Dec 23, 2015 03:37 PM EST

Mad Max: Fury Road dominates 2015 Florida Film Critics Awards

Mad Max: Fury Road dominates 2015 Florida Film Critics Awards

TAMPA, FL - The Florida Film Critics Circle has announced its winners for the best films and cinematic performances of 2015 and Mad Max: Fury Road soared above the competition. During the nomination phase, Todd Haynes' Carol lead the way with eight nominations to Mad Max's seven. After the final votes came in for the 2015 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, in a surprise turn, Fury Road walked away with four trophies and Carol one. Aside from taking top prizes for Best Picture and Best Director, George Miller's breathtaking return to the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max triumphed in Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects, topping Carol and Star Wars: The Force Awakens respectively. Carol won Best Art Direction/Production Design, with Mad Max: Fury Road at its heels for the runner up position in that contest.

The acting category was filled with surprises with critics not forgetting several excellent summer films. Paul Dano was named Best Actor for his role as the young Brain Wilson in producer/director Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy while Brie Larson was singled out as Best Actress for her portrayal of a kidnapped mother in Room. In the supporting categories, Kristen Stewart won Best Supporting Actress for her work in Olivier Assayas'Clouds of Sils Maria and Oscar Isaac was named Best Supporting Actor for his tortured/maniacal performance as the AI inventor of Ex Machina.

In other categories, Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary Amy edged out Lauri Anderson's Heart of a Dog for top honors in the Best Documentary field, while the stately wuxia movie by Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Assassin, won Best Foreign Language Film. Disney/Pixar once again took top honors in the Best Animated Film category with Inside Out. Its stiffest competition was from a very adult Anomalisa, which took the runner up prize. The much admired Spotlight, which was runner up for Best Picture, won for Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble. Finally of note, Love & Mercy won for Best Score and Daisy Ridley took the Breakout award for her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Congratulations to all this year's winners!

The Florida Film Critics Circle is an organization of 30 writers from Florida-based print and online publications. Founded in 1996, the FFCC strives to recognize outstanding work in film, further the cause of good movies, and maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida. http://www.floridafilmcritics.comBill Gibron of PopMatters.com and FilmRacket.com has served as chairman since March 2013.

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:

BEST PICTURE:

Winner - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Runner-Up - Spotlight

 

BEST ACTOR

Winner - PAUL DANO: LOVE AND MERCY

Runner-Up - Leonardo DiCaprio: The Revenant

 

BEST ACTRESS

Winner - BRIE LARSON: ROOM

Runner-Up - Charlotte Rampling: 45 Years

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner - OSCAR ISAAC: EX MACHINA

Runner-Up - Michael Shannon: 99 Homes

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner - KRISTEN STEWART: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

Runner-Up - Jennifer Jason Leigh: The Hateful Eight

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner - GEORGE MILLER- MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Runner-Up - Todd Haynes - Carol

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

Winner - SPOTLIGHT

Runner Up - Tangerine

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner - SPOTLIGHT

Runner Up - Mistress America

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner - THE BIG SHORT

Runner Up - Carol

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Runner Up - Carol

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Runner Up - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

Winner - CAROL

Runner Up - Mad Max: Fury Road

 

BEST SCORE

Winner - LOVE AND MERCY

Runner Up - Carol

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winner - AMY

Runner Up - Heart of a Dog

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Winner - THE ASSASSIN

Runner Up - Mommy

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Winner - INSIDE OUT

Runner Up - Anomalisa

 

FFCC BREAKOUT AWARD

Winner - DAISY RIDLEY - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Runner Up - Alicia Vikander: Ex Machina and The Danish Girl

Source: Florida Film Critics
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