San Francisco Critics Name 'Spotlight' Best Picture
The group also named George Miller of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' best director, and celebrated performances by Saoirse Ronan. Paul Dano, Michael Shannon and Mya Taylor.
The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named Spotlight the best picture of the year, the fact-based journalism drama, which follows a group of Boston Globe reporters as they expose sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
The group, upon voting Sunday, also hailed Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan and Love & Mercy's Paul Dano in the lead acting categories, and 99 Homes' Michael Shannon and Tangerine's Mya Taylor in the supporting acting categories.
Additionally, the critics awarded the best director honor to Max Max: Fury Road's George Miller, and celebrated the screenplays of Brooklyn and Love & Mercy.
A list of the announced winners follows:
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Actor: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Best Supporting Actress: Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Best Screenplay, Original: Love & Mercy, Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner
Best Screenplay, Adapted: Brooklyn, Nick Hornby
Best Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale
Best Production Design: Carol, Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
Best Animated Feature: Anomalisa
Best Foreign Language Picture: Son of Saul
Best Documentary: Listen to Me Marlon
Marlon Riggs Award: Frank Lee
Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema: The Forbidden Room