The 2011 Critics Choice Awards made for a star-studded night in Hollywood on Friday. It was a gorgeous evening when all the nominees and award season favorites hit the red carpet dressed to the nines before heading in for the big show. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were particularly loving and affectionate throughout the night, though his movie The Town didn't take home any statues. His friend Matt Damon did accept the Joel Seigel trophy and he stepped backstage afterwards where he posed with Emily Blunt and Jimmy Kimmel and talked about the possibility of another Bourne movie. Ryan Gosling sat close by his Blue Valentine costar Michelle Williams and the two shared an intimate chat at their table. Pregnant Natalie Portman was glowing all night long and Emma Stone was so adorable congratulating Hailee Steinfeld and complementing Andrew Garfield's Spider-man. Check out all our press room coverage and don't forget to vote in all our fashion and beauty polls on Fab and Bella! We'll be doing it all again tomorrow night at the Golden Globe Awards and there's still time to fill out your ballot for a chance to win $1000!
Jennifer Garner sat by Ben Affleck's side to support him and his The Town costars at the Critics' Choice Awards in LA last night after joining him for lunch earlier in the day. Ben's movie was nominated in four categories, and while it didn't win any statues at this event, the film has received plenty of other honors recently. Jennifer accompanied Ben to the National Board of Review Gala, where The Town took home two awards, though she wasn't on hand to watch Ben accept his chairman honor at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Jennifer may be playing the role of supportive wife this season, but she's had her own share of the spotlight in the past.
Natalie Portman Talks Loving SNL Black Swan Spoof and "Calm" Pregnancy in Critics' Choice Press Room
Natalie Portman took home the best actress honors at tonight's Critics' Choice Awards and in the press room her red carpet glow was still radiating her amazing glow. She was one of Fab's best dressed and her updo completed the look. This may be a good predictor of Sunday's Golden Globes where she's once again nominated for her amazing work in Black Swan. Check out the full list of this evening's winners and here's what Natalie had to say about her character, her pregnancy, and all the Black Swan spoofs:
The Social Network took home the top honors at tonight's Critics' Choice Awards, and the whole crew came back to the press room to chat about their big win. This may be a sign of things to come this award season, and we think they have a good chance of snagging statues at Sunday's Golden Globes. Jesse Eisenberg fielded all the questions during the brief interview, though Andrew Garfield was the subject of many glowing words from his Spider-Man costar Emma Stone earlier in the evening. Check out the full list of winners, and here's what Jesse had to say in the press room:
- Jesse on how life has changed since being cast in The Social Network: "Well, as soon as I was cast, I filmed the movie and that was the first big change. It's just been an overwhelming experience to be involved with something that has been received so amicably, not only by people who like movies, but by people who appreciate things that are culturally substantive."
- On encountering the script for the first time: "I think like everybody, when I opened the first 15 pages of the script, we were surprised to see that the same scene was continuing on, page after page, because that's very rare. We were surprised to see how exciting that was."
Matt Damon took the stage at tonight's Critics' Choice to accept the Joel Siegel Award for his work with Water.org. On stage he spoke passionately about the organization, though not without complimenting his one presenter, The Adjustment Bureau costar Emily Blunt and taking a swipe at his other, Jimmy Kimmel. In the press room, Matt continued to talk up the charity so close to his heart, but he also revealed his current feelings on the future of Jason Bourne. As he left the room, a reporter threw out a question about Sunday's New England Patriots playoff game, and Matt responded, "The Pats are gonna crush the Jets!" before heading back into the show. Here's more from the press room:
- On the possibility of another Bourne: "I really hope it's gonna happen. It's really up to Paul Greengrass, the director. I always said I wouldn't do it without him. I think it would be a bad idea to do it without Paul. He's probably going to do one or two other films that he's got cooking, but then after that. I think enough time has passed that it won't matter if we wait five more years and do it. We just want to make sure that if we do it, we do it right. There's been a lot of pressure for us to do it, obviously, because it's successful. But that's that moment that you have to step back and make sure you make it for the right reasons. When we feel like it's the right time, I think Paul will be open to doing it."
- On what makes Water.org a compelling cause: For me, it's actually that I see that when these things are implemented, the kind of effect that they have. That's a great story to be able to bring back. That is what gives me an optimism about it. That's what Americans respond to — if you actually can come back with a demonstration that something is working, people will get involved. Hopefully as we get that method down more, we'll get a groundswell of support.
- On the one role that changed his life: Well, the role that changed things the most was Good Will Hunting, I think for Ben [Affleck] and me. We wrote it and so that obviously had the single biggest impact of any one role.
There were lots of gorgeous beauty looks — not to mention lovely frocks — on the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet on Friday. And while we saw plenty of stars wear their hair down and wavy, like Kim Kardashian, or down and stick-straight, like Julianne Moore, it was the timeless updos that captured Team Bella's attention most. From the sleek styles of Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Eva Mendes, to the wavier, to-the-side looks as seen on Amy Adams, Emma Stone, and Mandy Moore, which one do you count as your favorite?
And they're off! The award season race is officially underway with the announcement of tonight's Critics' Choice Award winners. The list isn't all that surprising, and many critics' favorites, including Colin Firth and Natalie Portman, walked away with a trophy as expected. Inception actually won the most awards overall by sweeping the technical categories, but it looks like the film to beat come Oscar time is The Social Network. Not only was director David Fincher recognized for his work on the movie, but it also picked up the biggest award of the evening for best picture. Do you agree with its win? Matt Damon also took the stage for the Joel Siegel Award, while Quentin Tarantino was honored with the first ever Music+Film Award.
Overall, it was a fairly mundane evening, so here's hoping Sunday's Golden Globes are a little more exciting to watch. For now, take a look at the full rundown of Critics' Choice winners, and share your thoughts in the comments, when you read more
Tonight's Critics' Choice Awards was awash in celebrity glamour and style — an amazing way to kick off a jam-packed awards show weekend! Fab favorites stepped out in shimmery maxis, playful minis, and ladylike sheaths. Michelle Williams wowed in a vintage-inspired, white gown; Emma Stone rocked it in a sparkly, silver maxi; Natalie Portman dressed up her bump in style in an asymmetrical, black and white Gianfranco Ferre; Mila Kunis kept it flirty in a ruffly LBD with a pair of ribbon-laced heels; and Emily Blunt dazzled in a glittery-topped Azzaro. Now, I'm turning it over to you — who's your pick for best dressed of the night!
By now you should have cast your vote on all the Critics' Choice Awards looks. But what would the red carpet be without some accessories to dazzle it up? Chic clutches, sparkly jewelry, smashing shoes — they were all part of tonight's festivities. How closely were you paying attention to the Critics' Choice accessories? Find out below!
The Critics' Choice Awards were a showcase of great talent, gorgeous gowns, beautiful hair, and — of course — the little details like nail polish. Just for fun, can you guess which stars wore these 10 manicures? It's harder than you might expect!