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Spotlight has been named the top film of 2015 by the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association.
The honor comes on the heels of the investigative journalism drama being named top film by the Los Angeles Film Critics, Boston Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online on Sunday. The film about The Boston Globe‘s discovery of a cover-up involving child molestation within the local Catholic Archdiocese also won for best ensemble for its cast that includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci.
Mad Max: Fury Road also was a big winner, taking home three awards, including best director honors for helmer George Miller. The post-apocalyptic film also recently took top honors from the National Board of Review and Boston Online Film Critics. The Washington film critics also gave Mad Max the award for best production design and best editing.
The Revenant‘s Leonardo DiCaprio nabbed his first top prize this year from a major critics organization, being named best actor for his role in the survival Western. Best actress honors went to Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn for her turn as a young Irish woman immigrating to the United States in the 1950s.
Supporting nods were awarded to Idris Elba, as the tough leader of a West African child army in Beasts of No Nation, and Alicia Vikander, as a highly advanced android in sci-fi thriller Ex Machina.
Pixar’s Inside Out was named best animated feature, while the film’s writing team of Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (from an original story by Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen) also won the best original screenplay prize.
Amy, about the rise and untimely fall of late musician Amy Winehouse, won for best documentary. Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul took top honors for best foreign language film.
Best adapted screenplay went to Emma Donoghue, the author and screenwriter of abduction drama Room. The film’s 9-year-old star Jacob Tremblay won best youth performance.
Emmanuel Lubezki took the best cinematography prize for The Revenant. The film was shot under challenging, sometimes brutally cold weather conditions in Canada, Argentina and the U.S. using all-natural light.
Composer Johann Johannsson was feted with best original score for his work on Sicario.
This year’s awards were dedicated to the memory of late film critic and WAFCA member Joe Barber. The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association comprises 52 critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. Voting was conducted from Dec. 4-6.
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