'Shape of Water,' 'Lies,' 'Get Out' win Critics' Choice Awards, an awkward night with no-show Franco

Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood's biggest talent congregated in an airplane hangar Thursday night for the Broadcast Critics Association's 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards.

Held in Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hangar, the second major award show of Hollywood's self-celebratory season struggled to find a tone in the wake of the blatantly political Golden Globes last week.

Host Olivia Munn, one of several women to accuse Brett Ratner of sexual impropriety, kicked off the night with a cringe-inducing musical number featuring former "SNL" cast member and "White Famous" star Jay Pharaoh.

Later, Munn was joined onstage by Niecy Nash to raise a glass to "all the good guys in Hollywood" including "the male casting directors who didn't ever say anything derogatory" in an audition and "that famous actor who didn't treat me like crap after I said I didn't want to get drinks with him after the show."

"Thank you to all of the men for speaking up at the Golden Globes and joining us -- " began Nash before Munn cut her off to remind her that there hadn't been any.

The only joke to land was one about Mark Wahlberg: "Thank you to the producers for paying Niecy and I the same amount of money and Mark Wahlberg a million dollars," Munn said, a nod to his pay controversy for "All the Money in the World" reshoots. "He took a pay cut so it's really nice of him." The joke received a combination laugh-groan from the crowd.

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James Franco, recently accused of sexual misconduct by five women, won the award for best actor in a comedy, to muted applause. Presenter Walton Goggins accepted the award on behalf of the noticeably absent star.

"The Big Sick" took home the award for best comedy, beating out films like "Girl's Trip" and "I, Tonya." Star Kumail Nanjiani, who wore a Time's Up pin, thanked "all the white men who allowed us to stand here today."

"Men have been talking too much for centuries," he said. "We need to shut up, listen and amplify."

Amazon Prime's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," a surprise double winner at Sunday's Golden Globes, continued to show its strength by taking the award for best comedy series. Star Rachel Brosnahan won the award for best actress in a comedy series and thanked the critics for "fast and furious support of our new show." She also urged people to visit the Time's Up website and donate to the Legal Defense Fund.


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