21st Critics' Choice Awards

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21st Critics' Choice Awards
DateJanuary 17, 2016
SiteBarker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, United States
Hosted byT.J. Miller
Highlights
Most awardsFilm:
Mad Max: Fury Road (9)
Television:
Fargo (4)
Most nominationsFilm:
Mad Max: Fury Road (13)
Television:
Fargo (8)
Best PictureSpotlight
Best Comedy SeriesMaster of None
Best Drama SeriesMr. Robot
Best Movie Made for Television or Limited SeriesFargo
Best Animation SeriesBoJack Horseman
Websitewww.criticschoice.com
Television/radio coverage
NetworkA&E / Lifetime / LMN

The 21st Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 17, 2016 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, honoring the finest achievements of filmmaking and television programming in 2015.[1] The ceremony was simulcast on A&E, Lifetime and LMN, and hosted by T.J. Miller.[2] The nominees were announced on December 14, 2015.[3]

This year marked the first time the awards were combined with the Critics' Choice Television Awards into one event onward.[4]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Film[edit]

George Miller, Best Director winner
Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor winner
Brie Larson, Best Actress winner
Sylvester Stallone, Best Supporting Actor winner
Alicia Vikander, Best Supporting Actress winner
Jacob Tremblay, Best Young Actor/Actress winner
Tom McCarthy, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Adam McKay, Best Adapted Screenplay co-winner
Tom Hardy, Best Actor in an Action Movie winner
Charlize Theron, Best Actress in an Action Movie winner
Christian Bale, Best Actor in a Comedy Movie winner
Amy Schumer, Best Actress in a Comedy Movie winner
Best Picture

Spotlight

Best Director

George MillerMad Max: Fury Road

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprioThe Revenant as Hugh Glass

Best Actress

Brie LarsonRoom as Joy "Ma" Newsome

Best Supporting Actor

Sylvester StalloneCreed as Rocky Balboa

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia VikanderThe Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener

Best Young Actor/Actress

Jacob TremblayRoom as Jack Newsome

Best Acting Ensemble

Spotlight

Best Original Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh SingerSpotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay

Adam McKay and Charles RandolphThe Big Short

Best Animated Feature

Inside Out

Best Documentary Feature

Amy

Best Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul (Saul fia)Hungary

Best Action Movie

Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Actor in an Action Movie

Tom HardyMad Max: Fury Road as Max Rockatansky

Best Actress in an Action Movie

Charlize TheronMad Max: Fury Road as Imperator Furiosa

Best Comedy Movie

The Big Short

Best Actor in a Comedy Movie

Christian BaleThe Big Short as Michael Burry

Best Actress in a Comedy Movie

Amy SchumerTrainwreck as Amy Townsend

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

Ex Machina

Best Art Direction

Colin Gibson (Production Designer), Lisa Thompson (Set Decorator) – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel LubezkiThe Revenant

Best Costume Design

Jenny BeavanMad Max: Fury Road

Best Editing

Margaret SixelMad Max: Fury Road

Best Score

Ennio MorriconeThe Hateful Eight

Best Song

"See You Again" – Furious 7

Best Hair and Makeup

Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Visual Effects

Mad Max: Fury Road

Television[edit]

Jeffrey Tambor, Best Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Rachel Bloom, Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Andre Braugher, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Mayim Bialik, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Rami Malek, Best Actor in a Drama Series winner
Carrie Coon, Best Actress in a Drama Series winner
Christian Slater, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner
Constance Zimmer, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
Idris Elba, Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series winner
Kirsten Dunst, Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series winner
Jesse Plemons, Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series winner
Jean Smart, Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series winner
Timothy Olyphant, Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Margo Martindale, Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series winner
James Lipton, Best Reality Show Host winner
Best Series
Best Comedy Series Best Drama Series

Master of None (Netflix)

Mr. Robot (USA)

Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series Best Animation Series

Fargo (FX)

BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

Most Bingeworthy Show Most Exciting New Series
(All Honored)
[5]

Outlander (Starz)

Best Acting in a Comedy Series
Best Actor Best Actress

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura PfeffermanTransparent

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress

Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Holt – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah FowlerThe Big Bang Theory

Best Acting in a Drama Series
Best Actor Best Actress

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson – Mr. Robot

Carrie Coon as Nora Durst – The Leftovers

Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress

Christian Slater as Mr. Robot – Mr. Robot

Constance Zimmer as Quinn King – UnREAL

Best Acting in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series
Best Actor Best Actress

Idris Elba as DCI John Luther – Luther

Kirsten Dunst as Peggy BlumquistFargo

Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress

Jesse Plemons as Ed BlumquistFargo

Jean Smart as Floyd GerhardtFargo

Best Guest Performing
Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series

Timothy Olyphant as Himself – The Grinder

Margo Martindale as Ruth Eastman – The Good Wife

Reality & Variety
Best Structured Reality Show Best Unstructured Reality Show

Shark Tank (ABC)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

Best Reality Show – Competition Best Reality Show Host

The Voice (NBC)

James LiptonInside the Actors Studio

Best Talk Show

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Louis XIII Genius Award[edit]

Industrial Light & Magic[6]

Critics' Choice MVP Award[edit]

Amy Schumer[7]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens addition[edit]

The film Star Wars: The Force Awakens screened too late for the vast majority of the Broadcast Film Critics Association to see it in time for consideration for the awards. But after what an email to members called "an unprecedented cry out" from its membership, the BFCA's board of directors called a "special referendum" on adding the movie to the ten candidates for Best Picture, which it won. (A similar situation happened for the 6th Critics' Choice Awards in 2001, in which the film Cast Away was voted by referendum to be included among the nominees for Best Picture.) The BFCA faced immediate criticism, including from its own members, over what many saw as an attempt to increase ratings for the awards ceremony's broadcast on A&E (which, is 50% owned by Disney, the company behind Star Wars) on January 17, 2016.[8] Two members—Eric Melin (editor-in-chief of Scene-Stealers.com, a film critic of Lawrence Journal-World, and the president of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle) and Scott Renshaw (editor of Salt Lake City Weekly)—resigned in protest.

