27th Critics Choice Awards 2022 – Recap & Highlights

The 27th Critics’ Choice Awards was a double celebration in both Los Angeles and London. The Critics Choice Association (CCA) added the satellite location to include nominees who also attended the BAFTAs today. Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer hosted the live event of the ceremony wherein the Critics Choice Association honors the best of film and TV for 2022. The 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards broadcast live on the CW and TBS.

The 27th Critics’ Choice Awards were held at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. However, the stars who attended the BAFTAs gathered for a late-night event at the Savoy Hotel in London for this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Award season favorites ‘The Power of the Dog‘, ‘Succession‘, ‘Ted Lasso‘, ‘Mare of Easttown‘ were among the biggest winners. Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Jean Smart took home the top prizes while Billy Crystal was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Halle Berry was a special honor too!

Find The Winners of This Years Critics’ Choice Awards: HERE

Jane Campion Picked Up the Best Director Award

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“It’s absolutely stunning to be here tonight among so many incredible women,” the filmmaker, Jane Campion began. She shouted out See Her award winner Halle Berry. Campion also shouted out ‘King Richard‘ subjects Venus and Serena Williams. She said that she was honored to be in a room with them. “The filmmaker then told some killer tennis jokes about how she’s recently taken up the game and could use some lessons from Smith if he wants to come over,” states the Variety.

“Venus and Serena, you’re such marvels, but you don’t play against the guys like I have to,” she quipped. “The Power of the Dog” took home a total of four trophies. It won an award for Campion’s adapted screenplay, best cinematography (Ari Wagner), and best picture with the director returning to the stage to accept that trophy, the evening’s final award. She appeared onstage beside the stars Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, with producer Roger Frappier.

“I’ve still got some PTSD from critics earlier in my career… some deep wounds, but I’ve also been championed by them,” Campion said. The director concluded her speech with the note: “I’m like the grandmother of the women’s movement in film now, but I’m still here!”

Will Smith Wins Best Actor Award

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Will Smith continues to bag awards at the award show. The ‘King Richard‘ star won the 2022 Critics’ Choice Award for his portrayal of William Richard in the film. Smith also won the Leading Actor at SAG Awards and the BAFTAs and is also nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars.

“I am here tonight with Venus and Serena [Williams] and their sister Isha,” said Smith, in his acceptance speech. “And I really just want to say to all of you, thank you for entrusting me with your story,” said the actor who not only starred in the film but also produced it.

The film chronicles the sisters’ journey to becoming professional athletes as the actor said: “What you were able to do, your family was able to do, inspired everyone in this room, everyone in this country, everyone around the world. You all defined the American dream. You represent the best of what we all hope this country can be.”

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He also dedicated the award to the tennis legends’ mother, Oracene Price. Price played a very “quiet role” in their family’s story for years, with Smith adding: “Your father didn’t do it alone; it would be disingenuous for me to accept this award without acknowledging Aunjanue Ellis,” and the room burst into applause and cheers.

At the same time, the “Please Wrap Up,” signal began to flash. Smith joked, “I think Best Actor should get a little more time.”

Tennis Stars Venus and Serena Present the Best Drama Series Award

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Award season favorite ‘Succession‘ won the Drama trophy and the global tennis icons Venus and Serena presented the cast members with its award. Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, J. Smith Cameron, and executive producer Scott Ferguson accepted the trophy as the tennis legends earned the night’s biggest standing ovation and the greatest roar of applause. “I knew everyone loved me,” Serena Williams joked. Laughing, she patted Venus’ arm, adding: “They love you too.”

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Kieran Culkin picked up the Supporting Actor in a Drama award. While doing so he admitted he wasn’t expecting to win. He added that he didn’t prepare a speech, saying: “I was really looking forward to that relief of them not saying my name. It’s the dream job; I’ve been spoiled rotten.” The star also rambled off some fun facts about his on-screen family.

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Lead acting prizes in the drama category went to ‘Squid Game‘ star Lee Jung-Jae and Melanie Lynskey for Showtime’s Yellowjackets. They both took home their first Critics’ Choice Awards for their respective mega-hit shows.

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‘The White Lotus’ Stars Took Home the First Honors of the Night

The first honors of the night went to “The White Lotus” stars Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge. The co-stars kicked off the party by winning Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Limited Series for the hit HBO comedy.

Belfast’s Jude Hill Wins Best Young Actor Award

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The night’s most adorable moment was when Minari’s Alan Kim presented the ‘Belfast‘ star Jude Hill with the Best Young Actor award. Before Kim could step on stage, the audience saw a clip from last year when he won an award in the same category for his role in ‘Minari‘. The young actor Hill went home a double winner! His movie dad Jamie Dornan joined him onstage to accept the award for the Best Acting Ensemble.

