In Summary
  • With the Golden Globe best comedy prize already secured, the movie appears well-placed for next month's Oscars
  • On the acting front, most of the prizes followed the favourites established by the Globes
  • The annual event held by the Critics Choice Association at an aeroplane hangar near Los Angeles was again hosted by actor Taye Diggs

Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" backed up its Oscars frontrunner status by scooping best picture at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday.

The high-profile awards in Santa Monica -- which also honour the best of television -- are seen as a barometer for the all-important Oscars, for which nominations are due out Monday.

"I agree with the critics for the very first time," joked Tarantino as he collected Brad Pitt's best supporting actor prize, before returning to the stage for the evening's top award.

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Tarantino's love letter to 1960s Tinseltown, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and set against the backdrop of the Manson family murders, also won for best original screenplay and production design.

With the Golden Globe best comedy prize already secured, the movie appears well-placed for next month's Oscars.

British director Sam Mendes and South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho shared honours after the closely watched best director category ended in a tie.

Mendes' sweeping World War I odyssey "1917" also took home editing and cinematography awards, while Bong's black comedy "Parasite" was named best foreign-language film.

"Today I was just enjoying the vegan burger and trying to enjoy the ceremony," joked Bong as he collected his prize.

The awards had emulated last week's Globes by serving a plant-based menu, to boost environmental awareness.

And on the acting front, most of the prizes followed the favourites established by the Globes.

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