This year has been a whirlwind of movies. From the good to the bad, the surprises, and the disappointments, 2015 proved to be another year full of generally satisfying features that excited and helped broaden our imaginations, expand our empathy and our minds. Since I started out as a film critic, I’ve been most proud of my being able to participate in the annual Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) voting for the best films of the year. This year was difficult as there were plenty of great films to choose from.

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Personal favorites, such as Brooklyn, made the list, but it’s Spotlight that took the big prize, winning for Best Film and Best Acting Ensemble. Mad Max: Fury Road nabbed the Best Director award for George Miller and Best Production Design, while Leonardo DiCaprio won for Best Actor for his gritty portrayal in this year’s The Revenant and Saoirse Ronan earned the Best Actress award for her role as Irish immigrant to 1950s United States in Brooklyn.

WAFCA is comprised of approximately 52 radio, broadcast, print, and online film critics from the DC area. Voting took place December 4-6, 2015 and the winners were announced at 8:00 am this morning.

You can see the entire list of winners below!

Best Film:


Best Director:

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Actor:

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Actress:

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Supporting Actor:

Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

Best Supporting Actress:

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Acting Ensemble:


Best Youth Performance:

Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Emma Donoghue (Room)

Best Original Screenplay:

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley (Original Story by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen) (Inside Out)

Best Animated Feature:

Inside Out

Best Documentary:


Best Foreign Language Film:

Son of Saul

Best Production Design:

Production Designer: Colin Gibson, Set Decorator: Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Cinematography:

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (The Revenant)

Best Editing:

Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Original Score:

Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario)


About Author

Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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