The stars aligned at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards where they served up red carpet slayage like no other. Also, Regina King, Eddie Murphy, Ava DuVernay and Jharrel Jerome copped awards. Get it all inside…
Awards season is among us!
The 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards went down at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica so the BFCA can honor the finest in cinematic achievement. A few YBF folks scooped up awards this year, including Jharrel Jerome, Ava DuVernay, Regina King and Eddie Murphy.
“When They See Us” star Jharrel Jerome, who played Korey Wise in the Netflix docu-series, won the Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Award.
“This is for the Exonerated Five [formerly the Central Park 5], no matter what,” Jharrel said while accepting his first-ever Critics’ Choice award. “This is for Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson.”
The 22-year-old actor – who rocked a LouisVuitton jacket – went on to thank his family and gave a special shout-out to “When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay.
After being snubbed for Golden Globes nominations, Ava’s “When They See Us” won the Best Limited Series Award and the fab directress delivered a powerful speech.
“We made a four-part, five-hour film that was an act of love,” Ava said before thanking everyone who made the project possible. The SELMA director – who wore a Michael Cinco gown – also thanked Netflix for letting a “black woman do her things.” Yasss!
Peep her speech below:
“Let a Black Woman do her thing.” @Ava. Watch Ava’s full Acceptance Speech after winning the #CriticsChoice Award for Best Limited Series for #WhenTheySeeUs. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/gMEVVIYdNR
— ARRAY (@ARRAYNow) January 13, 2020
Bomb actress Regina King couldn’t make it to the awards show because she’s currently directing her first feature film, One Night in Miami. However, when she learned she won the Best Actress in a Drama Series Award for her role in “Watchmen,” she posted a video on Twitter to say thanks!
Thank you @CriticsChoice association!Jean Smart is everything!!! Congrats Lady. #WatchmenHBO pic.twitter.com/KysiNS9wpN
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) January 13, 2020
By the way, Regina’s “Watchman” co-star Jean Smart won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the series.
Eddie Murphy skipped the red carpet, but hit the stage to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Critic’s Choice Awards
“To make your living making people laugh is the highest blessing on Earth,” the 58-year-old actor said. He noted he has been in the acting game, making folks laugh for almost 40 years.
“I’ve played everything: a cop, a robber, a doctor, different ethnicities, animals,” he said while laughing. “I’ve been a donkey. I’ve even played a spaceship once. When young actors come up to me on the streets and say, ‘Do you have any advice?’, I say, ‘never play a spaceship.’”
Peep his speech above.
History making Oscar winner Ruth E. Carter also scooped up an award for Best Costume Design. She was working behind-the-scenes of Netflix’s Dolmite Is My Name.
Congrats to all the winners.
On the carpet…
Zendaya went braless for the awards show. The “Euphoria” star sashayed down the blue carpet in a fuchsia Tom Ford chromed breastplate with a matching evening skirt. Sis twirled down the carpet, swinging her long box braids.
US star Lupita Nyong’o – who is a Lancome ambassador like Zendaya – looked like a goddess when she hit the carpet in a chocolate brown Michael Kors Collection gown. And if we’re not mistaken, we believe this is the first time she has worn brown on a carpet. She usually goes for bold colors, but we’re not at all mad at this look.
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The Black Panther star ran into fellow actress Niecy Nash on the carpet.
The “Claws” actress kept it classy in this blue iridescent Tadashi Shoji Resort 2020 gown that featured a slit. She’ll be starring in the upcoming LIFETIME film, The Kamiyah Mobley Story, set to premiere January 18th.
Y’all know EMMY winner Billy Porter loves to make a statement on a carpet. And this awards show was no different.
After wowing everyone in his tuxedo dress at the 2019 Academy Awards and working his pro-life “uterus” gown at the 2019 Tony Awards, the “POSE” actor opted to wear a jumpsuit for the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Covered in butterfly body art, Billy hit the carpet in a two-tone green Hogan McLaughlin jumpsuit paired with white Coach 1941 turbo boots. Are we feelin’ it?
“POSE” actor MJ Rodriguez – who made the 2019 TIME 100 list – worked this sparkly Moschino number on the carpet. MJ was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category.
Nominee Cynthia Erivo – who was up for Best Actress for her role in HARRIET – floated inside the ceremony wearing a marble mosaic print Fendi couture gown, which she accessorized with glitzy David Webb drop earrings.
HARRIET’s “Stand Up” track was also nominated for Best Song.
Dapper! “This Is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown – who was up for Best Actor in a Drama Series – looked sharp as hell in his tailored Isaia suit.
His wife/actress Ryan Michelle Bathe didn’t disappoint either. “The First Wives Club” actress showed love to black designer Sergio Hudson, a native to her home state of South Carolina.
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A little back story about the dress. @sergiohudson is from a little town in South Carolina, not too far from Blythewood, SC, a little town where I used to live. @sergiohudson is a designer who just so happens to be Black. I am very proud to be wearing a beautiful design by a Black man from South Carolina! @sergiohudson @bryonjavar @neillane @makeupbykai @marjthestylist
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“This Is Us” actress Susan Kelechi Watson – who plays Sterling’s on-screen wife – turned up the heat in this sexy, white Galia Lahav gown.
You Ready? I’m Ready…#CriticsChoiceAwards2020 #CriticsChoice #omw pic.twitter.com/90GB3bpkP1
— Susan Kelechi Watson (@skelechiwatson) January 13, 2020
Come all the way through Susan. By the way, she recently got engaged. Get those deets HERE.
“This Is Us”/”When They See Us” star Asante Blackk made sure he was in the mix to celebrate both of his projects.
“This Is Us” was nominated for seven awards, including Best Drama Series.
The red carpet slayer strikes again!
Making up for that God awful dress she wore at the Golden Globes, Jennifer Lopez WOWED in a champagne Georges Hobeika cut-out gown.
Love the way it accentuates her curves, yet oozes elegance.
“All American” actor Taye Diggs was tapped as the host for the ceremony.
“Stranger Things”/”New Edition Story” actor Caleb McLaughlin was all smiles on the carpet.
The Lion King star Keegan-Michael Key and his wife Elisa Key were in the mix.
Funny guys Deuce and Mero wore all black everything.
Actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes brought her wife Alex Sykes as her date for the evening.
Trans activist Janet Mock showed up in an emerald green Valentino couture gown. Not sure if we’re feeling these gloves.
Inside, everyone was all smiles will snapping it up together: