LOS ANGELES — Journalism drama “Spotlight” picked up the Best Acting Ensemble prize at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night, winning out over films like “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Big Short” and “The Hateful Eight.”

Critics’ Choice Awards winners often reflect who will go on to win the Oscar, making the ceremony an interesting barometer for the season as everyone gears up for the Guild Awards and, eventually, the Oscars on Feb. 28.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” has a leading 13 nominations. The film will compete for best picture with awards heavyweights like “The Revenant” and “The Martian,” as well as with box office behemoth “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – which was shut out of the Oscar best picture race.

Critics’ Choice nominees and winners are voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association. “Star Wars” was added after initial nominees were revealed.

Early winners from the evening included “Fargo” for best limited series, Jeffrey Tambor for “Transparent,” Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” for best sci-fi film.

Sylvester Stallone also won best supporting actor for reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in “Creed.”

“Before I get into any more trouble I want to say thank you to my director Ryan Coogler. He is a genius. He really made it all happen,” Stallone said. “Michael B. Jordan, you’re a great, great talent and you’re here for a long time.”

At the Golden Globe Awards, Stallone forgot to thank his co-star and director during the televised portion of the evening and was harshly criticized for the oversight.

This is the first year the Critics’ Choice Awards has combined movies and television nominees into one ceremony, similar to the Golden Globes.

T.J. Miller, who stars on the HBO show “Silicon Valley” hosted the show.

“Celebrities, don’t worry. I’m not going to Ricky Gervais this thing,” he said at the beginning of the show. “How awkward and abrasive do you have to be to make all of us in this room feel bad for Mel Gibson?”

– From news service reports