Celebrities will be thankful that they can have an extra mince pie or two over the festive period as the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards, which normally kicks off awards season early in the New Year, took place this week instead. Hollywood’s finest descended on the glamorous Los Angeles event, where La La Land, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Viola Davis and Ryan Reynolds were the big winners of the night.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s new period flick La La Land – which marks the third time that they’ve paired up on screen – won eight gongs, including the prestigious Best Picture. Though their film was a hit, neither Emma nor Ryan walked away with any awards, losing out to Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Natalie Portman (Jackie) for the Best Actor and Best Actress titles, respectively.
Along with her Best Supporting Actress gong, Viola Davis, was presented with a special award, the first ever #SeeHer prize, which recognised powerful women in the entertainment industry. Ryan Reynolds was another big winner, accepting both Entertainer of the Year and Best Actor in a Comedy for Deadpool, making sure to thank wife Blake Lively and their two daughters in the process.
Some of Hollywood’s longest-standing twosomes took to the red carpet, with Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and husband William H Macy leading the way. Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel arrived hand-in-hand, while besties Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips turned the evening into a girl’s night out.