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Robert De Niro quips as The Irishman wins single Critics' Choice Award

The crime drama received a total of 14 nominations, but only ended up scooping best ensemble on Sunday.

Harvey Keitel, Robert de Niro and Al Pacino led the cast of The Irishman which won the best ensemble gong at the Critics' Choice Awards. Picture: Twitter/@CriticsChoice

LOS ANGELES - Robert De Niro laughed off winning just one prize out of 14 at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night.

He quipped that he "wasn't expecting" The Irishman to win just one gong at the awards.

The crime drama - which was directed by Martin Scorsese and also stars the likes of Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Sebastian Manascalco - received a total of 14 nominations, and only ended up scooping best ensemble at the star-studded ceremony held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

Whilst on stage collecting the accolade, the Hollywood legend laughed: "Thank you, thank you very much, I wasn't expecting it, frankly, at this point, but it's great, we're all very happy and appreciative."

The movie had been shortlisted for best picture, which went toOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood, whilst De Niro lost in the best actor category to _Joker _star Joaquin Phoenix.

The three-and-a-half hours long Netflix picture was also nominated for prizes including best adapted screenplay, best editing and best visual effects.

Pacino added that the cast and crew were "really grateful and thankful for the Critics' Choice Ensemble work that we did in this film, The Irishman".

The Godfather legend, then gave a shout-out to the movie's director.

He added: "Last but not least, [Martin Scorsese], 'for putting together this cast and sort of helping us out and bringing us along."

The likes of Knives Out, Little Women, Bombshell, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite lost out to the best ensemble prize.

Meanwhile, Renée Zellweger won best actress for her outstanding performance as Judy Garland in Judy, Brad Pitt won best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Big Little Lies star Laura Dern won best supporting actress for Marriage Story.

Elsewhere, Eddie Murphy won the lifetime achievement award.

Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho tied for best director for 1917 and Parasite respectively, Quentin Tarantino went home with best original screenplay for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Greta Gerwig's Little Women won best adapted screenplay for her take on the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott.

Meanwhile, Ted Danson presented his Good Place co-star star Kristen Bell with the #SeeHer Award, which promotes authentic portrayals of women in media.

Previous recipients have included Viola Davis, Gal Gadot, and Claire Foy.

The TV categories also saw Stellan Skarsgård pick up best supporting actor for Chernobyl, Jeremy Strong won best actor in a drama series for Succession and Bill Hader was named best actor in a comedy series for Barry.

An abridged list of the winners is as follows:

BEST PICTURE: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix for Joker

BEST ACTRESS: Renée Zellweger for Judy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time. in Hollywood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern for Marriage Story

BEST DIRECTOR: Bong Joon Ho for Parasite and Sam Mendes for 1917

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Greta Gerwig for Little Women

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: The Irishman

SEEHER AWARD: Kristen Bell