Critics' Choice Awards: What you didn't see on TV, from bleeped speeches to table-side hugs
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Even if you watched CW Network's three-hour Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night, you couldn't see everything that happened at Barker Hangar.
But the cameras don't let television viewers hear the bleeped words, see table-side hugs and watch speeches that are cut off for commercial breaks. That's where we come in.
Since we had ticketed seats, we can share all of the Critics' Choice Awards gossip with you, dear readers. Here's what you missed:
'The Irishman' speech got cut off
When the cast of "The Irishman" won best acting ensemble, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel all went onstage to accept the award. But there apparently wasn't enough time for them all to say their thank yous on the show, because after Pacino said a few words, the men were played off.
That is, until the crowed booed and Keitel decided he would keep talking.
"The great Stanislavski ... said there are no small parts, only small actors. And I tried to convince Al of this, but he wouldn’t switch parts with me," Keitel joked. Before he left, Keitel, a former Marine, acknowledged "Marriage Story" story actor Adam Driver when he announced, "Semper fi, Adam!"
De Niro also decided, long after the show had cut to commercial, to keep the speechmaking going and thank Netflix for "making this happen for us."
Later in the show, Keitel got an acceptance speech shout-out from best-picture winner Quentin Tarantino. The "Once Upon a Time" director thanked Keitel for giving "this kid a chance."
Eddie Murphy didn't use a teleprompter
Though presenters tend to read their prewritten scripts, Murphy did no such thing, despite being honored with a previously announced lifetime achievement award. Instead, he spoke off the cuff about how he's gotten to play all sorts of roles in his career, from a donkey in "Shrek" to a spaceship in the critically panned Dave.
He went on, in language that isn't suitable for TV: "That (expletive) didn't go too well. … Never play a spaceship."
By the time Murphy accepted the award for best comedy “Dolemite is My Name,” he said he was “at a loss for words.”
Part of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's speech was NSFW
The "Fleabag" creator and star accepted two Critics' Choice awards, for actress and comedy series. Her co-star Andrew Scott (aka "Hot Priest") also won. So by the time Waller-Bridge accepted her show's third honor of the night, she was feeling good, and not so concerned with her language. We can't repeat what she said here, but she did express gratitude that her show, whose main character says lewd things to the cameras all the time, was well received.
Waller-Bridge has said that Season 2 is the last for her critically acclaimed "Fleabag," but that doesn't mean it's the last time she's collaborating with Scott. On the Critics' Choice red carpet, Scott told USA TODAY that the two are "working on something now." He added: "We'll make it spicy!"
Some winners got standing ovations
There are so many winners, since the Critics' Choice recognizes both TV and movies, that there's not enough time to present an award to every winner let alone stand for each one. However, there are a few stars who received standing ovations when their names were called. Among them: Murphy, Joon-ho, the winning cast of limited series "When They See Us," and comedy special winner Norman Lear.
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The stars were huggers
Whether they were saying hello or offering congratulations, stars shared plenty of hugs and handshakes. What loving embraces did we try not to look at for too long, in an effort to avoid being creepy?
"Little Women" filmmaker Greta Gerwig was held by her partner, "Marriage Story" director Noah Baumbach, after she won best adapted screenplay.
"The Farewell" star Awkwafina got a warm welcome from "When They See Us" director Ava DuVernay, and also from "Glow" lead Alison Brie (who was in a similar canary-yellow dress).
"Little Women" star Saoirse Ronan also shared a long embrace that lasted well past commercial break with "Booksmart" actress Beanie Feldstein.
And there were also compliments tossed around: Henry Winkler ("Barry") told John Lithgow ("The Crown"), "You were fantastic!" Much like her character does in biopic "Judy," Critics' Choice Award winner Renée Zellweger was approached by a fan, who is also a critic, who told her: "I love you so much!"A meat-free meal was served
Just like the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards served a vegetarian meal. That meant that there were chips, bread and pieces of lettuce on the table. For entrees, vegetarian burgers and burritos were passed out. However, if you happened to be away from your table during the single commercial break where the food was served (like we were), you didn't get a meal. (They were individually wrapped in paper, so not exactly environmentally friendly.)
But Joaquin Phoenix was excited about the veggie meal, which he noted in his best-actor acceptance speech (as he did at the Golden Globes). And Joon-ho joked that after accepting his award, he was going to go back and finish his food.
"I definitely did not expect this award so I did not prepare a speech. Today I was just enjoying the vegan burger and trying to enjoy the ceremony," Joon-ho told the crowd with the help of his translator.