"Spotlight" Wins Best Film at Critics' Choice Awards

News   "Spotlight" Wins Best Film at Critics' Choice Awards
Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James is among the winners for Best Acting Ensemble
Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Brian d'Arcy James in "Spotlight"
Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Brian d'Arcy James in "Spotlight"

With film awards season now under way, the stars were out once again for the Critics' Choice Awards Jan. 17. The Oscar-nominated "Spotlight," featuring Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James as part of the ensemble cast, took home awards for Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble.

Sharing the award with James, the cast of "Spotlight" boasts a handful of Broadway veterans including Tony winners Len Cariou, Billy Crudup and Liev Schreiber as well as Tony nominees Mark Ruffalo and Stanley Tucci. The film is inspired by the real-life story of how the Boston Globe newspaper uncovered the scandalous cover-up of child molestation within the local Catholic Archdiocese.

The motion picture picked up a third award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight" was released in the U.S. Nov. 6, 2015, and has been nominated for a slate of awards this season, including the upcoming Academy Awards. Last month, the film was named Best Feature at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Gotham Awards.

The Critics' Choice Awards were presented at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. "Mad Max: Fury Road" led the winners during the evening, taking home nine awards including Best Director (George Miller), Best Action Movie and Best Production Design. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron both received Best Actor Awards for their roles in the film. Amy Schumer was awarded the Best Actress in a Comedy prize for her role in "Trainwreck," which she wrote.

For the full list of winners visit CriticsChoice.com.

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