Thursday, 10 December 2015


It won't create quite the same stir that yesterday's shock SAG nominations did, but the Detroit Film Critics Society's slate for the best of film in 2015 is arguably even more shocking. Not so shocking is that Spotlight appears to be the most compelling choice to win big with the DFCS, but you can count almost everything else from there as seriously strange: a mere two nominations for Todd Haynes' critically-acclaimed Carol and the same number for David O. Russell's critically-derided Joy; three in major categories for Youth (of all films!) yet nothing for Jane Fonda; so much love for Inside Out it makes it into Best Ensemble; Liev Schreiber chosen as Spotlight's sole acting nominee and garnering a nod over Supporting Actor frontrunners Mark Rylance and Sylvester Stallone; Best Breakthrough nods for Sean Baker and Alicia Vikander, despite both surely having broken through some years ago; and then curious redemption in recognition for James White's Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon! We'll see if the actual awards are as baffling as the nominations when the DFCS makes its final choices on the 14th of December. Until then, the nominations themselves:

Best Picture
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Director
John Crowley (Brooklyn)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Paolo Sorrentino (Youth)

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott (James White)
Michael Caine (Youth)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Tom Hardy (Legend)

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Benicio del Toro (Spotlight)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Liev Schreiber (Spotlight)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Cynthia Nixon (James White)
Kristen Srewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Screenplay
Josh Cooley, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out)
Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (The Big Short)
Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)

Best Ensemble
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out

Best Documentary
Best of Enemies
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence

Best Breakthrough
Sean Baker (Tangerine)
Emory Cohen (Brooklyn)
Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl / Ex Machina)