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Last night’s Critics Choice Awards show was everything one of these big star studded affairs should be: the most fun ever. Host Chelsea Handler deserves a lot of the credit, she set the tone right from the start without putting anyone down but making gentle fun of the news as it intersected with Hollywood. I hope she’ll return next year.

The big surprise was the Best Picture– “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and its directors, the Daniels, all won. The estimable Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for “Tar,” Brendan Fraser– who most of us thought was out of the race– won Best Actor for “The Whale.”

The supporting actor winners were emotional. Ke Huy Quan continued his run for “Everything Everywhere” and Angela Bassett became the first ever actor in a Marvel movie to win the CCA. They are likely repeating at the Oscars.

The ballroom at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel had a very chill vibe to it. Stars mixed with critics, producers, directors, and so on. The place was at maximum capacity but the commercial breaks allowed a lot of socializing, especially among people who hadn’t seen each other in a long time.

I got to meet some actors I really admired but are relatively new to this world. They included Julia Garner, Danielle Deadwyler, Anya Taylor Joy, Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri, plus I spoke to Jennifer Coolidge, Andrew Garfield, Glenn Powell, Miles Teller, and my old friend Giancarlo Esposito, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for “Better Call Saul.” This was a long awaited award, and much, much deserved. (Coolidge, by the way, having a big year thanks to “White Lotus,” says she doesn’t know what her next job will be. I heard that from a lot of actors this weekend.)

Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon commanded a table near mine with her “Woman King” director Gina Prince-Bythewood, and “The Fabelmans” with Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Judd Hirsch, and Gabe Labelle were between our table and the stage. Williams brought her BFF, Busy Phillips, one of my favorite people, who always lightens the tension with a warm sense of humor.

And this was just a quarter of the room. Scattered throughout the ballroom were Julia Roberts, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Kaley Cuocco and Tom Pelphrey, director Martin McDonagh, James Cameron, Michelle Yeoh, and the folks from “RRR” (they won Best Foreign Language Feature and Best Song), plus the great writer Tony Kushner, Sarah Polley, Austin Butler of “Elvis” fame, and …you get the idea.

I loved running into Bill Nighy, the popular and famed British star of “Living.” He’s about to get an Oscar nomination. Nighy came to prominence in the US playing the goofy rock star in “Love Actually.” Since then he’s been in dozens of films including “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Judi Dench. So how is Dame Judi, I wondered? (She just turned 88.)

“I just saw last week in London,” Nighy told me. “She made lunch. Lamb chops, green beans, and potatoes.”

I said: “You mean she had someone make it for you?”

Nighy shook his head. “No she did it herself, in her own kitchen and it was marvelous. She’s something else.”

She sure is– and so were the CCAs. Finally, someone got an awards show right!

WINNERS OF THE 28th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
FILM CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE

Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST ACTOR
Brendan Fraser – The Whale (A24)

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Tár (Focus Features)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Gabriel LaBelle – The Fabelmans (Universal Pictures)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix)

BEST DIRECTOR
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sarah Polley – Women Talking (United Artists Releasing)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda – Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Florencia Martin, Anthony Carlino – Babylon (Paramount Pictures)

BEST EDITING
Paul Rogers – Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ruth E. Carter – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Elvis (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios)

BEST COMEDY
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
RRR (Sarigama Cinemas)

BEST SONG
Naatu Naatu – RRR (Sarigama Cinemas)

BEST SCORE
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Tár (Focus Features)

SERIES CATEGORIES

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul (AMC)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Zendaya – Euphoria (HBO Max)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul (AMC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus (HBO Max)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Abbott Elementary (ABC)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jeremy Allen White – The Bear (FX)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jean Smart – Hacks (HBO Max)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO Max)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
The Dropout (Hulu)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel)

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Daniel Radcliffe – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout (Hulu)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird (Apple TV+)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES
Pachinko (Apple TV+)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
Harley Quinn (HBO Max)

BEST TALK SHOW
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO Max)

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL
Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (Netflix)

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