Actresses, shows on women big winner at Critics’ Choice
“Big Little Lies” was the biggest TV winner, with four awards, and “The Handmaid’s Tale” won three at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 11. “Wonder Woman” was named best action movie and its star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance, “The Shape of Water,” was also a quadruple winner.
Stories about women also won in comedy categories. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was named best comedy series, and star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy.
Olivia Munn hosted the ceremony at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
“The Shape of Water,” which led all nominees with 14 bids, claimed the best picture prize, along with director, score and production design honors.
Presenter Chris Hemsworth noted that women have had a stellar year at the box office.
Hemsworth presented the best actress award to an absent Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The film also won for acting ensemble and supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.
Also absent was James Franco. The actor and director, who had new sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him earlier in the day, won best actor in a comedy for his turn in “The Disaster Artist.” The award was presented during a pre-telecast ceremony broadcast only online.
Actor Walton Goggins, who presented the award, accepted it on Franco’s behalf.
Double winners included “I, Tonya,” ‘’Get Out” and “Coco.”
“I, Tonya” brought acting accolades for star Margot Robbie and supporting actress Allison Janney. “Get Out” was named best sci-fi or horror film, and writer-director Jordan Peele claimed original screenplay honors. “Coco” won animated feature and original song for “Remember Me.”