The journalism drama “Spotlight” won Best Picture at the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, along with Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble, but it was “Mad Max: Fury Road” that dominated the film prizes with a whopping nine victories, including Best Director (George Miller), Best Action Movie, Best Actor and Actress in an Action Movie (Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron), and a near clean sweep of the below-the-line crafts races. (Click here for the complete list of winners.)
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl“) overtook frontrunner Rooney Mara (“Carol“) to claim Best Supporting Actress. And Vikander was on stage a second time to accept the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie prize for “Ex Machina.”
On the TV side of these awards, “Fargo” swept as expected. It was the top TV program overall with four victories, including Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Actress (Kirsten Dunst) and Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actress (Jean Smart). It took Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor too, but not for the contender we were expecting: Jesse Plemons defeated co-star Bokeem Woodbine.
“Mr. Robot” was the top drama winner, taking Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Rami Malek) and Best Drama Supporting Actor (Christian Slater). Just last week, the series also took top honors at the Golden Globes.
The Broadcast TV Journalists Association spread the wealth in the comedy categories with six different shows winning each of the six prizes. “Master of None” won the top prize, Best Comedy Series, but Best Comedy Actor went to Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent“) for the second time in a row. And “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom followed last week’s surprise Golden Globe victory by taking Best Comedy Actress at this event.
Mayim Bialik surprised by winning Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “The Big Bang Theory,” unseating two-time defending champ Allison Janney (“Mom“). Andre Braugher claimed Best Comedy Supporting Actor for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” won the award for Best Unstructured Reality Show, while “Shark Tank” took the prize for structured programs and “The Voice” won the race for competition shows. But Best Reality Host went to James Lipton for “Inside the Actors Studio.”
There was a first-time winner for Best Animated Series: Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman.”