I can't bring myself to live-blog something that's as big a joke as the Critics Choice Awards (a few tweets will suffice), but it's worth remembering that -- like the Academy -- they're a large group with mainstream-leaning tastes. True, that stems mostly from the fact that they actively try to predict the Oscars, but nevertheless the winners they choose can be telling.
Officially, the biggest winner of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road, taking a slew of craft prizes in what the BFCA clearly thinks will be a sweep of those categories on Oscar night. I think the Academy won't be nearly so one-sided, but a number of those awards would be very much deserved, especially the Best Director gong for George Miller.
But it was ultimately Spotlight that walked away with Best Picture. Unsurprising, given this group's prognosticative tendancies, that they would dutifully follow the buzz of the moment. But as we saw last year, the PGA can change that buzz in a heartbeat. Next Saturday will be the acid test.
Here are the winners in the movie categories.
Best Ensemble: Spotlight McAdams accepts. Only her and James in attendance.
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone I've been thinking... Sly wasn't nominated for the SAG or BAFTA, so this was his last televised speech until the Oscars. Might this allow somebody else (maybe Rylance) to steal his momentum at those next two awards shows? Just a thought.
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander I'll just pretend that this and her upcoming SAG and her upcoming Oscar are for Ex Machina instead of The Danish Girl. BAFTA will have an opportunity to do that for real.
Best Action Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Charlize Theron
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Tom Hardy No offense to Hardy, but he was kinda along for the ride in Mad Max. This is the one award this year that should have gone to Jurassic World. Pratt made it look easy.
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Ex Machina A truer sci-fi than any of its competition.
Best Young Actor or Actress: Jacob Tremblay As if there was any doubt.
Best Cinematography: The Revenant
Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Hair and Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
I hardly expect the Academy to be this one-sided in the crafts. Surely they'll opt for "prettier" nominees in the design categories, right?
Best Original Song: "See You Again" Clearly the BFCA was counting on this being in the Oscar running.
Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight Can it beat a Best Picture nominee for the Oscar though?
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best Foreign Film: Son of Saul
Best Director: George Miller I still think it's a pipe dream to think he'll win the Oscar. We'll wait for the DGA to chime in.
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Best Documentary: Amy
Here are a trio of Oscar predictions you can take to the bank.
Best Actress in a Comedy: Amy Schumer
Best Actor in a Comedy: Christian Bale
Best Comedy: The Big Short Yeah, 'cause it's so hilarious.
Best Actress: Brie Larson Still think it's a race between her and Saoirse, but things are certainly leaning in Brie's favour.
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Picture: Spotlight