Emma Stone is the best movie actress of the year, according to the 2024 Critics Choice Awards!
She won the award on Sunday for her performance as Bella Baxter in Poor Things. She said she was in”full-blown shock” to receive the prize. “This is completely crazy,” she said.
She talked about her role — which involved playing a woman with a baby’s brain — and how it changed her perspective on critics.”Playing Bella was one of the greatest joys of my life. I got to unlearn a lot of things in playing her. Unlearn parts of shame and societal stuff that gets put on us, and I’m still working on it,” she said.
Ended with a joke, Stone added, “This is the Critics Choice Awards — and it is about outside opinion — but I’m very grateful to the critics for this. But I’m just learning not to care what you think.”
She also praised the other actresses who were in the running for the award — and mentioned each of them by name: Lily Gladstone for Killers of the Flower Moon, Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall, Greta Lee for Past Lives, Carey Mulligan for Maestro and Margot Robbie for Barbie.
“I can’t believe this, because,” she said of getting the award among such talented women. “Thank you so much for this, it means so much to me. I was being serious. I don’t know what to say.”
Stone won the Critics Choice Awards soon after her Golden Globes triumph, where she was the best film actress in a comedy or musical.
She is the producer and star of Poor Things, the next film by director Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara, who won Oscars for The Favourite. She got her fifth acting nomination from the Critics Choice Association for this film.
She portrays Bella Baxter, a woman who gets a new start thanks to a mad scientist’s experiment, and then slowly learns about the world’s beauty and danger.
Stone revealed what attracted her to play Bella, saying that it “felt like acceptance of what it is to be a woman, to be free, to be scared and brave.””
“She’s understanding what it is to be a member of society,” the actress said.
The Critics Choice Awards, which aired live on The CW on Jan. 14 and were hosted by Chelsea Handler, honored the best film and TV of 2023 as chosen by Hollywood critics.
Barbie was the top film nominee with 18 nods, including best picture, while Oppenheimer and Poor Things got 13 each. For TV, The Morning Show had the most nominations with six, followed by Succession with five.
Gladstone got her first Critics Choice nomination for Killers of the Flower Moon, a film by director and co-writer Martin Scorsese. She played Mollie Kyle, a real person whose family and tribe in the Osage Nation were murdered in 1920s Oklahoma.
She was one of 12 nominees for the praised film, along with Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart and Robert De Niro as William King Hale, who were also nominated for Critics Choice. Gladstone, 37, won a Golden Globe and a Gotham Award for her role in The Unknown Country, another film she did this year.
Hüller is from Germany and is making a big impression in the U.S. with Anatomy of a Fall, a film by director and co-writer Justine Triet. The actress, 45, won a Golden Globe for the French legal thriller, where she plays a woman who might have killed her husband at their winter cabin.
She has starred in films like Requiem in 2006 and Toni Erdmann in 2016, but this is the first time she gets noticed by the Critics Choice Association, the Golden Globe Awards and others. In December, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave Hüller (and Stone of Poor Things) their best actress award — for both Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest, a Holocaust film by Jonathan Glazer, where she portrays the real Hedwig Höss, the wife of an Auschwitz camp leader.
As an actress on The Morning Show and countless other scene-stealing roles, the Lee, 40, has been in The Morning Show and many other memorable roles, and now she gets her first Critics Choice nomination for Past Lives by A24, where she is Nora Moon, a South Korean who lives abroad.
Past Lives, which also stars Teo Yoo and John Magaro, is the debut movie of playwright Celine Song, who is also up for Golden Globes, Gotham Awards, Spirit Awards and more.
Maestro, the film about composer Leonard Bernstein by director, co-writer and actor Bradley Cooper, got eight nominations from the Critics Choice Awards this year.
Mulligan, 38, played Bernstein’s wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein and earned her fourth nomination from the group. The British actress won the same award in 2021 for Promising Young Woman.
Mulligan also worked with director Emerald Fennell again in Saltburn, a film that got three Critics Choice nominations this year.
Robbie, 33, was the only one who saw the huge success of Barbie, the 2023 top-grossing film. But even she might have been shocked that the live-action film by director and co-writer Greta Gerwig, based on the Mattel toy, got the most Critics Choice movie nominations ever in a year, with an amazing 18.
The star and producer has been up for Critics Choice six times. Robbie won the first two times in 2016 for best action movie actress in Suicide Squad and in 2018 for best comedy movie actress in I, Tonya.