Harrison Ford is taking the time to smell his flowers.
Ford looked back on his illustrious career during the 29th annual Critics Choice Awards Sunday night when he received the Critics Choice Career Achievement Award.
“I’m really happy to be here tonight to see what our business is turning into and all of the talented people who are getting opportunities that probably would not have existed in the early part of my career.” Ford said. “I’m here because of a combination of luck and the work of wonderful directors, writers, filmmakers. I feel enormously lucky.”
The “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” star also gave a sweet shout-out to his “lovely” wife Calista Flockhart, who “supports me when I need a lot of support,” he said. Ford jokingly added: “And I need a lot of support.”
Emma Stone delivers playful kiss-off to critics with best actress win
Emma Stone is learning to become her biggest fan.
The “Poor Things” star, who won the award for best actress, reflected on what her character Bella Baxter taught her about self-acceptance. “Playing Bella was one of the greatest joys of my life,” she said. “I got to unlearn a lot of things in playing her, unlearn parts of shame and societal stuff that gets put on us.”
However, Stone jokingly pointed out the irony of discussing inner validation at an awards show where critics are the voters.
“This is the Critics Choice Awards, and it is about outside opinion at an awards show,” Stone said, laughing. “I’m very grateful to the critics for this, but I’m just learning not to care what you think.”
America Ferrera champions diversity in Critics Choice Awards speech
America Ferrera, whose emotional monologue as Gloria in Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” went viral, was recognized with the SeeHer Award. The actress received the honor for her contribution to female representation in entertainment.
“I grew up as a first-generation Honduran American girl in love with TV, film and theater, who desperately wanted to be a part of a storytelling legacy that I could not see myself reflected in,” Ferrera said. “Of course, I could feel myself in characters who were strong and complex, but these characters rarely, if ever, looked like me. I yearned to see people like myself onscreen as full humans.”
Ferrera, who made her debut in the 2002 dramedy “Real Women Have Curves,” also commended the industry progress she’s seen in portrayals of the Latinx experience.
“It seemed impossible that anyone could make a career portraying fully-dimensional Latina characters,” Ferrera said. “But because of writers, directors, producers and executives who were daring enough to rewrite outdated stories and to challenge deeply entrenched biases, I and some of my beloved Latina colleagues have been supremely blessed to bring to life some fierce and fantastic women.”
“To me, this is the best and highest use of storytelling: to affirm one another’s full humanity,” Ferrera said. “To uphold the truth that we are all worthy of being seen – Black, brown, indigenous, Asian, trans, disabled, any body type, any gender – we are all worthy of having our lives richly and authentically reflected.”
Jonathan Bailey says queer drama ‘Fellow Travelers’ shows a ‘vital truth’
Jonathan Bailey is carrying the torch of the trailblazers who lit his path.
Bailey won best supporting actor in a limited series for his performance in the Showtime romantic drama “Fellow Travelers.” Bailey and co-star Matt Bomer portray two men in a closeted gay relationship during the 1950s “Lavender Scare.”
“For many, (the show) is an education, but for us, it’s a vital truth,” Bailey said. “This series is a much-needed reminder that LGBTQ+ people have always existed, mostly hidden. They have always been fighting for an easier life for the generations that follow. So, I thank those who came before me, who created a world where I can stand here today and win an award for telling their story.”
Robert Downey Jr. roasts critics at Critics Choice Awards: ‘Such beautiful feedback’
“Oppenheimer” star Robert Downey Jr., who won best supporting actor, delivered a sardonic acceptance speech in which the actor highlighted some of the critiques he’s received from members of the award ceremony’s parent organization, the Critics Choice Association.
“You know, I was just thinking this morning, I love critics,” Downey joked. “The Critics Choice Association, they’ve given me such beautiful feedback – just so many great moments and some of it’s so poetic – I just want to share some of their thoughts with you over the years.”
In a deadpan style, Downey went on to poke fun at critics’ snarky assessment of his performances.
“The first one’s kind of like haiku: sloppy, messy and lazy,” Downey said. “The next one’s more metaphoric: like Pee-wee Herman emerging from a coma. This was from a Brit: a puzzling waste of talent. And lastly, and this one lingered: amusing as a bedlocked fart.”
The actor concluded his speech with a playful shout-out to his “Oppenheimer” castmates, including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Alden Ehrenreich. “I just want to say to my Oppenhomies, every day of filming was like having my ego’s ass handed to me at the door,” Downey said. “And I think it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”
Contributing: Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY