The 22nd Annual Critics Choice Awards were broadcast last night, and true to form, this quirky, clever and first out of the gate awards show and forecaster to the Oscars, aired on A & E last night. T.J Miller, (Silicon Valley) hosted and the room was packed with celebrities from television and film.
Why this room is so cool is that everyone is approachable, people, including celebs, table hop, and the vibe is low key. Even on the blue carpet, a couple of fans that were behind a rope, shouted out to John Travolta to come over, when he did one turned him and said, “oops sorry I thought you were Ryan Reynolds.” John, in utter graciousness, laughed and posed with her anyway.
Bob Odenkirk, who later won for his, “Better Call Saul,” told me, “Metaphorically, we’re going to see a side of Saul we’ve never seen.” When I asked him if he was going to do a nude scene, he kind of smirked. So lets see on that.
Jon Voight told me that the next year of “Ray Donovan,” would be shot in both LA and NY, but after that, “probably NY, not sure.”
The room was a sea of celebrities. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson next to Sully Sullenberger and his wife, Lorrie. Their table was in the middle of “Arrival’s” and “Modern Family’s” table. Emma Stone and the “La La Land,” crew had their two tables near the “Moonlight” and “Fences” tables, with “The People vs. OJ Simpson” crew, who were to their left.
Celebs were going from table to table during the breaks, congratulating each other, meeting, schmoozing. I chatted with all, including “Loving”‘s Joel Edgerton, whose date was his director/writer brother Nash. Nash just finished a film that he directed starring his brother and Charlize Theron.
Every where you looked, you saw celebs, from John Lithgow (winning for “The Crown”) to the wonderful Judith Light, to the lovely Emmy Rossum, Cynthia Nixon, Matt Damon, Courtney B. Vance (who later won Best Actor for playing Johnnie Cochran in The People vs. OJ Simpson), Denzel chatting with Sully, and so many more. Tom Ford’s area from was one of the most popular destination spots.
The event itself moved along well, even at three hours. Viola Davis stole the show, natch, with her moving acceptance speech upon receiving the first ever #SeeHer award. She later won for “Fences.” “La La Land,” garnered eight awards, the most of the night. Casey Affleck won deservedly for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Natalie Portman won for “Jackie.” “The People v. O. J. Simpson,” took home four trophies. Bravo Critics Choice. Well done. Till next year!