On January 14, Chelsea Handler hosted the 29th Critics Choice Awards and after all the awards were handed out and Handler managed to navigate the ceremony with no cringe-worthy moments (she even gave love to writers!), LGBTQ winners managed to snatch some trophies.
It seemed like a repeat of the Golden Globe Awards as Ayo Edebiri won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in The Bear alongside her co-star and Calvin Klein underwear spokesmodel Jeremy Allen White, who won for Best Actor. Ebon Moss-Bachrach also won for Best Supporting Actor while The Bear walked away with Best Comedy Series.
Netflix’s Beef also won big at the Critics Choice Awards in the Limited Series categories with Maria Bello scoring Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series and thanked her partner, trailblazing chef Dominique Crenn, in her acceptance speech. Bello’s co-stars Ali Wong and Steven Yeun also scored trophies for their roles and the revenge dramedy took home Best Limited Series.
Fellow Travelers star Jonathan Bailey won Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series and he said he shared the award with his co-star Matt Bomer, who was also nominated. He then cracked wise saying, “Those of you who have seen Fellow Travelers will know that Matt and I come together.”
He then went on to bolster the queer community and its history. “For many, [Fellow Travelers] is an education but for us, it’s a vital truth. This series is a much-needed reminder that LGBTQ+ people have always existed… Mostly hidden. They have always been fighting for an easier life for the generations that follow. So I thank those who came before me. You created a world where I can stand here today and win an award for telling their story.”
He continued, “The character I play, Tim, I’ll carry him forever. His love story with Hawk teaches us to tell the special people in our lives we love them before it’s too late.
“To all the people who lost their lives in the 80s and 90s, and to every LGBTQ+ person living in a bigoted community, which still surround us, this is for you,” he ended.
Jonathan Bailey with some beautiful words after winning the #CriticsChoice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Congratulations Jonathan! 🌟🌟 #CriticsChoiceAwards#FellowTravelers#jonathanbailey#awards#timlaughlin
Other Critics Choice Association attendees included Colman Domingo, Lily Gladstone, and Jodie Foster, who were nominated for Rustin, Killers of the Flower Moon, and Nyad, respectively.
Barbie was second two Oppenheimer to win the most trophies for the night including Best Comedy. Billie Eilish, whose “What Was I Made For” was nominated for Best Song for the Greta Gerwig-directed pic.
Critics Choice Awards nominees Aunjanue Ellis, Devery Jacobs, Bella Ramsey, Harvey Guillén, Matt Bomer, Drew Tarver, and John Early also attended the ceremony along with Jelani Alladin, Noah J. Ricketts, Dan Levy, and Ariana DeBose.