Phoenix Critics Circle Announces 2015 Award Winners

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On December 15th, 2015, the Phoenix Critics Circle gathered to announce their winners. Below you’ll find their list of winners for the best films and performances of 2015.

Best Picture

Winner: Spotlight

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Nominees:

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Best Comedy Film

Winner: The Big Short

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Nominees:

  • The Big Short
  • Dope
  • Joy
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

Best Science Fiction Film

Winner: Ex Machina

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Nominees:

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian

Best Mystery or Thriller Film

Winner: Sicario

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Nominees:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight

Best Animated Film

Winner: Inside Out

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Nominees:

  • Anomalisa
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep

Best International Film

Winner: Youth

Nominees:

  • The Assassin
  • White God
  • Youth

Best Documentary

Winner: Amy

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Nominees:

  • Amy
  • Best of Enemies
  • Cartel Land
  • He Named My Malala
  • Listen to Me Marlon

Best Horror Film

Winner: It Follows

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Nominees:

  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Crimson Peak
  • It Follows
  • Unfriended

Best Musical or Musical Film

Winner: Straight Outta Compton

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Nominees:

  • Amy
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Straight Outta Compton

Best Actor

Winner: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

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Nominees:

  • Michael Caine, Youth
  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Best Actress

Winner: Brie Larson, Room

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Nominees:

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Marion Cotillard, Macbeth
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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Nominees:

  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk
  • Michael Keaton, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed
  • Jacob Tremblay, Room

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

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Nominees:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Director

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Winner: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Nominees:

  • Alex Garland, Ex Machina
  • Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Screenplay

Winner: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight

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Nominees:

  • Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland, Ex Machina
  • Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
  • Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Best Score

Winner: Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL, Mad Max: Fury Road

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Nominees:

  • Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
  • Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
  • Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and internet film critics from Arizona.

For questions, contact Phoenix Film Foundation Executive Director, Jason Carney at Jason@phxfilm.com or 602-955-6444.

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