On Sunday, the biggest stars of film and TV showed up for the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Taye Diggs did the hosting duties for the second year in a row, and the show aired live on the CW from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
The biggest shocker of the night was a tie for Best Director between Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho, for 1917 and Parasite, respectively. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won big for film, landing Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt’s work, while Joker snagged Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix’s role and Judy won Best Actress for Renee Zellweger’s work.
Going in, Netflix ruled the show, earning 61 nominations total. On the film side, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman was the most nominated film of the year, with 14 nods.
On the TV side, When They See Us led, followed by This Is Us and Schitt’s Creek. Fleabag won Best Comedy and Succession won Best Drama, and Best Actor for Jeremy Strong’s role.
There were another two surprise ties for Best Talk Show between The Late Late Show with James Corden &Late Night with Seth Meyers and then for Best Song between "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" – Wild Rose & "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" – Rocketman. Last year, as viewers may recall, Lady Gaga and Glenn Closetied for Best Actress.
In addition to the TV and Film accolades, the Critics’ Choice awarded Eddie Murphy with a Lifetime Achievement Award, in honor of his achievements, including starring in multiple $100 million+ films over the past three decades. He is only the third actor to receive the award, after Lauren Bacall and Kevin Costner. Kristen Bell won the See Her Award for her work in empowering women through her work and her roles.
Observers say the nominations of the Critics’ Choice Awards often prove prescient for Oscar nominations: last year, seven out of the eight Oscar nominees in the top category matched those up for the Critics’ Choice prize. Winners diverge a bit more; the two groups picked the same Best Picture six out of the most recent 10 times. Last year, Critics’ Choice went to Roma, but the Oscars went with Green Book. More than 350 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association voted on prizes, as did members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. The Oscar nominations will be revealed today.
BEST PICTURE: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
BEST DIRECTOR: TIE: Sam Mendes, 1917 & Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
BEST COMEDY: Dolemite Is My Name
BEST ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
BEST ACTRESS: Renée Zellweger, Judy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
BEST ACTION MOVIE: Avengers: Endgame
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 4
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE:The Irishman
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Little Women – Greta Gerwig
BEST SCORE: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker
BEST SONG: TIE: "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" – Wild Rose & "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" – Rocketman
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Dolemite Is My Name – Ruth E. Carter
BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP: Bombshell
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avengers: Endgame
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: 1917 – Roger Deakins
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh
BEST EDITING: 1917
BEST DRAMA SERIES: Succession
BEST COMEDY SERIES: Fleabag
BEST LIMITED SERIES: When They See Us
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Jeremy Strong, Succession
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Regina King, Watchmen
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Andrew Scott, Fleabag
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Bill Hader, Barry
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Jean Smart, Watchmen
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Toni Collette, Unbelievable
BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
BEST ANIMATED SERIES: BoJack Horseman
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Parasite
BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE: Us
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
BEST TALK SHOW: TIE: The Late Late Show with James Corden & Late Night with Seth Meyers
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
BEST COMEDY SPECIAL: Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons