The 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards aired last night on The CW. Usually they provide a nice but largely inconsequential pit stop on the road to the Oscars, but last night there were actually a few moments worth talking about. There was not one, but two different ties in the acting categories! Will they have any impact on the award shows yet to come? Not a clue. But were they fun to watch? You bet!
The night was hosted by Taye Diggs, who did a perfectly fine job. Most of his bits were pretty corny, bordering on lame, but he delivered them with charm and gusto. We were all more focused on the awards anyway, which provided a mix of expected wins (some annoyingly so) and a few tie-induced surprises. They give out a ridiculous amount of awards and I am not going to cover them all, so the full list is here. Let’s get into it.
The television categories were mostly on the annoyingly predictable side, with “The Americans” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” taking home Best Drama and Comedy, respectively. There’s something about a show that I can’t watch (“Maisel”) winning a bunch of awards that I just find annoying. One day I’ll see it and surely get over my absurd prejudices, but for now it irritates me. Actors from both of those shows (Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich for “The Americans”; and Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein for “Maisel”) took home trophies as well. Sandra Oh won for “Killing Eve” and gave yet another delightful speech. Hopefully the Emmy voters will take notice and right their own wrong of not awarding her last fall. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” as well as its star Darren Criss also won, but the real winner from that cast was Cody Fern giving us yet another androgynous chic look. (Although I personally prefer his outfit from the Golden Globes.) The first big surprise of the night came in the Actress in a Mini Series/TV movie category, where we saw our first tie. The award went to both Amy Adams for “Sharp Objects” and Patricia Arquette for “Escape at Dannemora.” It was fun to see them so giddy to be sharing the moment together, going back and forth thanking their respective people. Wouldn’t it be great if that happened again?
And then it did! But we’ll get to that. The film categories felt like a little for everyone. There were several for “Roma,” including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography for Alfonso Cuaron; a couple for “Vice,” including Best Actor for Christian Bale; two for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins and Best Supporting Actress for Regina King; one for “First Reformed,” Best Original Screenplay for Paul Schrader; and, thank goodness, only one for “Green Book,” Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. Acting Ensemble went to the cast of “The Favourite,” none of whom were actually there, and Best Young Actor/Actress went to Elsie Fisher of “Eighth Grade,” who was there and was delightful. Original Score and Editing went to Justin Hurwitz and Tom Cross, respectively, of “First Man;” and Costume and Production Design went to Ruth Carter, Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart, respectively, all for “Black Panther.” At the Critics’ Choice they break films down into genres for certain awards. One highlight of that was “Crazy Rich Asians” deservedly winning Best Comedy. An actual comedy winning in a comedy category? Groundbreaking. The next big surprise of the night came in yet another tie, this time between Glenn Close of “The Wife” and Lady Gaga of “A Star Is Born” (who had already won Best Original Song for “Shallow.”). This lead to another wonderful moment of two talented ladies sharing the stage together. Hopefully the Academy is taking note, because a tie would be a great way to inject some unexpected energy into the Oscars telecast. Just saying.
What did you think? Did you like the ties on last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards? Are you feeling really smug about everyone watching “You” now on Netflix because you already watched it last year on Lifetime? I sure am. Let’s gloat in the comments. And, as always…