Ayo Edebiri, Da’Vine Joy Randolph Win Critics Choice Awards

Ayo Edebiri and Da’Vine Joy Randolph received trophies at the 29th Critics Choice Awards held last night in California. Edebiri, who won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the FX series “The Bear,” made sure she thanked her Nigerian fans and family as she took to the stage to accept her accolade. “The Bear” also won Best Comedy Series.

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Randolph, who received the first award of the evening, called it an “incredible honor.” The Philadelphia native continued her winning streak for best supporting actress in a movie for her role as Mary Lamb in “The Holdovers,” one of Trendy’s best films of 2023. She received a Golden Globe last week and is highly touted to receive an Oscar.

“Oppenheimer,” the historical film about the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II., received the most awards of the night.   The film earned 8 trophies including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Cinematography for Hoyte van Hoytema, Best Editing for Jennifer Lame, Best Visual Effects, and Best Score for Ludwig Göransson.

James Mangold presented the Career Achievement Award to Harrison Ford in a very special highlight of the evening, while Margot Robbie presented this year’s SeeHer Award to America Ferrera. The SeeHer Award honors a woman who advocates for gender equality, portrays characters with authenticity, defies stereotypes and pushes boundaries.

Hosted by Chelsea Handler, the star-studded gala was held at The Barker Hangar in Los Angeles. Presenters included Angela Bassett, Ashley Madekwe, David Oyelowo, Kaley Cuoco, and Oprah Winfrey.

Samantha Ofole-Prince is an entertainment journalist who covers industry-specific news. Follow her on twitter @SamanthaOfolePhotos by Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

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