‘Spotlight’ Sweeps Awards With Boston Society of Film Critics

Drama about journalists investigating pedophile priests takes Best Picture, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Screenplay

“Spotlight,” about a group of Boston Globe journalists who exposed pedophile priests in the Catholic church, won Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast from the Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday.

Among the group’s other picks was Kristen Stewart for her performance in the indie “Clouds of Sils Maria.”

The ensemble cast award went to a group that includes Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber and John Slattery.

Todd Haynes took best director for “Carol,” The Weinstein Company’s period romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Stewart’s performance as the personal assistant to Juliette Binoche‘s longtime stage star won Best Supporting Actress, as it did last week with the New York Film Critics Circle. Stewart was also the first American ever to receive France’s highest acting honor, the Cesar award, for “Clouds.”

Best Actor was a tie, with “Love & Mercy’s” Paul Dano and “The Revenant’s” Leonardo DiCaprio sharing the award. Best Supporting Actor was also in step with the NYFCC, going to Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies.”

The BSFC consists of about two dozen critics for Boston-based publications. The group picked “Boyhood” as its best film last year.

Other recent winners include “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Social Network,”  and Oscar winners “12 Years a Slave,” “The Artist” and “The Hurt Locker.”

Read the complete list of winners below:

Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Best Foreign Film: “The Look of Silence”
Best Actor: *Tie, Paul Dano in “Love & Mercy,” Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart, “Clouds of Sils Maria”
Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
Best New Filmmaker: Marielle Heller, “Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Best Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Best Use of Music: “Love & Mercy”