Melin, in an open letter, wrote:

"In order for a professional critics body to have integrity, nomination and voting guidelines must be consistent with the way they were laid out at the beginning of the process. Nominating Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Best Picture does not follow those guidelines, and re-ignites a loophole for this kind of thing to happen every year... Unlike the other nominations, this was not decided upon using a weighted ballot of all possibilities, and it smells like a desperate ploy to get better TV ratings. Additionally, your insistence on billing the Critic's Choice Awards as the 'most accurate predictor of the Academy Awards' is antithetical to the purpose of having a 'critic's choice' award at all. The awards should not serve as another TV marketing arm to the studios. Rather, it should represent the views and opinions of film critics, which is a very different group from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As film criticism continues to be devalued and the lines between journalist, critic, and studio shill continue to be blurred, the only thing we have is our integrity, and this smacks of a marketing ploy. Believe me, I know because my day job is a social media marketer. What I am not is an employee of A&E Networks, and the only thing I have as a lowly paid film critic is the courage of my convictions."

— Eric Melin, [9]

Similarly, in another open letter, Scott Renshaw wrote:

"This decision has been a long time coming, but was made inevitable by the decision to change the voting process to allow Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens to be included as a nominee after the official nominating deadline. Irrespective of any precedent that may be invoked... it is obvious to me that this decision is based more on its marketing value than making sure that the best films are included. If that were the case, the entire nomination process would have been opened up again to allow The Force Awakens to be considered in all categories. Any suggestion that this decision was made primarily for any reason other than to improve ratings for the awards broadcast feels disingenuous at best. An awards voting body has nothing to stand on but its integrity. I no longer feel my own personal integrity is consistent with ongoing membership in this organization."

— Scott Renshaw, [10][11]

Films with multiple nominations and wins[edit]

The following twenty-six films received multiple nominations:

Film Nominations
Mad Max: Fury Road 13
Carol 9
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight 8
The Big Short 7
The Hateful Eight 6
Bridge of Spies 5
Brooklyn
The Danish Girl
Jurassic World
Sicario
Room 4
Ex Machina 3
Inside Out
Joy
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Spy
Steve Jobs
Trainwreck
Trumbo
Black Mass 2
Furious 7
Love & Mercy
Sisters
Spectre

The following five films received multiple awards:

Film Awards
Mad Max: Fury Road 9
The Big Short 3
Spotlight
The Revenant 2
Room

Television programs with multiple nominations and wins[edit]

The following programs received multiple nominations:

Program Network Category Nominations
Fargo FX Limited 8
The Leftovers HBO Drama 6
Transparent Prime Video Comedy
The Wiz Live! NBC Movie 5
Black-ish ABC Comedy 4
Empire Fox Drama
Mr. Robot USA
Penny Dreadful Showtime
American Horror Story: Hotel FX Limited 3
Jane the Virgin The CW Comedy
The Knick Cinemax Drama
Luther BBC America Limited
Rectify Sundance Drama
Saints & Strangers Nat Geo Limited
Show Me a Hero HBO
UnREAL Lifetime Drama
You're the Worst FXX Comedy
The Amazing Race CBS Reality – Competition 2
Chopped Food Network
Fresh Off the Boat ABC Comedy
Getting On HBO
The Grinder Fox
Hannibal NBC Drama
Inside the Actors Studio Bravo Reality – Structured
The Last Man on Earth Fox Comedy
Master of None Netflix
The Middle ABC
Mom CBS
Nashville ABC Drama
Survivor CBS Reality – Competition

The following programs received multiple awards:

Program Network Category Awards
Fargo FX Limited 4
Mr. Robot USA Drama 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 17, 2016). "Critics' Choice Awards: 'Spotlight' Wins Best Picture; 'Mr. Robot' Best Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Evans, Greg (December 11, 2015). "'Silicon Valley' Star T.J. Miller To Host Critics' Choice Awards". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 14, 2015). "Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'Mad Max' Leads Film; ABC, HBO, FX Networks & 'Fargo' Top TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Galuppo, Mia (September 30, 2015). "Critics' Choice TV and Movie Awards to Combine Into One Event". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Prudom, Laura (September 7, 2016). "Critics' Choice Awards Reveal Most Exciting New Series Honorees". Variety. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Anderton, Ethan (January 18, 2016). "VOTD: BB-8 Helps Industrial Light & Magic Accept Genius Award At Critics Choice Awards". /Film. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Parker, Ryan (January 17, 2016). "Critics' Choice Awards: Amy Schumer Named MVP, Thanks Managers She Fired". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Adams, Sam (December 22, 2015). "Broadcast Film Critics Association Faces Criticism for Adding 'The Force Awakens' to Best Picture Ballot". IndieWire. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Melin, Eric (December 22, 2015). "Why I Resigned From The BFCA Over "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"". Scene Stealers. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Romano, Nick (December 23, 2015). "'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Critics' Choice Awards Nomination Sparks Outcry". Collider. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Scott Renshaw [@scottrenshaw] (December 22, 2015). "Sent. Buh-bye, BFCA" (Tweet). Retrieved December 22, 2015 – via Twitter.

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