2019 Critics Choice Awards — Loaded With Surprising Choices

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Just like the Golden Globes, the 2019 Critics Choice Awards results were wildly unpredictable, and the Oscars could go to…anyone.

Sandra Oh Jodie Comer 2019 Critics Choice Awards

Well, the 2019 Critics Choice Awards, the entertainment event of the year from my perspective, happened last night, and I will say this for my colleagues in the voting body—They are wildly unpredictable.

I was thinking that The Favourite and Green Book would probably duke it out for best picture, but Roma, as well as it’s director Alfonso Cuaron, got top honors.

The highlight of the 2019 Critics Choice Awards for me was sitting at the Killing Eve table, where both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh were nominated for best actress in a drama series, and Sandra (we’re now on a first name basis) won.

I think the best moment of the night came when Glenn Close and Lady Gaga tied for Best Actress and were on stage together graciously accepting their awards.

The highlight of the 2019 Critics Choice Awards for my husband, James Mandell the Sci-Fi Rock Guy, was when prolific producer Chuck Lorre, creator of TV comedies including The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Young Sheldon and The Kominsky Method  was honored with the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award, and in accepting mentioned that he began his career in music, writing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. As many of you know, my hubby sang that original song, his voice being heard by millions; “They’re heroes on a half shell and they’re green…” Yep, that’s Jim.

So here’s the press release outlining many of the highlights of the 2019 Critics Choice Awards. This year, I’m advising that you not take it into consideration when filling out your Oscar ballots.

(Los Angeles, CA – January 13, 2019) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards tonight, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  Hollywood’s brightest shined at the gala event, which aired on The CW Network and was hosted by acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs. 

In the film categories, “Roma” took home four awards, the most of the night, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography for Alfonso Cuarón, and Best Foreign Language Film.  “Black Panther” and “Vice” followed close behind, each winning in three categories.

The top film acting awards resulted in a tie for Best Actress between Glenn Close for “The Wife” and Lady Gaga for “A Star Is Born,” while Best Actor was bestowed upon Christian Bale for his transformative performance in “Vice.”  Best Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for “Green Book” and Regina King took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took home three awards, including Best Comedy Series for the second consecutive year.  Its leading lady, Rachel Brosnahan, was also a repeat winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Alex Borstein.  “The Americans” earned three trophies as well including Best Drama Series, Best Actor in A Drama Series for Matthew Rhys, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Noah Emmerich.  Sandra Oh received Best Actress in a Drama Series honors for “Killing Eve,” with Best Actor in a Comedy Series going to Bill Hader for “Barry.”

As previously announced, Best Supporting Actress nominee Claire Foy received the Critics’ Choice #SeeHer Award, which was presented by former #SeeHer Award recipient Viola Davis.  Chuck Lorre, creator of such acclaimed TV comedies as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Young Sheldon,” and “The Kominsky Method” (which all received Critics’ Choice Award nominations this year), was honored with the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award.  The cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” including Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, and Melissa Rauch, was on hand to recognize Lorre, just in time to celebrate the show’s final season. 

Other major winners on the film side included Elsie Fisher for Best Young Actor/Actress in “Eighth Grade,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” for Best Action Movie, “Crazy Rich Asians” for Best Comedy, “A Quiet Place” for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film, and “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” for Best Song.

Just like the Golden Globes, the 2019 Critics Choice Awards results were wildly unpredictable, and the Oscars could go to…anyone.

 

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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