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Women have a big night at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Jan 13,2018
Reese Witherspoon, left, and Nicole Kidman at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, Jan. 11 in Santa Monica, California. [AP]
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - It was a good night for women at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “Big Little Lies” was the biggest TV winner, with four awards, and “The Handmaid’s Tale” won three. “Wonder Woman” was named best action movie and its star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.

“Big Little Lies” was named best limited series and won acting awards for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern.

Kidman thanked the entertainment community “who show up to make really fantastic films and TV and let us do what we love.” “I love being an actor,” said the 50-year-old Oscar winner. “Thank you for letting me do it all the way through to this age and beyond.”

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance, “The Shape of Water,” was also a quadruple winner.

Stories about women also won in comedy categories. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was named best comedy series, and star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy.

As she accepted her award, Brosnahan noted that even though women aren’t wearing black like most did at the Golden Globe Awards earlier in the week, she said the fight to eradicate sexual harassment continues.

“The Shape of Water,” which led all nominees with 14 bids, claimed the best picture prize, along with director, score and production design honors.

Presenter Chris Hemsworth noted that women have had a stellar year at the box office.

“The three biggest movies of 2017 in North America were ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Wonder Woman,”’ which all feature female protagonists, he said. “The biggest comedy was a female ensemble, ‘Girls Trip,’ and the biggest independent movie was written and directed by Greta Gerwig.”

Hemsworth presented the best actress award to an absent Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The film also won for acting ensemble and supporting actor for Sam Rockwell. AP


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