The 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards was more to the point the 1st annual Critics’ Choice Awards, as the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association combined forces for one big shindig that aired live on A&E, Lifetime and LMN from Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger. Deadline followed along with Jeremy Gerard calling the action as the presenters crammed winners in 51 — yes, 51 — categories into the three-hour telecast. Here’s how it went down:
Happy Sunday everyone from snowy, soggy Manhattan as we get ready for the Critics Choice Awards. Will the three-hour show on A&E be as exciting as last night’s Packers/Cardinals game? We can only pray….
They’re having to give out some awards on the red (ok, blue) carpet since there are 51 categories to get through tonight.
Excited to see TJ Miller — pressure’s on one of funniest guys in the biz to get us through three hours.
“Silicon Valley”‘s TJ Miller, hosting, says he won’t be doing a Ricky Gervais: “How awkward and abrasive do you have to be to make all of us feel bad for Mel Gibson?”
TJ and his four dummy critics “are taking some risks” he says. “The good critics understand what we’re going for.” OK?
That was pretty funny. One thumb up to TJ and the Critics Four as they two-stepped off the stage.
WINNER: BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES: Fargo – FX
WINNER: BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: Spotlight – Open Road
First of the Best Picture Oscar nominees to hit the stage tonight
Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James accept for Spotlight’s ensemble. Rachel days “the true life ensemble is the true-life heroes” of the Spotlight team. I’m wondering how many days off from Broadway d’Arcy James gets.
Not quite sure what the point is of having William Shatner as über-host saying irrelevant things. Time, people!
They are wasting so much tie telling people to Tweet and send selfies. 51 categories to get through!
WINNER: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
I doubt this is the first — or last — roar of approval Sly Stallone will hear this season.
He got the biggest applause in the room when his name was announced during the Oscar nominations.
Sly thanks his director “before I get into any more trouble”
And Michael B. Jordan, too.
WINNER: BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Is that a look of disappointment on Helen Mirren’s face? I think so. Alicia Vikander, like Mirren, had two big films this year.
WINNERS: Best Action Movie: Mad Max, Best Actress In An Action Movie: Charlize Theron, Best Actor In An Action Movie: Tom Hardy
I wonder how they chose which awards got sidelined to the mass announcement. Sure would have been nice to hear from Idris Elba.
I wonder how they chose which “special” categories got sidelined. It sure would have been nice to hear from Idris Elba.
WINNERS: Best Actor In A TV Movie Or Limited Series: Idris Elba, Luther; Best Guest Actor/Actress In A Comedy Series: Timothy Olyphant; Best Guest Actress In A Drama Series, Margo Martindale, The Good Wife
After her terrific gig on The Americans, isn’t it great to see Margo Martindale have such a career revival?
WINNER: BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Mayim Bialik dressed like she’s going to a Wicked party. “Abba” (“Dad”) this is for you, she says, touchingly.
WINNER: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox
Rats, no André Braugher to accept his award for Brooklyn 99.
I’m really hoping The Twillight Zone wins the audience award for most binge-worthy show. No, really.
WINNER: BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE: Ex Machina, A24
Here’s Alicia again, for sci-fi winner Ex Machina. So I see The Martian is not a comedy but a science fiction flick….
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Jacob Tremblay, Room
Fred Savage (my how you’ve grown): Never listen to the critics! Except sometimes. What will Jacob Tremblay look like in a decade? Wow he’s self-composed. The mic stand towers over him but still it’s the best day of his life, says he.
Jacob just name-checked distributor A24 — he’s got a future in this business.
And from reading the lips in the audience, he’s a chick magnet already.
WINNER: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
WINNERS: A slew of off-stage awards just rattled off, all for Mad Max: Fury Road….
Visual Effects, Hair & Makeup, Costume Design, Editing (for Margaret Sixel) and Production Design (for Colin Gibson)
WINNER: BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Maura Pfefferman wins her second Critics’ Choice Award. He thanks the transgender community for “letting me be useful.” Not a speck of self-congratulaioin or phoniness.
Maura Pfefferman wins her second Critics’ Choice Award. Jeffrey Tambor thanks the transgender community for “letting me be useful.” Not a speck of self-congratulaioin or phoniness.
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Golden Globes repeat
Rachel Bloom acknowledged the critics, who have been supportive of the argument-inspiring Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And a big nod to American musical music on the CW. Sweet.
WINNER: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot – USA Network
Christian Slater wins for Mr. Robot, a show that went from zero to 100 in about ten minutes to USA Network, showing there’s still a hunger for this kind of fantastic series.
WINNER: BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Constance Zimmer, UnReal, Lifetime
I’m gonna do my best to keep my shit together, she said.
