The Critics' Choice Awards
kicked off Sunday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, where some of the biggest names in television and film turned out for a night of fun, some surprises, and a wholehearted celebration of the industry.
One of the most important takeaways from the evening, however, is the role the Critics' Choice Awards could play in indicating what films are favorites to take home Oscar gold when the Academy Awards roll around on Feb. 28.
First and foremost, the critics spoke loudly when it came to their love of the gritty newspaper drama Spotlight, which beat out The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Carol, Brooklyn, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Sicario, to take home the top prize of Best Picture.
With its wins for Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast -- which includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber, to name just a few -- Spotlight
could be poised to earn quite a bit of hardware come Oscar night, where it’s nominated in six categories
including Best Picture.
Mad Max: Fury Road felt the love
at the Critics' Choice Awards as well. The celebrated action epic took home four awards, including Best Action Movie, Best Director (George Miller), Best Actor in an Action Movie (Tom Hardy) and Best Actress in an Action Movie (Charlize Theron).
Given Fury Road
's 10 Oscar nominations,
there's a good chance the film may get some of the recognition from the Academy that its legion of fans believes it deserves.
And it was another good night for Leonardo DiCaprio, who followed up his Golden Globes win last weekend with another award for Best Actor Sunday night for his role in The Revenant. Could the 41-year-old star finally take home an Oscar after getting nominated six times?
For more on who had a great night at the Critics' Choice Awards, check out the full list of winners below.
BEST COMEDY SERIES:Master of None
BEST DRAMA SERIES: Mr. Robot
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Carrie Coon, The Leftovers
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV-MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES: Jesse Plemons, Fargo
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV-MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES: Jean Smart, Fargo
BEST ANIMATION SERIES: BoJack Horseman
BEST REALITY SHOW HOST: James Lipton, Inside the Actors Studio
BEST TALK SHOW:Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOW:Shark Tank
BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITION:The Voice
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV-MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES: Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Constance Zimmer, UnREAL
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Timothy Olyphant, The Grinder
BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Margo Martindale, The Good Wife
BEST TV-MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES: Fargo
BEST ACTOR IN A TV-MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES: Idris Elba, Luther
BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
BEST ACTOR: Leonard DiCaprio, The Revenant
BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Jacob Tremblay, Room
BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Spotlight
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Big Short
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:Inside Out
BEST ACTION MOVIE: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE: Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST COMEDY: The Big Short
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Christian Bale, The Big Short
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE: Ex Machina
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Son of Saul
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:Amy
BEST SONG: "See You Again," Furious 7
BEST SCORE:The Hateful Eight