January 16, 2023

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Critics' Choice Awards winners features big-named Black actors

28th Annual Critics Choice Awards – Red Carpet
Quinta Brunson attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on Sunday in Los Angeles, California. — Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association
28th Annual Critics Choice Awards – Red Carpet

The 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards were held in Los Angeles, and A24's "Everything Everywhere all at Once" won Best Picture. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Focus Features' "Tár," while Brendan Fraser won Best Actor for A24's "The Whale."

For Fraser, who gave an emotional filled acceptance speech, it marks another moniker on his much deserved come back, guaranteeing him a post in the five come Oscar night.

At the presentation held at the Fairmont Century Plaza, "Everything Everywhere" topped all movies and television shows with 14 nominations, and departed with five awards, including Best Director for its creators, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

Award-winning screenwriters Kwan & Scheinert ("Everything Everywhere," Original) and Sarah Polley ("Women Talking," MGM/United Artists Releasing) shared the statuettes (Adapted)

Angela Bassett continued receiving her much overdue flowers for wining Best Supporting Actress for Marvel's "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and Ke Huy Quan continued his awards dominance for his Best Supporting Actor win for "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

"Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story" from Netflix won Best Acting Ensemble and Best Comedy, and S.S. Rajamouli's "RRR" from Variance Films won Best Foreign Language Film and Best Song ("Naatu Naatu"), making "Glass Onion," "Wakanda Forever," and "RRR" the only other multiple-film winners of the evening.

Netflix's "Pinocchio" by Guillermo del Toro won the award for Best Animated Feature.

"Better Call Saul," the precursor to "Breaking Bad" on FX, won Best Drama Series for its sixth and final season, while its star, Bob Odenkirk, won Best Actor in a Drama.

Supporting actress Niecy Nash and actor in a Limited Series Paul Walter Hauser won for Netflix's "Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" and Apple TV+'s "Black Bird," respectively. Another critic, darling Henry Winkler, won the comedy award for HBO’s "Barry."

Philadelphia’s Quinta Brunson added to her trophy case by winning Best Comedy Series and the Critics awarded Sheryl Lee Ralph for her portrayal of Barbara Howard on the same show.

"Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" on Roku Channel won the award for Best TV Movie, and its star Daniel Radcliffe also won, making "Weird," "The Dropout," and "Abbott Elementary" the only other TV movies to win multiple awards; "Better Call Saul" received three.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jeff Bridges by his "The Big Lebowski" co-star John Goodman, while Kate Hudson gave the SeeHer Award to Janelle Monáe.

Sadly, despite the fact that in-person gatherings are taking place again, COVID prevented a couple of celebrities from attending last night's ceremony. As a result, the organizers required all attendees to have a negative COVID test 72 hours before the show. This year, they are the first major awards show to implement the mandate.