In an awards season where no film has taken a clear front-runner status, the DFW Film Critics Association picked its list of this year’s best movies over the weekend. Emerging as the winner was Spotlight, Tom McCarthy’s drama about the Boston Globe‘s work to expose the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. The film was not on my ballot, but I did find it very good. Only two of the DFWFCA’s top 10 picks made my ballot. I seem to be rather out of step with my colleagues this year; of the 21 actors who won recognition (there was a fifth-place tie in the Best Actress category), I only voted for six of the performances. The only top pick that agreed with mine was Inside Out as the year’s best animated movie. I was gratified to see the Brazilian domestic comedy The Second Mother win some recognition in the foreign film category, though I wish the best film score award had gone to something more original than the music for The Revenant, as good as it is.
You’ll have to wait until the December 28 issue before I publish my Top 10 list, which will probably be different from my ballot, since I’m still seeing movies from this year. However, I’ll be publishing my usual pieces about the year in cinema later this month on this blog, so watch for those. One last note on the awards: This year’s were dedicated to Philip Wuntch, the longtime Dallas Morning News film critic who passed away in October. His love for the art form inspired us all.