Always among the last critics’ groups out of the gate, the National Society of Film Critics, with 45 voting members from around the country, gave Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” Best Picture and Best Screenplay Sunday. Oscar ballots are open for voting (if not already submitted), so these awards could move some still unwatched films up in Academy members’ screener piles.
As late-breaking "Creed" and "45 Years" come up on the outside in the Oscar race, the NSFC awarded Michael B. Jordan Best Actor and Charlotte Rampling Best Actress, respectively. Supporting Actor yet again went to Brit thespian Mark Rylance for Steven Spielberg’s "Bridge of Spies." And "Clouds of Sils Maria" Cesar-winner Kristen Stewart took another Supporting Actress prize.
"Carol" won Best Director for Todd Haynes, and in a year for superb cinematography, winner Ed Lachman looks like a lock for an Oscar nomination for “Carol.”
Best Foreign-Language Film, again, went to last year’s Oscar nominee from Mauritania, "Timbuktu," released in 2015, while Best Non-Fiction Film was awarded to Asif Kapadia’s "Amy."