Critics’ Choice Awards. (Photo: ANI/Representative Image)
Veteran actor-comedian Eddie Murphy was honoured at the event with the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.
Los Angeles: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won three major trophies — best picture, best original screenplay and best supporting actor for Brad Pitt — at the 25th Critics’ Choice Awards while “Fleabag” and “Succession” emerged as big TV winners.
In the Sunday night ceremony, “Joker” star Joaquin Pheonix continued his winning spree after Golden Globes as he took home the best actor award for his performance in the Todd Phillips directed movie on the DC supervillain, while Renee Zellweger won the best actress honour for “Judy”. In a big surprise, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho and British director Sam Mendes tied for best director honour for class drama “Parasite” and World War I movie “1917”, respectively.
Tarantino won the best original screenplay for “Once Upon…”, while Greta Gerwig received the best adapted screenplay award for her critically-acclaimed historical period drama “Little Women”, based on Louisa May’s 1868 novel of the same name. The best supporting actress trophy went to Laura Dern for her role of an empathetic lawyer in Netflix’s Noah Bambauch-directed “Marriage Story”. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” won the best ensemble award.
Veteran actor-comedian Eddie Murphy was honoured at the event with the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Kristen Bell also received the #SeeHer Award, which recognises a female actor who pushes boundaries and changes stereotypes in entertainment to accurately portray the women characters. Bong also earned the prize for best foreign language film, while “1917” won best cinematography and best editing awards. Best young actor trophy went to Roman Griffin Davis for “Jojo Rabbit”. In technical categories, “Once Upon …” was honoured with best production design, “1917” got the best editing award, Murphy’s “Dolemite Is My Name – Ruth E. Carter” received the best costume design trophy.
“Bombshell” once again topped the “Hair and Make Up” category, while “Avengers: Endgame” got the best visual effects award. The Marvel Studios project was also announced the best action movie of the year. Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” won the best animated feature award. Jordon Peele’s Lupita Nyongo’-led mystery-thriller “Us” won in the best sci-fi or horror movie category, while “Dolemite Is My Name” was named best comedy.
The second tie of the year was in the best song category for which both Glasgow (No place like home)” from “Wild Rose” and Rocketman’s “(I’m gonna) Love me again” were awarded. Music composer Hildur Gudnadottir won her second major award this season for her score in Warner Bros’ “Joker”. In television, “Fleabag” was named best comedy series, “Succession” won best drama series and “When They See Us” earned best limited series honours. “Fleabag” creator-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also honoured with the best actress in a comedy series award for her much-loved portrayal of the titular character. British actor Andrew Scott, who impressed the audience worldwide with his ‘Hot Priest’ in the dark-comedy received the best actor in the supporting role in comedy. Bill Hadder earned the best actor in a comedy series award for HBO’s “Barry”.
The best actress in supporting role in comedy trophy went to Alex Borstein for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Netflix’s “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”, an epilogue to “Breaking Bad” featuring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, was awarded the best movie made for television trophy. “Succession” actor Jeremy Strong got the best actor in drama series and Regina King won the best actress in drama series for “Watchmen”. In the drama series section, Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”) and Jean Smart (“Watchmen”) received the best actor in supporting role and best actress in supporting role trophies, respectively. “When They See Us” star Jharrel Jerome took home the best actor in limited series or movie made for television award, as Michelle Williams registered another big win “Fosse/Verdon” after Golden Globes.
Under the same section, Stellan Skarsgard got the best supporting actor trophy for “Chernobyl” and Toni Collette won the best supporting actress award courtesy “Unbelievable”. “BoJack Horseman” was given the best animated series honour. It was also a tie in best talk show category as “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” both received the award. Best comedy special trophy went to “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons”.