Just a few days after the Academy Award nominations went out, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am a voting member, got a chance to add their two cents. The 2016 Critics Choice Awards were handed out tonight, the first time ever that the film and television categories were merged into one show, and the big winner was Mad Max: Fury Road with nine victories. The film earned Best Director for George Miller, plus some of the group specific categories like Best Action Movie and Best Actor and Actress in an Action Movie for stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
The BFCA took some heat for altering their rules to allow Star Wars: The Force Awakens into the Best Picture race (I thought the fuss was stupid), but in the end it didn't matter. It was Tom McCarthy's journalism drama Spotlight that came out on top, while the film also won for Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay. Adam McKay's The Big Short won for Best Comedy, surprisingly coming out on top over Trainwreck, whose star Amy Schumer won Best Actress in a Comedy and was awarded the MVP Award for an amazing 2015. The most honest line of the night was Judd Apatow saying the BFCA created an award just to get her in the building.
Elsewhere on the film side, the acting categories mostly fell in line with the expected Oscar frontrunners. Mostly. Brie Larson won Best Actress for Room, while Leonardo DiCaprio was Best Actor for The Revenant. Neither was there to accept the award, a recurring theme for the evening. But Sylvester Stallone was on hand to accept Best Supporting Actor for Creed, following up on his Golden Globes win. And in a slight surprise it was Alicia Vikander's performance in The Danish Girl that won her Best Supporting Actress. Kate Winslet has been trending as the favorite for Steve Jobs, but this may slow her momentum somewhat.
Check out the entire list of film and TV winners below: