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2015 has come and almost gone at this point and with December comes Florida Film Critic Circle voting season. After sifting through a mountain of DVDs, watching a bunch of links, and hitting too many screenings over too many weeks, it came time to submit my picks for the FFCC. And after learning from last year’s mistakes, I made this one a little more accessible and likely to include picks that others would also choose, even when they weren’t my true top three. The nominations and winners have both been announced over on the site and while I may not agree with a lot of the picks, I still managed to contribute to some (and at least help get some cool runner-ups like Carol and Tangerine a little love).

The rules are in my post last year, so I’ll just skip straight to posting my ballot:

Best Picture:

Best Actor:

  • Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
  • Michael Caine – Youth
  • Tom Courtenay – 45 Years

Best Actress:

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Best Supporting Actor:

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
  • Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Katherine Waterston – Queen of Earth

Best Ensemble:

Best Director:

  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • Xavier Dolan – Mommy

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach – Mistress America
  • Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • Alex Ross Perry – Queen of Earth

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Phyllis Nagy – Carol
  • Mélanie Laurent – Breathe
  • Andrew Haigh – 45 Years


  • Edward Lachman – Carol
  • Christian Berger – By the Sea
  • Crystel Fournier – Girlhood

Visual Effects:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ex Machina

Art Direction/Production Design:

Best Score:

  • Carter Burwell – Carol
  • Cat’s Eyes – The Duke of Burgundy
  • Junkie XL – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Documentary:

  • Amy
  • The Hunting Ground
  • Heart of a Dog

Best Foreign-Language Film:

Best Animated Feature:

  • Anomalisa
  • Inside Out
  • When Marnie Was There

Breakout Award:

  • Kitana Kiki Rodriguez & Mya Taylor – Tangerine
  • Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Karidja Touré – Girlhood