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Netflix film Roma and Amazon Prime Video’s series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were among the big winners at Sunday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards 2019, bagging four and three major awards each. We’ve come a long way from 2016 when just three streaming TV shows were honored by TV and film critics, with one trophy awarded apiece. Now, not only are original films and series on streaming platforms becoming a mainstay in awards seasons, they seem to be reaping an increasing number of top honors.
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical drama about growing up in Mexico, won the night’s biggest award for best picture, beating crowd favorites Black Panther and A Star Is Born, among others. It also brought home the best foreign language film trophy and won best director and best cinematography. Just last week, the film bagged best director and best foreign language trophies at the Golden Globes.
This is not to say Black Panther and A Star is Born went home empty-handed. Both films snagged their wins this awards’ season after their recent Globes snub. Best costume design, best production design, and best visual effects awards were handed out to the Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga stans are happy she finally won best actress for A Star Is Born, tying with Glenn Close for The Wife, and getting the best song trophy for “Shallow.”
“Of course you had to win! Respect queen,” user @lauralex_vc tagged Lady Gaga.
In the television categories, Amazon Studios’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brought home three out of four awards it was nominated for: best comedy series, best actress in a comedy series for Rachel Brosnahan who plays the titular character, and best supporting actress in a comedy series for Alex Borstein.
There was another tie for best actress, this time in a limited series or TV movie category: Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette. It also got Twitter celebrating. “Both Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette won, this is the best thing ever,” user @emilybluntz declared.
Overall, it was a rather pleasantly, uh, uneventful awards show, with awards favorites bagging honors (shoutout to best comedy Crazy Rich Asians!), no major snubs (except perhaps that of Bohemian Rhapsody, a big winner at the Globes), and no extremely controversial speech (Cuaron using his best picture acceptance speech to make a jab at the Trump administration was a given). What’s left to be seen is if films from streaming platforms will continue their winning streak this year, with Roma already among the shortlist for Academy Awards’ foreign-language film race. You can view the rest of the winners here.
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Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.