Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Oscar Races Tighten Up as “Oppenheimer” Wins Critics Choice Awards, Top Acting Honors Go to Paul Giamatti, Emma Stone, Robert Downey Jr, Da’Vine Joy Randolph

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The Critics Choice Awards were pretty refreshing after the miserable Golden Globes last weekend.

“Oppenheimer” swept the movie side, while “Succession” took the TV department. In film, there were some surprises as Paul Giamatti and Emma Stone triumphed in lead, and Robert Downey Jr. and Da’Vine Joy Randolph won in supporting.

Of the four, Stone’s win was the biggest surprise as Lily Gladstone was the expected victor. She may yet prevail. We’ll have to see how the SAG Awards play out.

Giamatti’s win over Cillian Murphy from “Oppenheimer” makes sense. In “The Holdovers,” Giamatti — long a favorite with no awards — is overdue. That isn’t to say anything about Murphy, whose work as Oppenheimer is stellar. But it’s also the latter actor’s first foray into this arena.

In TV the big winners were “Succession” and “The Bear.” More than likely these choices will echo at tonight’s Emmy Awards, making it a little bit of a letdown.

Chelsea Handler was again a humorous and sophisticated host without embarrassing or humiliating anyone. The two hour show was a lesson in how to do these things in an entertaining and energetic way. Kudos to everyone involved.

Because the show was running a little short, the surprise of the night was asking Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie to come on stage and receive Best Comedy for “Barbie.” America Ferrara of that film was presented with the See Her award and gave such a moving speech that Oscar winner Brie Larson burst into tears at her table. She told me she was overwhelmed by Ferrara, who’s really become an oracle in Hollywood these days.

BEST PICTURE
Oppenheimer

BEST DIRECTOR
Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer

BEST ACTOR
Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers

BEST ACTRESS
Emma Stone – Poor Things

BEST LIMITED SERIES
Beef (Netflix)

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Succession (HBO | Max)

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Succession (HBO | Max)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
The Bear (FX)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kieran Culkin – Succession (HBO | Max)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sarah Snook – Succession (HBO | Max)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Oppenheimer

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

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ayo Edebiri – The Bear (FX)

BEST SONG
“I’m Just Ken” – Barbie

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Steven Yeun – Beef (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Ali Wong – Beef (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ebon Moss-Bachrach – The Bear (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Meryl Streep – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Billy Crudup – The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Maria Bello – Beef (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jonathan Bailey – Fellow Travelers (Showtime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers

BEST COMEDY (non-televised)
Barbie

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (non-televised)
Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach – Barbie

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (non-televised)
Cord Jefferson – American Fiction

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE (non-televised)
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM (non-televised)
Anatomy of a Fall

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (non-televised)
Oppenheimer

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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