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Everything you need to know about the Critics' Choice Awards 2015

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Got award show fatigue yet? No? Good, because we're in the thick of it now, folks. Last night, for instance, was the Critics' Choice Awards, which are fascinating for many reasons: The voters who award the trophies are professional movie watchers (sometimes known as "critics"), so they've often seen all the movies they're voting on, which is actually not always the case with the Oscars. They're also a generally accurate bell-weather for the Oscars, much more so than the Golden Globes, which can go a bit rogue. So, what important things happened at the Critics' Choice Awards last night? 1. Boyhood won best picture! This continues its winning streak from the Golden Globes. If you're the betting kind, I'd put a twenty on its nabbing the best picture Oscar too. 2. ...but Birdman actually got the most awards overall. These two underdog films have a bit of an award's season rivalry going on, and Birdman is currently winning in volume, if not in prestige. 3. Julianne Moore won again for best actress! The Still Alice actress can put a Critic's Choice award up on the mantlepiece alongside her Golden Globe, and it's a safe bet she'll add an Oscar to that collection before the season is out. 4. Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game didn't win anything! The two Oscar favourites were nominated for 6 and 5 awards respectively, but didn't walk away with wins, not even for their charming and handsome stars, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch. 5. Jessica Chastain got controversial during her acceptance speech for the MVP award. In what seems a veiled shot to the lack of women and minority actors nominated at this year's Oscars, she said: "Today is Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, and it got me to thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry and to stand together against homophobia, sexism, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and racist agendas. I’m an optimist, and I can’t help but feeling hopeful about the future of film, especially looking at all the beautiful people in this room.” READ MORE: 9 best Instagrams from the Golden Globes 2015 5 biggest shocks at this year's Oscar noms Julianne Moore talks her Oscar nominated role
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Everything you need to know about the Critics' Choice Awards 2015