The 2019 Critics Choice Awards were handed out on Sunday night, January 13, during a live ceremony that was hosted by Taye Diggs and aired on the CW. Like the Golden Globes that took place a week earlier, these kudos honored the best work in both film and television. But while the TV prizes don’t correlate strongly to the Emmys, Critics’ Choice often prides itself on being a credible Oscar tea leaf on the movie side. So what do these prizes mean for the awards races to come? Scroll down for our live blog with all the minute-by-minute winners and analysis as it happens, and check out the full list of winners here.
The Critics’ Choice Awards are actually bestowed by two different organizations: the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. The BFCA consists of over 300 print, online, TV and radio journalists — including Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil and Susan Wloszczyna. The BTJA is a much smaller group numbering just over 70 — that’s fewer members than the 90 or so who decide the Golden Globes.
As in 2018, voting for these awards took place after the Globes, so these journos had a chance to see which way the wind was blowing before marking their own ballots. Last year that resulted in Critics’ Choice falling in line around the same acting winners the Globes chose, though the critics went their own way on Best Picture: the Globes awarded “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with its top prize, but Critics’ Choice picked “The Shape of Water,” and it was “Shape” that ended up winning the top Oscar.
Over the 23 years that these awards have been bestowed they have matched the Oscar winner for Best Picture 14 times. They have also agreed on 18 directors, 16 lead actors, 13 lead actresses, 13 supporting actors and 16 supporting actresses — more than 50% agreement in all those contests. Will this year’s winners end up on the right side of those Oscar stats? “The Favourite” entered with the most Critics’ Choice nominations (14), but our racetrack odds favored “Roma” for the big win. Find out what happened below starting at 7:00pm (all times listed are Eastern).
7:13pm — BEST ACTION MOVIE goes to “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” The prize was handed out on the blue carpet in advance of the ceremony, and it was a pretty big surprise since it was up against “Black Panther,” which is nominated for Best Picture tonight. Perhaps “Panther” split the Marvel vote with fellow nominee “Avengers: Infinity War.” The nominees also included “Deadpool 2,” “Ready Player One” and “Widows.”
7:22pm — BEST ANIMATED FEATURE was also awarded before the main event started. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” followed its Golden Globe win with a Critics’ Choice Victory. Four of the last five winners of this award went on to win the Oscar, including the last three in a row.
7:26pm — Taye Diggs opens the show, and if you thought the one thing this awards season was missing was a parody of Cardi B‘s “I Like It” with lyrics about diversity in cinema, then I’ve got good news!
7:29pm — Appropriately, BEST ORIGINAL SONG is presented by singers-turned-actors Mandy Moore and Ricky Martin to fellow singer-turned-actor Lady Gaga. This is how the night began for her at the Golden Globes, but this time she took advantage of her time at the podium instead of yielding the floor to her co-writers — smart move in case Best Actress goes to someone else later in the night. In her speech she tells the crowd that she was “overwhelmed by the storytelling” in Bradley Cooper‘s voice when she sang the song with him.
7:36pm — BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS goes to Elise Fisher for “Eighth Grade,” and I’ll editorialize a bit to admit that I’m thrilled by the choice. She didn’t win her Golden Golden Globe for her performance — she lost Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), but in November she claimed the Gotham Award for her breakthrough role, and she’s up for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
7:45pm — BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR presented by “Black Panther” co-stars Angela Bassett and Winston Duke to … Mahershala Ali for “Green Book”! He overtook Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), who claimed many other critics’ prizes over the course of the season. He dedicated the award to Critics’ Choice pianist Kris Bowers, who was also the composer of “Green Book” and taught Ali piano for his role as a real-life classical pianist in the film.
7:52pm — BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS goes to Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), another repeat of the Golden Globes. She thanks the late author James Baldwin for “being a voice for the voiceless, for educating a country even when it didn’t want to learn a lesson.” And she quotes Baldwin by saying, “We can make America what America must become.” This continue’s King’s winning streak at critics awards, but the industry has been more ambivalent about “Beale Street.” The film was snubbed entirely at the SAG Awards and underperformed at the BAFTA Awards. Can King keep up the pace and still win the Oscar?
