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The 21st Critics’ Choice Awards Predictions

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Tonight’s Critics’ Choice Awards mark the first time the ceremony merges the Film and Telivision categories like the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Let’s see if it’s as unpredictable as the Globes are. The ceremony takes place tonight at 8 EST on A&E and is hosted by T.J. Miller. I will be updating the list as the winners are announced. Here are my predictions:

Film Categories

Best Picture:

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

Will Win: Spotlight
Could Win: Room
Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

UPDATE: Winner- Spotlight

Best Actor:

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

Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Could Win: Eddie Redmayne
Should Win: Bryan Cranston

UPDATE: Winner- Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress:

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

Will Win: Brie Larson
Could Win: Saoirse Ronan
Should Win: Charlize Theron

UPDATE: Winner- Brie Larson

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

Will Win: Sylvester Stallone
Could Win: Tom Hardy
Should Win: Tom Hardy

UPDATE: Winner- Sylvester Stallone

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Will Win: Rooney Mara
Could Win: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Should Win: Rooney Mara

UPDATE: Winner- Alicia Vikander

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

Will Win: Jacob Tremblay
Could Win: Abraham Attah
Should Win: Jacob Tremblay

UPDATE: Winner- Jacob Tremblay

Best Acting Ensemble:

The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton
Trumbo

Will Win: Spotlight
Could Win: The Big Short
Should Win: Spotlight

UPDATE: Winner- Spotlight

Best Director:

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

Will Win: Tom McCarthy
Could Win: George Miller
Should Win: George Miller

UPDATE: Winner- George Miller

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

Will Win: Spotlight
Could Win: Inside Out
Should Win: Ex Machina

UPDATE: Winner- Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay:

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

Will Win: Steve Jobs
Could Win: Room
Should Win: Room

UPDATE: Winner- The Big Short

Best Cinematography:

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

Will Win: The Revenant
Could Win: Mad Max: Fury Road
Should Win: The Revenant

UPDATE: Winner- The Revenant

Best Animated Feature:

Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Will Win: Inside Out
Could Win: Anomalisa
Should Win: Inside Out

UPDATE: Winner- Inside Out

Best Action Movie:

Furious 7
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Sicario

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road
Could Win: Sicario
Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

UPDATE: Winner- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Actor in an Action Movie:

Daniel Craig – Spectre
Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

Will Win: Tom Hardy
Could Win: Tom Cruise
Should Win: Tom Hardy

UPDATE: Winner- Tom Hardy

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

Will Win: Charlize Theron
Could Win: Emily Blunt
Should Win: Charlize Theron

UPDATE: Winner- Charlize Theron

Best Comedy Film:

The Big Short
Inside Out
Joy
Sisters
Spy
Trainwreck

Will Win: Spy
Could Win: The Big Short
Should Win: Spy

UPDATE: Winner- The Big Short

Best Actor in a Comedy Film:

Christian Bale – The Big Short
Steve Carell – The Big Short
Robert De Niro – The Intern
Bill Hader – Trainwreck
Jason Statham – Spy

Will Win: Steve Carell
Could Win: Jason Statham
Should Win: Jason Statham

UPDATE: Winner- Christian Bale

Best Actress in a Comedy Film:

Tina Fey – Sisters
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Melissa McCarthy – Spy
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
Lily Tomlin – Grandma

Will Win: Melissa McCarthy
Could Win: Jennifer Lawrance
Should Win: Lily Tomlin

UPDATE: Winner- Amy Schumer

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film:

Ex Machina
It Follows
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road
Could Win: Ex Machina
Should Win: Ex Machina

UPDATE: Winner- Ex Machina

Best Foreign Language Film:

The Assassin
Goodnight Mommy
Mustang
The Second Mother
Son of Saul

Will Win: Son of Saul
Could Win: The Assassin
Should Win: Son of Saul

UPDATE: Winner- Son of Saul

Best Documentary Feature:

