Watch Viola Davis Accept Her Critics’ Choice Best Actress Award


The Broadcast Film Critics Association gave out lots of prizes at their annual award show last night. George Clooney, Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer, and Octavia Spencer took home awards for acting. The Artist was named Best Picture, and Michel Hazanavicius was recognized for directing that film.   

Martin Scorsese and Sean Penn were also called up to the stage. Scorsese was honored for the way he uses music in his films, and Penn—aka Mr. Crankypants, as Kari Mozena calls him—received the Joel Siegel Award for him humanitarian work. Grumpy bottoms or no, we can’t argue with that.

There were lots of fun moments during the show, and yes, Clooney was characteristically charming, but one of our favorites was watching Viola Davis accept the Best Actress award in her orangy-red dress. She beat out one hell of a group of actresses—Elizabeth Olsen, Tilda Swinton, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, and Meryl Streep were all nominated in the category—and she seemed equally surprised and moved by winning, an experience she called humbling before moving us to tears with a few words on friendship and love. What’s more, Meryl Streep seemed genuinely happy for her, too. Way to go, ladies!

Video courtesy VH1

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