Thursday, the Detroit Film Critics Society – the Mid-West’s most prestigious film critic group – announced their “Best of 2015” nominations in ten categories. A record seven films were nominated for Best Picture, with “Brooklyn” and “Spotlight” leading the pack with a total of five nominations a piece.
But the biggest winner of all may be actress Alicia Vikander, who was nominated a record three times by the DFCS, earning two Supporting Actress nominations for her work in “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina,” and also earning an expected nod for Breakthrough (she also starred in “Testament of Youth” in 2015). Jacob Tremblay, the child actor who earlier today was snubbed by the Golden Globes, earned two nominations for his breakout performance in “Room,” for Breakthrough and Supporting Actor.
“Spotlight” was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Ensemble, Best Screenplay, and perhaps most surprisingly, for Best Supporting Actor with Liev Schreiber. Most fanfare this awards season has centered around his co-stars Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, but Schreiber’s nomination is well-deserved.
On the animated front, “Inside Out’ earned three nominations, and is only the third film ever to be nominated by the DFCS for Best Picture (joining 2009 winner “Up” and 2008 nominee “Wall-E”). With Best Picture it was also nominated for Best Screenplay and for Best Ensemble, for its talented voice cast.
The DFCS loved them some “Ex Machina” as well, the critically acclaimed, early-year released science-fiction film. In addition to Vikander, Oscar Isaacs earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In the Best Documentary category, all five nominated films also appear on the Academy Awards “short list” of potential nominees for this year’s Oscars.
So who was snubbed? Left out completely was “Trumbo,” which just saw an Ensemble nomination with the SAGs and a Best Actor nom for Bryan Cranston with the Golden Globes. Director Denise Villeneuve was also left off of the list, even though his film, “Sicario,” landed a Best Picture nomination (“Inside Out” directing team of Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen were also snubbed, although Docter is credited with the nominated Screenplay).
So who will win the DFCS “Best of 2015” awards? The winners will be announced next Monday, Dec 14.
Here is the complete lest of picks from the Detroit Film Critics Society:
- INSIDE OUT
- MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
- THE REVENANT
- JOHN CROWLEY – BROOKLYN
- ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU – THE REVENANT
- TOM MCCARTHY – SPOTLIGHT
- GEORGE MILLER – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
- PAOLO SORRENTINO – YOUTH
- CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT – JAMES WHITE
- MICHAEL CAINE – YOUTH
- LEONARDO DICAPRIO – THE REVENANT
- MICHAEL FASSBENDER – STEVE JOBS
- TOM HARDY – LEGEND
- CATE BLANCHETT – CAROL
- BRIE LARSON – ROOM
- JENNIFER LAWRENCE – JOY
- BEL POWLEY – THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
- SAOIRSE RONAN – BROOKLYN
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- PAUL DANO – LOVE & MERCY
- BENICIO DEL TORO – SICARIO
- OSCAR ISAAC – EX MACHINA
- LIEV SCHREIBER – SPOTLIGHT
- JACOB TREMBLAY – ROOM
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- JENNIFER JASON LEIGH – THE HATEFUL EIGHT
- CYNTHIA NIXON – JAMES WHITE
- KRISTEN STEWART – CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
- ALICIA VIKANDER – THE DANISH GIRL
- ALICIA VIKANDER – EX MACHINA
- THE BIG SHORT
- THE HATEFUL EIGHT
- INSIDE OUT
- EMORY COHEN – BROOKLYN – ACTOR
- SEAN BAKER – TANGERINE– DIRECTOR
- BEL POWLEY – THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL – ACTRESS
- JACOB TREMBLAY – ROOM – ACTOR
- ALICIA VIKANDER – THE DANISH GIRL, EX MACHINA – ACTRESS
- PETE DOCTER, MEG LEFAUVE, JOSH COOLEY– INSIDE OUT
- NICK HORNBY – BROOKLYN
- JOSH SINGER, TOM MCCARTHY – SPOTLIGHT
- CHARLES RANDOLPH, ADAM MCKAY – THE BIG SHORT
- QUENTIN TARANTINO – THE HATEFUL EIGHT
- BEST OF ENEMIES
- GOING CLEAR
- LISTEN TO ME MARLON
- THE LOOK OF SILENCE
The Detroit Film Critics Society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of 17 film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.