LOS ANGELES – The stars gathered at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel Sunday dressed to the nines for the second big extravaganza of awards season: the Critics Choice Awards.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” emerged as the favorite of the night, taking five of its 14 nominated categories. “Abbott Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph won best supporting actress and delivered another powerful speech, as did Angela Bassett and Niecy Nash when they both won supporting actress trophies for “Black Panther: Wakanda.” Forever” and “Dahmer – Monster”. : The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” respectively.
There was a lot going on during the broadcast, but even more action happened in the ballroom that didn’t make it to TV. From stars promoting each other with selfies to emotional backstage moments, here’s what happened.
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In typical Critics Choice fashion, by the time the broadcast hit a commercial break, the stars were on their feet, practically jumping around the ballroom to chat and have fun with other celebrities.
During a break, Angela Bassett chatted with Janelle Monáe. Keegan-Michael Key and his wife, Elle Key, headed to the Abbott Elementary table to chat with Quinta Brunson and Lisa Ann Walter. And Stephanie Hsu of “Everything Everywhere All At Once” shared a laugh with Jenny Slate of “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.”
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After winning their respective trophies for best actress and best supporting actor in a limited series or movie made for television, Amanda Seyfried and Paul Walter Hauser stood to one side of the ballroom and spoke quietly with animated expressions. At the end of their conversation, the two took a selfie.
For some stars, the show served as a romantic date night. Kaley Cuoco, sporting a growing baby bump, spent most of the night with her partner Tom Pelphrey. During a break, a guest asked Pelphrey to take a picture with Cuoco, to which the actor happily agreed. Nash also worked on the red carpet with his wife Jessica Betts. The two got married in 2020.
Ke Huy Quan fights back tears backstage
The adrenaline was palpable throughout the show, as jubilant stars claimed their trophies and gave heartfelt speeches for the world to see.
That intensity continued behind the scenes in the press room, where the winners were immediately ushered in to answer questions and reflect on the meaning of their victories.
After winning the best supporting actor award, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star Ke Huy Quan was emotional when speaking to reporters, saying the recognition exceeded his wildest dreams.
“I just wanted a job,” she said, her voice cracking, her heart “still pounding.”
“I am very lucky,” he added, with tears in his eyes. “I remember very well what it was like to be an Asian actor in the late ’80s and early ’90s. I just want the doors to open for all those actors like me who just want a steady job, and I just want everything.” your dreams come true.”
Quan wasn’t the only one who felt overwhelming gratitude. Ralph, winner of the best supporting actress in a comedy series, was emotional when talking about her late parents. “If you can look down at me from heaven, ‘thank you, mommy and daddy, because this is for you,'” she said, raising her trophy to the sky.
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In? Vibes. Outside? New Years Resolutions
New year, the same celebrities? On the red carpet, stars like Kerry Washington and Ayo Edebiri told USA TODAY that they don’t really care about resolutions, at least not for 2023.
“I’m big on intentions for the year,” Washington says. Many share the same sentiment, forgoing the age-old tradition of setting big personal goals at the top of the year.
Kate Hudson says she “decided not to make resolutions… I didn’t do any of those this year, I’m just going to warm up.”
“All American” star Bre-Z tells us his resolution was to “eat better,” but he’s not doing too well. Why? “I just don’t feel like it,” Bre-Z says with a smile. Co-star Samantha Logan shared that she, too, was trying to eat better in the new year, along with getting on a better sleep schedule, but at the end of the day, the duo agreed that it’s all about balance.
“The plan is to be happy. Whatever makes you happy,” says Bre-Z. “Life is about balance.”
Logan adds, “My body is going to fluctuate, and my skin is going to do whatever it wants, and that makes me human, and I don’t care anymore.”
Edibiri says she didn’t make any resolution either, but what’s in style for her this year is to be “kind to myself”. What happens to the star of “The Bear”? Screen time, specifically TikTok.
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The Critics Choice crowd was A-list, but the menu wasn’t
What do A-list celebrities eat for dinner at the Critics Choice Awards? It is definitely not a five course meal.
All the tables were filled with copious amounts of Fiji water, a couple of bottles of wine, and a large bottle of champagne. However, the food options weren’t as plentiful as the beverage selection: In addition to a basket of cookies on each table, the celebs feasted on a variety of dips including hummus and baba ganoush.
In case the hummus wasn’t filling enough, there was plenty of Cold Stone ice cream to go around. In addition to a mini ice cream stand right outside the ballroom, glasses of Cold Stone were also passed around inside during commercial breaks.
It wasn’t until after the show that the stars were finally able to enjoy a little more sustenance. As soon as the broadcast ended, the stars left the ballroom to find flatbreads, sushi rolls, and dessert tables flooding the reception area.
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