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Critics choice awards recap: fans react to Brendan Fraser’s emotional acceptance speech, EEAO’s Best Picture win, Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk for Best Actor, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s message & more

Critics choice awards recap: fans react to Brendan Fraser’s emotional acceptance speech, EEAO’s Best Picture win, Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk for Best Actor, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s message & more

From Brendan Fraser‘s emotional speech to Sheryl Lee Ralph’s empowering message – the winning titles (and actors) of 28th Critics Choice Awards 2023 have left a mark on Hollywood, including India’s Tollywood flick, RRR. But the spotlight certainly goes to Everything Everywhere All At Once for bagging the Best Picture while competing against James Cameron‘s Avatar 2 and many more worthy titles. Here’s a recap of the best moments from the awards ceremony, going by social media reactions.

2023’s Critics Choice Awards will surely go down as a memorable ceremony thanks to the star-studded actors, directors and other creatives that were present for the show which was broadcasted on The CW from The Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday. Ironically, even the network got its well-earned exposure thanks to the CCA’s presenter Seth Rogen‘s jest aimed at The CW, mocking it as the “one network to receive zero Critics Choice nominations,” He later ended his joke stating, “We’re on your least favorite network. How did that happen?” (via: Variety). However, that was far from the highlight of the ceremony.

Brendan Fraser winning the Best Actor for his standing-ovation performance in The Whale was an impactful moment for the entire film team. Fraser began crying after hearing out his name by the announcer but his speech left the Critics Choice Awards attendees also emotional. 

It was clear the Critics Choice Awards was going to be a rollercoaster of emotions as Everything Everywhere All At Once won Best Picture and in addition, Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Actor. The EEAO star and Brendan Fraser shared a wholesome moment during their backstage interview when Ke Huy Quan ran up to The Whale star and hugged him. 

Similar to Fraser, Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won the Best Supporting Actress, delivered a powerful acceptance speech that was called by many fans on the internet as deserving of an Emmy. “People don’t have to like you. People don’t have to love you. They don’t even have to respect you. But when you look in the mirror, you better love what you see.” 

Another standout moment at the CAA came from Spider-Man: No Way Home star Andrew Garfield, for his reaction when Zendaya was announced as the winner for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria. Garfield was cheering on from his seat with a thumbs-up aimed at the camera. 

The Better Call Saul family also got their well-deserved win by bagging the Best Drama Series category. Moreover, Bob Odenkirk won Best Actor while Giancarlo Esposito took home Best Supporting Actor.

While Indian cinema’s RRR faced tough competition with director S. S. Rajamouli losing in the Best Director category – the Telugu movie still managed to win two awards for Best Foreign Film and Best Song, similar to its Golden Globes win. Its’ victory at CAA has fans as well as the RRR team confident in its Oscar race.

All in all, the Critics Choice Award has only amplified cinephile’s desire to see the winners at this year’s Oscars. Readers interested in viewing the red-carpet interviews from the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards can check out the recorded broadcast below.

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