And the winner is…The Hurt Locker
LIVE UPDATES BY ROBERT W. WELKOS:
– On the red carpet, the rope line broke down…it was every man for himself….security was nowhere to be found
– Samuel L Jackson runs on stage…calls out to Quentin “MF” Tarantino (see if wires remark about this…you can get away with lots on cable)
– Recap: Avatar takes home 6 awards, Inglourious Basterds 3
– Bigelow avoided saying what she thinks her chances are now that the film and her both won…she says, Its surreal…just to be in the same conversation with such extraordinary filmmakers…thats what is so exciting and gratifying
– Jeff Bridges was asked how it felt putting his hand down Maggies pants…he looked at he reporter asking the question and said are you asking me how it felt to put my hands down Maggies pants? Then he responds saying his character probably liked it
– And the winner is…THE HURT LOCKER
– Quentin and Bigelow enter press room
– Bullock standing off the press room stage listening to Meryl speak
– Bullock said the critics have been unpleasant to her in the past…this year they are pleasant to her but next year they may be unpleasant again because of the choice of material…she said she didnt think she could beat Meryl. Meryl said she really admired Sandra’s work this year..you have an amazing gift, she told Sandra…you have charm…when shes funny its always from a real centered place in her emotional life
– Sandra Bullock was about to give a press conference wen Meryl Streep came in and then they posed for photos. Afterward they beamed and expressed animation for each other…Shes so tall, Stree said of Bullock
– Jeff Bridges says this award is so much different from when he was nominated for Last Picture Show. Says he was a 21 year old kid and there was no campaigning back then like there is today
– Both Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock enter the press room
– Best Actress is a tie – Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock
– Jeff Bridges has just entered the press room
– Jeff Bridges wins best actor
– Kathryn Bigelow wins best director
– Best Documentary goes to The Cove
– Best Foreign Language Film goes to Broken Embraces
– Up wins Best Score
– The Young Victoria takes Best Costume Design
– District 9 wins Best Makeup Award
– Avatar takes Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, and Best Sound
– Inglourious Basterds wins Best Original Screenplay
– Up in the Air wins best adapted screenplay
– Ronan and Waltz refuse to come back to the press room
– When Todd Phillips and cast asked about Haiti: After they expressed their concern, Phillips tells reporter who asked the question to suck the air out of the room…suggested they ask about Darfur next time (all in jest but made the room groan)
– Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover, says theyre writing The Hangover 2 filming in fall for a 2011 release…denied Zach Efron is up for a part
– Best song goes to The Weary Kind
– Up wins best animation
– The Hangover wins best comedy
– Adam Lambert, heavy eyeliner presents with Sarah Silverman the best comedy…she says she loved penises, but just cant help it
– Christoph Waltz wins best supporting actor
– The show just honored the late director John Hughes of Home Alone Fame. He died last year from a heart attack, which stunned Hollywood
– Monique gets off to a combative start back in the press room. Shes asked by a reporter why the African American community didnt support the film…..she gives a look to the reporter like hes crazy…then responds saying didnt you see the box offce that tells you what the African American community felt about the film
– Avatar wins best action movie
– Monique wins best supporting actress for Precious
– Inglourious Basterds win Best Acting Ensemble
– Sandra Bullock on success – You just have to take it in stride and be thankful
– Adam Lambert just arrived, looking like a rockstar as usual
– Morgan Freeman just arrived in a black suit
– Sarah Silverman will present Best Comedy with Adam Lambert
– Zoe Saldana wearing a short pink mini dress, looking cute
– Quentin Tarantino just walked by in a black tux…the crowd started screaming
– Sandra Bullock is looking fabulous in a sparkly black dress
– Bailee Madison, Age 10 of Ft. Lauderdale just came down the line…Shes nominated for best young actress in Brothers. She is the youngest nominee ever.
– Kristin Bell just walked by and waved
– Nick Jonas and the Administration are performing on the ledge as girls in the bleachers are screaming
– Talked to Joey Berlin, who says when they started the Critics Choice Awards 15 years ago, they used to tell the winners beforehand to ensure that they would show up. That stopped around the 6th year. However, they never told the best picture nominees who would win.
The 15th annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1 at 9:00 p.m. Our own executive editor Robert W. Welkos will be sending us live updates from the Hollywood Palladium where Kristin Chenoweth will be hosting. Keep checking back throughout the day for updates.
The night is sure to be one with plenty of entertainment for the guests, including music performances by Death Cab for Cutie (covering the Simple Minds song Dont You (Forget About Me) for a tribute to John Hughes) and live music all night from house band Nick Jonas and the Administration.
Many celebrities are set to attend, with presenters including Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Bradley Cooper, Rob Corddry, Abbie Cornish, Josh Duhamel, Vera Farmiga, Heather Graham, Ed Helms, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Tobey Maguire, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Susan Sarandon, Sarah Silverman, Adam Lambert, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire, Bradley Cooper, Vera Farmiga, Zoe Saldana, and Susan Sarandon.
The big question is boiling down to who will take home the best picture award. A few contenders that have emerged from the race as top runners are The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Up In the Air, and Inglourious Basterds. Nine and Inglourious Basterds have both picked up 10 nominations along the awards race, with Avatar raking in nine. There hasnt been one movie so far that has been labeled as the sure-win, so well just have to wait and see until the results are revealed.
Up for best actor is Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up In The Air), Colin Firth (A Single Man), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), and Viggo Mortensen (The Road). Just as competitive as the best actor slot comes the best actress award. The nominees are Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Saorise Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Meryl Streep (Julie Julia). So far Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep have emerged as the favorites to win.
Winners are chosen by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The night will run through 25 categories, most paralleling the categories of the Oscars.