The Toronto Film Critics Association have awarded Todd Haynes’s gorgeously realized 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol Best Picture and Best Director prizes for 2015.
Best Actress went to Germany’s Nina Hoss for her superb performance as a concentration-camp survivor caught in a deception in Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, which also won Best Foreign-Language film.
Tom Hardy won Best Actor for the second consecutive year following his award- winning solo turn in Locke with the prize for playing twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in Legend.
Best Supporting Actress went to Alicia Vikander for her portrayal of a mysterious A.I. in Ex Machina with writer-director Alex Garland winning Best First Feature for the drama. And Mark Rylance won Best Supporting actor for his role as Soviet mole Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.
Joshua Oppenheimer is also a repeat TFCA winner, awarded the Allan King Documentary Award for The Look of Silence, the companion piece to his 2013 prizewinner, The Act of Killing.
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph won the Best Screenplay prize for The Big Short and Shaun The Sheep Movie was named Best Animated Feature.
The winner of the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award will be announced at TFCA’s awards gala Jan. 5.