The Boston Society of Film Critics named “Spotlight” the Best Picture of 2015, with “Mad Max: Fury Road” a “distant second,” according to Boston Globe critic Ty Burr. The film also took home an award for Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy’s screenplay and its ensemble cast, with McCarthy runner-up for Best Director. “Fury Road,” whose win over the hometown favorite from the Boston Online Film Critics caused a brief (and overblown) controversy over the weekend, won best editing for Margaret Sixel. Kristen Stewart continued her unexpected run on best supporting actress category after her win with the New York Film Critics Circle, after what Burr said was a substantial debate over which category certain performances belonged in. The distributors of “Carol” and “The Danish Girl” have been criticized for running Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander, respectively, as supporting for what are widely considered lead performances, and Vikander was runner-up in the BSFC’s awards, although they did not vote as to which of her performances in “The Danish Girl,” “Ex Machina,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Burnt” qualified. (Probably not “Burnt.”)
Best Foreign-Language Film went to Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” which was also a narrow second-place finisher for Best Non-Fiction Film, which went to Asif Kapadia’s “Amy.” The were several ties, including “Love & Mercy’s” Paul Dano and “The Revenant’s” Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor, a vote which took “four ballots, a run-off, and a hot-debate,” according to Burr. “Inside Out” and “Anomalisa” shared the award for Best Animated Film. “45 Years'” Charlotte Rampling notched her first big win for Best Actress, and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s” Marielle Heller won for best new filmmaker.
The complete results follow.
Boston Society of Film Critics 2015 Awards
Best Picture: “Spotlight” (Runner-up: “Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Best Actor: Paul Dano, “Love & Mercy”/Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant” (tie)
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, “Clouds of Sils Maria” (Runner-up: Alicia Vikander)
Best Director: Todd Haynes, “Carol” (Runner-up: Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”)
Best Screenplay: Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” (Runner-up: Phyllis Nagy, “Carol”)
Best Documentary: “Amy” (Runner-up: “The Look of Silence”)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Look of Silence” (Runner-up: “White God”)
Best Animated Film: “Inside Out”/”Anomalisa” (tie) (Runner-up: “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
Best Film Editing: Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Runner-up: “Spotlight”)
Best New Filmmaker: Marielle Heller, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Best Ensemble Cast: “Spotlight” (Runner-up: “The Big Short”)
Best Original Score: Atticus Ross, “Love & Mercy” (Runner-up, “Creed”) Note: New category, replacing Best Use of Music in a Film