The 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards, which aired live in A&E on Sunday night, gave the Golden Globes a run for its money, with plenty of top-tier celebrity appearances, laughs, and flowing glasses of champagne.
The highlights of the event, hosted by T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) hailed from, not surprisingly, the comedians, notably Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer. Apatow, who is known for a string of popular comedy films including Superbad, Knocked Up, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and lest we forget, Girls, presented a special MVP award to Schumer. Apatow served as producer on Trainwreck, the 2015 award-winning comedy that Schumer both wrote and starred in.
Apatow began his speech by chastising Matt Damon for taking the comedy category from him (The Martian, you may recall, was puzzlingly nominated in that category at the Globes, and subsequently won.) “We only have one award, Matt,” he joked. “That’s all we get. I’m like a nerd in the schoolyard and you stole my milk money. Go f— yourself all you drama actors,” he continued, causing the room to erupt with laughter.
Schumer held her own on stage (see above), both when accepting her MVP award and when separately accepting the award for Best Actress in a Comedy. She called herself a “plus-sized actress,” joked about how people called her Annie Leibovitz belly-baring photo “brave,” and pointed to her stomach, noting that “if you have this area right here, you have to write your own stuff if you want to get it made.”
At the beginning of the event, Miller advised viewers of a hashtag #Tweetadrink that would allow them to Tweet a drink to any celebrity at the event, and they would be brought a glass of champagne. Each table had an iPad, which the celebrities could use to snap a selfie and automatically Tweet it to the same hashtag. Some celebrities (though not many) hilariously took part, including Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Aniston, and Constance Zimmer, who each posted drunken-looking selfies thanking fans for the glass of bubbly. It seemed fans were most excited at the prospect of getting Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy plastered, judging from the number of Tweets directed at him.
As for the actual awards, Mad Max: Fury Road got plenty of recognition on the movie side with a slew of nominations and a few wins, as did Mr. Robot for television. Sylvester Stallone looked stunned when he won for Best Supporting Actor in Creed, further marking his path toward probable Oscar gold.
Other notable awards on the TV side include: Mr. Robot for Best Drama Series, Netflix’s Master of None for Best Comedy Series, Rachel Bloom for Comedy Actress in Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and Jeffrey Tambor for Best Comedy Actor in Amazon’s Transparent. The ceremony also featured a category called Most Binge-worthy Series, voted by viewers. The winner: Outlander.
In movies, highlights include Spotlight for Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor in Revenant, Brie Larson for Best Actress in Room, Alicia Vikander for Best Supporting Actress in The Danish Girl, and Christian Bale as Best Actor in a Comedy for The Big Short (the movie also won Best Comedy). The award for the most adorable speech, however, should go to Jacob Tremblay, who won Best Young Actor/Actress for his role in Room. “I know where I’m going to put this,” he said, staring at the gorgeous award. “On the shelf, right beside my Millennium Falcon.”
Breaking it down, in movies, Mad Max: Fury Road acquired the most awards, followed by Spotlight and The Big Short. And in TV, Fargo and Mr. Robot led the pack.
You can view a full list of the winners here.