Review: Room


The best in Hoosier film critics (including our own Ed Johnson-Ott and Sam Watermeier) have chosen the winners for 2015 according to the Indiana Film Journalists Association. Here is a complete list:  

Best Film

Winner: "Spotlight"

Runner-up: "Room"

Other Finalists (listed alphabetically):


"The Big Short"


"The End of the Tour"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"Steve Jobs"

"Straight Outta Compton"

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Best Animated Feature

Winner: "Anomalisa"

Runner-Up: "Inside Out "

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: "Son of Saul"

Runner-Up: "Goodnight Mommy"

Best Documentary

Winner: "Amy"

Runner-Up: "Meru"

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, "Spotlight"

Runner-up: Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, "Bridge of Spies"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Emma Donoghue, "Room"

Runner-up: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, "The Big Short"

Best Director

Winner: George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Runner-up: Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Best Actress

Winner: Brie Larson, "Room"

Runner-up: Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Greta Gerwig, "Mistress America"

Runner-up: Elizabeth Banks, "Love & Mercy"

Best Actor

Winner: Jacob Tremblay, "Room"

Runner-up: Jason Segel, "The End of the Tour"

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

Runner-up: Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation"

Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance

Winner: Phyllis Smith, "Inside Out"

Runner-up: Tom Noonan, "Anomalisa"

Best Musical Score

Winner: Junkie XL, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Runner-up: Disasterpeace, "It Follows"

Original Vision Award

Winner: "Anomalisa"

Runner-up: "Chi-Raq"

The Hoosier Award

Winner: Angelo Pizzo, writer/director/producer

(As a special award, no runner-up is declared in this category.)

IFJA members issued this statement for the Hoosier Award: "Angelo Pizzo has forged an important Hollywood career, with iconic films such as 'Hoosiers' and 'Rudy,' while remaining devoted to his Indiana roots. We also laud Pizzo for making the jump into the director's chair for the first time after three decades as a writer and producer with this year's 'My All American.’”


Ed Johnson-Ott has been NUVO's lead film critic for more than 20 years.