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‘Mad Max’ Earns Top Honors from the Online Film Critics Society

Mad Max: Fury Road won Best Picture from the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) today as the group celebrated its 19th awards.

Starring Tom Hardy as the title character alongside OFCS nominee Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road is about a post-apocalyptic world where water scarcity has led to intense conflicts. The film received three other awards from the OFCS including Best Director for George Miller, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Taking home three awards this year, Carol, a drama about a female clerk who falls in love with an older woman in the 1950s, claimed the awards for Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other films walking away with prizes included Pixar feature Inside Out, which won Best Animated Feature. Steve Jobs’ Michael Fassbender earned the award for Best Actor while Oscar Isaac received the award for Best Supporting Actor in Ex Machina. Spotlight, a film about the exposure of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, was presented the award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Look of Silence received the award for Best Documentary while The Assassin, Taiwan’s official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language, won the corresponding award from the OFCS.

Because the organization is composed of members from across the globe, the group also recognizes films that have not yet been released in the United States. The honorees in that category this year were Aferim!, Cemetery of Splendor, The Club, Dheepan, The Lobster, Mountains May Depart, Mia Madre, Rams, Right Now, Wrong Then, and The Sunset Song.

The OFCS has nominated the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture in eight of the last ten years; matching Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Hurt Locker (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Argo (2012), becoming the first major critics group to recognize Ben Affleck’s future Academy Award recipient.

“Our organization is excited to recognize so many unique and interesting films,” the OFCS Governing Committee members John Hanlon, Wesley Lovell and Cole Smithey said about the eclectic mix of winners.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society is the world’s oldest and most prominent group for online film critics, comprised of 254 members representing 22 different countries.
The full list of winners can be found below.

The 2015 OFCS AWARD WINNERS WERE:

Best Picture:
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Animated Feature:
Inside Out

Best Film Not in the English Language:
The Assassin (Taiwan)

Best Documentary:
The Look of Silence

Best Director:
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Actor:
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Best Supporting Actor:
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)

Best Supporting Actress:
Rooney Mara (Carol)

Best Original Screenplay:
Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Carol (Phyllis Nagy)

Best Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

Best Cinematography:
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)

Non-U.S. Releases (Alphabetical Order):
Aferim!
Cemetery of Splendor
The Club
Dheepan
The Lobster
Mountains May Depart
Mia Madre
Rams
Right Now, Wrong Then
The Sunset Song

“Carol” and “Sicario” Lead the 19th OFCS Nominations

The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) – the oldest and most prominent society for online film critics in the world – recognized the year’s best films with nominations for their 19th annual awards.

Carol and Sicario led the race with six nominations each. Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian followed with five nominations apiece. The Revenant, Spotlight and Steve Jobs each received four nominations while Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Inside Out and Room each received three nods.
The Best Picture category includes an eclectic mix of genre-spanning features from animated features to sci-fi dramas to action-packed blockbusters. The nominees are Brooklyn, Carol, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario and Spotlight.

Carol, a new drama chronicling a love affair in the 1950s, received several prominent nominations. In addition to Best Picture, it was nominated for Best Director (Todd Haynes), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy) and Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman). Sicario, which tells the story of an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in the drug war on the U.S-Mexico border, was nominated in Best Picture, Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan), Best Editing (Joe Walker) and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins).
The OFCS has nominated the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture in eight of the last ten years; matching Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Hurt Locker (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Argo (2012), becoming the first major critics group to recognize Ben Affleck’s future Academy Award recipient.

“This year’s crop of nominees is a rich tapestry of modern world cinema.” The OFCS Governing Committee members John Hanlon, Wesley Lovell and Cole Smithey said. “Our organization has always had a unique perspective in our annual selections and this batch is as compelling and fascinating as ever.”

The Online Film Critics Society currently consists of 254 members with writers representing 22 countries across the globe. The winners will be announced on Monday, December 14, 2015.

