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2016 Critics’ Choice Awards: ‘La La Land’ Leads With 8 Wins Including Best Picture; Donald Glover Unveils Lando Calrissian ‘Stache

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La La Land solidified its place as the 2017 Academy Awards front-runner, scoring an impressive eight wins at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards tonight. Along with wins for production design, cinematography, editing and score, the musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone also landed best original song, best director and best original screenplay for writer-director Damien Chazelle, and the big one, best picture. In fact, La La Land won the most awards of any of tonight’s nominated film or television shows, a good sign of things to come as we move into 2017.

La La Land easily bested its two (most likely) strongest competitors, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea, though both still won important trophies. Moonlight took home best supporting actor for co-star Mahershala Ali, as well as best acting ensemble. Meanwhile, Manchester won thrice, sharing best original screenplay with La La and winning best young actor or actress, and best actor.

The wins, in other words, were as predictable as expected considering the acclaim heaped on all three of those films but especially La La, which has been sending critics to the moon since its festival debut. But predictability wasn’t just for film, as the awards overall went pretty much as expected in almost all categories.

Take Viola Davis, who emerged from Fences this fall as the consensus front-runner for whichever acting awards she ends up being nominated for. She deservedly won best supporting actress for her Fences role. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman took home best actress for Jackie. Eric Heisserer won best adapted screenplay for Arrival. And on the television front, Bob Odenkirk won best actor in a dramatic series for Better Call Saul, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won four times, including acting prizes for Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance, and Atlanta‘s Donald Glover, showing off the very authentic mustache he’ll be wearing in the upcoming Han Solo film, won for best actor in a comedy series. About the only upset is that Silicon Valley won best comedy series over Atlanta, whose first season has been universally praised.

One pleasant surprise, though: A slightly inebriated Atlanta‘s Keith Stanfield crashed the stage and “accepted” the award on behalf of Silicon Valley before quickly walking off. (He was really echoing what a lot of us were thinking about who should have been up there.)

T.J. Miller hosted tonight’s proceedings, bringing a defiantly absurdist approach to the gig. Starting the show out with a chorus line of topless men with faces painted on their torsos and heads covered by oversized top hat appearing to whistle, Miller later pretended to have his head blown off by a cannon and ended the show dressed as a headless man carrying his bloody head on a platter. The jokes didn’t always land, but the commitment to weirdness at least won this viewer over. Naturally he didn’t address the biggest news over the weekend – his citizen’s arrest at the hands of an Uber driver with whom he scuffled over Donald Trump early Friday morning. Read more about Miller’s act tonight here.

This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards were marred early on by controversy, thanks to the decision by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association to give exclusive access to the nominations to Entertainment Weekly and People. This prompted about 15% of the BTJA’s membership to resign from the association in protest, including TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, Variety’s Debra Birnbaum, and IndieWire’s Michael Schneider. But the issue didn’t come up once during the show, even when Entertainment Weekly awkwardly presented Ryan Reynolds with the Entertainer of the Year award (though, to be honest, camera cuts to the audience after the overwrought tribute to Reynolds played suggested the award didn’t go over well with the crowd.)

All in all, if tonight is any indication, Oscar season is going to look pretty much like people already are predicting. Here is the full list of winner at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards:

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Hacksaw Ridge

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Moonlight

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Louie Anderson – Baskets – FX

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

Arrival

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Elle

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Eric Heisserer – Arrival

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Thandie Newton – Westworld – HBO

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

John Lithgow – The Crown – Netflix

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Linus Sandgren – La La Land

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

BEST EDITING

Tom Cross – La La Land

BEST SCORE

Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Madeline Fontaine – Jackie

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

Jackie

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Jungle Book

SPECIAL AWARD: Entertainment Weekly Presents Entertainer Of The Year

Ryan Reynolds

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Donald Glover – Atlanta – FX

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Zootopia

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

SPECIAL AWARD: First Annual #SeeHer Award

Viola Davis

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED

SERIES

Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR

LIMITED SERIES

Regina King – American Crime – ABC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES

Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live – NBC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead – AMC

BEST SONG

City of Stars – La La Land

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Damien Chazelle – La La Land (TIE)

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea (TIE)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis – Fences

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES

Shark Tank – ABC

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIES

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES

The Voice – NBC

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN

BEST TALK SHOW

The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

BoJack Horseman – Netflix

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

BEST COMEDY

Deadpool

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld – HBO

BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman – Jackie

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul – AMC

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Game of Thrones – HBO

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Silicon Valley – HBO

BEST PICTURE

La La Land

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