The #2016CriticsChoiceAwards had all the components of a classic award ceremony. From the onstage heckler (this year, Atlanta's Keith Stanfield) to the bevy of inspirational acceptance speeches, questionable red carpet wardrobe choices, the occasional surprise win and the victorious award clean-sweeper which was, of all things, a musical. From start to finish there was never a dull moment.
As ever, however, along with the beaming winners there were also the losers to consider. Unusual for deciding to host this years awards ceremony a month earlier than usual so as to be ahead of the New York and Los Angeles film critics associations as well as getting a significant head start on the Golden Globes, it also meant that highly anticipated films such as Martin Scorsese's Silence, Passengers staring Chis Pratt and J-Law and Rogue One could not compete.
While some felt they were robbed before the ceremony even began, there was still plenty of incredible talent to celebrate, and celebrate is what they did. Here's a dazzling look at all the winners, and the losers, of the 22nd Critics Choice Awards.
The Winners Of The 2016 Critics Choice Awards:
1. Viola Davis & Self Acceptance
Not only winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, Viola Davis also accepted the first ever #SeeHer Award (and perhaps the first major award that comes with its own hashtag) which honoured her continual efforts in bringing more three dimensional woman to the screen. Delivering the best acceptance speech of the entire evening, Viola discussed the process of developing her character, Annalise Keating, for ABC's How to get Away with Murder and in doing so, talked about the importance of discovering an inner strength:
"I said, ‘She’s sexy, she’s mysterious.' I’m used to playing women who gotta gain 40 pounds and wear an apron. So, I said, ‘Oh god, I gotta lose weight. I gotta learn to walk like Kerry Washington in heels. I gotta lose my belly.' And then I asked myself, ‘Well, why do I have to do all that?’"
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. I recently embraced that at 51...At 10:00 every Thursday night ... you come into my world and you sit with me, my size, my hue, my age, and you sit and you experience."
2. The Women Of Westworld
Absolutely owning this years award ceremony, the women of HBO's groundbreaking robo-theme park drama, Westworld, lead the way in both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama categories, making Arnold proud. Following in Viola Davis's steps and honouring inner strength, Evan Rachel Wood went up to accept her award for Best Actress and stated that her robotically challenged character Dolores:
"Gave me a strength I didn’t know I had."
Then she took to Twitter to share her joy with a carefully chosen three hearts and three robot emoji's:
Thandie Newton who won the award for Best Supporting Actress also took to Twitter to celebrate her win — once she'd woken up to urinate that is:
3. Deadpool & Children's Charities
Winning both the Best Comedy Award and the Best Actor in a Comedy Award for Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool was clearly the critics favourite comedy of 2016 — which means it has a good shot at winning an Oscar in the Best Comedy category this coming February. In his acceptance speech for his Best Actor in a Comedy Award, Ryan took a moment to reflect on the deeper meaning of the Deadpool movie:
"Deadpool was an 11-year odyssey for me to get up here, and it resonated with a lot of people. The character had cancer and some of the people that this character resonated with were sick kids,"
Consequently, Reynolds dedicated his award to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the SickKids Foundation based in Toronto which, as he stated, are:
"two incredible organizations that do so much for so many kids in need."
4. The Cast Of The People v. O.J. Simpson
Sweeping the board with a whopping three awards for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series for Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown respectively, the critics praised the outstanding performances in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson in a year that was apparently obsessed with the football star-turned-murderer.
While Courtney B. Vance felt humbled by his Award stating:
“I’m just grateful. What a year.”
And Sarah Paulson accepted her Award and dedicated it to the Show's creator, Ryan Murphy:
“Wow, the clock is really counting down, so I guess all that matters is, thank you Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy...You absolutely changed my life — before this and continuously.”
Sterling K. Brown had already accepted his Award for Best Supporting Actor on the red (read, blue) carpet before the ceremony had even begun, and thanked his fellow cast members:
5. Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling's La La Land Which Won A Colossal Eight Awards
However, the biggest winner of the 2016 Critics Choice Awards was undoubtedly Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's latest musical rom-com La La Land, which also marks the third time Gosling and Stone have played each others romantic partners on the big screen, having done so previously in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad. To make things simpler, here's a rundown of all the Awards La La Land won at the ceremony:
- Best Director
- Best Picture
- Best Editing
- Best Score
- Best Song
- Best Original Screenplay (a tie with Manchester by the Sea)
- Best Cinematography
- Best Production Design
Following the plight of two struggling entertainment industry hopefuls, La La Land has already scooped up the Best Film Award at the New York Film Critic's Circle and the TIFF People's Choice Award, and coupled with its epic success at the Critics Choice Awards, it bodes very well for the movie's Oscar chances early next year.
The Losers Of The 2016 Critics Choice Awards:
1. Host T.J.Miller & The Audience
Proving yet again that the weakest point of most awards ceremonies is usually the ceremony hosts themselves (with the delightful exception of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey), T.J. Miller, while well meaning, was by the end of the night frankly, insufferable. Only the week before the ceremony getting arrested for getting into a fight with a taxi driver over Donald Trump's presidency, the host merely skirted around the issue and proceeded to bore the nation with cheap gag, after cheap gag, after cheap gag.
2. Atlanta's Keith Stanfield & Freedom Of Speech
Doing a classic Kanye, after Atlanta missed out on its Best Comedy Series Award to Silicone Valley, Keith Stanfield, one of the stars of Donald Glover's groundbreaking Show took to the stage to accept the award on Silicone Valley's behalf, confusing stars and the audience alike. However, while Keith is included among the 'losers' of the Critics Awards, in my humbled opinion Atlanta did deserve to win this category as it's among one of the best Shows of 2016, I'm just not sure an on-stage protest is the best way to get this message across.
With Donald Glover already receiving his award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Atlanta, this made Keith's impromptu on-stage protest all the more bittersweet. But seriously, all protests aside, if you haven't already, you should check this show out.
3. Kaley Cuoco & Good Taste
One of the stars of the Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco treated the red carpet to a sumptuous pink two-piece that looked like it was once a vaguely offensive dress which was ravaged by a savage pack of dogs and then accessorised with a matching pair of pink pants and stilettos. I guess the take away here is that some outfits are just not meant to be saved.