Best Picture:
Brooklyn
Carol
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Sicario
Spotlight

Best Animated Feature:
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Film Not in the English Language:
The Assassin (Taiwan)
Goodnight Mommy (Austria)
Mustang (France)
Phoenix (Germany)
Son of Saul (Hungary)

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

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

Best Actor:
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes)

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

Best Supporting Actor:
Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

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)

Best Original Screenplay:
Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley)
Mistress America (Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach)
Sicario (Taylor Sheridan)
Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Brooklyn (Nick Hornby)
Carol (Phyllis Nagy)
The Martian (Drew Goddard)
Room (Emma Donoghue)
Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)
The Martian (Pietro Scalia)
The Revenant (Stephen Mirrione)
Sicario (Joe Walker)
Steve Jobs (Elliot Graham)

Best Cinematography:
The Assassin (Mark Lee Ping Bing)
Carol (Edward Lachman)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Sicario (Roger Deakins)

18th Annual OFCS Awards Announced

THE ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR THE 2014 OFCS AWARDS

New York, NY – December 15, 2014 – The Online Film Critics Society are proud to announce the winners for the 18th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society is the largest and oldest organization of its kind, and a key catalyst in the expansion of Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS represents over 275 members worldwide.

“This year represented an opportunity to revisit our youth, look toward the future, and search deep inside our souls through the spectacular array of films shown on screen. We found courage, love and heartbreak in this year’s films and we’re proud to be able to honor them,” says OFCS Chair Cole Smithey. [Editor’s Note: This attribution is factually incorrect. The OFCS is run by a three-member Governing Committee, each being equal in position.]

Past OFCS Awards winners that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture include “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Hurt Locker,” “American Beauty,” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Best Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature
The Lego Movie

Best Film Not in the English Language
Two Days, One Night

Best Documentary
Life Itself

Best Director
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best Actor
Michael Keaton – Birdman

Best Actress
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor
Edward Norton – Birdman

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl

Best Editing
Birdman

Best Cinematography
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Non-U.S. Release (non-competitive category)
’71
10,000 km
Entre Nós
Han Gong-ju
Hard to Be a God
The Look of Silence
The Salt of the Earth
What We Do in the Shadows
Timbuktu
The Tribe

OFCS Announces 18th Annual Film Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 18th annual Online Film Critics Society awards celebrating the best in feature films from the year 2014 have been announced. A press release will be added to this post as soon as it’s available. For now, please visit the following link to see the full list of nominations.

18th Annual Awards for 2014

The 17th Annual OFCS Awards Winners Announced

The Online Film Critics Society proudly announces the recipients of the 17th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film.

Steven McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was the standout winner, with recognitions for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Adapted Screenplay, for John Ridley’s hand in bringing Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir to the big screen.

Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her turn in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” while Alfonso Cuarón bested the stiff competition as the Best Director winner for the critically and commercially successful “Gravity.” The film also won in the categories for editing and cinematography, as well as special awards for its sound design and visual effects work.

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The Online Film Critics Society Announces 17th Annual Awards

The Online Film Critics Society proudly announces its nominations for the 17th annual OFCS awards for excellence in film. 2013 was marked by conspicuous trends, ranging from end-of-the-world cataclysms, A-list Hollywood stars struggling against unforgiving environments to African American filmmakers portraying the black experience with emotional candor. Art house riches abounded; films such as “The Artist and the Model,” “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,” and “Frances Ha” stole the hearts of audiences willing to look beyond the multiplex.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society is the largest and oldest organization of its kind, and a key catalyst in the expansion of Internet-based film journalism. Over 265 members voted.

Past OFCS Awards winners that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture include “Argo,” “The Hurt Locker,” “American Beauty,” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Best Picture
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16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards

ArgoThe Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of its 16th annual movie awards. Ben Affleck’s film Argo, about the fake film shoot that was used as a cover to extract six Americans from Iran during the Iran Hostage Crisis, was named by the organization as the Best Picture of the 2012. The film was also recognized for its screenplay by Chris Terrio based on an article by Joshuah Bearman.

The year’s most nominated film, The Master, received two prizes including the Best Director prize for Paul Thomas Anderson and the award for Best Supporting Actor given to Philip Seymour Hoffman. The other acting winners were Daniel Day-Lewis who received his third award for Best Actor from the OFCS for his work as the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln; for Best Actress in the film Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain; and Anne Hathaway receiving the Best Supporting Actress award for Les Misérables

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola were jointly award the award for Best Original Screenplay for their work on the Anderson-directed Moonrise Kingdom, Roger Deakins’ work on Skyfall was awarded with the Best Cinematography prize and Cloud Atlas editor Alexander Berner was also selected as the best edited film of the year.

The Best Animated Feature of the year was ParaNorman while the Best Film Not in the English Language was Holy Motors. The Best Documentary prize was given to This Is Not a Film, which was also given a special award by the organization.

