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Critics' Choice Awards: Quotes from the stars

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The awards season officially opened last night with the 14th Annual

Critics’ Choice Awards. Clint Eastwood, Anne Hathaway, Sean Penn, and a herd of other celebrities descended on the Santa

Monica Civic Center to witness a Slumdog Millionaire sweep

(five awards including Best Picture),

dine on cold salmon and “escabeche cosmo” (Yeah, we know: WTF?), and

stare at Brangelina. There was a lot of love on hand, like Milk’s Sean Penn, who beat out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button‘s Brad Pitt for Best Actor, but then tried to make Pitt feel better about the loss by saying in

his acceptance speech, “I trust that you understand that at [its] heart,

this is a beauty contest, so I had an advantage.”

Angelina Jolie, who talked to reporters on the red carpet solo, as

Pitt shadowed her from a safe distance deciding not to do any

interviews (the same silent strategy that nominee Mickey Rourke

employed for the evening), was just happy for a night out sans her big

brood. “It is the only time we get to go out as adults and have a

laugh. [Red carpets] are always surreal but fun.”

Quotes from Anne Hathaway, Christopher Nolan, and Slumdog Millionaire‘s Frieda Pinto, after the jump.

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Also having fun was Slumdog’s Frieda Pinto. “This is my first

American awards show and it has been a brilliant night. I can’t wait to

give Dev [Patel, winner for Best Young Actor, who was unable attend

because he had a wedding to attend in India] his trophy….Angelina and

Brad told me they thought the film was lovely. I was pretty nervous

talking to them, but they turned out to be lovely people. And to top it

all off, our movie won so many awards. Everyone keeps saying that means

good things for Oscar night and the Globes.”

Best Director Danny Boyle didn’t want to count his golden chickens

before they hatched. “Well, you’re talking to a Brit. We call it

half-assed. You don’t want to appear too overconfident. This is one

group of people and the next group could like a different film more

than ours. It would be great to win an Oscar, but even if Slumdog

didn’t get another award, we’ve had the most incredible journey since

Toronto. This is a small film with unknown actors that is partially in

Hindi. I figured it would be a tough sell, but this country has really

embraced it, and that’s all I could ask for.”

Also accepting on a colleague’s behalf was Dark Knight

director Christopher Nolan, who accepted the posthumous (a first in the

history of the show) Best Supporting Actor award for Heath Ledger. “Working with him was

one of the greatest experiences any of us ever had or probably ever

will have,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hathaway, who tied with her Devil Wears Prada

counterpart Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category, had said before

the show, “I’m not going to win. I’m in a dramatic category with Meryl

Streep. No contest. She sets the bar for actresses so it is truly an

honor just to be in the same category.” Her straight face and deadpan

delivery on the carpet made us believe she really was shocked enough to

get choked up on stage. “I don’t know how to win awards, I know how to

not be nominated for awards. I know how to do pratfalls and wear

tiaras. This is very new,” she admitted with tears bubbling up.

Backstage, she called her parents, who will be her date to the Globes

Sunday, to share the good news with them.

For some, the limelight itself will take some getting used to. Viola Davis (Doubt)

explained, “I fell in love with the work. I did not fall in love with

the red carpet or the fame. I am in it for the long haul, but that

doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the experience. And I’m getting used to all

it entails from the girly-girl parts to the constant flash bulbs and

and late nights. These are high-class problems. Don’t feel bad for us.” –Carrie Bell

More Critics’ Choice Awards:
Oscar Watch: Broadcast Film Critics: A ‘Slumdog’ sweep

Also having fun was Slumdog’s Frieda Pinto. “This is my firstAmerican awards show and it has been a brilliant night. I can’t wait togive Dev [Patel, winner for Best Young Actor, who was unable attendbecause he had a wedding to attend in India] his trophy….Angelina andBrad told me they thought the film was lovely. I was pretty nervoustalking to them, but they turned out to be lovely people. And to top itall off, our movie won so many awards. Everyone keeps saying that meansgood things for Oscar night and the Globes.”

Best Director Danny Boyle didn’t want to count his golden chickensbefore they hatched. “Well, you’re talking to a Brit. We call ithalf-assed. You don’t want to appear too overconfident. This is onegroup of people and the next group could like a different film morethan ours. It would be great to win an Oscar, but even if Slumdogdidn’t get another award, we’ve had the most incredible journey sinceToronto. This is a small film with unknown actors that is partially inHindi. I figured it would be a tough sell, but this country has reallyembraced it, and that’s all I could ask for.”

Also accepting on a colleague’s behalf was Dark Knightdirector Christopher Nolan, who accepted the posthumous (a first in thehistory of the show) Best Supporting Actor award for Heath Ledger. “Working with him wasone of the greatest experiences any of us ever had or probably everwill have,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hathaway, who tied with her Devil Wears Pradacounterpart Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category, had said beforethe show, “I’m not going to win. I’m in a dramatic category with MerylStreep. No contest. She sets the bar for actresses so it is truly anhonor just to be in the same category.” Her straight face and deadpandelivery on the carpet made us believe she really was shocked enough toget choked up on stage. “I don’t know how to win awards, I know how tonot be nominated for awards. I know how to do pratfalls and weartiaras. This is very new,” she admitted with tears bubbling up.Backstage, she called her parents, who will be her date to the GlobesSunday, to share the good news with them.

For some, the limelight itself will take some getting used to. Viola Davis (Doubt)explained, “I fell in love with the work. I did not fall in love withthe red carpet or the fame. I am in it for the long haul, but thatdoesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the experience. And I’m getting used to allit entails from the girly-girl parts to the constant flash bulbs andand late nights. These are high-class problems. Don’t feel bad for us.” –Carrie Bell

More Critics’ Choice Awards:
Oscar Watch: Broadcast Film Critics: A ‘Slumdog’ sweep