The Los Angeles Film Critics handed Spotlight its third Best Picture win today (it had won from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online earlier), helping the film secure its Best Picture frontrunner status at the Oscars. It also won screenplay but didn’t manage to make a dent in the acting categories, which were ripe with some surprise wins.
One of those surprises came early, in the form of Michael Shannon winning Best Supporting Actor for 99 Homes. The little seen film boosts Shannon’s visibility in the race and one that has quite a bit of maneuverability right now. NYFCC winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) was the runner-up. The bigger shock was Michael Fassbender triumphing in Best Actor for Steve Jobs. The film, which was a box office disaster, had all but been written off and no one predicted Fassbender for a mention here. Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Michael Keaton (Spotlight) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) all seemed like more likely contenders, as well as the man who was runner-up today, Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul).
Charlotte Rampling won her first big critics award today, for 45 Years. It was a much needed boost for her Oscar campaign for Best Actress. Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress and there was much deliberation about the category fraud going on this season. Subsequently, the group opted for her true supporting performance in Ex Machina over her lead one in The Danish Girl.
Mad Max: Fury Road may have been stopped in its tracks for a Best Picture win (it was runner-up) but it still drove off with three awards; Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.
The FULL list of winners:
Best Foreign-Language Film
Winner: Son of Saul
Runner-up: The Tribe
New Generation Award
Ryan Coogler, Creed