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Critics' Choice Awards 2018: 'Shape of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' win big!

13 January 2018, 04:45 | Myron Mathis

Director Patty Jenkins presented the award to Gal Gadot

Director Patty Jenkins presented the award to Gal Gadot

But on Thursday, January 11, the stars were out, as the 23rd annual Critics Choice awards kicked off in Santa Monica. Host Olivia Munn and numerous winners took time to speak out about gender inequality.

Guillermo del Toro is going to be hard to beat in the best director race.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won three awards, including best actress for Frances McDormand, best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell and best ensemble. The hit HBO series reigned with four wins, including Best Limited Series prize and Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series for actress Nicole Kidman.

As for tonight's Best Actress in a Drama Series victor, Elizabeth Moss, the former "Mad Men" star paired pointy velvet Decoltish pumps from the designer's fall/winter '17 collection with a semisheer floral embroidered black frock.

Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman took home the trophy for Best Actress in a Limited Series. 'I wanna thank all of my children who show me so much love, ' she said.

The duo then turned their attention to last weekend's Golden Globes, which saw the male winners criticised for not speaking out about the Time's Up anti-harassment campaign, unlike numerous females on the podium.

"I feel so privileged to join your company", she said. Thank you.... When I started my career, I couldn't get to the reviews fast enough. "It really is an incredible honour".

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins at the Critics Choice Awards in California
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins at the Critics Choice Awards in California

After her big win, the young star even got a hug and some one-on-one time with none other than Angelina Jolie. I wanted to show solidarity.

As skeptical as the critics (including us) were of the effectiveness of the sartorial protest drummed up by the women behind Time's Up (a legal and PR-led initiative to help victims of sexual assault), it is undeniable that the Golden Globes' red carpet was an impressive sight.

"These awards are time for people to be celebrated for their work, and also these awards are kind of like promotions for people: everyone can get more money for having awards to their name", she said.

Del Toro's success in the best director category came at the expense of Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig, who had also been up for the award.

Ronan embraced Robbie as she headed up to the stage. Moss' co-star Ann Dowd picked up Best Supporting actress in a drama series.

Yet the industry's ongoing sexual misconduct crisis remained an element of the ceremony as James Franco won an acting award early in the evening, hours after a report detailed new misconduct allegations against The Disaster Artist star and director.

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