The Golden Globes have been canceled, but the
the writers’ strike didn’t prevent the live broadcast of the Critics’ Choice
Awards from pressing
on last night. But the strike it did have its effects. Many winners noted that they were speaking off the cuff because they wanted to
respect the strike and did not write speeches.
Host D.L. Hughley’s
commentary was incredibly awkward, and it seemed that all his jokes were about race. Probably
the oddest comment of the night for me came when Hughley dubbed Brad
Pitt an “honorary black person” for seemingly no reason. And several times Hughley told the crowd that
they needed to lighten up and laugh once in a while.
Despite that, there were
many bright spots during the evening. For one, it seemed that
every two minutes Pitt and AfterEllen.com’s
No. 2 hottie, Angelina
Jolie, were on the screen, looking just as fabulous as ever.
Additionally, there were some
fantastic female winners throughout the evening.
Nikki Blonsky, breakout
star of Hairspray, won the award for Best Young Actress.
the award for Best Acting Ensemble with the rest of the Hairspray cast, which
includes Queen Latifah (AfterEllen.com Hot
100 No. 55), Amanda
Bynes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Allison
Janney, Brittany Snow and, of course, John Travolta in drag.
Winner for Best Supporting
Actress was Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone.
Julie Christie won Best Actress for her role in Away From Her, but was
not there to accept the award.
Probably the most exciting
win of the night was Diablo Cody’s award for Best Writer for Juno. In a category that is usually
completely dominated by men, that win was well deserved. It marked
the first time since
2003 that a woman
has won a writing award at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and the first
time that a woman has won the award on her own since the show’s inception
Juno also won for Best
Comedy Movie and was nominated for Best Acting Ensemble. Since
Cody was not at the awards show, Ellen Page (nominee for Best Actress) and Allison
Janney accepted the award on Cody’s behalf.
A complete list of winners
and nominees can be found here.
And, now, a few more pictures
for your enjoyment.
Marcia Gay Harden: