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The Stars Shine on the 2023 Critics Choice Awards | Festivals & Awards


It’s at all times enjoyable to see the expertise you have met up to now. Having met Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of “The Women King,” on the Critics Choice Celebration of Black Cinema and Television Awards, it was pleasant to speak in regards to the accolades the movie has obtained. Prince-Bythewood stated, “Yes, it has been an excellent trip, and I additionally admire journalists like your self who love the movie.”

As the present started, the electrical energy within the air was implausible, and the interplay with the movie and TV clips proven earlier than every award have been cheered and applauded earlier than the award was introduced. Each desk was smiling and wishing one another good luck, a real feeling of anticipation and celebration. After overlaying the dwell present for 9 years, it additionally felt like extra was at stake right here; these awards validate {that a} job properly completed is vital and it does matter. When the award winners have been introduced, the gang’s response was heightened once more, some standing and applauding, some cheering. The speeches have been heartfelt and real as properly; some have been crying tears of pleasure.

Another side of the expertise which has modified is the taking of images. I purposely requested to take a couple of images of expertise by themselves and found that, for no matter motive, they wished me to be within the picture. I’d say, “That’s okay, thanks; I’d like a solo shot of you for my article.” After taking one among Paul Dano, he stated, “You know, you need to be in a single with me; will probably be higher.” He smiled and cocked his head, so how might I flip down Steven Spielberg’s father? 

Similar conversations have been repeated all through the night time by expertise. Austin Butler stated to me, “You must be in it!” Now, am I going to show down Elvis? And, when these images are taken, the expertise will usually ask on your telephone to snap them.

Jennifer Coolidge, winner of the Best Actress, Comedy Series “White Lotus” stated to me, “I’m simply so stunned on the success of ‘White Lotus.’ I’m actually blown away.” Again, I requested for a solo, and he or she requested if I’d be in it as properly.

Speaking with Jeff Bridges, this 12 months’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, I commented on his father. He stated throughout his acceptance speech that right this moment was his father’s birthday and that his dad Lloyd Bridges is why he is an actor. He talked about his dad’s influences on him and his assist and encouragement. I spoke with him briefly, saying that I’ve seen nearly all of his movies and that I met “The Dude” Jeff Dowd, the true man his character relies upon in “The Big Lebowski” at EbertFest; he chuckled and shook his head, saying, “That needed to be an actual journey!” I additionally praised his work in “Crazy Heart” as his singing was phenomenal; he received our Best Actor Award in 2010 and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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