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

Will Win: Amy
Could Win: The Look of Silence
Should Win: Amy

UPDATE: Winner- Amy

Best Original Song:

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

Will Win: Spectre
Could Win: Furious 7
Should Win: Furious 7

UPDATE: Winner- Furious 7

Best Original Score:

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

Will Win: Carol
Could Win: The Hateful Eight
Should Win: Carol

UPDATE: Winner- The Hateful Eight

Television Categories:

Best Comedy Series:

Black-ish – ABC
Catastrophe – Amazon
Jane the Virgin – The CW
Master of None – Netflix
The Last Man on Earth – Fox
Transparent – Amazon
You’re the Worst – FXX

Will Win: Master of None
Could Win: Transparent
Should Win: You’re the Worst

UPDATE: Winner- Master of None

Best Drama Series:

Empire – Fox
Mr. Robot – USA
Penny Dreadful – Showtime
Rectify – Sundance
The Knick – Cinemax
The Leftovers – HBO
UnREAL – Lifetime

Will Win: Mr. Robot
Could Win: Empire
Should Win: Mr. Robot

UPDATE: Winner- Mr. Robot

Best Limited Series or TV Movie:

Childhood’s End – Syfy
Fargo – FX
Luther – BBC America
Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel
Show Me a Hero – HBO
The Wiz Live! – NBC

Will Win: Fargo
Could Win: Show Me a Hero
Should Win: Fargo

UPDATE: Winner- Fargo

Best Actor in a Comedy Series:

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Aziz Ansari – Master of None
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
Randall Park – Fresh Off the Boat
Fred Savage – The Grinder
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor
Could Win: Aziz Ansari
Should Win: Jeffrey Tambor

UPDATE: Winner- Jeffrey Tambor

Best Actor in a Drama Series:

Hugh Dancy – Hannibal
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Justin Theroux – The Leftovers
Aden Young – Rectify

Will Win: Rami Malek
Could Win: Clive Owen
Should Win: Rami Malek

UPDATE: Winner- Rami Malek

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

Wes Bentley – American Horror Story: Hotel
Martin Clunes – Arthur & George
Idris Elba – Luther
Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero
Vincent Kartheiser – Saints & Strangers
Patrick Wilson – Fargo

Will Win: Patrick Wilson
Could Win: Oscar Isaac
Should Win: Oscar Isaac

UPDATE: Winner- Idris Elba

Best Actress in a Comedy Series:

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Aya Cash – You’re the Worst
Wendi McLendon-Covey – The Goldbergs
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat

Will Win: Gina Rodriguez
Could Win: Aya Cash
Should Win: Aya Cash

UPDATE: Winner- Rachel Bloom

Best Actress in a Drama Series:

Shiri Appleby – UnREAL
Carrie Coon – The Leftovers
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Green – Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson – Empire
Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones

Will Win: Viola Davis
Could Win: Taraji P. Henson
Should Win: Viola Davis

UPDATE: Winner- Carrie Coon

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Hotel
Kirsten Dunst – Fargo
Sarah Hay – Flesh and Bone
Alyvia Alyn Lind – Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors
Rachel McAdams – True Detective
Shanice Williams – The Wiz Live!

Will Win: Kirsten Dunst
Could Win: Shanice Williams
Should Win: Kirsten Dunst

UPDATE: Winner- Kirsten Dunst

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin
Jay Duplass – Transparent
Neil Flynn – The Middle
Keegan-Michael Key – Playing House
Mel Rodriguez – Getting On

Will Win: Jaime Camil
Could Win: Andre Braugher
Should Win: Jaime Camil

UPDATE: Winner- Andre Braugher

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Clayne Crawford – Rectify
Christopher Eccleston – The Leftovers
Andre Holland – The Knick
Jonathan Jackson – Nashville
Rufus Sewell – The Man in the High Castle
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot

Will Win: Christian Slater
Could Win: Rufus Sewell
Should Win: Christian Slater

UPDATE: Winner- Christian Slater

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

David Alan Grier – The Wiz Live!
Ne-Yo – The Wiz Live!
Nick Offerman – Fargo
Jesse Plemons – Fargo
Raoul Trujillo – Saints & Strangers
Bokeem Woodbine – Fargo

