Winners List of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2016.


After the Golden Globes last week, here came the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2016, the second major film awards of the annual awards season running from January to February to honour the best of the Hollywood films in the previous year. There are five major awards in total, the concluded Golden Globes (GG) and this Critics’ Choice (CC), and the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), British Film Academy Awards (BAFTA) and finally the Academy Awards (Oscars).

The 21st Critics’ Choice Awards was held successfully last night, on 17th January 2016 and I will only include the winners list for the movie categories (not interested on television side similarly to the Golden Globes). In summary, Mad Max: Fury Road is the biggest winner with 9 wins from their 13 nominations (the movie also obtained most number of nominations). The final and the most important award, Best Picture, however goes to Spotlight. Here comes the winning list below alongside my quick opinions as usual:

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BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Sicario
Spotlight *WINNER
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Opinion: I think I’m one of the only few who didn’t really like the film ‘Spotlight’. I’m actually very surprised that this movie garnered universal acclaim  while I’m just feeling that the movie is absolutely average only. Hence, in my personal opinion which totally differs to most others, I think ‘Spotlight’ doesn’t deserve a best picture win. My choice: Room. My second choice: Mad Max: Fury Road. My third choice: The Revenant. My fourth choice: The Martian. My fifth choice: Bridge of Spies. ‘Spotlight’ would be almost the last for my choices from the long list of nominees above but it won in the end. Hmm…

 
BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Johnny Depp – Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant *WINNER
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

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Opinion: No need to say anymore. Leonardo diCaprio all the way to the Oscars too. His toughest competitor, Michael Fassbender is losing buzz so quick since Leonardo is the star of the year as everyone wanted him to win finally after all the years of losing. For a quick moment, since Eddie Redmayne didn’t win this one last year (Michael Keaton won this one, but Eddie sweep all the other major awards for best actor last year), I do thought of having him as my second choice.

 
BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room *WINNER
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Opinion: Very predictable and deserving result. I love Brie Larson for her fantastic performance in Room. She is taking all the best actress trophies currently. So, if someone else win this, I would have my jaw dropped.

 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone – Creed *WINNER

Opinion: Wow…Sylvester Stallone again! Before the Golden Globes, nobody is seeing him as a frontrunner in this packed category. But hey, after winning Golden Globes last week and now this Critics’ Choice, he is certainly the frontrunner for the Oscars. Didn’t watch his performance but I’m fine with this veteran actor winning.

 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Helen Mirren – Trumbo
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl *WINNER
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Opinion: Happy for Alicia Vikander to win. Finally a bit of recognition for The Danish Girl in a major film award. All along, I thought that The Danish Girl is a great and a moving film and should be recognized more. Alicia shined in the movie alongside with co-star, Eddie Redmayne. Quite surprised that she managed to beat out hot favourites, Rooney Mara (best actress in Cannes) and Kate Winslet (best supporting actress in Golden Globes).

 
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Shameik Moore – Dope
Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
Jacob Tremblay – Room *WINNER

Opinion: Also very happy for this cute little boy to finally get a recognition from his exceptional performance in Room. Brie Larson took honours along the way, and finally Jacob get to go up stage to receive an award from this movie too.

 
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight *WINNER
Straight Outta Compton
Trumbo

Opinion: Spotlight sees few main casts working all out in the movie to write an investigative-based paper. That’s a nice group of actors and actresses together in a movie and I didn’t see any surprise Spotlight winning this eventhough I don’t like the movie (already said it many times).

 
BEST DIRECTOR
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

Opinion: Mad Max is not my first choice for best director actually. I prefer Alejandro G. Inarritu to take this for The Revenant.

 
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight *WINNER

Opinion: I prefer Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina or Inside Out to win than Spotlight. You know the reason.

 
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short *WINNER
Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
Drew Goddard – The Martian
Emma Donoghue – Room
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘The Big Short’. My personal pick would be Room.

 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol – Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Martian – Dariusz Wolski
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki *WINNER
Sicario – Roger Deakins

Opinion: It looks like Emmanuel Lubezki is on the right and a bright track to get his third consecutive Oscars soon for his impressive work in The Revenant.

