Winners of Critics’ Choice Awards 2020: Who Took Home Some Gold?


The Critics’ Choice Awards were this weekend, and no surprise – Quentin Tarantino pulled some major wins. Can the man do no wrong? Will he ever make a movie critics and award-givers don’t love to pieces?

Probably someday, but “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” isn’t it. The film picked up the biggest award – Best Picture – as well several others, like Best Supporting Actor for newly-sober Brad Pitt, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Production Design.

Renee Zellweger at an awards show

It was also nominated for basically everything.

But it wasn’t the most-nominated flick. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” (which I only recently peeked at… have you seen the visual effects that were used for de-aging? Amazing!) picked up 14 total nominations, though it only nabbed one – Best Ensemble.

There was a confusing moment where a tie took place. Best Director went to both Sam Mendes for “1917” and Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite.” Do they get one trophy to split, or two? Maybe each gets a half?

It’s unusual to see a foreign film do so well at a US award show, but “Parasite” has been very popular since its October release.

Several places have been calling it “a masterpiece” of a film, and more than one reviewer has called Bong Joon Ho one of the best filmmakers out there right now. “Parasite” also made history today by being the first South Korean movie to ever be nominated for an Oscar for the categories of Best Picture and Best International Film.

Also, let’s appreciate that Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho beat out big names like Tarantino and Scorsese for this shared award. That’s crazy!

Who Won the Other Big Film Awards?

The major awards were Best Picture, which “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” took home; Best Actor, which Joaquin Phoenix got for his role in “Joker;” Best Actress, which Renee Zellweger brought home for “Judy;” and Best Supporting Actress and Actor, which Brad Pitt got for “Once Upon a Time,” and Laura Dern picked up for “Marriage Story.”

Best Young Actor/Actress went to Roman Griffin Davis for “Jojo Rabbit,” which I honestly didn’t even realize had come out yet. Best Acting Ensemble went to Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

Best Original Screenplay went to Tarantino, while Best Adapted Screenplay went to Greta Gerwig for “Little Women.” Best Cinematography went to Roger Deakins, who worked on “1917,” and Best Production Design was also picked up by Tarantino’s crew, specifically Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling.

Best Editing was given to “1917’s” Lee Smith, and Best Costume Design went to “Dolemite Is My Name’s” Ruth E. Carter. Best Hair and Makeup went to “Bombshell” (yeah, I can see that), and Best Visual Effects went to “Avengers: Endgame.”

“Endgame” also picked up Best Action Movie. Best Animated Feature obviously went to “Toy Story 4,” and Best Comedy went to “Dolemite Is My Name.”

“Us” beat out “Endgame” and “Ad Astra” for Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie, and Best Foreign Language Film obviously went to “Parasite.”

Best Song resulted in another tie for the “Rocketman” and “Wild Rose” soundtracks, and Best Score went to Hildur Gudnadottir for “Joker.”

The Winners for Television

Best Drama Series went to “Succession,” which only proves I need to start watching it. Actor in a Drama Series went to “Succession’s” Jeremy Strong, and HBO’s “Watchmen” picked up two awards – Best Actress in a Drama Series (Regina King) and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Jean Smart).

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Billy Crudup for “The Morning Show,” proving that maybe Apple TV does have a place in the streaming game. Best Comedy Series went to HBO’s “Barry,” and Best Actor in a Comedy Series went to Bill Hader for the same show.

Best Actress in a comedy series went to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for “Fleabag,” the Amazon show that also picked up Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, won by Andrew Scott. Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Alex Borstein of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Best Limited Series was won by Netflix’s “When They See Us,” and Best TV Movie was “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.” Oh look, Breaking Bad won more awards…

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for TV was picked up by Jharrel Jerome for When They See Us, and Best Actress in the same category went to Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon.

Supporting Actor and Actress for the same categories went to Stellan Skarsgard for “Chernobyl” and Toni Collette for “Unbelievable.”

Best Animated Series went to “BoJack Horseman,” which I didn’t even know was still being made, and Best Talk show was a tie between “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

Finally, the Best Comedy Special was “Live in Front of a Student Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’”

Phew, that was a long breakdown.

Overall, I agree with most of these awards. I would have never snubbed Andre Braugher of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and I would have preferred to see a little more representation of “The Good Place,” but it was a good night as far as awards ceremonies go.