Southeastern critics name 'Spotlight' 2015's best movie
Tom McCarthy's true-life journalism drama Spotlight was named 2015's best film by the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA), when voting results were announced Monday.
Spotlight examines the Boston Globe’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of child molestation by Catholic priests and a systematic cover-up within the Catholic Church. Spotlight was also voted the group's ensemble acting prize, and was honored in the original screenplay category.
“Spotlight was a clear favorite with our members,” SEFCA President Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said in a media release. “Spotlight appeared on 80 percent of the ballots and received 19 No. 1 votes, by far the most of any film. Rarely have we had that sort of consensus about the top film.”
Full disclosure: Times movie critic Steve Persall is a voting SEFCA member. Further disclosure: Persall assures us that other SEFCA members couldn't have seen The Reverant, and certainly hadn't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens by balloting deadline. Neither film appeared anywhere in the results.
Bryan Cranston won named best actor Trumbo, and Brie Larson was named best actress for Room.Supporting performances awards were voted to Sylvester Stallone (Creed) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina).
The group’s Wyatt Award, named in memory of SEFCA charter member Gene Wyatt and awarded annually to the film that best captures the spirit of the South, went to the documentary Finders Keepers, Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s bizarre story about a dispute over a North Carolina man’s amputated foot.
The Southeastern Film Critics Association is comprised of 55 professional film critics in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Here are this year's results, runners-up and the group's top-10 movies of 2015:
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
6. The Big Short
7. The Martian
8. Inside Out
9. Bridge of Spies
Winner: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Runner-up: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Runner-up: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Runner-up: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Runner-up: The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner-up: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer for Spotlight
Runner-up: Bob Petersen, Pete Docter for Inside Out
Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Emma Donoghue for Room
Runner-up: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for The Big Short
Runner-up: Best of Enemies
Winner: Son of Saul
Runner-up: The Assassin
Best Animated Film
Winner: Inside Out
Winner: John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road
Runner-up: Luca Bigazzi for Youth
The Gene Wyatt Award for the Film that Best Evokes the Spirit of the South