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Critics' Choice Awards: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood sweeps the show, Joaquin Phoenix wins for Joker

Critics' Choice Awards: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood swept the all-important precursor to the Oscars.

hollywood Updated: Jan 13, 2020, 09:44 IST
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Quentin Tarantino accepts the Best Picture award for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Quentin Tarantino accepts the Best Picture award for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.(REUTERS)

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood backed up its Oscars frontrunner status by scooping best picture at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday. The high-profile awards in Santa Monica -- which also honour the best of television -- are seen as a barometer for the all-important Oscars, for which nominations are due out Monday.

"I agree with the critics for the very first time," joked Tarantino as he collected Brad Pitt's best supporting actor prize, before returning to the stage for the evening's top award. Tarantino's love letter to 1960s Tinseltown, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and set against the backdrop of the Manson family murders, also won for best original screenplay and production design.

Quentin Tarantino accepts on behalf of Brad Pitt the award for best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday.
Quentin Tarantino accepts on behalf of Brad Pitt the award for best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday. ( Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP )

With the Golden Globe best comedy prize already secured, the movie appears well-placed for next month's Oscars.

British director Sam Mendes and South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho shared honours after the closely watched best director category ended in a tie. Mendes' sweeping World War I odyssey 1917 also took home editing and cinematography awards, while Bong's black comedy Parasite was named best foreign-language film.

"Today I was just enjoying the vegan burger and trying to enjoy the ceremony," joked Bong as he collected his prize.

The awards had emulated last week's Globes by serving a plant-based menu, to boost environmental awareness. And on the acting front, most of the prizes followed the favourites established by the Globes.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger further bolstered their Oscar odds by picking up the top acting gongs for Joker and Judy. Laura Dern and Pitt also continued their supporting actor sweeps, earning further honours for their turns in Marriage Story and Once Upon a Time...

Eddie Murphy received a massive standing ovation as he collected the event's lifetime achievement award, before his blaxploitation biopic Dolemite Is My Name won best comedy.

25th Critics Choice Awards: Eddie Murphy accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award.
25th Critics Choice Awards: Eddie Murphy accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award. ( REUTERS )

Robert De Niro expressed surprise as he and Al Pacino collected the best acting ensemble prize for The Irishman. "I wasn't expecting it, frankly, at this point," he said, after the crime epic -- an early Oscars frontrunner -- was shut out at the Globes and missed out on several anticipated acting nominations elsewhere.

Fleabag topped the television awards, collecting three gongs including best comedy to continue its impressive award season run. Succession won best drama series.

25th Critics Choice Awards: Phoebe Waller-Bridge reacts after winning the Best Comedy Series award for Fleabag.
25th Critics Choice Awards: Phoebe Waller-Bridge reacts after winning the Best Comedy Series award for Fleabag. ( REUTERS )

Ava DuVernay thanked Netflix for "letting a black woman do her thing" as When They See Us, the true story of five ethnic minority teenagers wrongly accused of raping a New York jogger, won best limited series. "Thank you to the critics for finally letting us take the stage," she added, after the acclaimed show fared poorly at the Emmys and Globes. Jharrel Jherome dedicated his acting win to "the 'Exonerated Five'."

The annual event held by the Critics Choice Association at an airplane hangar near Los Angeles was again hosted by actor Taye Diggs. The Oscars will be handed out in Hollywood on February 9.

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