The first big night of the televised award season was last night, with the Critics’ Choice Awards airing on A&E. Between commercials for “Intervention” and “COPS Live” (which seems like a terrrrrrrible idea, if you ask me), awards were given out for both the best in film and television. It was a three-hour affair, and could have been made longer if they didn’t give out all of the technical awards in spurts during the commercial breaks. It’s not always clear how the Critics’ Choice will tie into the Oscars or the Emmys, although many of their wins seemed to be in line with what has been expected so far. I’m not going to break down each win, because that would insane, but I will get into the big takeaways from both the film and television wins. If you want more detail, check it all out for yourself. I can’t do everything for you.
Film: “La La Land” wins (almost) all the things
In a move that wasn’t particularly surprising, “La La Land” took home eight awards last night, including most of the technical categories, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Film. It also took home Best Song, which gives me a bad feeling that this coming year will not be Lin-Manuel Miranda’s moment to EGOT with “Moana.” The only big categories not scooped up by “La La Land” were the acting categories. The big ones there went to Casey Affleck (“Manchester By The Sea“, which also tied for Best Original Screenplay with “La La Land”) for Best Actor, Natalie Portman (“Jackie,” which also won for Hair & Makeup and Costume Design) for Best Actress, Viola Davis (“Fences“) Best Supporting Actress, Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight“) for Best Supporting Actor and the cast of “Moonlight” for Best Acting Ensemble. I was hoping “Moonlight” would pick up more awards because I think it’s the best movie I’ve seen this year, but I also haven’t seen “La La Land” (it doesn’t come out in my neck of the woods until this Friday). I think the Oscars should introduce an Acting Ensemble award, not just so that “Moonlight” can win it, but also to celebrate great ensembles going forward. There have been countless years where an entire cast was so brilliant that they each deserved a win, so why not make an award that covers them all? Eh well. Maybe some day.
Television: “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” continues its victory tour
The television side of things was a little bit more of a mixed bag. The big awards for comedy and drama went to “Silicon Valley” and “Game of Thrones” (although “Atlanta” star Keith Stanfield might disagree when it comes to “Silicon Valley”). “Atlanta” did win Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Donald Glover, while Best Actress in a Comedy Series went to Kate McKinnon from “SNL.” Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series went to Louie Anderson (“Baskets“) and Jane Krakowski (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“) respectively. On the Drama side, the Big Actor and Actress awards went to Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul“) and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld“). “Westworld” won in Supporting Actress too for Thandie Newton and John Lithgow won Supporting Actor for playing Winston Churchill on “The Crown.” As for the TV movie or Mini Series categories, it was the usual “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” suspects (Sarah Paulson for Best Actress, Courtney B. Vance for Best Actor and Sterling K. Brown for Best Supporting Actor) with a little Regina King for Best Supporting Actress in “American Crime” mixed in. Whereas the film categories were a little more predictable, there was some surprise in television, although I don’t know if all of it was good.
So there’s my condensed version of the Critic’s Choice Awards. I could get into the Golden Globe Nominations that came out today, but I won’t. Let’s save that for another week.
Did you watch the Critic’s Choice Awards? What did you think of the wins? Think that awards season is just a shameless ploy to distract us from the real issues? Dude, chill. I do not need your hateration in this dancery. Share your positive thoughts in the comments. And, before I go to finally watch “Hairspray Live!” I’ll leave you with this…