While Rylance is a frontrunner to win the Oscar and Rampling looks like a lock for at least a nomination, both Jordan and Stewart are outsiders, at least for now. 

There is significant overlap between the membership of the national society and the New York Film Critics’ Circle. The national body, which consists of 53 critics, echoed the sentiments of the Gotham group with those wins for Haynes, Rylance, Stewart  and Lachmann. 

Balloting took place at Lincoln Center. For those races that went beyond the first ballot, members had to be present to cast their votes. 

Last year, Best Picture went to Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language,” which won by one vote over “Boyhood” while eventual Oscar champ “Birdman” was a distant third. “Boyhood” helmer Richard Linklater won Best Director. The acting awards went to Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”), Marion Cotillard (“The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night”) and Oscar winners J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”). 

Below: the voting scores for the national society’s awards (note how close some of the contests were). 

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1. “Spotlight” 23
2. “Carol” 17
3. “Mad Max: Fury Road” 13

1. Todd Haynes (“Carol”) 21
2. Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) 21 (because he was on fewer ballots)
3. George Miller (“Mad Max:  Fury Road”) 20

1. Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”)  29 points
2. Geza Rohrig (“Son of Saul”) 18
3.  Tom Courtenay (“45 Years”)  15

1. Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) 57
2. Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)  30
3.  Nina Hoss (“Phoenix”)  22

1. Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) 56
2. Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”) 16
3.  Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) 14

1. Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”) 53
2. Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) 23
3. Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”) 17
3. Elizabeth Banks (“Love & Mercy”) 17

1. “Spotlight” (Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy)  21
2. “Anomalisa” (Charlie Kaufman) 15
2. “The Big Short” (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay) 15

1. “Carol” (Ed Lachman)  25
2. “The Assassin” (Mark Lee Ping-bin) 22
3.  “Mad Max: Fury Road” (John Seale) 12

1. “Timbuktu” 22
2. “Phoenix” 20
3. “The Assassin” 16

1. “Amy” 23
2. “In Jackson Heights” 18
3. “Seymour: An Introduction” 15

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