2015 National Society of Film Critics Awards

50th NSFC Awards

January 3, 2016

Best Film:

Best Non-Fiction Film:

Best Foreign Language Film:

The 50th National Society of Film Critics Awards, given on 3 January 2016, honored the best in film for 2015. It was held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, United States.[1][2][3]


Winners are listed in boldface along with the runner-up positions and counts from the final round:

Best Picture

  1. Spotlight (23)
  2. Carol (17)
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (13)

Best Director

  1. Todd HaynesCarol (21)
  2. Tom McCarthySpotlight (21)
  3. George MillerMad Max: Fury Road (20)

Best Actor

  1. Michael B. JordanCreed (29)
  2. Géza RöhrigSon of Saul (18)
  3. Tom Courtenay45 Years (15)

Best Actress

  1. Charlotte Rampling45 Years (57)
  2. Saoirse RonanBrooklyn (30)
  3. Nina HossPhoenix (22)

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Mark RylanceBridge of Spies (56)
  2. Michael Shannon99 Homes (15)
  3. Sylvester StalloneCreed (14)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Kristen StewartClouds of Sils Maria (53)
  2. Alicia VikanderEx Machina (23)
  3. Kate WinsletSteve Jobs (17)
  4. Elizabeth BanksLove & Mercy (17)

Best Screenplay

  1. Tom McCarthy and Josh SingerSpotlight (21)
  2. Charlie KaufmanAnomalisa (15)
  3. Charles Randolph and Adam McKayThe Big Short (15)

Best Cinematography

  1. Edward LachmanCarol (25)
  2. Mark Lee Ping BinThe Assassin (22)
  3. John SealeMad Max: Fury Road (12)

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako (22)
  2. PhoenixChristian Petzold (20)
  3. The AssassinHou Hsiao-hsien (16)

Best Non-Fiction Film

  1. AmyAsif Kapadia (23)
  2. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman (18)
  3. Seymour: An IntroductionEthan Hawke (15)

Film Heritage Awards

  1. Film Society of Lincoln Center and programmers Jake Perlin and Michelle Materre for the series Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968–1986.
  2. The Criterion Collection and L'Immagine Ritrovata, for the restoration and packaging of the reconstructed version of The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray.
  3. Lobster Films and Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, for the restoration of Charlie Chaplin's Essanay Studios.


As per the tradition of the National Society of Film Critics, the ceremony was dedicated to the memory of two distinguished members of the Society who died in the previous year. In 2015, it went to TIME Magazine editor Richard Corliss.


  1. Kilday, Gregg (January 3, 2016). "National Society of Film Critics Names 'Spotlight' Best Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  2. "Awards for 2015 films". National Society of Film Critics. January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  3. Cox, Gordon (January 3, 2016). "'Spotlight' Named Best Picture by National Society of Film Critics". Variety. Retrieved January 4, 2016.

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