Shows about women win big at the Critics’ Choice Awards, while James Franco is a no-show
It was a good night for women at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “Big Little Lies” was the biggest TV winner, with four awards, and “The Handmaid’s Tale” won three. “Wonder Woman” was named best action movie, and its star, Gal Gadot, accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.
“Big Little Lies” was named best limited series and won acting awards for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern.
Kidman thanked the entertainment community “who show up to make really fantastic films and TV and let us do what we love.”
“I love being an actor,” said the 50-year-old Oscar winner. “Thank you for letting me do it all the way through to this age and beyond.”
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance, “The Shape of Water,” was also a quadruple winner.
Stories about women also won in comedy categories. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was named best comedy series, and star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy.
As she accepted her award, Brosnahan noted that even though women aren’t wearing black like most did at the Golden Globe Awards earlier in the week, she said the fight to eradicate sexual harassment continues.
“Let’s not lose focus,” she said, urging viewers to support the Time’s Up initiative. “Let’s keep this going.”
“Congratulations for doing what you’re supposed to do!” Nash said.
Del Toro closed the show Thursday night by shouting that he’s always believed in the equality of women.
“Let me tell you one thing, if you don’t do that, you don’t know what you’re missing,” he said.
“The Shape of Water,” which led with 14 nominations, claimed the best picture prize, along with director, score and production design honors.
Presenter Chris Hemsworth noted that women have had a stellar year at the box office.
“The three biggest movies of 2017 in North America were ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’” which all feature female protagonists, he said. “The biggest comedy was a female ensemble, ‘Girls Trip,’ and the biggest independent movie was written and directed by Greta Gerwig.”
Actress Olivia Munn makes her introduction as host of the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards inside the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Kumail Nanjiani gives his wife, Emily V. Gordon, a congratulatory kiss for winning the comedy award for their film “The Big Sick.” Judd Apatow, who produced the movie, applauds.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Jordan Peele, joined by members of the cast and crew, accepts the award for sci-fi/horror movie for “Get Out.”(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
“Wonder Woman’s” Gal Godot accepts the #SeeHer Award, given to an honoree “who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement.”(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Margot Robbie after winning the actress in a comedy award for her performance in “I, Tonya.”(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Walton Goggins makes his way to the stage after winning the supporting actor in a comedy series award.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
“Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig talks with guests at the awards show.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Ted Danson won the award for best actor in a comedy series.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Olivia Munn, left, and Niecy Nash salute women in the film industry while commenting on the gender pay gap.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Elisabeth Moss wins the award for actress in a drama series for her performance in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Sterling K. Brown won for actor in a drama series for his work in the television series “This Is Us.”(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Hostess Olivia Munn makes her entrance at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Laura Dern wins the award for supporting actress in a movie made for TV or limited series for HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
A tearful Brooklynn Prince is led to the microphone after winning the young actress award for her performance in “The Florida Project.”(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Brooklynn Prince gives her acceptance speech.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Angelina Jolie at the awards ceremony.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Brooklynn Prince of “The Florida Project” hugs director Sean Baker before hitting the red carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Hemsworth presented the best actress award to an absent Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The film also won for acting ensemble and supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.
Also absent was James Franco. The actor and director, who had new sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him earlier in the day, won best actor in a comedy for his turn in “The Disaster Artist.” The award was presented during a pre-telecast ceremony broadcast only online.
Actor Walton Goggins, who presented the award, accepted it on Franco’s behalf.
Double winners Thursday included “I, Tonya,” ″Get Out” and “Coco.”
“I, Tonya” brought acting accolades for star Margot Robbie and supporting actress Allison Janney. “Get Out” was named best sci-fi or horror film, and writer-director Jordan Peele claimed original screenplay honors. “Coco” won animated feature and original song for “Remember Me.”
Many Critics’ Choice Awards winners also took home Golden Globes, including McDormand, Rockwell, Brosnahan and the stars of “Big Little Lies.” Hollywood’s awards season continues through March 4, when the Academy Awards are presented.
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