Oscars 2015: Online Film Critics Society Winners

The OFCS announced their winners. In case you were wondering, “Didn’t they just announce the nominees like a week ago?” the answer is yes. Yes they did.

I don’t take them seriously as a precursor, but I am interested intellectually in what they chose as their favorite films and performances.

So let’s see who they voted for this year:

Best Picture

Ex Machina
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

I can see that. If we’re voting the way the Academy votes, which is the film that appears highest on the most lists, that would end up being the winner. It’s either that or Inside Out. Go ahead. Rank these ten films in the order you love them. You might have Sicario #1. A lot of people would have Sicario at 7 or 8. Everyone will have Mad Max in the top five. Most will have it in the top 3. That’s how it wins this. Now, does this mean we take it seriously as a Best Picture winner? No. For reasons that have nothing to do with quality and everything to do with spite, but we have a whole two months to get to that.

Best Director

Todd Haynes, Carol
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Denis Villeneuve, Sicario

Winner: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Shocker. Look at the rest of the category. The only real competition he had was Villeneuve. And I guess Ridley. No one should be surprised there. Especially after knowing how Best Picture turned out. These are online critics. This should surprise nobody.

Best Actor

Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes

Winner: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Having not yet seen The Revenant, and possibly even after I do, I agree with this. It was pretty much one or the other. Fassbender made the most sense if you’re glancing at this from afar. He might have the inside track to the Oscar, too.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Cate Blanchett, Carol

Ehh, okay. I’d put Larson and Ronan over here. But sure. Vote for her.

Best Supporting Actor

Benicio Del Toro, Sicario
Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Winner: Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina

I really like this category quite a bit. I was happy with however they went with this (well… maybe not Ruffalo). Not sure how I’d vote when presented with the category, but hey, I’m not arguing with Isaac, who is finally getting some recognition somewhere. Plus, the dancing.

Best Supporting Actress

Rooney Mara, Carol
Cynthia Nixon, James White
Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Winner: Rooney Mara, Carol

Haven’t seen Nixon’s performance, but outside of that, Kate Winslet is my vote in this category. Otherwise, Mara makes sense, after the Blanchett win.

Best Original Screenplay

Ex Machina
Inside Out
Mistress America

Winner: Spotlight

No surprise there. It’s the class of the category. It’ll probably win the Oscar too.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Martian
Steve Jobs

Winner: Carol

No. It’s fine, but no. Steve Jobs and The Martian and Room are all better scripts. They’re all good, and this would be a fine Oscar category, but I don’t think Carol should have won this.

Best Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Steve Jobs

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

No shit.

Best Cinematography

The Assassin
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Okay, sure. But maybe let’s get Deakins some love.

Best Animated Feature

The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Winner: Inside Out

Whaaaaaaaaaaat? Who saw that coming?

Best Foreign Language Film

The Assassin
Goodnight Mommy
Son of Saul

Winner: The Assassin

Son of Saul was better.

Best Documentary

Best of Enemies
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Look of Silence

Winner: The Look of Silence

Hard to argue with that at all.

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So those are your winners. Can’t speak much about this because they don’t mean anything as a precursor. So it’s not like this will affect Oscar voting in any way. But now I know people on the internet really liked Mad Max and Carol. So there’s that.


4 responses

  1. When are you posting your thoughts on the BFCA nominations?

    December 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm

  2. Normally I’d be Team Deakins, but Sicario wasn’t all that memorably shot (especially compared to Prisoners), and Max was (although my vote would be The Assassin, which despite its flaws was GORGEOUS).

    December 15, 2015 at 1:14 am

    • I beg to differ on Deakins’ effort on Sicario. I thought it was gorgeous enough that if he wins, it would be totally deserved, compounded with his overdue-ness. His shot of the specialists disappearing into the horizon during the magic hour utterly blew me away, enough to put that moment on my list of the most memorable film moments of 2015.

      December 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      • I’ll grant you that shot. That was vintage Deakins. The rest of the film, however, was short on truly memorable images. You look at Skyfall or Prisoners–they’re DRIPPING with great imagery. But this, aside from that magic hour shot, really wasn’t. Not that it was bad, but I expected more.

        December 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

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