Why Women Reigned Supreme at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards

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A mere week after the 76th edition of the Golden Globes came the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, honoring the best of both television and film. And what few know about this particular awards ceremony is that it’s voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), thereby representing the largest film critics organization in North America. As a result, it prides itself on matching how things eventually play out at the Oscars.

It has been reported that over the last 23 years, the winner of Best Picture at the Critics’ Choice Awards has matched the Best Picture at the Academy Awards a whopping 14 times. So which film struck gold this time around? And what other moments will audiences remember long after? Savoir Flair reveals all.

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Opening Act

Given his musical theater background, host Taye Diggs opted to open with a musical number – a parody of Cardi B’s “I Like It” with lyrics about diversity in cinema and references to the likes of Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman. Joining Diggs on stage were what he called his “blackup dancers”, who sang funny one-liners alongside his performance.

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#CoupleGoals

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have long been one of Hollywood’s cutest couples, and this was only reinforced as Krasinski led the cast and crew of A Quiet Place in accepting the award for Best Sci-Fi or Horror movie. His acceptance speech was essentially a touching tribute to his wife and children, referring to Blunt as “the love of my life”.

Why Women Reigned Supreme at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards
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For the Win

Considering that the Critics’ Choice Awards are often a reliable predictor for what will play out at the Oscars, audiences are thrilled that Roma won four awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The Spanish-language film also won in the Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film categories.

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It's a Tie

Clearly, the critics couldn’t make up their minds as there were not one, but two ties last night. Both Glenn Close (The Wife) and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) won Best Actress, while Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette also tied for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie.

The women certainly took the ties in stride, with Close putting it best: “I’m so thrilled it’s a tie, I can’t tell you! The world kind of pits us against each other in this profession. I think I can speak for all the women in this category: we celebrate each other.”

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Blast from the Past

Hey, remember How Stella Got Her Groove BackTaye Diggs took us down memory lane when he walked through the audience to reunite with his former co-star – he played Angela Bassett’s love interest in the 1998 movie. “I was just wondering if I could get my groove back because I gave it to you about 20 years ago. No, it’s cool. I was a friend, I lent it to her. But it’s been 20 years, I’d like it back please,” he said as audiences cracked up.

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#SeeHer Speak

Accepting the third annual #SeeHer award, Claire Foy – who was recognized for her portrayal of “extraordinary women” through roles like Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and Janet Armstrong in First Man – delivered a powerful speech. She admitted that she “struggled quite a lot” at the idea of being the recipient because she felt she has offered nothing, but was accepting it in order to understand and see others by facing and seeing herself.

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