2015 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 13th, 2015 by SFFCC

 

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle this year illuminates SPOTLIGHT as the Best Picture of 2015, while also handing out three awards to MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, two to BROOKLYN and two to LOVE & MERCY. Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of 42 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances to reach a consensus and award the best achievements in film this year.

George Miller won recognition for his robust and masterful treatment of action with a social conscience in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, while Paul Dano and Saoirse Ronan collected Best Actor and Best Actress, the former for his portrayal of Brian Wilson’s youthful but troubled musical genius in LOVE & MERCY and the latter for essaying delicate, nuanced emotional detail as a young immigrant woman coming of age and facing the choice of her life in BROOKLYN. The same films were also recognized for their screenwriters: Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner for the thoughtfully structured biopic LOVE & MERCY and Nick Hornby for locating the emotion and internal struggle of an immigrant experience in his screen adaptation of the novel BROOKLYN.

Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress honors went, respectively, to Michael Shannon for his utterly credible work as a fiery real-estate exploiter in 99 HOMES and Mya Taylor for powerfully grounding, with heart and humor, TANGERINE, a tale of transgender sex workers navigating a nighttime odyssey on the streets of L.A.

Awards also went to MAD MAX: FURY ROAD for Best Cinematography (John Seale) and Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel), as well as CAROL for Best Production Design (Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler). The SFFCC recognized SON OF SAUL as Best Foreign Language Film, ANOMALISA as Best Animated Feature, and LISTEN TO ME MARLON as Best Documentary. Finally, the SFFCC’s annual Special Citation Award for an underappreciated independent film went to Guy Maddin’s THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, while the group’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community went to 4 Star Theatre proprietor Frank Lee.

Best Picture

BROOKLYN
CAROL
LOVE & MERCY
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
WINNER – SPOTLIGHT

Best Director

John Crowley, BROOKLYN
Todd Haynes, CAROL
Alejandro González Iñárritu, THE REVENANT
Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT
WINNER – George Miller, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, TRUMBO
WINNER – Paul Dano, LOVE & MERCY
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE REVENANT
Michael Fassbender, STEVE JOBS
Ian McKellen, MR. HOLMES

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett,  CAROL
Brie Larson, ROOM
Rooney Mara,  CAROL
Charlotte Rampling, 45 YEARS
WINNER – Saoirse Ronan,  BROOKLYN

Best Supporting Actor

Paul Dano,  LOVE & MERCY
Benicio Del Toro,  SICARIO
Mark Rylance,  BRIDGE OF SPIES
WINNER – Michael Shannon,  99 HOMES
Sylvester Stallone,  CREED

Best Supporting Actress

Elizabeth Banks,  LOVE & MERCY
Helen Mirren,  TRUMBO
WINNER – Mya Taylor,  TANGERINE
Alicia Vikander,  THE DANISH GIRL
Alicia Vikander,  EX MACHINA

Best Screenplay, Original

EX MACHINA, Alex Garland
WINNER –
LOVE & MERCY, Oren Moverman; Michael Alan Lerner
SICARIO, Taylor Sheridan
SPOTLIGHT, Tom McCarthy; Josh Singer
TANGERINE, Sean Baker; Chris Bergoch

Best Screenplay, Adapted

CAROL, Phyllis Nagy
WINNER –
BROOKLYN, Nick Hornby
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, Marielle Heller
45 YEARS, Andrew Haigh
THE MARTIAN, Drew Goddard
ROOM, Emma Donahue

Best Cinematography

THE ASSASSIN, Ping Bing Lee
CAROL, Edward Lachmann
WINNER –
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, John Seale
THE REVENANT, Emmanuel Lubezki
SICARIO, Roger Deakins

Best Production Design

BRIDGE OF SPIES, Adam Stockhausen; Rena DeAngelo; Bernard Henrich
BROOKLYN, François Séguin; Suzanne Cloutier
WINNER –
CAROL, Judy Becker; Heather Loeffler
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Colin Gibson; Katie Sherrock; Lisa Thompson
THE REVENANT, Jack Fisk; Hamish Purdy

Best Film Editing

THE BIG SHORT, Hank Corwin
LOVE & MERCY, Dino Jonsater
WINNER –
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Margaret Sixel
THE REVENANT, Stephen Mirrione
SICARIO, Joe Walker

Best Animated Feature

WINNER – ANOMALISA
BOY AND THE WORLD
INSIDE OUT
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
SHAUN THE SHEEP

Best Foreign Language Picture

THE ASSASSIN
GOODNIGHT MOMMY
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
WINNER – SON OF SAUL
TIMBUKTU

Best Documentary

AMY
BEST OF ENEMIES
WINNER – LISTEN TO ME MARLON
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
MERU

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Frank Lee  For his lifelong dedication to film culture in San Francisco—in particular his twenty-plus-year film stewardship of the 4 Star Theatre in the tradition of the family-run independent art house and his attention to Hong Kong film, both marked by his astute taste and knowledge.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM Guy Maddin’s haunted scream, full of artfully recreated, vinegar-eaten celluloid, is a rat’s nest of affairs too strange to recall and too troubling to forget

 

 

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SFFCC Members’ Best of 2015
January 6th, 2016 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2015 lists, they will be added here.

