'Fleabag,' 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' and Kristen Bell win big at 2020 Critics' Choice Awards

By Zach Harper

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her sensational comedy series, Fleabag, continued to rake in trophies on Jan. 12 as the actress and writer and her show took home three prizes at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards.

The hilarious series, which has been a favourite among fans and the media, won for Best Comedy Series in the television categories, while Phoebe herself picked up an award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Andrew Scott, who stole the show in Season 2 as the "Hot Priest," also took home Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Succession, HBO's hit show about a dysfunctional media and TV empire, also pulled in some trophies, picking up Best Drama Series and Best Actor in a Drama Series for Jeremy Strong's performance.

On the film side of things, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, took home prizes for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt's performance. The next day, the film garnered a massive 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Brad.

Schitt's Creek's final season just premiered, and we are going to miss the Rose family! Photo: © Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Critics' Choice Association

Although Schitt's Creek had been nominated five times in the television categories, Dan Levy's comedy hit unfortunately did not end up taking home any trophies. But the cast looked like they had a blast on the red carpet, with them all hamming up just before heading into one of their last joint events together.

Kristen Bell was also honoured with the #SeeHer Award. It "recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the SeeHer movement, to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape," according to the Critics Choice Association.

In accepting her trophy, she told the audience being a woman isn't just about being powerful and brave, but also embracing the parts of oneself that aren't, as well. The includes the "cowardly parts and even the parts that cry at sloths," she said.

"Sometimes I get asked, 'What does it mean to be a woman today?' she said. "I always respond by asking them to repeat the question so I can buy more time because it's a really, really hard question.

Ted Danson, Kristen's The Good Place co-star, presented her with the award. Photo: © Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Critics' Choice Association

"My immediate reaction is always to answer with words like, 'strong,' and 'brave' and 'powerful.'

"But if I'm being honest, to me, being a woman isn't about being brave or being strong or being powerful. It isn't about being anything specific. It is just about giving yourself permission to be the things you already are, which seems very easy, but it is not, because women have been conditioned to fix into boxes. Usually tiny, pretty sparkly boxes, with bows on them, generally.

"So to me, the idea of womanhood is someone who sheds the perfect little box and owns their complexity. I've been really lucky to be able to play some really complex women."

Eddie Murphy was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and thanked the audience and his peers for all the opportunities he said acting had given him.

"To make a living making people laugh– there's no higher – you're the luckiest person on Earth to be able to do that," he said in his acceptance speech.

Congratulations to all the winners at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards. Here is the full list:

FILM
Best Picture:Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Best Young Actor or Actress
: Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Best Acting Ensemble: The Irishman
Best Director: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite and Sam Mendes, 1917
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Best Adapted Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Best Cinematography: 1917
Best Production Design: Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Best Editing: 1917
Best Costume Design: Ruth E. Carter, Dolemite is My Name
Best Hair and Makeup: Bombshell
Best Visual Effects: Avengers: Endgame
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 4
Best Action Movie: Avengers: Endgame
Best Comedy: Dolemite is My Name
Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie: Us
Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite
Best Song: "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)," Wild Rose and "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," Rocketman
Best Score: Hildur Gudnadóttir, Joker

TELEVISION
Best Drama Series: Succession
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King, Watchmen
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Jeremy Strong, Succession
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Jean Smart, Watchmen
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Best Comedy Series: Fleabag
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader, Barry
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Best Limited Series: When They See Us
Best Movie Made for Television: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Television: Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Best Animated Series: BoJack Horseman
Best Talk Show
: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Best Comedy Special: Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons

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