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The Critics' Choice Awards choose Roma as the best film of the year

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A lot of award shows obfuscate how their winners are chosen, pinning the blame on faceless organizations like The Academy or the HFPA so nobody can get mad at them in the comments, but the Critics’ Choice Awards—which aired tonight on The CW—is an event that isn’t afraid to speak its truth. Who chose these awards? The critics! A critic’s whole job is to determine whether or not things are good, so who is more qualified to give out awards based on what things are good? Maybe teens, since they’re also pretty opinionated, but today we’re talking about the Critics’ Choice Awards.


The Favourite was the big favourite going into tonight’s awards with 14 nominations, but despite those odds it only managed to take home two trophies: Best Actress In A Comedy for Olivia Colman and Best Ensemble. Roma ended up winning Best Picture and Best Foreign-Language Film, as well as Best Director and Best Cinematography for Alfonso Curaón. Christian Bale won Best Actor and Best Actor In A Comedy for playing some mad villain in Vice, while Best Actress was a tie between Glenn Close for The Wife and Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born. Best Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for Green Book (though he was busy solving crimes in HBO tonight) and Best Supporting Actress went to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk. “Shallow” also won another Best Song award, so we’ll probably continue hearing it nonstop until awards season ends.

On the TV side, The Americans ended its run by picking up Best Drama Series, with Matthew Rhys also picking up Best Actor In A Drama and Noah Emmerich getting the supporting actor version. Sandra Oh continued her streak by winning Best Actress In A Drama Series for Killing Eve, with Westworld’s Thandie Newton getting the supporting version. Best Comedy Series went to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and star Rachel Brosnahan won Best Actress, with Barry picking up the male versions as Bill Hader won Best Actor and Henry Winkler won Supporting.

You can see the full list of nominees and all the winners over at The Hollywood Reporter.