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 2014
December 30th, 2014 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2014 lists, they will be added here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
IDA
THE LEGO MOVIE
SNOWPIERCER
UNDER THE SKIN
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
THE SKELETON TWINS
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3-D

added 1/1/2015

Daniel Barnes (Sacramento News & Review)

UNDER THE SKIN
INHERENT VICE
LISTEN UP PHILIP
BOYHOOD
MR. TURNER
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
WE ARE THE BEST!
SNOWPIERCER
VISITORS
THE OVERNIGHTERS

added 12/30/14

Bernard Boo (waytooindie.com)

UNDER THE SKIN
WHIPLASH
BOYHOOD
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
MR. TURNER
BIRDMAN
TIM’S VERMEER
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

added 1/13/2015

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

BOYHOOD
NATIONAL GALLERY
LEVIATHAN
UNDER THE SKIN
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
MR. TURNER
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
CITIZENFOUR
INHERENT VICE
SNOWPIERCER

added 1/1/2015

Michael Fox (J)

IDA
LE-WEEKEND
LOVE IS STRANGE
BOYHOOD
CALVARY
CHELSEA GIRLS
LISTEN UP PHILIP
THE OVERNIGHTERS
SELMA
MR. TURNER

added 1/13/2015

Michael Guillen (The Evening Class)

THE AUCTION
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
EASTERN BOYS
LEVIATHAN
NORTE: THE END OF HISTORY
SELMA
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
WHITE SHADOW

added 1/1/2015

Peter Hartlaub (SF Chronicle)

BOYHOOD
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
SNOWPIERCER
WHIPLASH
BIRDMAN
THE LEGO MOVIE
SELMA
THE BABADOOK
RAID 2: BERANDAL
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

added 1/13/2015

Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
IMITATION GAME
THEORY OF EVERYTHING
THE LEGO MOVIE
DIPLOMACY
SELMA
LAST WEEKEND
DRAFT DAY

added 1/13/2015

Anita Katz (SF Examiner)

CITIZENFOUR
BIRDMAN
MR. TURNER
IDA
LEVIATHAN
BOYHOOD
CALVARY
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
LOCKE
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

added 1/1/2015

Jonathan Kiefer (SF Weekly)

BLUE RUIN
BOYHOOD
CALVARY
FORCE MAJEURE
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
HAPPY CHRISTMAS
LAND HO!
LISTEN UP PHILIP
NIGHT MOVES
UNDER THE SKIN

added 1/1/2015

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
THIRD PERSON
CALVARY
FURY
CHEF
BIG EYES
THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR
ROB THE MOB

added 1/1/2015

Carla Meyer (Sacramento Bee)

BOYHOOD
BIRDMAN
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
THE BABADOOK
GONE GIRL
UNDER THE SKIN
NIGHTCRAWLER
THE DROP
LIFE ITSELF
WILD

added 1/1/2015

Omar P.L. Moore (The Popcorn Reel)

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
IDA
UNDER THE SKIN
BOYHOOD
SELMA
BIRDMAN
CITIZENFOUR
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
CALVARY
THE LEGO MOVIE

added 1/1/2015

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

BOYHOOD
LEVIATHAN
UNDER THE SKIN
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
MR. TURNER
THE ONE I LOVE
SNOWPIERCER
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
HAPPY VALLEY
WILD

added 1/1/2015

Michael Snyder (Marina Times)

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
BIG EYES
BIG HERO 6
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
CITIZENFOUR
CONVERGENCE
FOXCATCHER
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
MOMMY
NIGHTCRAWLER
SELMA
THE IMITATION GAME
THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
WHIPLASH

added 1/1/2015

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

CALVARY
IDA
GONE GIRL
NIGHTCRAWLER
THE HOMESMAN
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
VIOLETTE
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
BLUE RUIN

added 1/1/2015

Richard Von Busack (San Jose Metro)

BIRDMAN
BIG EYES
MR. TURNER
FURY
INHERENT VICE
VIOLETTE
THE OVERNIGHTERS
THE SKELETON TWINS
IDA
WILD/TRACKS (tied)

added 1/13/2015

Jan Wahl (KCBS 740 AM)

THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN
STILL ALICE
IDA
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN
ST. VINCENT
BIRDMAN
SELMA
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
PRIDE
THE IMITATION GAME

added 1/13/2015

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