Best Moments from Critics’ Choice Awards: Hollywood’s Cutest Couples, Inspiring Speeches, and More
Last night’s 20th annual Critics’ Choice Awards was a glamorous affair, featuring Hollywood’s cutest couples, on-point fashion ensembles, and lovely words of wisdom from this years’ leading ladies and gentlemen.
Keira Knightley stepped out with husband James Righton, while Jennifer Aniston opted for a chic red tuxedo, flaunting her cleavage and a handsome Justin Therouxon her arm.
Just as Blunt arrived on stage to accept her award for Best Actress in an Action Movie for Edge of Tomorrow, John (who was backstage to present the next award) lovingly appeared behind her, giving her a big hug and kiss to congratulate her on the win! She’s also one cool chick, as evident by her speech.
She said, in part, “It got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry. And to stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas.” Her speech came just hours after the 2015 Oscar nominees were announced – to everyone’s shock, all of the nominees in the acting categories are white.
She concluded, “Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,’ and I would like to encourage everyone in this room to please speak up. Thank you.”
Michael Keaton won the award for Best Actor for his role in Birdman (which took home the most awards last night).
After his “cool” speech, the Best Actor took a huge tumble, falling completely off of the stage and running into the arms of Ethan Hawke for safety. Although he was limping around later, the actor was about to joke about it in the press room.
Julianne Moore won the award for Best Actress for Still Alice, paying tribute to each of the other nominees in the category and accidentally snubbing Marion Cotillard! She apologized afterwards, saying via Twitter:
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) January 16, 2015
“Today is Dr. King’s birthday, so I want to receive this award in his honor.” He continued, “Well, we knew the spirit and intention of that song, and we knew the spirit and intention of Selma and what Dr. King is about, and that’s love and that’s justice and that’s freedom for all people. So we created ‘Glory’ in that spirit, and I thank you, Ava, for motivating us to get to that place.”
He finished thanking his father, saying “I want to dedicate this to my father. The last words he said to me was that I would feel an angel wrapped around my shoulders, and I feel that angel right now. Thank you dad, I love you. God bless.”
Ron Howard, accepting the LOUIS XIII Genius Award, gave the sweetest tribute to his wife, saying “Cheryl, my wife, the mighty muse. My god, you have been at the center of every happiness that I have known in my adult life. And I thank you for that babe, and I am a happy guy.”
Judd Apatow dropped the F-bomb and took a stab at Bill Cosby while he presented the award for Best Director (won by Richard Linklater), saying “Let’s have a big round of applause for me. Somebody bailed out last minute and so they called me. They knew I’d be home tweeting about Cosby. And I WAS available.”
Live With Michael and Kelly co-host Michael Strahan brought the laughs as host for the award show, bringing out some male strippers, having plenty of costume changes (such as Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent) and even dropping trous and showing some leg during his opening speech!
Watch the video below for some more highlights!