'Creed' Named Top Film of the Year By Black Film Critics Circle

Michael B. Jordan in "Creed"
Michael B. Jordan in “Creed”

“Creed” knocked out the competition as the Black Film Critics Circle’s top film of 2015, it was announced Monday.

And the honors continued for its cast, with Michael B. Jordan named as Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress awards for Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role as Rocky Balboa, and Tessa Thompson, who plays Creed’s romantic interest.

As the titular Adonis Johnson Creed in the Rocky franchise’s seventh sequel, Jordan plays a budding boxer mentored by Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. He is the son of Rocky’s former rival-turned-friend Apollo Creed (a role played by Carl Weathers), who died after a fatal knockout blow in the fourth “Rocky” sequel.

The BFCC’s other top 10 films of the year, in order of distinction, include “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Spotlight,” “The Martian,” “Room,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “The Hateful Eight,” “The Big Short” and “Ex Machina.”

“This has been a very interesting and unique year for black film,” BFCC co-president Mike Sargent said, adding that it “looks brighter than its ever been.”

Here’s the complete list of BFCC’s 2015 award winners:

Best Picture: “Creed”

Best Directing: George Miller “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan “Creed”

Best Actress: Brie Larson “Room”

Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress: Tessa Thompson “Creed”

Best Screenwriting (Original Screenplay): “Straight Outta Compton”

Best Screenwriting (Adapted Screenplay): “The Martian”

Best Cinematography: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”

Best Documentary Feature: “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

Best Animated Feature: “Inside Out”

Best Ensemble Performance: “Straight Outta Compton”

BFCC’s Top 1o Films of 2015 in order of distinction:

1. “Creed”
2. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
3. “Straight Outta Compton”
4. “Spotlight”
5. “The Martian”
6. “Room”
7. “Beasts of No Nation”
8. “The Hateful Eight”
9. “The Big Short”
10. “Ex Machina”