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Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in 'Spotlight' (Open Road Films)

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in ‘Spotlight’ (Open Road Films)

New York Film Critics Online, which generously includes yours truly among its membership, voted today on our best films of 2015. Unlike some years, when the opinion coalesces around two or three different films, this time only one film garnered multiple awards. That would be Tom McCarthy’s incredible eye-opener Spotlight, about the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic Church’s decades-long coverup of widespread abuse by Boston priests. It won in four categories, including best picture.

Herewith the full list:

  • PICTURE: Spotlight 
  • DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • SCREENPLAY: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
  • ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room
  • ACTOR: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
  • SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rooney Mara, Carol
  • SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE: Son of Saul
  • DOCUMENTARY: Amy
  • ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out
  • ENSEMBLE CAST: Spotlight
  • DEBUT AS DIRECTOR: Alex Garland, Ex Machina
  • USE OF MUSIC: Love & Mercy; Atticus Ross, Composer; Featuring the Music of Brian Wilson
  • BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina, The Danish Girl

And here is our list of the year’s 10 best films, in alphabetical order (yes, that’s right, one of them is Mad Max, as it should be):

  • 45 Years 
  • The Big Short 
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn 
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road 
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight 
  • Steve Jobs 
  • Trumbo
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