I watched the Critics Choice Awards on The CW last night, and I have to say that it was one of the more cringe-worthy awards shows that I’ve seen in a very long time.
Various CW stars including Jensen Ackles of Supernatural and Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries were presenting awards to the likes of Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio. It was an… odd juxtaposition, to say the least. At one point, Kellan Lutz – who was presumably there to promote his massively unpopular movie, The Legend of Hercules (currently at a 5% on Rotten Tomatoes) – and Nia Long went into a rambling spiel about their respective careers. In the same room as Meryl Streep and Oprah. Yeah.
Host Aisha Tyler, who I normally enjoy on Whose Line Is It Anyway and her podcast Girl on Guy, did not do a very good job, either. Most of her jokes fell flat, and to make matters worse, they seemed to go on forever. All in all, it was only entertaining in the same way you can’t look away from a destructive car crash.
The highlight of the ceremony was 12 Years a Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o winning the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. Not only was she the best-dressed nominee in attendance (for the second time since her appearance at the Golden Globes), but Nyong’o has an air of pure elegance about her. Her acceptance speech was also one of the most heartfelt and genuine of the night.
Here are all the winners:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Young Actor/Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Acting Ensemble: American Hustle
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Best Art Direction: The Great Gatsby
Best Editing: Gravity
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Makeup: American Hustle
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Action Movie: Lone Survivor
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Mark Wahlberg, Lone Survivor
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Comedy: American Hustle
Best Actor in a Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress in a Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Gravity
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom
Best Song: “Let It Go,” Frozen
Best Score: Steven Price, Gravity