The stars were out in full force Sunday night for the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar in Los Angeles. The 2016 run of the show marks the first year of combining accolades for both film and television, explaining the larger-than-usual fashionable turnout across both industries.
Much like the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards are also a more casual, spirited gathering, where stars rub elbows and toast flutes of bubbly throughout the evening. It made the perfect backdrop for host T.J. Miller, one of the stars of HBO’s Silicon Valley, to showcase his brand of off-beat humor, kicking off the show with an opening monologue maneuvering four dancing puppets (above).
From Amy Schumer’s self-deprecating acceptance speech to Mad Max: Fury Road’s domination, the night was not without its share of memorable moments. Below, 6 more highlights from the evening.
1. Critics’ Choice MVP Award Honoree Looking White Hot
The comedienne was recognized for her epic year and even scored a best actress in comedy nod for Trainwreck to boot—simply put, the star was on fire Sunday night. Truth be told, we were also busy keeping an eye on her handsome date, new boyfriend Ben Hanisch, who is quickly becoming a mainstay at the 2016 awards season.
2. Make Room for a Rising Star
“This is super cool. This is the best day of my life,” Jacob Tremblay started after accepting the award for best young actor/actress for his role in Room. After delivering the most adorable speech, the 9-year-old star showed his age when revealing where the award would find its permanent home: “I know where to put this: on the shelf, right beside my Millennium Falcon.”
4. Mad Max’s Mad Sweep
The best picture spotlight may have shone on Spotlight and The Revenant's Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor, but Mad Max: Fury Road swept the majority of its 13 nominated categories, including best director, action movie, actor and actress in an action movie, production design, editing, hair & makeup, and visual effects. Director George Miller had some of the women of the action film (including Zoe Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) accept the award on his behalf.
5. A Royal Admission
You know times are tough when master of stage and screen, Golden Globe-nominated Sir Patrick Stewart, jokes about being mistaken for fellow Shakespearean actor, Sir Ben Kingsley, and needing his help in finding new work!