Unlike their less traditional online Beantown brethren, the Boston Society of Film Critics have chosen hometown favorite Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight as Best Picture. The dramatization of Boston’s difficult and painful pedophile priest scandal, and the local journalists who uncovered it, was far and away the organization’s top choice. The film was also honored for Best Ensemble Cast.
In acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio and Paul Dano shared the Best Actor trophy for their work on The Revenant and Love & Mercy, respectively. Charlotte Rampling was named best actress for 45 years.
Yesterday, Boston’s upstart critics organization, Boston Online Film Critics Association, named Mad Max: Fury Road as Best Picture. The longer-established Boston Society chose the Mad Max film as runner-up for top honor.
Here’s the complete list of the Boston Society of Film Critics winners:
Best Picture: Spotlight; Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director: Todd Haynes (Carol); Runner-up: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Best Actor: (TIE) Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) and Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling (45 Years); Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies); Runner-up: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria); Runner-up: Alicia Vikander (unspecified)
Best Screenplay: Spotlight; Runner-up: Carol
Best Cinematography: Carol; Runner-up: The Revenant
Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road; Runner-up: Spotlight
Best Original Score: Love & Mercy; Runner-up: Creed
Best Ensemble Cast: Spotlight; Runner-up: The Big Short
Best Animated Film: (TIE) Anomalisa and Inside Out; Runner-up: Shaun the Sheep Movie
Best Foreign Film: The Look of Silence; Runner-up: White God
Best Documentary: Amy; Runner-up: The Look of Silence
Best New Filmmaker: Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl); Runner-up: Alex Garland, Ex Machina