LA LA LAND DANCES INTO EVERYONE’S HEARTS AT CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
Posted On Dec 12, 2016
Is Hollywood’s Golden Era of musicals making a comeback? It certainly looked like that last night at the 22nd annual Critic’s Choice Awards as Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling danced into everyone’s hearts in “La La Land.” “LA is such an unusual city, not like any other city and that’s what we wanted to celebrate,” said Damien Chazelle who won a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. “It is still a haven for dreamers,” he added. Dreams were certainly realized last night in several other films. Ryan Reynolds credited the support of his wife for his Best Actor in a Comedy win for Deadpool. “She has been epic for me in every way,” said the actor. Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress for Frances, acknowledged that her career has been a “slow evolution.” “If there are roles there for women of color, I have to run my leg of the race and make sure that happens,” said the actress. “The People vs O.J. Simpson” also picked up several awards last night. Sarah Paulsen, who won Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series, remembers the first time she met her character, Marsha Clark. “Marsha had been a dancer and she walked with her feet out – that was my first study of her,” said the actress. Courtney B. Vance, who won Best Actor for his role as Johnny Cochran, felt that what the cast created together was valuable. Sterling K. Brown, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Christopher Darden, added that “it wasn’t just a story about O.J. Simpson – it was a story about an African male who was able to conquer the American Justice System. If he could do it, then it was a win for me.” Comedian Louis Anderson, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Baskets,” admitted that his biggest critic is himself and encouraged other comedians to not always be so hard on themselves in their careers. Veteran actor, John Lithgow, who picked up an award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “The Crown,” spoke about Churchill’s vulnerability and fragility. “His tendency to overcompensate everything, his grumpiness, and humor… I found seeds of that in his childhood, which was totally fascinating.