Women-Centric Content Sweeps Critics’ Choice Awards
Hollywood seems to be running on two parallels at the same time. On one side, it is recognizing and unifying women’s voice in the creative content that it is producing, and on the other, cases of sexual harassment see no end. Recently at the Critics’ Choice Awards, shows like “Big Little Lies”, ”The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” received great honour. Critics chose Wonder Woman as the Best Action Movie and awarded Gal Gadot with a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.
Despite the fact that five women have come forward to accuse James Franco of sexual misconduct, the ceremony celebrated him with an acting award. He won another acting award earlier the same week at the Golden Globes.
However, this did not let the spotlight on women in the ceremony fade away as Gadot expressed, “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.”
“My promise to you is: I will never be silenced. We will continue to band together to make strides, uniting for equality,” she added.
American actor Olivia Munn—who opened up about her own stories of sexual misconduct in the English film industry—hosted the dinner ceremony. Another actor, Niecey Nash, joined her and raised a toast “to all the good guys in Hollywood”. She hinted upon people who held meetings in conference rooms and not hotel rooms. “Congratulations for doing what you’re supposed to do!” Nash said.
Nicole Kidman-starrer “Big Little Lies” received four awards for best limited series and acting awards for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern.
The three biggest movies of 2017 in North America were ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Wonder Woman’
Comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” also won the award in the Best Comedy Series. Its actor Rachel Brosnahan won the best actress in a comedy award.
Brosnahan brought back the topic of women wearing black on the night of Golden Globes Awards and said that even though women aren’t wearing black at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the fight towards ending sexual harassment must continue.
“Let’s not lose focus,” she said, urging viewers to support the Time’s Up initiative. “Let’s keep this going.”
Actor Chris Hemsorth also praised women for generating great revenue at the box office. He said, “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 Greta Gerwig wrote and directed the biggest independent movie,” he added.
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