‘Spotlight’ named Best Picture by Indiana Film Journalists Association

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I'm still a few days away from finalizing my list of the top films of 2015 and so you won't see my list until the Dec. 21 IBJ.

And, no, I haven't seen the new Star Wars film yet.

However, I am a proud member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association, a gang that met on Dec. 12 to debate, discuss, and battle to come up with a collective list of the best of the year.

And, no, no one else in the group has seen the Star Wars film yet, either, although we do get a look at many of the films that have yet to be released here.

Here's what the collective came up with:

Best Film

Winner: "Spotlight"

Runner-up: "Room"

Other Finalists(listed alphabetically):


"The Big Short"


"The End of the Tour"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"Steve Jobs"

"Straight Outta Compton"

Best Animated Feature

Winner: "Anomalisa"

Runner-Up: "Inside Out "

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: "Son of Saul"

Runner-Up: "Goodnight Mommy"

Best Documentary

Winner: "Amy"

Runner-Up: "Meru"

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, "Spotlight"

Runner-up: Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, "Bridge of Spies"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Emma Donoghue, "Room"

Runner-up: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, "The Big Short"

Best Director

Winner: George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Runner-up: Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"


Best Actress

Winner: Brie Larson, "Room"

Runner-up: Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Greta Gerwig, "Mistress America"

Runner-up: Elizabeth Banks, "Love & Mercy"

Best Actor

Winner: Jacob Tremblay, "Room"

Runner-up: Jason Segel, "The End of the Tour"

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

Runner-up: Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation"

Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance

Winner: Phyllis Smith, "Inside Out"

Runner-up: Tom Noonan, "Anomalisa"

Best Musical Score

Winner: Junkie XL, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Runner-up: Disasterpeace, "It Follows"

Original Vision Award

Winner: "Anomalisa"

Runner-up: "Chi-Raq"

The Hoosier Award

Winner: Angelo Pizzo, writer/director/producer
(As a special award, no runner-up is declared in this category.)

About IFJA: The Indiana Film Journalists Association was established in February 2009. Members must reside in the Hoosier State and produce consistent, quality film criticism or commentary in any medium. More info here

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