LOS ANGELES – Stars gathered at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel on Sunday dressed to the nines for the second big awards show, the Critics Choice Awards.
“Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” emerged as the night’s favorite, winning five of its 14 nominations. Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph won best supporting actress and delivered another strong performance, as did Angela Bassett and Nice Nash, who both took home supporting actress awards for Black Panther. In the films “Wakanda Forever” and “Dahmer – Monster”. The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” respectively.
A lot happened during the broadcast, but there was even more action in the ballroom that wasn’t shown on TV. From stars wowing each other with selfies to emotional behind-the-scenes moments, here’s what happened.
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In typical Critics’ Choice fashion, the second the broadcast hit a commercial break, the stars rose to their feet, practically bypassing the ballroom to mingle and have fun with other celebrities.
During one break, Angela Bassett chatted with Janelle Monae. Keegan-Michael Kee and his wife, Elle Kee, made their way to the table at Abbott Elementary to chat with Quinta Brunson and Lisa Ann Walter. And Stephanie Hsu from Everything Everywhere All Intime shares a hearty laugh with Kathryn Hahn from Glass Onion.
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After winning the awards for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television and Best Supporting Actor, Amanda Seyfried and Paul Walter Hauser stood on the side of the ballroom and spoke in hushed tones and animated expressions. At the end of the conversation, both took a selfie.
For some stars, the show served as a romantic date night. Sporting a growing bump, Kaley Cuoco spent most of the night with her partner Tom Pelfrey. During one break, a guest asked Pelfrey to take a picture of him with Cuoco, which the actor happily obliged. Nash also worked the red carpet alongside wife Jessica Betts. Both got married in 2020.
Ke Huy Quan struggles to hold back tears backstage
The adrenaline was palpable throughout the show as ecstatic stars claimed their trophies and gave heartfelt speeches for the world to see.
That intensity carried over into the backstage media room, where the winners were immediately asked questions and pondered what their victories meant.
After winning Best Supporting Actor, “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” star Ke Hui Kwan was emotional when speaking to reporters, saying the recognition was beyond his wildest dreams.
“I just wanted a job,” he said, his voice faltering and his heart “still pounding.”
“I’m so lucky,” she added, tears welling up in her eyes. “I vividly remember what it was like to be an Asian actor in the late 80s and early 90s. I just want the doors open for all actors like me who just want nothing more than steady work and I just want everybody. their dreams will come true.”
Quan wasn’t alone in feeling overwhelming gratitude. Ralph, winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, got emotional talking about her late parents. “If they can look at me from heaven, ‘thank you, mom and dad, because this is for you,'” she said, raising her booty to the sky.
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New year, the same celebrities. Stars on the red carpet, including Kerry Washington and Ayo Edebiri, told USA TODAY that they’re not really in favor of resolutions, at least not for 2023.
“I have big intentions for the year,” Washington says. Many share the same sentiment, abandoning the age-old tradition of setting big personal goals at the top of the year.
Kate Hudson says she’s “decided not to make resolutions… I haven’t made any of them this year, I’m just going to be warm.”
“All American” star Bre-Z tells us her decision was to “eat better,” but it’s not that good. Why? “I’m just not feeling it,” Bre-Z says with a laugh. Co-star Samantha Logan said she also tried to eat better in the new year as well as have a better sleep schedule, but at the end of the day, the duo agreed it’s all about balance.
“The plan is to be happy. Whatever makes you happy,” says Bre-Zee. “Life is about balance.”
Logan adds: “My body will fluctuate and my skin will do what it wants and that makes me human and I don’t care anymore.”
Edibiri says she hasn’t made any resolutions either, but this year is all about being “nice”. What’s next for the Bear star? Screen time, specifically TikTok.
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The Critics’ Choice crowd was A-list, but the menu was not
What are A-list celebrities served for dinner at the Critics Choice Awards? Definitely not a five course meal.
Each table was stocked with plenty of Fiji water, several bottles of wine and a large bottle of champagne. The food options were not as plentiful as the drink selection; In addition to a basket of crackers at each table, celebrities were treated to a variety of refreshments, including hummus and baba ganoush.
In case the hummus wasn’t filling enough, there was plenty of stone cold ice cream to go around. In addition to the mini ice cream stand just outside the ballroom, Cold Stone glasses were also passed out inside during commercial breaks.
It wasn’t until after the show that the stars finally got a little more food. As the broadcast concluded, the stars exited the ballroom to find flatbreads, sushi rolls and dessert tables flooding the reception area.
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