‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ dominates Florida Film Critics Awards

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After Todd Haynes’ exquisite romance Carol led the nomination phase of the Florida Film Critics Circle‘s 2015 awards, it was George Miller’s apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road that ended up being the organization’s big winner. Along with winning Best Film, the high-octane action-thriller was also singled out for Miller’s sublime direction, John Seale’s sun-baked cinematography and its seamless visual effects.

Meanwhile, Todd Haynes’ film was only able to pick up one win – for best production design, along with runner-up mentions for Best Director (Haynes), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score and Best Cinematography. Also currying favor with with the FFCC, a critics group that I have been a voting member of since 2011, was Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, the star-studded journalism procedural about the Boston Globe‘s investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sexual abuse. The drama, which has been a critics group favorite, won Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble along with a runner-up award for Best Film.

In the acting categories, Brie Larson reigned supreme in the Best Actress field for her devastating performance in Room as a young woman recovering from a seven-year-long abduction. Paul Dano was the Best Actor winner for his performance as the mentally disturbed Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy. Both supporting winners were surprises. Oscar Isaac triumphed over traditional award season heavyweights by taking the Best Supporting Actor prize for his delightful work in the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina while Kristen Stewart triumphed in the Supporting Actress category for her wonderful performance in Oliver Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria. Other winners included Daisy Ridley as Best Breakout for her breakthrough performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  Inside Out as Best Animated Film, The Assassin as Best Foreign Language Film, The Big Short for Best Adapted Screenplay, Love & Mercy for Best Score, and Amy for Best Documentary.

Read the full press release at the Florida Film Critics Circle website.

 

2015 FLORIDA FILM CRITICS CIRCLE WINNERS

BEST PICTURE

 

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Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
Spotlight – Runners Up
T
he Big Short
The Martian

 

BEST ACTOR

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Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy – WINNER
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant – Runners Up
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

 

BEST ACTRESS

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Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – RoomWINNER
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years – Runners Up
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

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Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina – WINNER
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes – Runners Up
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

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Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight – Runners Up
Rooney Mara – Carol
Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria – WINNER
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina

 

BEST DIRECTOR

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Todd Haynes – CarolRunners Up
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road WINNER
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Ridley Scott – The Martian

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

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The Big Short
Mistress America
Spotlight WINNER
Straight Outta Compton
Tangerine – Runners Up

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

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Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Mistress America – Runners Up
Spotlight WINNER

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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The Big ShortWINNER
Brooklyn
Carol – Runners Up
Room
Steve Jobs

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

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Carol – Runners Up
Mad Max: Fury RoadWINNER
The Revenant
Sicario
Youth

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

 

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Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury RoadWINNER
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Runners Up
The Walk

 

BEST ART DIRECTION/ PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

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Brooklyn
CarolWINNER
Crimson Peak
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road – Runners Up

 

BEST SCORE

 

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Carol  – Runners Up
The Hateful Eight
Love & MercyWINNER
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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AmyWINNER
Best of Enemies
Cartel Land
Heart of a Dog – Runners Up
The Look of Silence

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

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The AssassinWINNER
Mommy – Runners Up
Mustang
Phoenix
Son of Saul

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM

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Anomalisa – Runners Up
Inside OutWINNER
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

 

FFCC BREAKOUT AWARD

 

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Bel Powley – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force AwakensWINNER
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine
Jacob Tremblay – Room
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina and The Danish Girl – Runners Up

 

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