Say what you will about host T.J. Miller's all-over-the-place opening monologue, his "Four Dancing Critics" schtick was perfection. (Did it give anyone else flashbacks to Happy Endings‘ Jackson 5 Halloween costume?)
Honestly, just seeing Nashville‘s “Avery” and “Juliette” together again — and not at each other’s throats in the midst of a messy divorce — was enough to make our collective night.
WORST: ALL BIT, NO BITE
"Don't be funnier than the host," Miller told Amy Schumer during a long, laugh-free bit about tweeting and selfies. ("Don't make it so easy for her," we say.)
BEST: ROCKY'S (OTHER) COMEBACK
Sylvester Stallone's Critics' Choice win gave him a chance to thank co-star Michael B. Jordan and writer/director Ryan Cooler, thus redeeming him for that Golden Globes gaffe.
WORST: SECOND-HAND EMBARRASSMENT
Wait, maybe we spoke too soon about Miller's tweeting/selfie bit. His way-too-long kerfuffle with the "Most Difficult Envelope to Open" award was so much worse.
BEST: HELPING HAND
We were obsessed with Jacob Tremblay's speech from the moment the Room star referred to his win as "super cool"… and then Damien's Bradley James did this.
BEST: RACHEL + MARK 4EVER
Not only do we fully support Rachel Bloom's win, but every time she mentions CW boss Mark Pedowtiz's name during an awards show, an angel gets its wings. (Come to think of it, that could be its own show on The CW.)
DECIDE FOR YOURSELF: MOST CAPTION-ABLE FACE
Look, we don't want to go putting thoughts in people's brains, so let's just call Rachel McAdams' face after losing to Kirsten Dunst… highly "caption-able."
BEST: THE FORCE AWAKENS (THE AUDIENCE)
Can BB-8 please host next year's Critics' Choice Awards? And every single award show after that?
BEST: INSIDE AMY SCHUMER'S SPEECHES
Love her or hate her, Schumer was responsible for all of the most talked-about acceptance speeches*, whether she was rallying for gun control, protesting Florida's inclusion in the U.S., or mocking her sister's fashion sense.
*Most-talked about female acceptance speech. (We haven't forgotten about you, Jacob Tremblay!)