‘Ted Lasso’ Jason Sudeikis thanked Olivia Wilde

Bryan Alexander


The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards ventured forth virtually in the pandemic-hampered 2021 awards season, one week after the Golden Globes brought most every type of technical problem.

Impressively, Sunday’s Critics Choice show on CW, with third-time host Taye Diggs, saw surprisingly fewer technical difficulties than the Globes did, even with winners Zooming in their acceptance speeches from around the world.

“Judas and the Black Messiah” star Daniel Kaluuya, for instance, who found himself on mute after winning best supporting actor at the Globes, gave a speech without technical incident when he won again at Critics Choice. 

Still, it was “a very unusual show in a very weird year,” as Diggs said.

These were the most memorable moments at the Critics Choice Awards:

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‘Minari’ star, 8, sheds happy tears on camera

Alan Kim, the 8-year-old who has earned raves as the stoic David in “Minari,” was so overcome when he won best young actor that he shed happy tears during his acceptance speech.

“Oh, my goodness, I’m crying …” he said weepily but joyfully, before working through a list of industry thank-yous that included his agent and production company Plan B. “And I look forward to being in another movie soon.”

Jason Sudeikis wore a new hoodie, thanked his ex Olivia Wilde for ‘Ted Lasso’

“Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis, who memorably wore a tie-dye hoodie and spoke so long at the Golden Globes that fellow nominee Don Cheadle had to wrap him up, was back on the virtual awards podium. Accepting best comedy actor and comedy series, Sudeikis wore (surprise!) a new hoodie and again spoke too long.

“Where do I start? More importantly, where do I end?” he mused. Amid the torrent of words, Sudeikis managed to work in a thank you to his ex Olivia Wilde, who sparked the idea of making “Ted Lasso” the Apple TV+ hit that it has become.

“I want to thank my kids, Otis and Daisy. I want to thank their mom Olivia, who had the initial idea to do this as a TV show,” Sudeikis said.

Chadwick Boseman’s wife tearfully accepts his best actor award

Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman, who tearfully accepted her late husband’s best actor award for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Golden Globes last week, returned to accept Boseman’s Critics Choice award for best actor.

Once again, Simone was moved to tears imagining what her husband, who died last August of colon cancer, would say in an acceptance speech for his role in August Wilson’s play.

“He would talk about the importance of Black voices, telling Black stories,” she said, adding that the “Black Panther” star’s work will continue to be revered in the years ahead.

“I know that the seeds you planted will grow into forests,” she concluded.

‘Nomadland’ director thanked her deceased crew member

“Nomadland” writer and director Chloe Zhao had a huge night as the first Chinese woman to win best director and first to win best writer for adapted screenplay (two of a leading four film award for the drama).

But Zhao went from thankful to touching and somber with a speech dedicated to crew member Michael Wolf Snyder, the production sound mixer who died last week at 35. 

“He just passed away,” said Zhao, who teared up as she poignantly remembered Wolf for his ability to pass on Zen serenity to crew members during the often difficult shoot. 

“Thank you Wolf, we honor you,” said Zhao. “We’ll see you down the road my friend.”

Seth Meyers parents video-bombing lead the joyous moments

Seth Meyers, who won for best talk show for “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” showed the best things about these hybrid award shows are the family photo bombs. He proved that introducing his off-camera, recently vaccinated, visiting parents, Lawrence and Hillary Meyers. The two could be heard giggling before making a quick video-bomb appearance.

They gave a repeat performance backstage with Meyers stating the duo were gunning for a NBC Peacock streaming series. “My parents, as usual, are driving an incredibly hard bargain on the contract,” he cracked.

Michelle Buteau, whose “Welcome to Buteaupia,” split best comedy special with Jerry Seinfeld’s “23 Hours to Kill,” showed a living room complete with couch supporters rising to cheer before showing off her casual attire beneath her gown: “I’ve got jogging pants on!”

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