"Straight Outta Compton" Gets Love from African American Film Critics 

The African American Film Critics Association has announced the winners of their annual awards and F. Gary Gray's "Straight Outta Compton" won for Best Picture with "Creed's" Ryan Coogler deservingly winning the Best Director award. "Straight Outta Compton" also took home the Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor (Jason Mitchell) awards.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2015 African American Film Critics Association:

Best Picture: "Straight Outta Compton"
Best Director: Ryan Coogler "Creed"
Best Ensemble: "Straight Outta Compton"
Best Actor: "Concussion"
Best Actress: Teyonah Parris "Chi-Raq"
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Mitchell "Straight Outta Compton"
Best Supporting Actress: Tessa Thompson "Creed"
Best Independent Film: "Chi-Raq"
Best Screenplay: Rick Famuyiwa "Dope"
Breakout Performance: Michael B. Jordan "Creed"
Best Animation: "The Peanuts Movie"
Best Documentary: "A Ballerina’s Tale"
Best Song: “See You Again”, "Furious 7"
Best TV Comedy: "Black-ish"
Best TV Drama: "How to Get Away with Murder"
Best Cable/ New Media TV Show: "Survivor’s Remorse"

AAFCA's Top Ten Films of 2015:

1. "Straight Outta Compton"
2. "Creed"
3. "Mad Max: Fury Road"
4. "Beasts of No Nation"
5. "The Martian"
6. "3-1/2 Minutes"/ "Dope"
7. "Chi-Raq"
8. "Carol"
9. "The Big Short"
10. "The Danish Girl"

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More Love for "Spotlight," "Mad Max: Fury Road" 

Both "Spotlight" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" received equal love from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Well, sort of. Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" won the best picture award with George Miller's "Fury Road" as the runner-up. But, Miller took home the best director trophy with Todd Haynes for "Carol" as runner-up.

"Spotlight" received two awards total including best screenplay while "Fury Road" got three with John Seale's gorgeous cinematography and Colin Gibson's production design.

Film editor Anne V. Coates, winner of Best Editing Oscar for 1963's "Lawrence of Arabia" was given the career achievement award.

Here's the complete list of winners of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association:

Picture: Spotlight. Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road. Runner-up: Todd Haynes, Carol.

Actor: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs. Runner-up: Géza Röhrig, Son of Saul.

Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years. Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn.

Supporting actor: Michael Shannon, 99 Homes. Runner-up: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies.

Supporting actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina. Runner-up: Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria.

Screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight. Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa.

Animation: Anomalisa. Runner-up: Inside Out.

Foreign-language film: Son of Saul. Runner-up: The Tribe.

Documentary/nonfiction film: Amy. Runner-up: The Look of Silence.

New Generation: Ryan Coogler, Creed.

Film editing: Hank Corwin, The Big Short. Runner-up: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road.

Cinematography: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road. Runner-up: Edward Lachman, Carol.

Production design: Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road. Runner-up: Judy Becker, Carol.

Music score: Carter Burwell, Anomalisa and Carol. Runner-up: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight.

Special citation: David Shepard, for his invaluable work in film preservation, particularly of movies from the silent era.

Lifetime achievement: Anne V. Coates

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Another Big Win for "Mad Max: Fury Road," Sylvester Stallone, Kristen Stewart! 

Yup, it's kind of getting repetitive now, is it "Spotlight" that will win or is it "Mad Max: Fury Road" in various award-giving bodies? Either or, I'm not complaining. I enjoyed both films!

And I'm also loving that Sylvester Stallone and Kristen Stewart are both getting love from various critics awards. Both are underdogs and competent actors that are overshadowed by their celebrity status. But Stallone was good, sans vanity, in "Creed" and Stewart gave a memorable performance in "Clouds of Sils Maria."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2015 Boston Online Film Critics awards:

Best Picture: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Director: George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Actor:
Michael B. Jordan, "Creed"

Best Actress:
Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best Supporting Actor:
Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, "Clouds of Sils Maria"

Best Ensemble: "Spotlight"

Best Screenplay:
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, "Spotlight"

Best Foreign-Language Film:
"Son of Saul"

Best Documentary:

Best Animated Film: "Inside Out"

Best Cinematography:
John Seale, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Editing: Margaret Sixel, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Original Score: Junkie XL, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

The Ten Best Films of the Year

1. "Mad Max: Fury Road"

2. "Creed"

3. "Brooklyn"

4. "Carol"

5. "Spotlight"

6. "Clouds of Sils Maria"

7. "Bridge of Spies"

8. The Martian"

9. "Anomalisa"

10. "Tangerine"

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Another Big Win for "Spotlight" 

So this awards season, it's shaping up to be a battle between "Spotlight" and "Mad Max: Fury Road." Tom McCarthy's nail-biting film about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal as seen through the eyes of the Boston Globe reporters has been duking it out with George Miller's reboot of the "Mad Max" franchise in various critics awards like the Boston Society of Film Critics which chose "Spotlight" for Best Picture with "Fury Road" as runner-up.

There are more critics awards nominations coming up so we'll see how this pans out. For now, here's the complete list of winners of the 2015 Boston Society of Film Critics awards:

Best Picture: Spotlight; Runner-up: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director: Todd Haynes (Carol); Runner-up: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Best Actor: (TIE) Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) and Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling (45 Years); Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies); Runner-up: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria); Runner-up: Alicia Vikander (unspecified)
Best Screenplay: Spotlight; Runner-up: Carol
Best Cinematography: Carol; Runner-up: The Revenant
Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road; Runner-up: Spotlight
Best Original Score: Love & Mercy; Runner-up: Creed
Best Ensemble Cast: Spotlight; Runner-up: The Big Short
Best Animated Film: (TIE) Anomalisa and Inside Out; Runner-up: Shaun the Sheep Movie
Best Foreign Film: The Look of Silence; Runner-up: White God
Best Documentary: Amy; Runner-up: The Look of Silence
Best New Filmmaker: Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl); Runner-up: Alex Garland, Ex Machina

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"Ex Machina" Wins Big at Moët British Independent Film Awards 

Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" was the big winner at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards. The artificial intelligence flick won Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay for Garland, and Outstanding Achievement in Craft (Visual Effects) for Andrew Whitehurst.

Here's the full list of winners of the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards:


Ex Machina, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland


Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn


Tom Hardy, Legend


Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist

Paul Katis & Andrew De Lotbiniere, Kajaki: The True Story


Alex Garland, Ex Machina


Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance, Judith Dawson, Louise Osmond

Olivia Colman, The Lobster


Brendan Gleeson, Suffragette

Orion: THe Man Who Would Be King, Jeanie Finlay


Room, Ed Guiney, David Gross, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson


Andrew Whitehurst, Visual Effects, Ex Machina


Edmond, Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz

Abigail Hardingham, Nina Forever

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