 
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay
Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish
Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson *WINNER
The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

Opinion: Start of Mad Max conquer on all the technical categories. I think Mad Max is a good movie but it won too much in Critics Choice to the point that I don’t think it deserve that extreme level of recognition here. For production design, I prefer Bridge of Spies or The Danish Girl to win actually.

 
BEST EDITING
The Big Short – Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel *WINNER
The Martian – Pietro Scalia
The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight – Tom McArdle

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Opinion: Okay for Mad Max to win this since the movie really impressed with excellent editing.

 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Carol – Sandy Powell
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan *WINNER

Opinion: Bad choice. Mad Max isn’t great in costume at all. Cinderella or even Carol or even The Danish Girl are much better.

 
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Black Mass
Carol
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
The Revenant

Opinion: Mad Max again. Tired. Prefer The Danish Girl to take this since the movie do excel on the make-up and hairstyling especially on Eddie Redmayne’s transformation to a exquisite woman. That one alone is already breathtaking. That’s the only element of the movie that 100% of people out there agreed. Why Mad Max again? The voters are too obsessed with Mad Max.

 
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
The Walk

Opinion: Mad Max…….AGAIN.

 
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out * WINNER
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Opinion: Yes. Very happy for Inside Out to win. I think it will win all the way to the Oscars. Anomalisa which is also critically acclaimed (but I don’t like the movie) appeared to be a strong dark horse previously but now I’m happy that Inside Out is still the clear winner and frontrunner for the Oscars.

 
BEST ACTION MOVIE
Furious 7
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Sicario

Opinion: My choice is Furious 7. A mega blockbuster filled with heart-stopping action sequences. Mad Max couldn’t match it up to the level from Furious 7, and yet it won. These voters only knew ticking the boxes for Mad Max only without really judging carefully.

 
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Daniel Craig – Spectre
Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road * WINNER
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

Opinion: Nothing excellent for any of the performances above except Tom Hardy. So, he deserved to win eventhough it’s from Mad Max again.

 
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Sicario
Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER

Opinion: Same thing. Charlize Theron deserved to win and she is one of my favourite actresses too.

 
BEST COMEDY
The Big Short *WINNER
Inside Out
Joy
Sisters
Spy
Trainwreck

Opinion: Didn’t watch The Big Short, hence my first choice would be Spy. Inside Out shouldn’t be in here. Prefer Kingsman: The Secret Service to replace that spot actually.

 
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Christian Bale – The Big Short *WINNER
Steve Carell – The Big Short
Robert De Niro – The Intern
Bill Hader – Trainwreck
Jason Statham – Spy

Opinion: Christian Bale is another great actor and honoring him an award (only a single one) is fine for me. No more after that for this year as I think he stands no chance in best supporting actor in the coming Oscars.

 
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Tina Fey – Sisters
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Melissa McCarthy – Spy
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck *WINNER
Lily Tomlin – Grandma

Opinion: I thought Jennifer Lawrence would take this since she won the same award last week at the Golden Globes. Amy Schumer winning is quite a surprise for me.

 
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
Ex Machina *WINNER
It Follows
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Opinion: Quite agree to this result. Finally, no more Mad Max. Jurassic World is also not bad actually.

 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Assassin
Goodnight Mommy
Mustang
The Second Mother
Son of Saul *WINNER

 
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy *WINNER
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala
The Look of Silence
Where to Invade Next

 
BEST SONG
Fifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You Do
Furious 7 – See You Again *WINNER
The Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To You
Love & Mercy – One Kind of Love
Spectre – Writing’s on the Wall
Youth – Simple Song #3

Opinion: Happy for this song to win finally after being snubbed at the Oscars and also lost out at the Golden Globes last week. It’s such a nice and an emotional song in tribute to Paul Walker.

 
BEST SCORE
Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone *WINNER
The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
Sicario – Johann Johannsson
Spotlight – Howard Shore

 

Opinion: The Hateful Eight’s score has been taking a lot of awards recently and so I see no surprise it won in Critics Choice too. Set to be a clear favourite and frontrunner in the Oscars too.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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