The Broadcast Film Critics Association’s “21st Annual Critics Choice Awards” handed out top honors for the best in film last night in Los Angeles with the film “Spotlight” winning Best Picture.
The drama about the real life efforts by a group of Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church also was awarded the prize for “Best Ensemble”. Actress Rachel McAdams accepted the ensemble award on behalf of herself and costars Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Michael Keaton, Brian d’Arcy James and Billy Crudup.
Sylvester Stallone followed up last week’s Golden Globe win by scoring the Critics Choice award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of his iconic signature character of Rocky Balboa in the film “Creed”. Stallone received the award amid an enthusiastic reception again signaling he could be the one to beat in this category come Oscar night. The moment also allowed Stallone to correct his Golden Globes acceptance speech gaffe; this time remembering to thank his co-star Michael B. Jordan and writer/director Ryan Coogler.
The unique nature of the Critics Choice smattering of specialized categories, in addition to all the familiar ones, provided one of the evening’s highlights and corrected an oversight by many in regards to young actor Jacob Tremblay. The nine-year-old actor won the Best Young Actor award for his wonderful performance in the film “Room”. He won the award room and audience over with a delightfully adorable and sincere acceptance speech, telling the audience that his win was “super cool”, adding he would place his Critics Choice award next to his Millennium Falcon model at his home.
The critics showed quite a bit of love to the film Mad Max: Fury Road awarding it a number of awards in the technical categories of production design, editing, costume design, hair and makeup and visual effects. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy won the honors in the Best Actor/Actress in an action film category. These wins along with George Miller winning the Best Director award signals the BFCA members loved Mad Max: Fury Road overall as a wonderful cinematic technical achievement with noteworthy performances by it’s two lead actors.
Amy Schumer’s film “Trainwreck” was awarded Best Comedy; while Schumer herself won the MVP award and Best Actress in a comedy. Her acceptance speeches either hilariously endeared or alienated audiences with sharp references mocking her sister’s fashion sense, Florida being a part of the U.S. or rallying for gun control. However manner Schumer’s observations played in the room or in living rooms at home, there’s no question she’s fearless in saying what’s on her mind.
Sadly, the evening’s weakest link was comedian host TJ Miller who opened the show flanked by four mannequin-like, life size critic puppets that mirrored his every move. The bit was only the first of several to fall flat throughout the evening. Although he had help from some presenters who were also typically out of their element trying to be funny; Miller’s attempts at comedy during the show brought the proceedings down to borderline groan-worthy levels.
For the first time, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association combined their annual winners for one show which lasted a full three-hours with a variety of entertaining highs and seemingly avoidable lows.
Can someone get Kevin Hart on speed dial to host next year’s event?
A full list of the Critics Choice Awards winners in both film and television can be found on this link.