Friday, May 6, 2016

Spotlight

“Spotlight,” the star-studded salute to The Boston Globe’s shoe-leather reporting on the Boston Archdiocese, earned the Denver Film Critics Society’s Best Picture award today.

The Colo.-based group gave “Spotlight” its highest honor, but no one film dominated this year’s awards. Indie films fared just as well as studio product. Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” only managed one award for legendary composer Ennio Morricone’s score.

DFCS’s Best Actor honors likely fueled awards season momentum for both Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Brie Larson (“Room”).

Perhaps the year’s biggest surprise came in the Best Comedy category. The mock doc “What We Do in the Shadows,” partially powered by a crowdfunding campaign, took top honors in that category.

The full list of DFCS Award Winners:

Best Picture: “Spotlight”

Best Director: George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Best Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”

Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Best Animated Film: “Inside Out”

Best Science Fiction/Horror Film: “The Martian”

Best Comedy: “What We Do in the Shadows”

Best Original Screenplay: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, “The Big Short”

Best Documentary: “The Look of Silence”

Best Visual Effects: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Original Song: “See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa, DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar and Charlie Puth), “Furious 7”

Best Score: Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”

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720x405-FRD-DS-00668The Denver Film Critics Society honored “Mad Max: Fury Road” with six nominations today, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress for Charlize Theron.

The Colo.-based group singled out the delayed franchise reboot, but it also feted two wildly different movies from acclaimed filmmakers.

Both “The Revenant” and “Spotlight” earned five nominations each, including Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Tom McCarthy, respectively.

No one film appears poised to sweep the group’s honors, although a dark horse contender is the emotionally-charged “Room.” Brie Larson earned a Best Actress nomination among the film’s four nods.

Denver critics will announce their winners Jan. 11. Below is the complete list of DFCS nominations:

Best Picture:

* “Room”
* “Spotlight”
* “Mad Max: Fury Road”
* “Inside Out”
* “The Revenant”

Best Director:

* George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
* Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
* Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
* Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
* Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Best Actor:

* Matt Damon, “The Martian”
* Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
* Will Smith, “Concussion”
* Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
* Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Best Actress:

* Brie Larson, “Room”
* Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
* Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
* Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
* Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Best Supporting Actor:

* Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
* Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
* Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
* Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
* Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress:

* Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
* Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
* Elizabeth Banks, “Love and Mercy”
* Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
* Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Best Animated Film:

* “Inside Out”
* “Anomalisa“
* “The Peanuts Movie”
* “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
* “The Good Dinosaur”

Best Science Fiction/Horror Film:

* “Ex Machina”
* “The Martian”
* “It Follows”
* “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
* “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Comedy:

* “Joy”
* “What We Do in the Shadows”
* “The Big Short”
* “Trainwreck”
* “Inside Out”

Best Original Screenplay:

* Pete Docter, Josh Cooley and Meg LeFauve, “Inside Out”
* Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
* Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
* Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”
* Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

* Emma Donoghue, “Room”
* Nick Hornby, “Brooklyn”
* Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, “The Big Short”
* Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
* Drew Goddard, “The Martian”

Best Documentary:

* “Listen to Me Marlon”
* “Cartel Land”
* “Amy”
* “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
* “The Look of Silence”

Best Visual Effects:

* Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
* The Walk”
* Mad Max: Fury Road”
* Ex Machina”
* The Martian”

Best Original Song:

* Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again,” “Furious 7”
* Sam Smith, “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”
* Lady Gaga, “Til It Happens to You,” “The Hunting Ground”
* Tim Wheeler, “Feels Like Summer,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
* Sumi Jo, “Simple Song #3,” “Youth”

Best Score:

* Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
* John Williams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
* “Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai and Ryuichi Sakamoto, “The Revenant”
* Howard Shore, “Spotlight”
* Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Foreign Language Film:

* “Son of Saul”
* “The Fencer”
* “The Assassin”
* “Taxi”
* “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

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