The Critics' Choice Awards air live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E starting at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET Sunday (Jnauray 17). These kudos honor both the best of both film and TV in 2015 and are decided by the members of the Broadcast Film and TV Journalists associations. T.J. Miller will emcee his three-hour awardsfest which, for the first time, will dole out awards in both film and television; previously, the TV awards had taken place in June.
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards will spread the wealth according to the predictions of Expert film journalists we've polled, along with Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Critics' Choice winners and the more than 1,000 total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.
We're predicting 20 categories at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and we're expecting "Mad Max: Fury Road" to come out on top with five wins: Best Director (George Miller), Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.
But even though "Mad Max" is forecast to win the most awards, "Spotlight" is projected to take Best Picture, as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble, bringing its total victories to three. We also expect "Carol" to prevail three times: Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Costume Design and Best Score.
The only other film predicted to win more than one award is "The Revenant." It leads the Oscar nominations with 12, but we're only anticipating two wins at this event: Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Cinematography.
The decison to combine the TV prizes with the film awards has meant a one-time change in the eligibilty period for programs, with only those that aired between June and December 2015 in contention.
As per the predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Critics' Choice winners and the hundreds of total Users the three genres — longform, comedy and drama — will each be dominated by one program.
"Fargo" will sweep the longform races, taking four out of the five prizes: Best Movie/Miniseries, Best Movie/Mini Actress (Kirsten Dunst) and both supporting awards for Bokeem Woodbine and Jean Smart. The last longform award will go to Oscar Isaac as Best Movie/Mini Actor for "Show Me a Hero."
"Transparent" will also pull off a sweep, taking four out of six awards in the comedy field: Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor), Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Judith Light) and Best Comedy Guest Performer (Anjelica Huston). The last two comedy awards will go to "Jane the Virgin": Best Comedy Actress (Gina Rodriguez) and Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Jaime Camil).
Among dramas, "Mr. Robot" is forecast to take three out of the six prizes: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Rami Malek) and Best Drama Supporting Actor (Christian Slater). The remaining drama acting prizes will go to Viola Davis (Drama Actress, "How to Get Away with Murder"), Ann Dowd (Drama Supporting Actress, "The Leftovers") and Margo Martindale (Drama Guest Performer, "The Good Wife").
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