Mad Max: Fury Road actors Abbey Lee Kershaw (far left), Courtney Eaton (third from left), Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz accept the Critics’ Choice award for best director on George Miller’s behalf
Mad Max: Fury Road actors Abbey Lee Kershaw (far left), Courtney Eaton (third from left), Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz accept the Critics’ Choice award for best director on George Miller’s behalf

LOS ANGELES: The drama “Spotlight” and the action film “Mad Max: Fury Road” were among the winners late on Sunday at the Critics’ Choice Award, an event that attracted Hollywood glitterati in their droves.

Like the Jan 10 Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice — hosted by film and television critics 1 handed out prizes for accomplishments on the big and small screen.

Both the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards are seen as a possible guide to what may happen at the Oscars ceremony in late February.

The investigative journalism drama “Spotlight”, about the newspaper team that uncovered a widespread child sex scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston, won the awards for Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble.

Leonardo Di Caprio won Best Actor for his gripping performance in the 19th century frontier drama “The Revenant”, while Brie Larson won Best Actress for the thriller “Room”.

Perhaps the biggest winner of the night was action film “Mad Max: Fury Road”, which scooped nine awards from 13 nominations, including Best Action Movie and top prizes for the film’s stars, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

“The Big Short”, about the 2008 financial meltdown, won the Best Comedy category, while “Inside Out” was awarded the Best Animated Feature. Both are also nominated for Oscars.

In the television category, USA Network’s cyber-thriller “Mr. Robot” won three awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series for its Egyptian-American star Rami Malek, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Christian Slater.

Published in Dawn, January 19th, 2016

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