Friday, 4 December 2015

The New York Film Critics Circle has named "Carol" as its best picture of 2015. The Todd Haynes-directed film — which stars Cate Blanchett as a housewife who meets and begins an affair with a shop clerk and aspiring photographer (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York — won four awards from the critics organization

In addition to best picture, "Carol" received honors for best director, best screenplay and best cinematography. However, neither Blanchett nor Mara received an acting award for the film. Instead, the organization, which voted on its annual film picks on Monday, selected Michael Keaton as best actor for his work in Spotlight and Saoirse Ronan as best actress for her role in Brooklyn. The best supporting actress nod went to Kristen Stewart for her part in "Clouds of Sils Maria."

"Inside Out" was named best animated film, the latest honor for the Pixar movie after it was named best animated film by the National Board of Review and received 14 Annie Award nominations on Tuesday.

The NBR's pick for best film, Mad Max: Fury Road, was ignored by the NYFCC, as were Oscar hopefuls "The Hateful Eight," "The Martian," "Beasts of No Nation" and "Room," which each won awards from the NBR. Other prospective Oscar contenders ignored by the NYFCC include "Steve Jobs," "Joy," "Concussion," "The Revenant," "Anomalisa," "Truth," "The Danish Girl," "Straight Outta Compton," "The Big Short," " Amy," "Sicario" and "Tangerine." "Spotlight," meanwhile, only received one award from NYFCC: Keaton's best actor nod.

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