Walter Addiego (SF Chronicle)

BROOKLYN
LOVE & MERCY
SICARIO
45 YEARS
BLACK MASS
THE BIG SHORT
AMY
THE END OF THE TOUR
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
LEGEND

added 1/5/2016

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid/ SF Examiner)

INSIDE OUT
THE ASSASSIN
JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI
THE END OF THE TOUR
MAPS TO THE STARS
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE ROYAL ROAD
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
SICARIO
CREED

added 1/5/2016

Daniel Barnes (Sacramento News & Review)

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
MISTRESS AMERICA
LISTEN TO ME, MARLON
ANOMALISA
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
TIMBUKTU
JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI
IT FOLLOWS
THE LOOK OF SILENCE

added 1/5/2016

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

CHI-RAQ
DEMOCRATS
CARTEL LAND
TIMBUKTU
THE CUT
THE BIG SHORT
BEASTS OF NO NATION
WELCOME TO ME
45 YEARS
IN JACKSON HEIGHTS

added 1/5/2016

Pam Grady

LOVE & MERCY
ANOMALISA
THE TRIBE
CREED
BROOKLYN
THE LOBSTER
THE END OF THE TOUR
THE ROYAL ROAD
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

added 1/6/2016

Peter Hartlaub (SF Chronicle)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
EX MACHINA
SPOTLIGHT
INSIDE OUT
CREED
ANOMALISA
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
THE BIG SHORT
BROOKLYN
IT FOLLOWS

added 1/5/2016

Dennis Harvey (Variety)

MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW
THE WITCH
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
TRAINWRECK
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
BROOKLYN
EXPERIMENTER
99 HOMES
GUIDANCE
THE GREAT MAN
LOVE & MERCY
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

added 1/5/2016

Zaki Hasan

SPOTLIGHT
THE BIG SHORT
CREED
SICARIO
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
STEVE JOBS
THE MARTIAN
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
TRUMBO
ANT-MAN

added 1/7/2016

Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle)

BRIDGE OF SPIES
THE BIG SHORT
SON OF SAUL
BROOKLYN
SICARIO
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
LOVE & MERCY
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
DANNY COLLINS
PAWN SACRIFICE

added 1/5/2016

Inkoo Kang (The Village Voice/The Wrap)

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
SON OF SAUL
SPOTLIGHT
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
MOMMY
INSIDE OUT
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

added 1/5/2016

Anita Katz (SF Examiner)

CAROL
ABOUT ELLY
SON OF SAUL
45 YEARS
TIMBUKTU
THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
SPOTLIGHT
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
BEST OF ENEMIES
MUSTANG

added 1/5/2016

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

BROOKLYN
BRIDGE OF SPIES
CAROL
THE BIG SHORT
SPOTLIGHT
SOUTHPAW
3 HEARTS
LOVE & MERCY
45 YEARS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

added 1/5/2016

Jason LeRoy (The Binge)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
TANGERINE
DOPE
BROOKLYN
SPOTLIGHT
CREED
CHI-RAQ
ROOM
MUSTANG
SPY

added 1/6/2016

Randy Myers (Bay Area News Group)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
SPOTLIGHT
MOMMY
ROOM
LOVE & MERCY
EX MACHINA
THE BIG SHORT
TANGERINE
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
INSIDE OUT
BROOKLYN
BEASTS OF NO NATION
JAMES WHITE
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
THE MARTIAN
MERU
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
CREED

added 1/5/2016

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

BROOKLYN
45 YEARS
SON OF SAUL
THE BIG SHORT
LOVE & MERCY
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
BEASTS OF NO NATION
ONLY THE DEAD SEE THE END OF WAR
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
JOY DEMOCRATS
WELCOME TO ME
IN JACKSON HEIGHTS
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
THE END OF THE TOUR
THE ASSASSIN
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
CARTEL LAND
BOY AND THE WORLD

added 1//5/2016

Michael Snyder (Marina Times/Pacifica Radio)

AMY
BEASTS OF NO NATION
THE BIG SHORT
BROOKLYN
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
THE END OF THE TOUR
EX MACHINA
INSIDE OUT
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
ROOM
SICARIO
SON OF SAUL
SPOTLIGHT
TRUMBO
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

added 1//6/2016

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

THE ASSASSIN
BROOKLYN
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL
LOVE & MERCY
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
ROOM
SPOTLIGHT
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
99 HOMES

added 1/5/2016

Jan Wahl (KCBS 740 AM)

SPOTLIGHT
LOVE & MERCY
TRUMBO
CONCUSSION
CAROL
INSIDE OUT
SUFFRAGETTE
THE DANISH GIRL
BROOKLYN
THE WALK
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF
AMY
THE BEST OF ENEMIES
THE WRECKING CREW

added 1/5/2016

Angela Watercutter (WIRED)

CAROL
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
SPOTLIGHT
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
TANGERINE
LOVE & MERCY
THE REVENANT
SICARIO
CREED
THE WOLFPACK

added 1/5/2016

Yar Wei (Sing Tao Radio)

SPOTLIGHT
THE REVENANT
BROOKLYN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE BIG SHORT
BEASTS OF NO NATION
THE MARTIAN
CAROL
BLACK MASS
JOY

added 1/7/2016

Dennis Willis

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
ANOMALISA
INSIDE OUT
CAROL
45 YEARS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
ROOM
THE REVENANT
CREED

added 1/6/2016

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