The 20th annual Critics’ Choice Awards took place Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
“Live with Kelly and Michael” morning show co-host Michael Strahan kicked off the show with a bang, when he opted to drop trou during a brief monologue.
“Maybe next year I’ll be down there with you nominees for my role in Magic Mike, you never know!” he said before he ripped his pants off. “I worry about them cutting me out of the movie and if they cut me out, nobody’s going to see it. So how about we give you a little something right now,” Strahan joked.
Sprinkled throughout the A&E telecast were a handful of other epic moments, including when Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain was presented with the first-ever MVP Award. But it was her powerful acceptance speech, touching on the lack of diversity in the industry, that caught our attention.
“Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, so it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry, and to stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and racist agendas,” the 37-year-old actress said.
“I’m an optimist and I can’t help but feel hopeful about the future of film, especially looking at all of the beautiful people in this room.
“Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ and I would like to encourage everyone in this room to please speak up. Thank you.”
Here is the full list of winners from the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards:
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie
Best Comedy: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor in a Comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress in a Comedy: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Best Sci-fi/Horror Film: Interstellar
Best Foreign Film: Force Majeure
Best Song: “Glory,” Common and John Legend (Selma)
Best Score: Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Best Acting Ensemble: Birdman
Best Action Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
Best Young Actor/Actress: Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman; Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
Best Adapted Screenplay: Gone Girl; Gillian Flynn
Best Cinematography: Birdman; Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Art Direction: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator “Inherent Vice” – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator
Best Editing: Birdman; Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Milena Canonero
Best Hair and Makeup: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Visual Effects: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Lifetime Achievement Award: Kevin Costner
MVP Award: Jessica Chastain