Ex Machina, “Spotlight” Win Awards

The awards season is in full swing now with a bunch of the critics groups handing out honors to deserving winners.

British Independent Film Awards
Alex Garland’s sci-fi tale “Ex Machina” dominating the list. The film took Best Film, Director, Screenplay and a craft award for its VFX.

In the acting categories the winners were Tom Hardy (“Legend”) for Best Actor, Saiorse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) for Best Actress, Olivia Colman (“The Lobster”) for Best Supporting Actress, and Brendan Gleeson (“Suffragette”) for Best Supporting Actor.

Other winners inclued “Room” for Best International Independent Film, “Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance” for Best Documentary, Abigail Hardingham’s turn in “Nina Forever” scoring a Most Promising Newcomer award, Stephen Fingleton getting a debut directing award for “The Survivalist,” “Kajaki: The True Story” scoring nods for its producers, and “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King” taking the Discovery Award.

Boston Society of Film Critics
While Boston’s online film critics voted heavily for “Mad Max: Fury Road” the other day, the longer established and more regular Boston Society of Film Critics saved their love for “Spotlight” which scored Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast along with runner-up awards for Best Director & Editing.

“Love & Mercy” also fared well – scoring Best Score and its lead Paul Dano tied for Best Actor with Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant”. Other acting awards went to Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) and Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”).

“Carol” scored Best Director and Best Cinematography, “Mad Max: Fury Road” won Best Editing and was runner-up for Best Picture. “Anomalisa” and “Inside Out” tied for Best Animated Film, “The Look of Silence” won Best Foreign Film, “Amy” scored Best Documentary, and Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) won Best New Filmmaker.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association
The Los Angeles film critics loved “Spotlight” as well, awarding it Best Picture & Best Screenplay. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was a runner-up for Best Picture but won the most awards with Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

Acting nods went to Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) for Best Actress & Actor, while Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) and Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”) took Best Supporting Actress & Actor honors.

“Son of Saul” scored the Best Foreign Language Film, “Anomalisa” the Best Animated Film, and “Amy” the Best Documentary. Carter Burwell’s work in both “Anomalisa” and “Carol” won him the Best Score award, while “The Big Short” took Best Editing.

New York Film Critics Online
Yet again “Spotlight” dominated the night with the New York Film Critics Online naming it Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Ensemble Cast.

Acting went to Paul Dano (“Love and Mercy”), Brie Larson (“Room”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) and Rooney Mara (“Carol”) with Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) scoring a breakthrough performance honor.

Best Documentary went to “Amy”, Best Animated Feature to “Inside Out,” Best Foreign Language film was “Son of Saul,” Best Cinemtography to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Best Score to “Love and Mercy” and a directorial debut award to Alex Garland for “Ex Machina”.