LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

“Spotlight,” which followed the real story of Boston Globe journalists who exposed abusive Catholic priests, won four awards from the Detroit Film Critics Society this week, including best movie of 2015.

Along with best picture, “Spotlight,” which also highlights the church’s efforts to cover up those abuses, won best screenplay (by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy), best ensemble, and best supporting actor for Liev Schreiber, who played part of the investigative team.

The group’s other multiple winner was Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who took both the Breakthrough award and best supporting actress for her work as the wife of a man transitioning genders in “The Danish Girl.” The 27-year-old Vikander, who came seemingly out of nowhere this year to star in four U.S. releases, was actually nominated by the DFCS for best supporting actress for two films, “Ex Machina” and “The Danish Girl.”

Best actor went to 82-year-old Michael Caine for his performance as an aging maestro vacationing at a Swiss resort in the film “Youth,” which will be released in Detroit on Christmas day. Best actress went to 21-year-old Saoirse Ronan for her portrayal of a young Irish immigrant in the romantic drama “Brooklyn.” Saoirse, by the way, is pronounced Sir-sha, which is something TV hosts and awards presenters have lately been struggling to grasp.

Best director went to George Miller for the outlandish summer blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which saw Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron battling corruption in a post-apocalyptic desert world. Best documentary went to “Amy,” the film that tracked the short, sad life of jazz singer turned pop star Amy Winehouse.

The Detroit Film Critics Society formed in 2007, and includes professional film critics working in print, broadcast and online within a 150-mile radius of Detroit.

tlong@detroitnews.com

twitter.com/toomuchTomLong

Read or Share this story: http://detne.ws/1QH5oCJ