John Kraskinski And Emily Blunt Highlight The 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

IMG_5085Boyhood claimed yet another award which very well may be another strong indication that it is on its’ way to winning the Oscar for Best Picture this year, and Michael Keaton continued his great year by claiming two more acting awards for Birdman.  The 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards was a mixed bag of fun moments, but also bizarre ones.

Boyhood won Best Picture, and now has history on its side when it comes to the Oscar race.  After all 12 of the last 15 winners for the award have gone on to claim Oscar gold as well. The film also picked up awards for director Richard Linklater, supporting actress Patricia Arquette and young performer Ellar Coltrane. Birdman was the most nominated film however, and it won the most awards as well.  Michael Keaton picked up trophies for best actor and best comedy actor, and the film won for score, original screenplay and ensemble.

Most people however won’t be talking about the awards, they’ll be talking about what happened during the awards.  The highlight was by far John Kraskinski interrupting Emily Blunt’s acceptance speech with a kiss after she won for Best Actress in an Action Movie.  Kraskinski was backstage getting ready to present the next award when his wife won, and he rushed onstage and kissed her. Blunt said afterwards “He’s presenting next, sorry, ruined that.” She then went on to thank him saying, “Finally, to my sneaky husband, John Krasinski, for being okay with the fact that he was married to a veiny, sinewy wrestler for the duration of this film, and also coming up with my favorite line ever which was, ‘I’m terrified I’m gonna wake up one morning and you’re benching me,’ which i did, just to kind of freak him out.”

The oddest thing to happen during the evening was how it all began.  Host Michael Strahan, who is one the stars of the upcoming Magic Mike movie, decide it would be a good idea to rip off his pants and do a little striptease for the audience.  It was so awkward that Michael Keaton even commented on it during his acceptance speech by stating “considering how extremely uncomfortable that opening was…”  Strahan wasn’t the only one to be awkward during the evening though, as Judd Apatow had to be censored several times for swearing, and his Bill Cosby joke went on a little too long.

In a touching moment, actress Jessica Chastain made a strong statement during her acceptance of the MVP Award.  She took the opportunity to comment on it being Martin Luther King JR’s birthday. “It got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry,” she said. “And to stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas.” In the end she said “Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,’ and I would like to encourage everyone in this room to please speak up. Thank you.”

Photo: Jenn Deering Davis from Wikipedia

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