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‘Spotlight’ Named Best Film by Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association

Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Spotlight” led the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards, with the latter nabbing the top prize.

Spotlight” was named the best film of 2015 on Monday after being dubbed the year’s top movie by the Los Angeles Film Critics, Boston Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online. Tom McCarthy’s drama about The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church child molestation scandal also won for best ensemble for its cast that includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci.

The post-apocalyptic film “Mad Max: Fury Road” nabbed three awards: best director (George Miller), best production design and best editing. The movie also recently took top honors from the National Board of Review and Boston Online Film Critics.

Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor for his survival drama “The Revenant,” while Saoirse Ronan was named best actress for the period pic “Brooklyn.” Supporting nods were awarded to Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation” and Alicia Vikander for “Ex Machina.”

Pixar’s “Inside Out” was awarded the best animated feature prize, while its writing team won for best original screenplay — an unprecedented win for the writing of an animated film. “Amy” and “Son of Saul” won best documentary and best foreign language film, respectively.

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The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association is comprised of 52 DC-VA-MD-based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Film: “Spotlight”

Best Director: George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)

Best Supporting Actor: Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”)

Best Acting Ensemble: “Spotlight”

Best Youth Performance: Jacob Tremblay (“Room”)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue (“Room”)

Best Original Screenplay: Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (Original Story by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen) (“Inside Out”)

Best Animated Feature: “Inside Out”

Best Documentary: “Amy”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”

Best Production Design: Production Designer Colin Gibson, Set Decorator Lisa Thompson (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (“The Revenant”)

Best Editing: Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)

Best Original Score: Johann Johannsson (“Sicario”)

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