'Mad Max: Fury Road' was a clear favourite at last night's Critics' Choice Awards (January 17th 2016), taking home no less than nine awards - though missed out on Best Picture. The results come ahead of the yet to be handed out Academy Awards, for which 'The Revenant' is a clear frontrunner.

Charlize Theron in Mad MaxCharlize Theron wins Best Actress for Mad Max

Both Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron received well-deserved Best Actor/Actress In An Action Movie accolades for 'Mad Max: Fury Road', with director George Miller also being recognised as Best Director. And while it served as this year's Best Action Movie, it missed out on the coveted Best Picture award which went to 'Spotlight'. Further prizes for 'Mad Max' were given for the following categories: Production Design, Editing, Costume Design, Hair & Makeup and Visual Effects.

As for 'Spotlight', this Boston Globe biopic also landed Best Acting Ensemble, with screenwriters Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy's work named Best Original Screenplay. 'The Big Short' also received three wins, for Best Comedy and Adapted Screenplay, and Christian Bale was named Best Actor In A Comedy.

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While the Oscars buzz is largely surrounding 'The Revenant', this Hugh Class biopic only landed two wins; Leonardo Dicaprio's Best Actor and Best Cinematography. 'Room' completed the list of multiple-win films after winning Best Actress for Brie Larson's performance and Young Actor for her nine-year-old co-star Jacob Tremblay.

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in RoomBrie Larson and Jacob Tremblay both landed awards for 'Room'

Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to Sylvester Stallone ('Creed') and Alicia Vikander ('The Danish Girl') respectively, while Best Actress In A Comedy was very predictably Amy Schumer ('Trainwreck'). Animated Feature was named 'Inside Out', Sci-Fi Movie was 'Ex Machina', Foreign Language Film 'Son of Saul' and Documentary Feature was Amy Winehouse story 'Amy'.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's hit 'See You Again' gave 'Furious 7' a prize for Best Song, and Best Score went to Ennio Morricone for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'.