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Eddie Murphy receives lifetime achievement award at Critics’ Choice

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, adding more hardware to his shelf. Eddie Murphy received a massive standing ovation as he collected the event’s lifetime achievement award, before his blaxploitation biopic “Dolemite Is My Name” won best comedy.

“I’ve been making movies, next year… 40 years. I’ve been doing it for a minute now and being able to make a living as an actor is a privilege and a blessing,” Murphy said during the ceremony at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. “And to make your living making people laugh, there’s no higher… you’re the luckiest person in the world to be able to do that.” he added.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” backed up its Oscars frontrunner status by scooped best picture at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday. The high-profile awards in Santa Monica — which also honor the best of television are seen as a barometer for the all-important Oscars, for which nominations are due out Monday.

“I agree with the critics for the very first time,” joked Tarantino as he collected Brad Pitt’s best supporting actor prize, before returning to the stage for the evening’s top award. Tarantino’s love letter to 1960s Tinseltown, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and set against the backdrop of the Manson family murders, also won for best original screenplay and production design.

With the Golden Globe best comedy prize already secured, the movie appears well-placed for next month’s Oscars. British director Sam Mendes and South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho shared honors after the closely watched best director category ended in a tie.

Mendes’ sweeping World War I odyssey “1917” also took home editing and cinematography awards, while Bong’s black comedy “Parasite” was named best foreign-language film.

“Today I was just enjoying the vegan burger and trying to enjoy the ceremony,” joked Bong as he collected his prize. The awards had emulated last week’s Globes by serving a plant-based menu, to boost environmental awareness. And on the acting front, most of the prizes followed the favorites established by the Globes.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger further bolstered their Oscar odds by picking up the top acting gongs for “Joker” and “Judy“. Laura Dern and Pitt also continued their supporting actor sweeps, earning further honors for their turns in “Marriage Story” and “Once Upon a Time…”

“Fleabag” topped the television awards, collecting three gongs including best comedy to continue its impressive award season run. “Succession” won best drama series. Ava DuVernay thanked Netflix for “letting a black woman do her thing” as “When They See Us”, the true story of five ethnic minority teenagers wrongly accused of raping a New York jogger, won best limited series.  The annual event held by the Critics Choice Association at an airplane hangar near Los Angeles was again hosted by actor Taye Diggs.



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