St. Louis Film Critics announce 2015 awards

“Spotlight,” “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were the top winners in this year’s St. Louis Film Critics Association 2015 Awards, announced Dec. 20.

“Spotlight,” a drama about the Boston Globe investigation of pedophile priests, won Best Film, Director (Tom McCarthy) and Original Screenplay (Josh Singer and McCarthy).

“The Revenant,” based on Hugh Glass’ wilderness survival story, was also recognized with three — Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor; Emmanuel Lubezki, Cinematography; and Scene, Hugh being mauled by the grizzly bear.

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” the fourth installment in the futuristic action thriller, received three — Best Editing, Visual Effects and Art Direction. The film also received a special mention for its stunt work.

Other acting honors went to Brie Larson as a captive young mother in “Room,” Best Actress; Sylvester Stallone as boxer-turned-coach Rocky Balboa in “Creed,” Best Supporting Actor; and Alicia Vikander as a lifelike robot in “Ex Machina,” Best Supporting Actress.

SLFCA selects awards in 21 categories. Music honors went to “The Hateful Eight” for Ennio Morricone’s music score, “Love and Mercy,” based on Brian Wilson’s life, for Atticus Ross’ soundtrack, and “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” for Best Song.

Other honors included Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” as Best Comedy, Pixar’s “Inside Out” as Best Animated Feature, “Amy,” a look at Amy Winehouse’s short life, as Best Documentary and “Goodnight Mommy,” an Austrian horror movie, as Best Foreign Language Film. “The Martian,” an astronaut-in-peril drama, was named Best Adapted Screenplay, written by Drew Goddard, with novel by Andy Weir.

“Fantastic Four” was selected as the Worst Film of 2015.

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Here is a complete list of winners:

BEST FILM: “Spotlight”

Runner-up: “Inside Out”

BEST DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy “Spotlight”

Runner-up: George Miller “Mad Max: Fury Road”

BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio “The Revenant”

Runner-up: Ian McKellen “Mr. Holmes”

BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson “Room”

Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan “Brooklyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sylvester Stallone “Creed”

Runner-up: Mark Rylance “Bridge of Spies”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander “Ex Machina”

Runner-up (tie): Jennifer Jason Leigh “The Hateful Eight”; Rooney Mara “Carol”; and Kristen Stewart “Clouds of Sils Maria”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Spotlight” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Runner-up: “Ex Machina” Alex Garland

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “The Martian” Drew Goddard

Runner-up: “Brooklyn” Nick Hornby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: “The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki

Runner-up: “Carol” Edward Lachman

BEST EDITING: “Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel

Runner-up: “The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione


Runner-up: “The Walk”

BEST ART DIRECTION: “Mad Max: Fury Road” production designer Colin Gibson

Runner-up (tie): “Carol” production designer Judy Becker and “The Danish Girl” production designer Eve Stewart

BEST MUSIC SCORE: Ennio Morricone “The Hateful Eight”

Runner-up: Michael Giacchino “Inside Out”

BEST SOUNDTRACK: Atticus Ross, The Beach Boys “Love and Mercy”

Runner-up: N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton”

BEST SONG: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”

Runner-up: “See You Again” from “Furious 7”


Runner-up (tie): “Anomalisa,” “The Peanuts Movie,” and “The Good Dinosaur”

BEST COMEDY: “Trainwreck”

Runner-up: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”


Runner-up: “The Look of Silence”

BEST FOREIGN FILM: “Goodnight Mommy”

Runner-up: “Son of Saul”

BEST SCENE: Hugh mauled by grizzly bear in “The Revenant”

Runner-up: The tightrope walk by Philippe Petit between the Twin Towers in “The Walk”

WORST FILM: “Fantastic Four”

Runner-up: “Aloha”