7:56pm — BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE goes to “A Quiet Place” over its acclaimed rival “Hereditary.” “It means the absolute world to our crew and our cast,” says director, writer and star John Krasinski when accepting the prize He describes the film as a “love letter to my kids.”
8:03pm — Critics’ Choice Awards decide that the TV winners don’t deserve quite as much TV time. They run through all the supporting champs in one quick burst with the winners surprised as the camera cuts to them at their seats. For movies/limited series: Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”) and Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”). For comedy, Henry Winkler (“Barry”) and Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). For dramas, Noah Emmerich (“The Americans”) and Thandie Newton (“Westworld”). I for one would have loved to see Emmerich finally get a chance to accept some awards hardware since he never got to at the Emmys or Golden Globes.
8:10pm — Honorary #SEEHER AWARD accepted by Claire Foy: “All I’ve ever tried to do … is hopefully make something that people recognize … and they can see themselves.” She specifically discusses “She lived her life with such bravery and resilience … There’s no such thing as ‘just the wife.'” She accepts the awards an encouragement to be “brave enough to … see myself” so she can “see others.”
8:17pm — BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE goes to “The Favourite,” which happens to be the only ensemble cast not present at the ceremony. They beat “Widows,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Vice.”
8:23pm — Critics’ Choice announced another flurry of winners, and they contained surprises. BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY went to “If Beale Street Could Talk” over “BlacKkKlansman.” BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY went to “First Reformed” over “The Favourite.” But it was no surprise that BEST FOREIGN FILM went to “Roma.” In more TV prizes, “Jesus Christ Superstar” claimed BEST TV MOVIE, while “BoJack Horseman” was BEST ANIMATED SERIES.
8:27pm — BEST TV MOVIE/LIMITED ACTOR goes to Darren Criss for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” following his Emmy and Golden Globe wins. “The critiques will not always be as generous,” says Criss about those fickle critics, so he apologizes in advance for any “lackluster” performances to come.
8:30pm — BEST TV MOVIE/LIMITED ACTRESS is a tie! The first winner is Amy Adams for “Sharp Objects.” “I can’t think of a more beautiful thing than a tie!” she says. They were going to give her the opportunity to accept solo before announcing the next winner, but she wanted to share the stage with her fellow champ, Patricia Arquette (“Escape from Dannemora”), who just won the Golden Globe a week ago. This lovely dual acceptance speech is probably the night’s best moment so far.
8:38pm — BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY goes to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), who isn’t present to accept at these awards. But BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY champ Christian Bale (“Vice”) is there. He thinks it’s odd for the film to be considered a comedy since he calls it a “tragedy.” But he forgot to thank some people last week at the Golden Globes, so he makes up for lost time at these Critics’ Choice Awards by thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Both Bale and Colman were Globe winners; this continues to be a good night for those champs. That was true last year as well.
8:46pm — “Crazy Rich Asians” may not have won Best Acting Ensemble, but it makes up for it be claiming BEST COMEDY MOVIE. This does deviate from the Golden Globes, where the film lost to “Green Book,” but “Green Book” wasn’t nominated here in the comedy categories. It was still a bit of a surprise, though, since it was up against “The Favourite” in this category; “The Favourite” is the most nominated film of the night.
8:52pm — A slew of craft awards include a few surprises. “Black Panther” won BEST VISUAL EFFECTS, but it also defeated “The Favourite” for BEST COSTUME DESIGN and BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN. Meanwhile, “Roma” claimed BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY for Alfonso Cuaron, who is nominated later tonight as the director of the film. “First Man” was awarded BEST EDITING and BEST SCORE. And “Vice” won BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP.