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“Critics are not usually very nice to me. So this is a change,” Dornan quipped. “It doesn’t actually say ‘Belfast’ on this, can I just make this clear, so this might not be right.” Their movie earned three trophies in total. Branagh was awarded for his original screenplay awarded during commercials similar to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” which also picked up the best comedy prize as the telecast went to break.

Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose Were Double-Winners

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Both Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose earned their Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for their roles in ‘CODA‘ and ‘West Side Story‘ respectively. Both of them also won a BAFTA on the same day and celebrated their Critics’ Choice win from London. DeBose also won in the same category at the 2022 Golden Globe awards as well as the SAG Awards 2022.

Comedy Prize Winners

Apple TV+’s hit comedy show ‘Ted Lasso‘ swept their categories for the second consecutive year. It bagged the best comedy prize, supporting actor (Brett Goldstein) and actress (Hannah Waddingham). The TV show’s creator and star Jason Sudeikis won the best comedy actor award. However, he was unable to attend the ceremony.

Waddingham accepted the award alongside Goldstein and Juno Temple. She used the moment to remember the crisis in Ukraine, saying, “It would be remiss of us to not throw the focus to the most important thing that is happening in the world at the moment,”

“Our beautiful brothers and sisters, and for me more importantly, the babies in the Ukraine that are being utterly decimated at the moment from this putrid, putrid torrent of abuse.” She continued: “Please think of them as much as you can and give as much as you can. We are so grateful for this, but may this stop. May this stop, please.”

Billy Crystal Is Honored With A Lifetime Achievement Award

Jimmy Kimmel presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Billy Crystal. Crystal teased Kimmel that he’d really requested Fallon to present the award.

“This is a lifetime achievement award, which is a little scary when they say they want to give it to you. So I called my doctor and I said, ‘Do they know something that I don’t?’” Billy joked. “But to me, it’s a creative achievement award. My lifetime achievement award is my family.”

Halle Berry Accepts the See Her Award

There was another special honor at the ceremony. It went to Halle Berry! She received the See Her Award from comedy series nominee Issa Rae who joked that the Critics Choice Association only fed the attendees hummus and wine. Rae claimed reading the teleprompter might be a little challenging.

Berry followed with a passionate speech. She thanked Rae for inspiring her with her work, “You have rearranged the way we see ourselves as women of color on television and in the world.”

The star also reflected on her career. As per Variety, she revealed that she used to think she was “winning” by playing a part for a white man. But those roles didn’t really work. Why?” “Because I’m not a white man,” she said. “So, for those roles to work, they would have to be substantially changed. It would have to be written with the reality of my journey, in all of its beauty, and all of its pain.”

Berry continued: “This is why I am so grateful to be standing and living in this moment where women are standing up and we are telling our own stories. … We will write, we will produce, we will direct and — if we’re brave enough — will star in it all at the same time. We will use our emotional intelligence, and we will tell stories that don’t fit preconceived notions.”

Michael Keaton Wins Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television

Keaton won this award for ‘Dopesick‘ and while accepting the prize he joked, “I love this time of year because it’s springtime, it’s awards season, and you can just smell that fake humility out there.” The star then “delivered an emotional tribute to the real people affected by opioid addiction, especially those near where “Dopesick” filmed in Virginia,” according to Variety.

“One thing I’m proud about regarding this series is I think we really treated all those folks down there and in the world with real dignity,” he said. He refers to a woman in her 70s who worked at a coffee shop in the area. “And she told me … she was taking care of her [grandchild]because the parents, who are in their 20s, couldn’t because they are incapacitated because of addiction. And I think of all those women, like my mom and my sisters.”

The ‘Batman‘ star grew more emotional as he went on with his acceptance speech. He noted that those familial responsibilities seem “to always fall to the women, and God bless them. Women like my sister and my mom, folks down there, those grandmothers who are raising those babies because people can’t.”

Jean Smart is Best Comedy Actress

Jean Smart was a double winner at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards! ‘Mare of Easttown‘ was named the best limited series. Furthermore, she won the comedy actress prize for ‘Hacks‘. According to Variety, Smart called the HBO Max comedy a “gift on a silver platter.” She dedicated her award to the series creators Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. The duo welcomed their first child, on Saturday with Smart revealing that, on Friday, Aniello was at home on her computer, watching a remote feed and directing an upcoming Season 2 episode between contractions: “I kid you not. This woman is my idol.”

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