'Carol' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association

'Carol,' Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
'Carol'

The lesbian drama earned Todd Haynes the best director prize, while 'Legend' star Tom Hardy was named best actor and 'Phoenix' star Nina Hoss is best actress.

The Toronto Film Critics Association has named the lesbian drama Carol as the best film of 2015.

The movie, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, also landed the best director prize for Todd Haynes. Haynes' feature adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price Of Salt premiered in Cannes, where Mara was named best actress.

Toronto critics, which voted on their annual picks on Sunday, also named Tom Hardy as best actor for his star turn in Legend. And Nina Hoss won for best actress for her work in Phoenix, which also earned the best foreign language film prize.

The best supporting actor trophy went to Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance, while Alicia Vikander won for best supporting actress for her work in Ex Machina. Alex Garland's Ex Machina also won for best first feature.

Elsewhere, the best screenplay award went to Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for their work on The Big Short, while Shaun the Sheep Movie earned the best animated feature prize.

The Allan King documentary award went to The Look of Silence by director Joshua Oppenheimer. Toronto film critics also named the final three contenders for their best Canadian film award: Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson's The Forbidden Room, Phillipe Falardeau's My Internship in Canada and Andrew Cividino's Sleeping Giant.

The Canadian film competition winner will be unveiled at the Toronto Film Critics Association's awards gala on Jan. 5, 2016 in Toronto. Toronto movie scribes last year named Richard Linklater's Boyhood as their top movie of 2014.

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