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‘Spotlight’ Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

Tom McCarthy’s drama gets another feather in its cap from East Coast group

“Spotlight” has taken center stage once again this weekend, as the New York Film Critics Online named Tom McCarthy’s drama best picture of the year.

The film about Boston Globe journalists investigating pedophile priests also took the same prize earlier on Sunday from the Boston Society of Film Critics. The NYFCO also named McCarthy best director, his script with Josh Singer best screenplay and his all-star cast including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as best ensemble.

The group ranked its top ten best films of the year, alphabetically, as follows: “45 years,” “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” Max Max: Fury Road,” “Sicario,” “Spotlight,” “Steve Jobs” and “Trumbo.”

The NYFCO consists of about three dozen critics, some of whom are also members of the older and more widely-known New York Film Critics Circle. Recent winners, most of which went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, include “Birdman,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Artist,” “The Social Network,” “Avatar” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Read the full list of winners below:

Best Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
Best Actor: Paul Dano, “Love & Mercy”
Breakthrough Performance: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina”
Best Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”
Best Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
Best Documentary Feature: “Amy”
Best Ensemble Cast: “Spotlight”
Best Director: Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Best Debut Director: Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Best Use of Music: “Love & Mercy”
Best Cinematography: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
Best Picture: “Spotlight”