8:58pm — The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” presents the honorary CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to series creator Chuck Lorre, who makes a lot of hits but doesn’t usually get a lot of time on awards stages. But he won Best TV Comedy Series at the Golden Globes last week for “The Kominsky Method.” “You have consistently chided me and castigated me,” he says to TV critics. “I guess this means you give up.” He also remembers how critics weren’t a fan of “Big Bang” when it started; it’s “amusing” that the show has now produced well over 200 episodes. “I’m the luckiest person in show business, if you don’t count the Kardashians.”
9:06pm — BEST TV COMEDY ACTOR goes to Bill Hader (“Barry”) in a repeat of his Emmy winner, but he’s not present to accept the award. Meanwhile, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) claims another trophy for BEST TV COMEDY ACTRESS. She gives a shout out to her dad, whose presence with her at this event makes it extra special.
9:12pm — BEST DIRECTOR goes to Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma.” He has won a bushel of critics’ prizes for this film already, and he won the Golden Globe for directing last week. And like last week, he thanks his family and Mexico for shaping him. He was the favorite to win this prize and is the heavy favorite to win the Oscar.
9:18pm — BEST TV DRAMA ACTOR goes to Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), but he’s not present at the ceremony to accept. However, Sandra Oh is on hand to accept another BEST TV DRAMA ACTRESS prize for “Killing Eve.” She thanks the “incredible” Jodie Comer for pushing Oh to her limits: “I’m so appreciative of your trust and your talent.” For Oh, this was a repeat of the Golden Globes, but Rhys has a comeback here after losing the Globe last week to Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”).
9:26pm — BEST LIMITED SERIES awarded to “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” continuing its winning streak after Emmy and Golden Globe wins. “I feel a personal debt to him standing here,” says producer Tom Rob Smith about Gianni Versace, who paved the way for gay men by coming out of the closet in the 1990s, only to by murdered by spree killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997.
9:32pm — BEST TV DRAMA SERIES winner is “The Americans,” yet another Golden Globes repeat. Their victory at the Globes was a big surprise since the show had never been nominated in the top category there before, but the critics have always been behind the FX spy thriller, so this victory wasn’t as surprising. This is actually the second Best Drama Series win for “The Americans” at Critics’ Choice. It previously prevailed in 2015.
9:37pm — BEST TV COMEDY SERIES goes to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for the second year in a row. It also won the Emmy last fall. Says creator Amy Sherman-Palladino upon accepting the award, “Usually when a Jew hears critics, she thinks, thanks mom.” If this awards show feels familiar, it’s because the majority of the winners either won Emmys, Golden Globes or both. There have been very few winners here who weren’t recently awarded by other groups too, so there’s an awful lot of rubber-stamping here.
9:43pm — BEST ACTRESS is another tie at Critics’ Choice. The first is Glenn Close (“The Wife”), who is thrilled by this result because women are so often pitted against each other in this industry. And the second prize, perhaps unsurprisingly, goes to Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born.” This feels very much like the Broadcast Film Critics Association making sure they cover their bases for the Oscars. “Bradley, you are a magical filmmaker,” she says to her director. “And you are just as magical a human being.” She dedicates the award to “everyone who suffers from alcoholism or addiction … the true star of the film is not me, it’s bravery and perseverance.”
9:51pm — BEST ACTOR goes to Christian Bale for “Vice,” despite the fact that “Vice” is, no pun intended, one of the most critically divisive films in the category. But he and Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) both won Golden Globes, and critics liked “Vice” a lot better than “Rhapsody,” so this might have been a bit of a strategic calculation on the part of the organization. But it would have been novel to see the Critics’ Choice Awards go for a winner actually liked by critics and that hadn’t been awarded already by the Golden Globes.
9:59pm — “Roma” claims BEST PICTURE at the Critics’ Choice Awards, a first for a foreign language film. Alfonso Cuaron thanks Netflix from bringing the film “to the mainstream.” That brings “Roma” to a total of four awards. It also claimed Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. It’s the leading winner among all films, followed by “Vice” and “Black Panther” with three apiece. “First Man,” “A Star is Born” and “The Favourite” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” prevailed twice each.
10:08pm — Among TV shows, the top winners were “The Americans” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with three victories each. A few other shows won two apiece: “Barry,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Sharp Objects.”