Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” took home four of the top honors from the 20th annual International Press Academy’s Satellite Awards on Sunday night. The film nabbed best motion picture, best ensemble, best director and best original screenplay.
In the best motion picture category, the journalistic thriller was up against nine other films, including: “Sicario,” “Room,” “The Revenant,” “The Martian,” “Carol,” “Brooklyn,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Black Mass” and “The Big Short.” “Spotlight” is up against “Room,” “The Revenant,” “The Martian,” “Brooklyn,” “Bridge of Spies” and “The Big Short” for the same honors at the Oscars.
Saoirse Ronan was named best actress for “Brooklyn,” besting presumed Oscars favorite Brie Larson. Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor for “The Revenant,” and Alicia Vikander won best supporting actress for “The Danish Girl.” Christian Bale also upset Sylvester Stallone for best supporting actor for his role in “The Big Short.”
Other big upsets include a win for John Seale’s cinematography for “Mad Max: Fury Road.” He bested current favorite Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Revenant”) for the honor. “Amy” and “The Look of Silence” tied for best documentary film. Both films are up for the best documentary feature at the Oscars.
Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) won the breakthrough performance award and Amy Schumer won a special honor for breakthrough comedian of the year for “Trainwreck.”
On the television side, “The Walking Dead” was named best TV series, genre. “Better Call Saul” won for best TV series, drama and “Silicon Valley” won on the comedy side.
The International Press Academy consists of journalists from all over the world. A complete list of winners can be found on the IPA’s website.