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National Society of Film Critics names Spotlight as best picture

(Kerry Hayes)

For its 50th annual film awards, the National Society of Film Critics has recognized Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight as the best picture of the year.

The journalism drama, which follows the true story of the Boston Globe investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, also earned the award for best screenplay, honoring McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer. Carol, which stars Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, also picked up two awards, as Todd Haynes won for best director and Ed Lachman won for best cinematography.

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The NSFC also honored Michael B. Jordan as best actor for his role in Creed and Charlotte Rampling as best actress for 45 Years. Kristen Stewart won best supporting actress for Clouds of Sils Maria, and Mark Rylance won best supporting actor for Bridge of SpiesTimbuktu was named best foreign-language film, and the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy won the award for best non-fiction film.

The NSFC’s picks don’t always indicate a future Oscar win: Last year, the group selected Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language as best picture, and the film failed to earn any Oscar nominations. It did successfully pick J.K. Simmons as best supporting actor for Whiplash and Patricia Arquette as best supporting actress for Boyhood, as well as recognizing Citizenfour as the best non-fiction film.