'The Boys,' 'Palm Springs,' 'Soul' Lead Winners at Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards
TV series The Boys and the films Palm Springs and Soul led the winners at the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards, which were handed out during a broadcast Sunday night on The CW.
The show, which was produced remotely following COVID-19 safety protocols, with most of the winners accepting via video, was hosted by writer-director-podcaster Kevin Smith and actress-writer Dani Fernandez. It honored the genre series and movies in categories encompassing superhero/comic book, science fiction/fantasy, horror, action and animation.
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Amazon's The Boys earned the most awards, with a total of four, including best superhero series. The show's Antony Starr became the night's only multiple award winner, earning the trophies for best actor in a superhero series and best villain in a series. His co-star Aya Cash was named best actress in a superhero series.
On the film side, Hulu and NEON's Palm Springs and Disney+’s Soul led the film winners, each earning three trophies. Soul was named best animated movie, while star Jamie Foxx was named best voice actor in an animated movie and Tina Fey won best actress in an animated movie. In his speech, Foxx thanked Pixar for letting him join the "family," hinting at a possible follow-up collaboration: "I'm looking forward to more."
Palm Springs won best science fiction/fantasy movie, best actor in a science fiction/fantasy movie for Andy Samberg and best actress in a science fiction/fantasy movie for Cristin Milioti). For his part, Samberg accepted his award via video taped at Universal Studios, where he pretended he was at iconic locations like the Bates Motel and the site of a plane crash.
Tiffany Haddish presented the first award of the night — best action movie, which went to Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods. Before presenting the award, she made a jab at Hollywood's gender and racial pay gap: "I love action movies. OK, I love all movies. That's why I was in 17 of them in the past three years. Also the money was good. Well, the money could have been better if I was a white man and I wouldn't have had to do so many movies, but that's neither here nor there."
Angela Bassett, who was named best actress in an action series for 9-1-1, dedicated her award to the real-life first responders "who have selflessly and tirelessly pulled double and triple duty over the past few months of this pandemic," calling them "superheroes in their community."
In an acceptance speech for The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni continued that theme, thanking the frontline health workers and everyone who's kept them safe so they can keep doing what they love to do. They were both wearing masks in their video appearance.
The Hunt's Betty Gilpin, who was named best actress in an action movie, spoke about how the pandemic impacted the film's release in her acceptance speech. She referred to the "crazy journey" of the movie, which was delayed in the wake of a spate of mass shootings before getting "valiantly uncanceled" and set for a March 2020 release before then getting "COVID canceled" — but not before Fox News and President Trump criticized the premise of the satirical thriller, which depicts "elites" kidnapping and then hunting "deplorables."
Meanwhile, Sonic the Hedgehog star Jim Carrey accepted his award for best movie villain award via video, saying: "Thanks for naming me best villain of 2020. ... That's saying something."
Also during Sunday's ceremony, Star Trek "icon" Patrick Stewart and Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green accepted the Legacy Award on behalf of the franchise, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary. The award recognizes the "cultural impact [the franchise] has had across multiple decades while continuing to appeal to and grow its loyal fanbase with new stories and characters." Stewart also was named best actor in a science fiction/fantasy series for Star Trek: Picard.
Of all the networks and studios, Netflix took home the most awards with a total of five, followed by Amazon, Disney+ and Universal with four apiece. Netflix earned two wins for Da 5 Bloods (best action movie and best actor in an action movie for Delroy Lindo), one for The Old Guard (best superhero movie) and two for BoJack Horseman (best animated series and best voice actor in an animated series for Will Arnett).
A full list of film and TV winners follows.
BEST ACTION MOVIE
Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Betty Gilpin – The Hunt (Universal)
BEST ANIMATED MOVIE
BEST VOICE ACTOR IN AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Jamie Foxx – Soul (Disney+)
BEST VOICE ACTRESS IN AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Tina Fey – Soul (Disney+)
BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE*
The Old Guard (Netflix)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPERHERO MOVIE*
Ewan McGregor – Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPERHERO MOVIE*
Margot Robbie – Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)
BEST HORROR MOVIE
The Invisible Man (Universal)
BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR MOVIE
Vince Vaughn – Freaky (Universal)
BEST ACTRESS IN A HORROR MOVIE
Elisabeth Moss – The Invisible Man (Universal)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY MOVIE
Palm Springs (Hulu and NEON)
BEST ACTOR IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY MOVIE
Andy Samberg – Palm Springs (Hulu and NEON)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY MOVIE
Cristin Milioti – Palm Springs (Hulu and NEON)
BEST VILLAIN IN A MOVIE
Jim Carrey – Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
BEST ACTION SERIES
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION SERIES
Daveed Diggs – Snowpiercer (TNT)
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION SERIES
Angela Bassett – 9-1-1 (Fox)
BEST ANIMATED SERIES
BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
BEST VOICE ACTOR IN AN ANIMATED SERIES
Will Arnett – BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
BEST VOICE ACTRESS IN AN ANIMATED SERIES
Kaley Cuoco – Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
BEST SUPERHERO SERIES*
The Boys (Amazon)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPERHERO SERIES*
Antony Starr – The Boys (Amazon)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPERHERO SERIES*
Aya Cash – The Boys (Amazon)
BEST HORROR SERIES
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR SERIES
Jensen Ackles – Supernatural (The CW)
BEST ACTRESS IN A HORROR SERIES
Jurnee Smollett – Lovecraft Country (HBO)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY SERIES
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
BEST ACTOR IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY SERIES
Patrick Stewart – Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY SERIES
Natasia Demetriou – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
BEST VILLAIN IN A SERIES
Antony Starr – The Boys (Amazon)
*Superhero categories also include comic book- and video game-inspired series
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