Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Give Love To ‘Avatar’ And John Hughes

Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep tie for Best Actress, while 'Inglourious Basterds' nabs three trophies.

Awards season 2010 marched on Friday night (January 15), as the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards trophies were handed out in a star-studded ceremony. Whether the Oscar picture became clearer is anyone’s guess, but this much is obvious: Critics apparently love bomb-squad dramas, blue aliens and Nazi killers.

Paul McCartney, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore and dozens of other top celebs were at the show, hosted by veteran Hollywood/Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth — who at one point gestured to her low-cut dress and asked Quentin Tarantino if he had seen her inglourious basterds. It was only one of many memorable moments that took place at the show, involving such diverse folks as Kevin Bacon, Death Cab for Cutie and Sarah Silverman.

“This guy, he directed this movie in 24 days,” marveled Jeff Bridges, picking up a Best Actor trophy for his work as a broken-down country singer, giving all credit to rookie “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper. “He hadn’t directed a high school play, nothing. And he comes up with this!”

“There’s lots of people to thank for what got you here,” Tarantino said upon receiving the Best Original Screenplay award for “Basterds,” thanking his actors — or, more specifically, their intelligence. “My material is not easy. It’s hard. I cannot have dumb actors do my dialogue. I’ve tried it, and it was a disaster.”

Although “The Hurt Locker” won Best Picture, the night’s biggest winner was James Cameron’s blockbuster “Avatar.” Sweeping through such technical awards as Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction, it took home a total of six awards (including Best Action Movie) to lead the pack. Other big winners included “Basterds” (Best Original Screenplay, Best Acting Ensemble, Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor), Mo’Nique (Best Supporting Actress), Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”) and “The Hangover” (Best Comedy Movie). An extremely rare tie (!) had Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock sharing the honors for Best Actress.

The night’s most provocative moment might have come courtesy of Sarah Silverman and Adam Lambert. When they took the stage to present an award together, the comedian spoofed Lambert’s recent controversies by revealing that she, too, enjoys the company of men. “I love to scissor with dudes,” Sarah Silverman mock-proclaimed as the “American Idol” alumni grinned. “Get over it, America. It’s 2010!”

The Joel Siegel Award for career excellence went to Kevin Bacon, presented by Meryl Streep — who host Kristin Chenoweth pointed out is only one degree away from Bacon.

But the evening’s most special moment undoubtedly was in honor of another man one degree away: John Hughes . John Krasinski and Amy Poehler paid touching tribute to the recently deceased filmmaker — who directed Bacon in two films — while Death Cab for Cutie played “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” the theme song from “The Breakfast Club.”

Other notable winners of the evening included Saiorse Ronan (Best Young Actor/Actress), “Up in the Air” (Best Adapted Screenplay) and “Up” (Best Composer, Best Animated Feature).

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