Traditionally, awards shows only invite the media’s “vote” on the red carpet’s best-dressed list. However, the Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted annually by the American-Canadian Critics’ Choice Association (CCA), stands apart. Winners at this prestigious event are chosen by a panel of print, broadcast, and digital journalists covering the entertainment industry.
Taking place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, this year’s awards featured Chelsea Handler as the host for the second consecutive year. Handler kicked off the event with charisma, subtly addressing the recent controversy surrounding her ex’s hosting duties at the Golden Globes.
Similar to the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards adopt a dinner party setup, allowing A-list guests to mingle freely between commercial breaks. It is during these moments that the real magic happens – celebrities capture selfies, and cast members engage in mini-reunions months after completing their projects. Notable interactions include Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon catching up, and co-nominees Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa posing for several photos.
The awards ceremony was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey, and many others gracing the event. The candid moments between celebrities, from Bradley Cooper and Will Ferrell to Natasha Lyonne and Cord Jefferson, added a personal touch to the glamorous evening.