'Spotlight' Dominates New York Film Critics Online Voting

'Spotlight,' Courtesy of Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films
'Spotlight'

Paul Dano and Brie Larson take the top acting prizes.

Spotlight was the big winner as the New York Film Critics Online voted their year-end awards on Sunday. The drama about crusading Boston Globe reporters uncovering sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, was chosen best picture and also secured awards for its ensemble cast, director Tom McCarthy and its screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer.

Paul Dano, who plays the young Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, took home best actor honors, while Brie Larson, who plays a mother trapped with her son in Room, was named best actress. The supporting actress and actor nods went to Carol's Rooney Mara and Bridge of Spies' Mark Rylance, respectively.

Holocaust drama Son of Saul was tapped as best foreign-language picture, while Amy, the documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, was named best doc.

The New York Film Critics Online consists of 38 film critics in New York whose work appears online. It is not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle, another of Manhattan’s critics’ groups, which gave its best film award to Carol on Dec. 2.

The complete list of winners follows:

PICTURE: Spotlight (Open Road)

DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (Open Road)

SCREENPLAY: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight (Open Road)

ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room (A24)

ACTOR: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rooney Mara, Carol (The Weinstein Company)

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE PICTURE: Son of Saul (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY: Amy (A24)

ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out (Disney/Pixar)

ENSEMBLE CAST: Spotlight (Open Road)

DEBUT AS DIRECTOR: Alex Garland, Ex Machina (A24)

USE OF MUSIC: Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions); Atticus Ross, composer; Featuring the Music of Brian Wilson

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina (A24), The Danish Girl (Focus Features)

TOP TEN PICTURES OF 2015 (Alphabetical):

45 Years (IFC Films)

The Big Short (Paramount)

Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks)

Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight)

Carol (The Weinstein Company)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)

Sicario (Lionsgate)

Spotlight (Open Road)

Steve Jobs (Universal)

Trumbo (Bleecker Street)

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