Look! All The Stars Who Came Home As Winners At The 24th Critics Choice Awards
From the all-Asian Crazy Rich Asians cast to veteran Hollywood institution Glenn Close and singer-turned-actress Lady Gaga, awardees at the 24th Critics Choice Awards were both diverse and deserving.
As the second ceremony in the series of Hollywood award shows this year, the Critics Choice Awards shines the spotlight on the top picks of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Cinematic experts gather to vote for on- and off-screen talents who made their mark in film in the past months, revealing who comes out on top in a much-awaited evening held every January.
Beginning in 1995, the awards show has grown to hold equal importance as the hotly anticipated Academy Awards, and is considered a reliable indicator of who will continue to dominate the awards season for the year.
To see if the tastes and opinions of film industry's most discerning eyes match yours, read on to see the complete list of winners from the glamorous evening!
Best Picture: Roma
The Alfonso Cuarón-directed film chronicling life in Mexico during the 70s won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. The foreign language masterpiece featuring the lives of Mexicans going about their daily business during times gone by might sound like an ordinary trip down memory lane, yet is everything but; beautiful imagery, thoughtful profiles of true to life individuals, and a clear love for and understanding of Alfonso's home country shine through, pulling viewers into a whole other world and making them feel like they too are very much a part of it.
Amazingly, Alfonso also bagged one of the night's most major awards for Best Director, while Roma was also awarded Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.
Best Actor: Christian Bale for Vice
He's proven that he can do much more than scale the rooftops of Gotham as the city's masked bat-like hero. Christian Bale, in this biopic about the political journey of former Vice President Dick Cheney, completely transforms into a different person. Flexing a totally different set of acting muscles, he makes everyone watch in awe as he embodies the native Texan's iron-solid take on leadership and decision-making.
Christian also ended the night with a second award for Best Actor in a Comedy.
Best Actress(es): Glenn Close for The Wife and Lady Gaga for A Star is Born
The night definitely held a few surprises, including the tied results for the coveted Best Actress award given to both Glenn Close and Lady Gaga. In a moving display, both ladies were over the moon about the outcome and appeared to be genuinely happy for the other's win.
Glenn Close, who came home with the same award at the Golden Globes, delivered an acceptance speech that yet again spoke about women empowerment, while Lady Gaga took her time and thanked her film's co-stars and crew for the amazing experience working with them.
The Wife, which is an adaptation of a novel of the same name, lends a sharp eye to a woman who is moved to re-evaluate her life's choices in the context of her marriage, while A Star is Born tells the story of an aspiring singer's phenomenal rise to stardom and the sacrifices that must be made along the way.
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for Green Book
Full of wit, charm, and endearing moments, it warms people's hearts to know that this story was based on true events. Landing a blow to the current issues of race and social class plaguing modern-day America, Mahershala Ali's performance as a cultured African-American musician living life during the Civil Rights Movement was controlled yet convincing, subtle yet memorable.
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk
Regina King shines as Sharon Rivers in this film adaptation that hits home, hard, for those who have ever been in a position of poverty or ostracized for being a minority. Her character (who is deservedly earning Regina Oscars buzz) plays a crucial role in keeping financially unstable family afloat and grateful while dealing with two (almost) tragedies in a society that has never prioritized them.
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: A Quiet Place
Starring real husband and wife team John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, this post-apocalyptic world that tensely shows the terrors of living (or rather, surviving) alongside monsters who kill at the slightest hint of sound was original and terrifying all at the same time.
Best Comedy: Crazy Rich Asians
This one was an award everyone saw coming. The all-Asian cast of the film that brought Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel to the big screen has been a favorite since the movie's release (and mindblowing box office stats), and this award gives meaning to their popularity. After all, they're not only beautiful, hilarious, and well-dressed; they're some of the first actors and actresses to portray Asian characters who are proud of their culture and traditions and in positions of influence. Talk about history-making!
Best Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
A housewife from 1950s America decides to become a stand-up comedian and succeeds, albeit in ways she didn't originally expect. Combined with beautiful costumes, nostalgic sets, and impressive comedic delivery, we dare you not to crack a smile during the show's best moments.
More so, the show also picked up awards for Alex Borstein for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and of course, for the lead Rachel Brosnahan for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
Best Drama Series: The Americans
Continuing its winning streak since making it big when it first aired in 2013, The Americans is still captivating audiences with the twists and turns of Russian agents living double lives during the Cold War. A spy meets action thriller that still gets hearts racing, this show will continue to reign supreme.
The show's leading man, Matthew Rhys, also came home with award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, while Noah Emmerich was given the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award.
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh for Killing Eve
And she strikes again! Sandra Oh, who hosted the Golden Globes and was awarded the same accolade during the evening, nabbed the same award for her performance as Eve Pollastri, a skilled operative on the hunt for an elusive assasin. Though she's often funny and witty, this time, she's portrayed as serious and with a needle-sharp focus on a demanding task—which she succeeds at.
Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader and Henry Winkler for Barry
Done in signature Bill Hader style, Barry is about two seemingly unrelated concepts that end up going extremely well together (the show is all about a hitman who ditches his career for a newly discovered interest in theater arts). And of course, Bill, as the show's executive producer, makes sure that only cast mates who work well together on- and off-screen make the cut—as proven by the back to back win of Bill himself and co-star Henry Winkler.
Best Actress(es) in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Patricia Arquette for Escape at Dannemora and Amy Adams for Sharp Objects
And yet another tie in this year's Critics Choice Awards! Seasoned actresses Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette shared the stage in the evening's second biggest surprise, recognizing them for their work as a prison employee unafraid to embrace her sexuality (Patricia Arquette) and a reporter bombarded with psychological trauma that she must face in order to move forward with her life (Amy Adams).
Both women have starred in their fair share of comedies and romantic projects, making their involvement with these acclaimed films proof of the breadth and depth of their talent.
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