Marvel superhero films awarded for both Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects; Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ wins for Best Animated Series.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) yesterday announced the winners of the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday night in a live ceremony from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The show aired on The CW Network and was hosted by film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs.
Sony Pictures Animation’s Marvel superhero adventure, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, continued racking up award season victories, taking the top honor for Best Animated Feature. Already this awards season, the animated hit has won a Golden Globe for Best Animation Motion Picture as well as similar awards from both the L.A. Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Online. Directed by Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr. and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse topped five other animated features for the award: Illumination’s The Grinch, directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, Pixar’s Incredibles 2, directed by Brad Bird; Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs; Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai; and Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore.
Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther, the ninth highest grossing film of all time, took home three awards: Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. Directed by Ryan Coogler, with Geoffrey Baumann handling overall VFX supervisor duties, Black Panther topped five other visual effects-driven films: Avengers: Infinity Wars, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, with Stephane Ceretti handling overall VFX supervisor duties; First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, with Paul Lambert handling overall VFX supervisor duties; Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, with Matt Johnson handling overall VFX supervisor duties; Mission: Impossible – Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, with Jody Johnson handling overall VFX supervisor duties; and Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg, with Roger Guyett handling overall VFX supervisor duties.
Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, which won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Animated Series in 2016 and was nominated last year, took home the top prize again this year. The series, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, topped five other animated series for the award: Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, FXX’s Archer, Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, Fox’s The Simpsons and Comedy Central’s South Park.
Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Fallout was awarded Best Action Movie, beating out Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, Ready Player One and Widows, directed by Steve McQueen.
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, 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.
Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 330 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.
The 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards show was produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig and WME.
The complete list of winners from the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards is shown below:
BEST PICTURE - Roma (Netflix)
BEST ACTOR - Christian Bale, Vice (Annapurna)
BEST ACTRESS – TIE Glenn Close, The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) - Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Mahershala Ali, Green Book (Universal)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna)
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS - Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (A24)
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE - The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)
BEST DIRECTOR - Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (Netflix)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - Paul Schrader, First Reformed (A24)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (Netflix)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN - Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart, Black Panther (Disney)
BEST EDITING - Tom Cross, First Man (Universal)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN - Ruth Carter, Black Panther (Disney)
BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP - Vice (Annapurna)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS - Black Panther (Disney)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony)
BEST ACTION MOVIE - Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount)
BEST COMEDY - Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.)
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY - Christian Bale, Vice (Annapurna)
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY - Olivia Colman, The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)
BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE - A Quiet Place (Paramount)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Roma (Netflix)
BEST SONG – “Shallow,” A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.)
BEST SCORE - Justin Hurwitz, First Man (Universal)
BEST DRAMA SERIES - The Americans (FX Networks)
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX Networks)
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - Noah Emmerich, The Americans (FX Networks)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
BEST COMEDY SERIES - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
BEST LIMITED SERIES - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX Networks)
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION - Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION - Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX Networks)
BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION - TIE Amy Adams, Sharp Objects (HBO) Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION - Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal (Amazon)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION - Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects (HBO)
BEST ANIMATED SERIES - BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
Source: Broadcast Film Critics Association
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.