Thursday January 11, 2018
The 2018 Critics Choice Awards were a few days after Sunday's Golden Globes as the stars came out again this time dressed in a variety of colors and fashions, as opposed to black worn predominantly at the Globes.
I was surprised to see Angelina Jolie after the Golden Globes and another event in NYC earlier in the week, as she never seems to embrace these events unless up for an award. Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and lecturer Loung Ung accompanied her. These days Angie smiles for the cameras but often seems pensive as if formulating something we will soon learn about (professional not medical). Somewhere there is powerful comeback for her - not that she is ever out of the spotlight - most likely linked to a project on women's issues as Angie loves a cause and to help make a difference.
It was a good night for women honoring women-centered stories like "Big Little Lies," ''The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." ''Wonder Woman" was named best action movie and star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes. "I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what's right, standing for those who can't stand or speak for themselves," Gadot said as she accepted the second annual #SeeHer award. "My promise to you is: I will never be silenced. We will continue to band together to make strides, uniting for equality." Reaction shot: Angie smiling.
Stories about women also won in comedy categories. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" was named best comedy series, and star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy. As she accepted her award, Brosnahan noted that even though women aren't wearing black like most did at the Golden Globe Awards earlier in the week, she said the fight to eradicate sexual harassment continues.
Presenter Chris Hemsworth noted that women have had a stellar year at the box office. The three biggest movies of 2017 in North America were Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and'Wonder Woman which all feature female protagonists. The biggest comedy was a female ensemble, Girls Trip and the biggest independent movie was written and directed by Greta Gerwig.
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