Looking at all those great Oscar categories — Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, Production Design, Costume Design — all got the shaft and were regulated to Shatner-ization. AMPAS cringing somewhere…
What magazine was TJ reading from? Never heard of it….
TJ reads from his worst review. Let me tell you, that takes cojones. The only thing worse is reading aloud the worst review one ever *wrote*
Judd’s on a roll…
Judd Apatow tells all the dramas to “go fuck yourselves.” Just sayin’.
Judd goes Gervais. “They made up an award” just to get Amy Schumer here. “That’s how valid these awards are.”
Amy returns the love from Judd. She’s a two-fer of course, with a hit movie and a hit show. She thanks the managers she’s fired. Here comes the hook — too little too late!
And then she salvages her rambling thanks with a nod for ending gun violence. Is it rude to say she should have begin with that?
Had to post Judd he was Full Apatow in his intro….
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES: Kirsten Dunst, Fargo, FX
yeah not *too* over the top, Judd.
WINNER: BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITION: The Voice, NBC
Kirsten Dunst in a gorgeous flapper getup, keeping it short and sweet in the thank you department. And another major nod to Fargo.
Note to Judd Apatow: Son Of Saul, which won for best foreign film — hey that was a first film too. And a drama, sorry.
More winners that didn’t make the show cut: BEST TALK SHOW: Last Week Tonight, HBO; BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW: Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, CNN; BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOW: Shark Tank, ABC; BEST SONG: Furious 7; BEST SCORE: The Hateful Eight; BEST ANIMATED MOVIE: Inside Out, Pixar/Disney; BEST FOREIGN FILM: Son Of Saul
BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
More F-bombs, on behalf of Mad Max Fury Road.
Is anyone really interested in all this kissy-kissy for IL&M? This is really boring. We’ve all been here before. At least it was short…Oh gosh here’s Shatner again….
MORE WINNERS: Best Supporting Actor In A Movie Made For TV Or Limited Series: Jesse Plemons, Fargo; Best Supporting Actress In A Movie Made For TV Or Limited Series:Jean Smart, Fargo; Best Original Screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight; Best Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short; Best Documentary Feature: Amy; Best Animated Series: BoJack Horseman, Netflix; Best Reality Show Host: James Lipton, Inside The Actors Studio, Bravo
Every time I see the pan of the audience in that airplane hangar, I wonder how many folks have come out for this shindig? Seems yuuuuge.
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Amy Schumer, Trainwreck, Universal
Not much surprise that Amy Schumer won for actress in a comedy film. It’s her year. “Lily you should have won, and I’d love to go down on you.”
WINNER: BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Christian Bale, The Big Short, Paramount
Christian Bale says he just learned that Goodfellas never won anything. That true? And he asks Congress to fix the money thing.
Fact check: Joe Pesci won Supporting Actor Oscar. Five other noms including Best Picture and Best Director but no other wins.
Uh oh, Trainwreck lost to The Big Short. Alert Judd Apatow of the tragedy.
WINNER: BEST COMEDY: The Big Short, Paramount
Nice shout out to the real victims, the people who lost homes, because of the financial crisis portrayed on that hilarious comedy The Big Short….
This film has really rallied as the awards season has worn on.
I just noticed that the “R” for The Big Short is in part for “pervasive language.” Too many words, eh?
…and there’s the trailer for it at the commercial break — how did they know?
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Carrie Coon, The Leftovers, HBO
Carrie Coon, who just a few years ago was killing it as Honey on Broadway in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, says it’s great being among actresses playing roles “equal to their complexity.”
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room, A24
Oh, well. Outlander beat The Twilight Zone for bingeworthy fave among viewers. On the other hand, isn’t Ex Machina one extended TZ episode? Rod Serling lives.
Is it my imagination or is the crowd getting a little rowdy?
Another win for Mr Robot, against pretty heavy competition.
WINNER: BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Rami Malek, Mr Robot, USA Network
Also, Anonymous Content is just everywhere.
WINNER: BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Jennifer Aniston does a kinda double-take, hands-to-face over Kate Beckinsale’s dress, I think.
Leo really nailed the role of a guy who just won an award in that acceptance speech feature film
So spontaneous. But who would deny him?
WINNER: BEST DRAMA SERIES: Mr Robot, USA Network
When it rains it pours, to coin a phrase.
WINNER: BEST COMEDY SERIES: Master Of None, Netflix
White guys, you crushed it for so long that everything else looks fresh!
The TV critics must love hearing that the biggest and most important award of the night is Best Film. Is this a match made in heaven, BFCA and BTCA? Or is it Time Warner/AOL, SAG/AFTRA, Jen & Brad?
WINNER: BEST PICTURE: Spotlight, Open Road
It’s kind of wonderful that the best movie winner from the critics is the one about journalists.
They brought it in on time. No mean feat. And with that, good night everyone.