SANTA MONICA, California — From Brad and Angelina to
Clint and Common, Thursday night's 14th annual Critics' Choice Awards were dominated by stars who needed only one name to set flashbulbs popping.
"Holy sh--!" Katy Perry exclaimed to MTV News on the red carpet, clearly overwhelmed as she looked around the star-packed crowd at the Santa Monica Civics Center. "These people are all beautiful, and I want to know their secrets."
Amid all the glitz and glamour, once the ceremony began, the night was all about a rags-to-riches story come to life for Danny Boyle's crowd-pleasing "Slumdog Millionaire." Taking home five awards (including Best Film, Best Director and Best Composer for A.R. Rahman, who we spoke with recently), the Fox Searchlight flick continued to gain momentum for its practically inevitable Oscar run.
The acting categories went largely to assumed favorites. Sean Penn took home two prizes, Best Actor and Best Ensemble, for "Milk." Heath Ledger was posthumously recognized for his chilling turn in "The Dark Knight." And there was a "The Devil Wears Prada" reunion of sorts when Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep tied for the Best Actress trophy thanks to their respective work in "Rachel Getting Married" and "Doubt."
Even though they didn't receive the love of the Critics' Choice in the end, the biggest superstar couple of the night, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, were very much on the brain for virtually every other actor in attendance.
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star Jason Segel tried to play it cool. "Brad Pitt and Angelina showed up, and you think you don't care," he told MTV News. "But you totally care! You get a tingle."
"High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu was up-front about why he was there (besides the chance to present alongside Amanda Bynes). "I'm looking for Angelina," he said. "I haven't seen her yet!" When asked if her significant other, Mr. Benjamin Button Pitt would object to his obsession, Bleu insisted, "She's here with me. He's cool with it."
While much of the night was about revealing the films of 2008, musician-turned-actor Common had one big '09 film on the brain: "Terminator Salvation." Sporting a big smile about the action figure of himself he had just seen, he openly campaigned for a spot in the fifth "Terminator." "I know they're talking sequel. Let's hope they keep [my character] in the mix there. They need that energy."
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