Who Won?! The 2016 Critics' Choice Awards Full Winners List
By Zach Seemayer
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.