Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight," the drama about Boston Globe reporters who uncovered sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, was named the best film of 2015 on Sunday by the National Society of Film Critics. McCarthy and Josh Singer also won screenplay honors for the film.
“Spotlight" has received top honors from several critics’ groups, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and won best feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. The drama is nominated for Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Spirit awards.
“Carol," a lush drama about two women who have an affair in the 1950s, was runner-up for top picture, with “Mad Max: Fury Road" taking third. Writer Charlie Kaufman (“Anomalisa") placed second in the screenplay category, while Charles Randolph and Adam McKay came in third for “The Big Short.“
The film critics’ society, which includes principal critics from major newspapers and other outlets, named Todd Haynes best director for “Carol." McCarthy was runner-up in the category, with George Miller coming in third for “Mad Max: Fury Road."
“Carol" also won cinematography honors for Ed Lachman, with Mark Lee Ping Bin placing second for “The Assassin" and John Seale coming in third for “Mad Max: Fury Road."
The lead actor award went to Michael B. Jordan for his portrayal of boxer Apollo Creed’s son in the “Rocky" sequel “Creed." Charlotte Rampling was named lead actress for her role as a married woman who learns a secret about her husband in the drama “45 Years."
Geza Rohrig was runner-up in the lead actor category for “Son of Saul" while Tom Courtenay (“45 Years") placed third. Saoirse Ronan was runner-up for lead actress for “Brooklyn," while Nina Hoss took third place for “Phoenix."
Mark Rylance won supporting actor for his role as a Soviet intelligence officer in “Bridge of Spies." Kristen Stewart was chosen for supporting actress for her role as an assistant to an international movie star in “Clouds of Sils Maria."
Michael Shannon came in second for supporting actor for “99 Homes" and Sylvester Stallone placed third in the category for “Creed." Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina") was runner-up for supporting actress, with Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs") and Elizabeth Banks (“Love & Mercy") tying for third.
Mauritania’s “Timbuk-tu" won the award for foreign language film. The runner-up in the category was “Phoenix," and “The Assassin" placed third. Nonfiction film honors went to “Amy," the documentary about singer Amy Winehouse. “In Jackson Heights" was the runner-up; “Seymour: An Introduction" placed third.
Of the 53 members, 38 voted at Sunday’s meeting at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center at Lincoln Center in New York using a weighted ballot system.