“Spotlight” continues to sweep the critical awards with the investigative journalism drama being named the best film of the year by the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Said group also gave it the ensemble cast award.
Another big winner there was “Mad Max: Fury Road” which scored Best Director, Editing and Production Design. Actor honors went to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”), Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”) and Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”).
“Inside Out” scored Best Animated Film and Best Original Screenplay, “Amy” won Best Documentary, “Son of Saul” won Best Foreign Language Film. “Room” took Best Adapted Screenplay, “The Revenant” won Best Cinematography, and “Sicario” won Best Score.
Also handing out awards was the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) which gave “Straight Outta Compton” the award for Best Picture, Best Ensemble Cast and a Best Supporting Actor turn for Jason Mitchell.
The other film dominating the AAFCA awards was “Creed” which won Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Tessa Thompson) and Best Breakthrough Performance (Michael B. Jordan). Will Smith won Best Actor (“Concussion”), Teyonah Parris (“Chi-raq”) won Best Actress, “Dope” won Best Screenplay, “A Ballerina’s Tale” won Best Documentary, and “The Peanuts Movie” won Best Animated Film.
AAFCA also released a Top Ten list: Straight Outta Compton, Creed, Mad Max: Fury Road, Beasts of No Nation, The Martian, 3.5 Minutes/Dope, Chi-raq, Carol, The Big Short and The Danish Girl.