Critics’ Choice Awards 2019 copied the Golden Globes’ homework on a night of rubber-stamping

If you missed your chance to predict the most recent Emmys and Golden Globes, you had another opportunity on Sunday night because the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards looked a lot like those recent kudos fests; the majority of their winners were the same. So why all the rubber-stamping? Did the critics wait for what their awards peers decided and then copy their homework? Check out the complete list of Critics’ Choice winners here.

For TV, there were 17 categories, and all of them corresponded to an Emmy and/or Globe race. But there were only three deviations. Critics’ Choice picked “BoJack Horseman” for Best Animated Series over Emmy winner “Rick and Morty,” which wasn’t nominated at this event. The critics also gave Best Drama Supporting Actor to Noah Emmerich (“The Americans”), who wasn’t even nominated at the Emmys or Golden Globes.

Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”) claimed Best Movie/Limited Actress, but that only half counts because Critics’ Choice awarded her in a tie with Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”), who was a repeat from the previous week’s Globes. All of the other 14 Critics’ Choice champs were a rerun of the Emmys, Globes or both:

– Drama Series: “The Americans” — Globe winner
– Drama Actor: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” — Emmy winner
– Drama Actress: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” — Globe winner
– Drama Supporting Actress: Thandie Newton, “Westworld” — Emmy winner
– Comedy Series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — Emmy winner
– Comedy Actor: Bill Hader, “Barry” — Emmy winner
– Comedy Actress: Rachel Brosnahan, “Mrs. Maisel” — Emmy and Globe winner
– Comedy Supporting Actor: Henry Winkler, “Barry” — Emmy winner
– Comedy Supporting Actress: Alex Borstein, “Mrs. Maisel” — Emmy winner
– TV Movie: “Jesus Christ Superstar” — Emmy winner (though it won in a different category)
– Limited Series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” — Emmy and Globe winner
– Movie/Limited Actor: Darren Criss, “Versace” — Emmy and Globe winner
– Movie/Limited Supporting Actor: Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal” — Globe winner
– Movie/Limited Supporting Actress: Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects” — Globe winner

The Critics’ Choice winners for film also felt like a Golden Globes rerun. Out of 14 categories the two awards have in common, the critics deviated just four times. Critics’ Choice went with “Crazy Rich Asians” for Best Comedy Movie while the Globes picked “Green Book,” which wasn’t even nominated for Best Comedy by the critics.

For Best Original Screenplay the critics picked “First Reformed” over Globe winner “Green Book.” The Globes only have one screenplay category that combines original and adapted scripts, but wouldn’t you know it, Critics’ Choice gave its Best Adapted Screenplay prize to the only adapted script that made the Globes lineup, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Then there was Best Actress, which was another tie. Glenn Close (“The Wife”) won like she did at the Globes, but they also awarded Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”), who most of us had been expecting to win the Globe.

The last deviation is more of a grey area. “Roma” claimed Best Picture instead of the two Globe winners for Best Film, “Green Book” (comedy/musical) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (drama). But “Roma” wasn’t eligible for Best Film Drama at the Globes. It was restricted to Best Foreign Film — and won — so one could view that as another rubber stamp.

But the other 10 critics’ winners were in complete lockstep with the Globes:

– Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
– Actor: Christian Bale, “Vice” — Comedy/Musical Globe winner
– Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
– Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
– Foreign Film: “Roma”
– Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
– Score: “First Man”
– Song: “Shallow” from “A Star is Born”
– Actor in a Comedy: Christian Bale, “Vice”
– Actress in a Comedy: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

The high rate of repeats raises an eyebrow because voting didn’t open for Critics’ Choice winners until after the Golden Globes. The same was true last year when there was a similar amount of rubber-stamping. And it’s especially curious when the critics rubber-stamp a Globe winner over a film or performer who actually had more critical acclaim.

That was the case for Bale, who won twice for “Vice” even though the reviews for that film were mixed. For Best Actor he beat the stars of films that had much more favorable critical consensuses: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”), Ryan Gosling (“First Man”) and especially Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”).

But to give credit where credit is due, Critics’ Choice did go their own way in a few other notable contests. They gave Best Acting Ensemble to “The Favourite” even after it was snubbed from the corresponding category at the SAG Awards. They gave three craft awards to “Black Panther” (for its costumes, production design and visual effects) even after its drastic shortfall in most of those fields at the BAFTAs. And those screenplay choices are worth mentioning again: “First Reformed” and “Beale Street” were bold choices for a group that often prides itself on predicting the Oscars.

But even with those singular critics’ picks, Globe voters in the future may want to consider covering their test papers to make sure the student next to them doesn’t just copy their answers.

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