Will Win: Bokeem Woodbine
Could Win: Nick Offerman
Should Win: Nick Offerman

UPDATE: Winner- Jesse Plemons

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
Kether Donohue – You’re the Worst
Allison Janney – Mom
Judith Light – Transparent
Niecy Nash – Getting On
Eden Sher – The Middle

Will Win: Allison Janney
Could Win: Mayim Bialik
Should Win: Eden Sher

UPDATE: Winner- Mayim Bialik

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Ann Dowd – The Leftovers
Regina King – The Leftovers
Helen McCrory – Penny Dreadful
Hayden Panettiere – Nashville
Maura Tierney – The Affair
Constance Zimmer – UnREAL

Will Win: Maura Tierney
Could Win: Regina King
Should Win: Regina King

UPDATE: Winner- Constance Zimmer

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie:

Mary J. Blige – The Wiz Live!
Laura Haddock – Luther
Cristin Milioti – Fargo
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Hotel
Winona Ryder – Show Me a Hero
Jean Smart – Fargo

Will Win: Jean Smart
Could Win: Cristin Milioti
Should Win: Jean Smart

UPDATE: Winner- Jean Smart

Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series:

Ellen Burstyn – Mom
Anjelica Huston – Transparent
Cherry Jones – Transparent
Jenifer Lewis – Black-ish
Timothy Olyphant – The Grinder
John Slattery – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Will Win: Anjelica Huston
Could Win: John Slattery
Should Win: Anjelica Huston

UPDATE: Winner- Timothy Olyphant

Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series:

Richard Armitage – Hannibal
Justin Kirk – Manhattan
Patti LuPone – Penny Dreadful
Margo Martindale – The Good Wife
Marisa Tomei – Empire
B.D. Wong – Mr. Robot

Will Win: B.D. Wong
Could Win: Margo Martindale
Should Win: B.D. Wong

UPDATE: Winner- Margo Martindale

More Film & TV Categories (These winners are usually announced backstage):

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
The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

UPDATE: Winner- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Film Editing:

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

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

UPDATE: Winner- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Costume Design:

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

Will Win: Carol

UPDATE: Winner- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Hair & Makeup:

Black Mass
Carol
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

UPDATE: Winner- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Visual Effects:

Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
The Walk

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

UPDATE: Winner- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Animation Series:

Bob’s Burgers – Fox
BoJack Horseman – Netflix
South Park – Comedy Central
Star Wars Rebels – Disney X D
The Simpsons – Fox

Will Win: Bob’s Burgers

UPDATE: Winner- BoJack Horseman

Best Reality Show- Competition:

Chopped – Food Network
Face Off – Syfy
MasterChef Junior – Fox
Survivor – CBS
The Amazing Race – CBS
The Voice – NBC

Will Win: The Voice

UPDATE: Winner- The Voice

Best Reality Show Host:

Ted Allen – Chopped
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race
James Lipton – Inside the Actors Studio
Jane Lynch – Hollywood Game Night
Jeff Probst – Survivor
Gordon Ramsay – Hell’s Kitchen

Will Win: Jane Lynch

UPDATE: Winner- James Lipton

Best Structured Reality Show:

Antiques Roadshow – PBS
Inside The Actors Studio – Bravo
MythBusters – Discovery
Project Greenlight – HBO
Shark Tank – ABC
Undercover Boss – CBS

Will Win: Project Greenlight

UPDATE: Winner- Shark Tank

Best Talk Show:

Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
The Graham Norton Show – BBC America
The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC

Will Win: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

UPDATE: Winner- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Best Unstructured Reality Show:

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN
Cops – Spike
Deadliest Catch – Discovery
Intervention – A&E
Naked and Afraid – Discovery
Pawn Stars – History

Will Win: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

UPDATE: Winner- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

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