It was a night featuring three stupidly [un]funny parodies by the Jackass guys, now-dethroned Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger comparing politics to show business (“It’s like I never left,” he joked), and the Kardashians. But for the actors, directors, writers, producers, and behind-the-scenes magic makers of the films honored at the 16th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, it was a night that was truly all theirs.
The Social Network made the biggest connection with the critics, taking the top honor of Best Picture. David Fincher was chosen Best Director and Aaron Sorkin‘s script won Best Adapted Screenplay. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross rounded out the film’s wins with the award for Best Score.
Inception took home the most awards at six trophies, though five of them were for technical categories: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing, and Best Sound. However, it won a genre honor for Best Action Film.
The Fighter was recognized for its actors, winning the Best Ensemble award and Supporting Actor/Actress honors for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Bale delivered one of the most surprisingly graceful and poised acceptance speeches of the evening, emotionally acknowledging all of the cast, his family, the real Dicky Eklund (The former troubled boxer he portrayed in the film), and the real Alice Ward (Leo’s character), who was recently hospitalized. Bale recounted hearing that Ward was declared dead for 30 minutes and speaking in his character, said that the real Dicky yelled “Ma, wake up!” before she came back. “That is one tough cookie…The doctors said it was like Lazarus,” said Bale.
The Best Actor and Best Actress awards were won by Colin Firth for The King’s Speech and Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Firth, who played the stammering King George IV in the drama, initially appeared to be as speech-challenged as his character (He has apparently been battling a cold for quite some time), but carried on lightheartedly: “Knowing that tomorrow will be open season again, I appreciate this moment of love,” he joked. “I will be wearing this [award] around my neck as a talisman to give me magical powers as we all enter the fray again.”
A now-pregnant Portman, who lost 20 lbs. to play a ballerina in her film, expressed her gratitude to the director of Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky: “You made me very skinny, and now you’re responsible for making me fat as you introduced me to my love [Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied]. I am incredibly grateful for that most special of gifts.”
The first-ever Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award honoree Quentin Tarantino received a special tribute featuring a montage of his work over the years, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 singing “Stuck in the Middle With You” in an homage to Reservoir Dogs, and a Keri Hilson serenade of “Son of a Preacher Man,” for Uma Thurman and John Travolta’s intercom scene in Pulp Fiction.
Matt Damon was the recipient of the Joel Siegel Award, which recognizes dedication and outstanding service to the community. Damon co-founded Water.org, which provides sanitized drinking water to children in impoverished areas. Emily Blunt, Damon’s co-star in the upcoming The Adjustment Bureau, and Jimmy Kimmel presented the award in inappropriately humorous and very awkward fashion.
Other big winners of the evening included Hailee Steinfeld for Best Young Actor/Actress in True Grit, Easy A for Best Comedy, Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Feature, Waiting for Superman for Best Documentary Feature, The Pacific for Best Picture Made for Television, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for Best Foreign Language Film.
Round 2 of the big film awards comes this Sunday at the Golden Globes! We’ll later explore how last night’s wins can affect the outcome of that ceremony.
Check out the names of all the winners from the Critics’ Choice Awards under the cut:
Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Young Actor/Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Best Acting Ensemble: The Fighter
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Art Direction: Inception
Best Editing: Inception
Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Best Makeup: Alice in Wonderland
Best Visual Effects: Inception
Best Sound: Inception
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Action Movie: Inception
Best Comedy: Easy A
Best Picture Made for Television: The Pacific
Best Foreign Language Film: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Best Documentary Feature: Waiting for Superman
Best Song: “If I Rise,” music by A.R. Rahman, lyrics by Rollo and Dido Armstrong, 127 Hours
Best Score: The Social Network