Along with Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, This Is Not a Film director Jafar Panahi recorded a documentary about his creative processes while under political arrest in Iran, forbidden from making motion pictures. The Online Film Critics Society gave one of its three special awards to the the pair for their act of protest against the Iranian government. The second award was given to legendary composer Ennio Morricone for his amazing and celebrated career in films. The final special award was given to the “For the Love of Film” program and Fandor in conjunction with the National Preservation Foundation for their work this year to raise money for an exhibition of the restoration of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s oldest works, The White Shadow.

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.

16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was the most nominated film for the 16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards nominations, earning a total of eight. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Anderson), Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Joining The Master in the Best Picture race Ben Affleck’s Argo, Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. The five films nominated for Best Picture had corresponding Best Director nominations.

Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s historical account of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, was the second most nominated film picking up six mentions including Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Day-Lewis and Phoenix were nominated in Best Actor alongside John Hawkes in The Sessions, Denis Lavant in Holy Motors and Denzel Washington in Flight. The Best Actress nominees were Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva in Amour, Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea.

Accompanying the Lincoln and The Master supporting players in Best Supporting Actor are Alan Arkin in Argo, Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained; and in Best Supporting Actress, they are joined by Ann Dowd in Compliance, Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables and Helen Hunt in The Sessions.

For a full list of nominees, please follow this link.

Winners will be announced on Monday, January 7, 2012

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.

15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards

The Tree of Life, which led the Online Film Critics Society nominations with seven, was the big winner at the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards. The film took home the prize for Best Picture as well as trophies for Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing and Best Cinematography. No other film won more than one award.

The other three acting winners were Michael Fassbender winning Best Actor for his performance in Shame; Tilda Swinton’s work in We Need to Talk About Kevin won the award for Best Actress; and Christopher Plummer received the Best Supporting Actor prize for his work in Beginners.

The full list of winners of the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture:
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature:
Rango
Best Director:
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Best Lead Actor:
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Best Lead Actress:
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Supporting Actress:
Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay:
Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Best Editing:
The Tree of Life
Best Cinematography:
The Tree of Life
Best Film Not in the English Language:
A Separation
Best Documentary:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Special Awards (previously announced)
To Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year
To Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.

15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

“The Tree of Life”, Terrence Malick’s exploration of suburban family life in the 1950’s, received seven nominations for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Joining “The Tree of Life” in Best Picture are Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist”, Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants”, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”. Malick, Hazanavicius, Refn and Scorsese were joined in the Best Director race by “Melancholia” director Lars von Trier.

“Drive” was the second most nominated film picking up six mentions including the aforementioned Picture and Director as well as Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. Brooks was nominated alongside John Hawkes in “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, Nick Nolte in “Warrior”, Pitt and Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”. In Best Supporting Actress, the nominees were Chastain, Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids”, Janet McTeer for “Albert Nobbs”, Carey Mulligan for “Shame” and Shailene Woodley for “The Descendants”.

Woodley and Mulligan’s co-stars shared nominations in the Best Actor slate, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender respectively, who were nominated alongside Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”, Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter”. The Best Actress category features Kirsten Dunst in “Melancholia”, Elizabeth Olsen in “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”, Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn”.

Each year, the OFCS also submits nominations for Special Achievement Awards, granted only by a majority vote of the membership. This year, the Online Film Critics have selected two individuals, Jessica Chastain and Martin Scorsese, to receive special citations.

Chastain’s tremendous and quality-filled output this year has brought her instant acclaim and recognition marking one of the most stellar debuts in recent memory.

Scorsese has long been a champion of film preservation and with his love letter to the cinema this year, “Hugo”, he continues to show his admiration for film history and the many pursuits to keeping those records alive.

The full list of nominees for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Hugo
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rango
Winnie the Pooh
Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Lars von Trier – Melancholia
Best Lead Actor:
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Michael Shannon – Take Shelter
Best Lead Actress:
Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor:
Albert Brooks – Drive
John Hawkes – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Supporting Actress:
Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Carey Mulligan – Shame
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay:
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Midnight in Paris
A Separation
The Tree of Life
Win Win
Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Descendants
Drive
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Editing:
Drive
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Tree of Life
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Cinematography:
The Artist
Drive
Hugo
Melancholia
The Tree of Life
Best Film Not in the English Language:
13 Assassins
Certified Copy
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Best Documentary:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
Into the Abyss
Project Nim
Tabloid
Special Awards
To Jessica Chastain, the breakout performer of the year
To Martin Scorsese in honor of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation

Winners will be announced on Monday, January 2, 2012

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The OFCS membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region. For more information, visit the Online Film Critics Society at ofcs.org.

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