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The movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once” won 5 awards and won resoundingly in the 28th edition of the Critics Choice Awardssome awards that each year decorate the highlights of the season on the small and big screen.
The film created by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert -known colloquially as “Los Daniels”- came as the most nominated with 14 nominations and bagged the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing or Editing, and Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan’s performance.
The Critics Choice Awards are recognitions granted by the Critics Association of the United States and Canada (CCA, for its acronym in English) on behalf of more than 600 journalists specialized in the entertainment sector.
The big disappointments of the night were “The Fabelmans” -Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical drama directed by himself- and “The Banshees of Inisherin” (“Almas en Pena de Inisherin”, in Spanish) that had dazzled at the Golden Globes and started as favorites along with “Everything Everywhere All at Once“.
Yet while Spielberg’s film had to settle for Canadian Gabriel LaBelle’s best young actor award, “The Banshees of Inisherin” wasn’t even chosen for any of the 9 categories it was up for.
In addition, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery“, the second installment of the thriller by Rian Johnson, surprisingly won the categories for best comedy film and best cast, which were revealed minutes before the televised broadcast began.
The gala, hosted by the American actress and writer Chelsea Handlerwas held at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel (Los Angeles) which also regularly hosts other renowned film events such as the Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards in English) or the Golden Globes.
The most emotional moment of the appointment this Sunday afternoon was the collection of the award for best actor in brendan fraser (“The Whale”), who broke down in tears on stage at this success after years ostracized from the Hollywood industry and after having overcome depression.
the australian cate blanchett (“Tár”) certified that she is walking steadily towards her third Oscar, winning in the best actress category after doing the same this week at the Golden Globes.
In the section for best international film, the Indian production “RRR” (Netflix) beat “Argentina, 1985” (Amazon Prime Video), the Latino film that started out as a great favorite and that had emerged reinforced from the awards granted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
“RRR” also triumphed in the category of best song with the theme “Naatu Naatu” and established itself as one of the bells of the afternoon, since it was even nominated for best film and the filmmaker Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli for best director.
Finally, the timid Latin accent of this installment of the Critics Choice Awards was reduced to the victory of the Mexican Guillermo del Toro in the category of best animated film for “Pinocchio”.
“ABBOT ELEMENTARY” AND “BETTER CALL SAUL”, UNRIVALED ON TV
“Abbott Elementary” (ABC) and the sixth season of “Better Call Saul” (AMC) were presented with the band of top contenders for the most important television categories, with 6 and 5 nominations respectively, and they did not disappoint.
The Critics Association of the USA and Canada named “Abbot Elementary” (“Abbot School”, in Spanish) as the best comedy series and also recognized its actress Sheryl Lee Ralph as the best secondary performer in that genre.
This production had previously triumphed at the Golden Globes and the last Emmys.
“Better Call Saul” was crowned the best drama series with his figure Bob Odenkir winning the award for best leading actor and with Giancarlo Esposito triumphing as best supporting actor.
For his part, “The Dropout” (Hulu) was awarded for best miniseries and its protagonist, Amanda Seyfried, was recognized as the best leading actress of this format for her role as Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the technology company Theranos.
After the Critics Choice, the awards season will continue with the galas of the Hollywood actors and producers union, on the weekend of February 25 and 26, to finish off on March 12 with the 95th edition of the Oscars.
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