Both films have been early favourites as awards season kicks off, but journalism drama Spotlight had the slight edge as it was named Best Film to runner-up Mad Mad: Fury Road.

Writers Josh Singer and Tom MCCarthy, who penned the expose about the Boston, Massachusetts Catholic Church sex abuse scandal the film was based on, were also named winners of the Best Screenplay prize.

However, post-apocalyptic adventure Mad Max: Fury Road received the most wins with three - Best Director for George Miller, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design.

Michael Fassbender was named Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular tech giant in Steve Jobs, Charlotte Rampling won the Best Actress prize for 45 Years, while Michael Shannon (99 Homes) and Alicia Vikander (Ex MAChina) were given the Best Supporting Actor and Actress accolades, respectively.

Other winners included Amy Winehouse film Amy (Best Documentary), Anomalisa (Best Animated Film), and Son of Saul (Best Foreign Language Film), while Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler was named the recipient of the New Generation Award.

Winners will formally receive their prizes during the LAFCA awards dinner in Los Angeles.