PHOENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY
Phoenix has two critics groups, and like Boston and New York, one is their new online group, but these guys are the "real" ones, if you like. And funny, just as I mentioned it earlier, they finally give Vikander the award for The Danish Girl, the film she'll likely be nominated for. Otherwise these are becoming routine choices, except for Ridley Scott in director. No real consensus there obviously, but the DGA will tell the story in that category.
BEST PICTURE: "Spotlight"
BEST DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott, "The Martian"
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Leonardo Dicaprio, "The Revenant"
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Brie Larson, "Room"
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING: "Spotlight"
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: "Inside Out"
BEST SCREENPLAY ADAPTED FROM OTHER MATERIAL: "The Big Short"
THE OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
BEST ANIMATED FILM: "Inside Out"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Son of Saul"
BEST DOCUMENTARY: "He Named Me Malala"
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: "Bridge of Spies"
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: "See You Again" from "Furious 7"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: "The Revenant"
BEST FILM EDITING: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Alicia Vikander. "Ex Machina"
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH: Jacob Tremblay, "Room"
PHOENIX CRITICS CIRCLE
The online group weighs in now, some slight variation- Miller in director, Stallone instead of Rylance, and Fassbender instead of Dicaprio. We can see who the alternate choices could be here in races where an overwhelming frontrunner hasn't emerged.
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Best Actress: Brie Larson (Room)
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Best Score: Tom Holkenborg (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Documentary: Amy
Best International Film: Youth
Best Comedy Film: The Big Short
Best Horror Film: It Follows
Best Musical: Straight Outta Compton
Best Mystery or Thriller Film: Sicario
Best Science Fiction Film: Ex Machina
DUBLIN CRITICS CIRCLE
Okay, so I know these guys are delayed by a year for when films get to Ireland, but the lack of support for Brooklyn here is a bit concerning. If anybody likes it it should be these guys, right? But they only gave it a shared Best Irish Feature award, and not even hometown girl Saoirse for Best Actress? Huh- I hope the guilds will announce more support for this one, but it looks a little dire all of a sudden, after a strong start.
Best Film: Inside Out
Best Irish Feature: Queen of Ireland / Brooklyn
Best Documentary: Queen of Ireland
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Best Director: Alejandro Inarritu, Birdman
Breakthrough International: Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens / Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, Tangerine