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The Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

IMG_1097-1.JPG Last night, my husband and I attended our first-ever red carpet event, the Critics Choice Awards, which were broadcast on VH1. It was a lot of fun, especially the end, when all of the critics went up on stage to present the best picture award (to “No Country for Old Men”), so I could look down from the stage and see everyone from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Dixie Carter (who complimented my dress) and Hall Holbook, to Nikki Blonsky (best young actress), Queen Latifah, and Elijah Kelly from “Hairspray” to Don Cheadle (who graciously accepted the first-ever Joel Siegal award for achievement in both film and humanitarian efforts, presented to him by George Clooney). The talk of the evening was the cancellation of rival awards show the Golden Globes, due to the writers’ strike. The best line of the evening was when presenter Steve Zahn said he wished the writers would come back to work and the critics would go on strike. The funniest acceptance speech was from Casey Affleck, who wasn’t even accepting his own award, but one for his co-star, Amy Ryan. He pretended he was editing out her jokes about him as he read the speech he prepared.

Here I am at the after-party with Cuba Gooding, Jr.

And here is Beth Grant, who played up-tight characters in “Donnie Darko” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” dancing up a storm.

And the winners are…



  • Linda

    What fun!

  • Dustin Putman

    Sounds like you had a great time, Nell, and I actually got to see you up on the stage! Now I need to figure out a way to join this critics group…
    My favorite moments of the night were actually on the train-wreck of a pre-show on VH1, with one clueless host introducing Marion Coutillard as Emily Deschanel (Emily’s name even came up on the screen as Marion talked!), and another clueless host inappropriately exclaiming, “We’ve got a virgin here!” when AnnaSophia Robb said she had never been to an awards show before. At the end of said interview, she told AnnaSophia, “I’m glad we could make this your first time.”

  • Big_Dave_T

    That dress doesn’t look silver to me, but I’m no fashion plate. Though I didn’t see the Critics Choice awards show, I heard that Cody blogger won for Juno. Cool. Blogger power! I also heard that nominee Wild Hogs missed out for the People’s Choice Award in its category. Bummer there, eh.

  • Nell Minow

    Well Dave T, the dress is more pewter than silver, I suppose. Tarnished silver, maybe! Not sure what category “Wild Hogs” would be in…maybe best cast in a bad movie? Of course, there are a lot of prospects for that title.
    Thanks, Linda! It was a blast. And Dustin, that’s awful about the red carpet interviews! I can’t believe they could mess up so badly.

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