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Las Vegas Film Critics: Spotlight and Mad Max Sweep the LVFCS Awards

by | December 18, 2015 | Comments

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society announced the 2015 winners of the LVFCS awards on Thursday, December 17. Read though for the full list.


Best Picture: Spotlight (2015) 97%
Best Director: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (2015) 97%
Best Ensemble: Spotlight (2015) 97%
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant (2015) 78%
Best Actress: Brie Larson, ()
Best Original Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight (2015) 97%
Best Adapted Screenplay: Drew Goddard, The Martian (2015) 91%
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki,The Revenant (2015) 78%
Best Film Editing: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97%
Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97%
Best Foreign Film: Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh) (2015) 85%
Best Art Direction: Irene O’Brien and Robert Parle, Brooklyn (2015) 97%
Best Supporting Actress: Elizabeth Banks, Love & Mercy (2015) 90%
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed (2015) 95%
Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97%
Best Horror/Sci-fi Film: Ex Machina (2015) 92%
Best Animated Film: Inside Out (2015) 98%
Best Family Film: Cinderella (2015) 84%
Best Documentary: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) 95%
Best Comedy: Trainwreck (2015) 85%
Best Action Film: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97%
Youth in Film: Jacob Tremblay, Room (2015) 93%
Breakout Filmmaker: Alex Garland, Ex Machina (2015) 92%
Best Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight (2015) 74%
Best Song: “See You Again” from Furious 7 (2015) 81%


Top 10 2015

  • daisy

    Congratulations to Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright and all contributors to the documentary, Going Clear. It was a fearless look at the abuse this cult inflicts on its members and society. I hope you will win an Oscar as well.

    • Bradly Martin

      You think the Academy is going to nominate a documentary that sheds light on the preferred religion of the Academy?

      • daisy

        Yes I do. The crime syndicate would like us to believe they have a big presence in the Hollywood community but other than a few aging stars and actors born into the religion, it is disliked. They have bullied the Hollywood community. Going Clear has already won three emmys

      • Frodis73

        Preferred religion of the Academy? Ha! One of the reasons scientology has been able to get away with their BS is because so many believe they wield tons of power in Hollywood. Truth is, what little power they may have had at one time is now greatly diminished and Hollywood is also fed up with scientology jerking them around for years. There are less than 40K sci’s worldwide and Tom Cruise is the only real celeb they have left…and his star is fading due to both his craziness and not seeing his daughter. Not many people have respect for a weird, paranoid, arrogant, wealthy freak that has slaves!

      • TexasBroad

        Bradly, I browsed your Disqus history of comments and they are all related to movies, TV, media. Are you in the business? More to the point, is your belief that Scientology is the “preferred religion of the Academy” based on personal observation, or from a somewhat common (mis)perception that they are entrenched and powerful in Hollywood? Happy to see this documentary help diminish that belief and the perception that Scientology is ‘like all other religions.” Most happy to see that Gibney shed light on the travesty of Scientology’s tax-exempt status.

      • In Leah Remini’s book “Troublemaker” she says that there aren’t that many Hollywood people into Scientology, and she would know. I don’t know if Going Clear will be nominated for an Oscar, or if it is, if it will win (competition is fierce this year) but I agree with daisy, the cult is not very well-liked in Hollywood. I remember when Travolta was winning a lot of pre-Oscar awards for Get Shorty and in every speech he thanked L. Ron Hubbard. Finally he did it one too many times and got booed. That might have been at the Critics Choice. Voters liked him as an actor in the movie, not because he was a Scientologist. Both he and Nicole Kidman (To Die For) won Golden Globes yet neither were nominated for Oscars. It’s just a hunch but I think Scientology was to blame, which was a shame when it came to Nicole. She really deserved a nomination.

        Thank you Las Vegas critics for choosing Going Clear. I like all your winners!

      • Bradly Martin

        Won three Emmy’s. Of course it did. The Emmy’s have always bent over for HBO. I mean holy crap, the worst season of Game of Thrones made off like GangBusters and has anybody actually seen Olive Kitteriger (Spelling?) seriously, anybody? Anybody?

        Mostly it’s just been personal perception. I don’t know any people practicing scientology in real life and any time I do hear about it, it’s from a celebrity. Issac Hayes, Nancy Cartwright, John Travolta, Will Smith, and of course Tom Cruise. All Celebrities that are in entertainment roles that I love be it South Park, The Simpsons, or a silly action movie with a lot of Running. That and religion of any celebrity is usually very private if it isn’t promoting some hollywood fad belief with the exception of Kirk Cameron pushing Christianity or Stephen Colbert and Catholicism not that he pushes it but he’s open about that belief.

        The Academy has always had this weird relationships with documentaries. There are the ones that seem important, hard hitting, life changing and the ones the academy loves which is documentaries about making sure Art, Performing, and Movies are bigger then life. 5 feet from Stardom and Searching for Sugar Man winning big while The act of killing loses and Waiting for Superman isn’t even nominated at all.

  • Rasha

    Congrats, Messrs. Gibney and Wright, and all involved. Again. The importance of your work cannot be overstated.

  • TexasBroad

    Going Clear deserves all accolades…congratulations to all that contributed and looking forward to more awards to come. Many know what nonsense you have had to endure and are grateful for this important work.

  • Narapoid

    Going Clear is the documentary that Scientology watchers (hence, now enemies) had only dreamed of being made. In two hours the nature of the beast is revealed in all of its arrogance and menace. The truly crazy part: Gibney said he had enough material for another 2 hours of jaw dropping footage.

    If it isn’t all true; Why didn’t they sue?

  • NurseBotez

    Going Clear is a fantastic documentary and I am so glad it is getting the recognition it deserves! It has made Scientology a snicker-snort comment among the common man.

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