The Highlights Of The 2024 Critics Choice Awards

Experience the 2024 Critics Choice Awards whirlwind – a curated list of the standout moments, winners, and pure fun.

Awards season is in full swing! 

The spotlight recently turned to the Critics Choice Awards and the event was filled with talent, humor, and surprising moments.

The American-Canadian Critics Choice Association, made up of sharp film and TV critics, laid out the red carpet to honor the best of Hollywood from the past year, according to TIME.

The evening was hosted by the witty Chelsea Handler. It was a rollercoaster of impassioned winner speeches, quippy jokes, and unforgettable red carpet looks.

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Chelsea Handler’s Opening Monologue

Lights, Camera, Action: The Highlights Of The 2024 Critics Choice Awards
Chelsea Handler/Photo via Instagram @chelseahandler

Kicking off the night, Chelsea Handler returned for her second consecutive year as host. She delivered a comedic masterclass with her opening monologue.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Handler’s sly dig at her ex-boyfriend, Jo Koy, who recently hosted the Golden Globes, added an extra layer of humor to the evening. 

With themes like “the year of women” and “the year of horniness,” Handler’s “Microdose Barbie” persona served up witty jokes targeting industry figures. This included poking fun at the show airing on The CW, as reported by Parade.

In a subtle jab at Jo Koy’s previous stint, Handler quipped, “My writers wrote it” when the audience laughed at one of her jokes.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Award-Winning Reading Session

In a memorable twist, Robert Downey Jr. accepted the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role in Oppenheimer. He did so by reading aloud some of the harshest criticisms he had received from critics over the years.
Robert Downey Jr./Photo via Instagram @robertdowneyjr

In a memorable twist, Robert Downey Jr. accepted the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role in Oppenheimer.

He did so by reading aloud some of the harshest criticisms he had received from critics over the years.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the charismatic actor shared reviews describing his performances as “lazy, stupid, and boring.” He was even compared to “Pee-Wee Herman emerging from a coma.”

Downey’s light-hearted approach to his own critics showcased a humility that endeared him to the audience.

Ryan Gosling’s Reaction to “I’m Just Ken”

One of the night's most wholesome moments - Ryan Gosling's stunned reaction to "I'm Just Ken" winning the award for Best Song. 
Ryan Gosling/Photo via Instagram @britishfilminstitute

Business Insider highlighted one of the night’s most wholesome moments – Ryan Gosling’s stunned reaction to “I’m Just Ken” winning the award for Best Song. 

The power ballad triumphed over other Barbie contenders, creating a delightful juxtaposition that had audiences buzzing. 

Despite the Oscars shortlist limitations, Gosling’s genuine surprise added a touch of fun to the evening.

Meg Ryan’s Glamorous Return to the Spotlight

Meg Ryan, rarely seen in public these days, made a stunning appearance at the Critics Choice Awards.
Photo via Instagram @megryan

Meg Ryan, rarely seen in public these days, made a stunning appearance at the Critics Choice Awards, as reported by The Standard

The beloved actress, known for her iconic roles in ’90s rom-coms, graced the red carpet in a strapless black sequinned Saint Laurent gown. 

Presenting an award alongside David Duchovny, Ryan’s effortless charm and charisma reminded everyone of the golden age of romantic comedies. 

The excitement is real as Meg Ryan recently made her comeback on the big screen with the rom-com What Happens Later.

Harrison Ford’s Emotional Speech

Time stood still as Harrison Ford, a legend in the industry, received a well-deserved Career Achievement Award. 
Harrison Ford movies/Photo via Instagram @criticschoice
Photos showcasing Ford's legendary career.
Photo via Instagram @criticschoice

Time stood still as Harrison Ford, a legend in the industry, received a well-deserved Career Achievement Award. 

People reported that Ford, after a montage showcasing his legendary career, expressed gratitude, acknowledging luck and the work of talented writers, directors, and filmmakers. 

His brief but emotional speech included heartfelt thanks to his supportive wife, Calista Flockhart.

And the Winners Are…

According to Time, here’s the rundown of the Critics’ Choice Awards winners:

  • Best Young Actor/Actress: Dominic Sessa, The Holdovers
  • Best Animated Feature: Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers
  • Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer
  • … (and the list goes on)
The 2024 Critics Choice Awards proved to be a night filled with laughter, surprises, and a celebration of cinematic excellence. 
Photo via Instagram @criticschoice

Film Forever Alive

The 2024 Critics Choice Awards proved to be a night filled with laughter, surprises, and a celebration of cinematic excellence. 

From Chelsea Handler’s comedic prowess to Ryan Gosling’s genuine reactions and Meg Ryan’s return to the spotlight, the evening showcased the best of Hollywood’s talent and charisma. 

As the awards season unfolds, audiences eagerly anticipate the next chapter of red carpet glamour and memorable moments in the world of entertainment. 

Cheers to another year of honoring the magic that unfolds both on and off the screen!

Banner photo via Instagram @megryan.

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