Awards season continued on Thursday night (January 11) with the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, which, like the Golden Globes, honors the best performances of the year from both film and television. Unlike the Globes, however, this awards show felt very business as usual—which was disappointing. There was such a powerful energy at the Globes just a few days ago; winners used their speeches as an opportunity to talk about sexual harassment and Time’s Up, the newly-formed organization dedicated to ending sexual violence and gender imbalance in the workplace. But that topic was barely acknowledged tonight, for some reason. It’s imperative these conversations aren’t fleeting—there’s still so much work that needs to be done. We can’t lose focus.
Here were the biggest moments from the night, though:
Jay Pharoah randomly asking the audience if they miss Barack Obama before presenting the award for Best Comedy Movie.
Like, he just asked people that. There was no follow up. He just asked it. Iconic.
“It’s time for [men] to shut up, listen, and amplify.” — Kumail Nanjiani, while accepting the award for Best Comedy Movie (The Big Sick).
Say it louder.
Sterling K. Brown’s overall presence.
He elevates any room he’s in. That’s just a fact.
When host Olivia Munn jabbed at the male attendees from the Golden Globes for not speaking up more.
Via a champagne toast with Niecy Nash, no less. I raise my glass of Landmark Vineyards Pinot Noir—a sponsor of tonight’s show—to you, queens!
Rachel Brosnahan reignited the Time’s Up fire during her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Comedy series (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). Before her speech, it felt like the celebrities were really dodging the issue.
“I know we’re not all here in black tonight, but let’s not lose focus,” she said. “If you haven’t already, please go to timesupnow.com, donate to the legal defense fund, let’s keep this going, please.”
Gal Gadot winning the See Her Award, which honors women in entertainment who helped increase diversity and representation in the industry this year.
“It’s not only our job to entertain, but our duty to inspire and educate for love and respect,” Gadot said. “My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silent. We will continue…[and] band together to make strides for equality.”
Dacre Montgomery’s smolder, which lasted all night.
Gal Gadot screaming, “Ahhh, come on!” when the show tried to rush Patty Jenkins offstage.
Let her speak, y’all!