Oscars Watch: 2015 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Taking its first lead over “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the Oscar hopeful “Spotlight” wins another critics award from Los Angeles, however George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) takes Best Director. Michael Fassbender gets his first win from “Steve Jobs” which shows the box office might not hurt its Oscar chances after all. And Alicia Vikander takes home Best Supporting Actress not for “The Danish Girl” but for her turn as the A.I. in “Ex Machina.” Michael Shannon also gets on the board for his role in “99 Homes,” which would translate perfectly to another Oscar nomination for the brilliant actor.

Best Picture: “Spotlight”     (Runner-up: “Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Best Director: George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road”     (Runner-up: Todd Haynes, “Carol”)
Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling – “45 Years”     (Runner-up: Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”)
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender – “Steve Jobs”     (Runner-up: Géza Röhrig, “Son of Saul”)
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander – “Ex Machina”     (Runner-up: Kristen Stewart, “Clouds of Sils Maria”)
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon – “99 Homes”     (Runner-up: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”)
Best Screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – “Spotlight”     (Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, “Anomalisa”)
Best Cinematography: John Seale – “Mad Max: Fury Road”     (Runner-up: Edward Lachman, “Carol”)
Best Edting: Hank Corwin – “The Big Short”     (Runner-up: Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”     (Runner-up: “The Tribe”)
Best Animation: “Anomalisa”     (Runner-up: “Inside Out”)
Best Documentary: “Amy”     (Runner-up: “The Look of Silence”)
Best Music Score: Carter Burwell – “Anomalisa” &“Carol”     (Runner-up: Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”)
Best Production Design: Colin Gibson – “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Career Achievement: Editor Anne V. Coates.

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