Houston Film Critics Awards

Houston Film Critics shine the Spotlight on award winners and spread the love to Dennis Quaid

Houston Film Critics shine Spotlight on award winners and Quaid

Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight
The Houston Film Critics Society named Spotlight Best Picture. Photo by Kerry Hayes
Dennis Quaid University of Houston UH May 2013
Dennis Quaid was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by Tyler Rudick
Joan Allen, William H. Macy, and Brie Larson in Room
Brie Larson, right, in a scene from Room. She was named Best Actress. Photo by George Kraychyk, courtesy of A24
Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs
Michael Fassbender, center, was named Best Actor for his lead role in Steve Jobs. Photo by François Duhamel
Bob Schieffer, left, and Joe Leydon
Joe Leydon, pictured here with former CBS newsman Bob Schieffer, received an award for Outstanding Cinematic Contribution. Courtesy photo
Matt Damon in The Martian
Matt Damon, pictured here in a scene from The Martian, was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year award. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight
Dennis Quaid University of Houston UH May 2013
Joan Allen, William H. Macy, and Brie Larson in Room
Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs
Bob Schieffer, left, and Joe Leydon
Matt Damon in The Martian

The Houston Film Critics Society announced its list of awards for movies in 2015, naming Spotlight as Best Picture in a ceremony Saturday afternoon at Sundance Cinemas.

The film, which tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that unmasked child abuse in the Roman Catholic church, was one of only two films to receive multiple awards from the Houston critics, also scoring a Best Screenplay award for Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer. The Revenant received three awards, one for director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, supporting actor Tom Hardy and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

In other awards University of Houston alum and actor Dennis Quaid was honored with a lifetime achievement award. Actor Matt Damon was named Humanitarian of the Year award and Houston film critic Joe Leydon received an award for Outstanding Cinematic Contribution. Mark Craig received the Texas Independent Film Award for his film, The Last Man on the Moon.

You can see how the HFCS award-winners stack up against the Golden Globes, which are televised on Channel 2 Sunday night, and the Oscars when the Academy Awards nominations are announced on January 14.

The full list of awards:

Best Picture    Spotlight
Best Director  Alejandro G. Iñárritu  The Revenant
Best Actor       Michael Fassbender   Steve Jobs
Best Actress     Brie Larson       Room
Best Supporting Actor     Tom Hardy The Revenant
Best Supporting Actress   Rooney Mara   Carol
Best Screenplay                 Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer  Spotlight
Best Animated Film          Inside Out (Pete Doctor, director)
Best  Cinematography      Emmanuel Lubezki   The Revenant
Best Documenta                Amy  (Asif Kapadia, director)
Best Foreign Film             Son of Saul  (Hungary; László Nemes, director)
Best Score                          Ennio Moriccone   The Hateful Eight
Best Song                           Brian Wilson "Love and Mercy" Love & Mercy
Texas Independent Film Award      Mark Craig    The Last Man on the Moon
Technical                             Guy Norris     Mad Max: Fury Road
Worst Movie                      Pixels                                       

Lifetime Achievement Dennis Quaid                  
Humanitarian of the Year Matt Damon                   
Outstanding Cinematic Contribution Joe Leydon