Celebrities on the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet gave us their picks

By C. Molly Smith
December 12, 2016 at 07:50 PM EST
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When actors aren’t on screen, they’re catching the biggest movies and shows in the industry, just like we are.

During Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet, EW asked celebrities about their favorite films and TV shows of 2016. Viola Davis, John Travolta, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel Bloom, Milo Ventimiglia, and more talked about what they loved this year, and, no surprise, they have great taste. Moonlight, Arrival, and Stranger Things were among those mentioned regularly. See what else made the list below:

John Travolta (The People vs. O.J. Simpson )

“I’ve only seen four, but I enjoyed Sully and I enjoyed Lion. Those were interesting movies.”

Viola Davis (Fences)

“I did watch some of Atlanta and it was fantastic. I love that.”

Cynthia Nixon (Killing Reagan )

“I did a photoshoot with [Tracee Ellis Ross] so I watched Black-ish after that and my family started watching it and I thought that is a great show.”

Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

First of all, I have to say I’m very behind on pop culture and my New Year’s resolution is to catch up and join pop culture. I thought La La Land was beautiful. I just started Westworld. It’s awesome and I can’t wait. I loved the original Black Mirror so I can’t wait to watch it and everything else I’m woefully behind on.

Gillian Jacobs (Community)

“I’m so proud of my former castmate Donald Glover in Atlanta. I think that’s one of my favorite shows. I just saw Arrival, which I loved….  I think Amy Adams is incredible. Better Things I loved. I love Pamela Adlon on Better Things. A show that I loved ended and I was so mad about it, Getting On…. It’s such an underrated show and said something so profound about humanity and death and life and aging and everything. So I would say, I’m just going to keep saying Getting On until everyone watches it.”

Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Hell or High Water I thought was great. I mean, Stranger Things, beautiful show. The Night Of. Oh man, Moonlight, beautiful film. There’s so much, there’s so much out there in the world. I’ll be playing catch-up over the break.”

Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures

“I saw Allied — thought it was very well done. Saw Moonlight — again, very well done. Stranger Things, obviously…. Without being biased, of course, Hidden Figures is phenomenal. We had the premiere last night, I finally saw it for the first time — outstanding.”

Shiri Appleby (UnREAL)

I have been loving Difficult People, I’ve been loving Better Things, and I’ve been loving Divorce.”

Sam Richardson (Veep)

“I just saw Arrival and I loved it, and Atlanta is really funny and smart and brilliant. Those are my two top picks I think, and Moana, I saw Moana. I saw Moana twice.”

Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul)

“I saw Arrival in the theaters and there’s a reason I think movies are made for the big screen. That’s one of them. I got totally immersed in it. And I’m old enough that I remember when Westworld was a movie, but I love the series. I’ve totally hook, line, and sinkered to that.”

Russell Hornsby (Fences)

“I would have to say Atlanta. Black-ish has been one of my favorites. I’ve always been a House of Cards fan.”

Tim Matheson (Killing Reagan

Loving is perhaps one of my favorite movies. I loved Queen of Katwe. I can’t wait to see Fences. I liked The Comedian too. I loved Leslie Mann in that. I thought she was great. DeNiro’s great, but I mean Leslie really inspired me.”

Chris Sullivan (This Is Us

“Arrival is not only a fantastic film, but I think an amazing metaphor about enlightenment and healing. I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I think it might be my favorite J.K. Rowling movie yet and I also love, to round it out all the different genres, I loved Moonlight. I thought Moonlight was one of the best movies I’d seen in a long time.”

Katheryn Winnick (Vikings)

“I just saw Arrival the other day and I thought Amy Adams was pitch perfect. She was so great, so complex, so full of life and depth and obviously I’m a huge fan of the director. I think that the execution was really well done and left a lot of things to the imagination versus really showing you.”

Maura Tierney (The Affair)

“I saw both of these movies alone, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea, which were just stunning, really beautifully acted and directed and beautiful. It was nice to see them alone actually because they’re so deep.”

Portia Doubleday (Mr. Robot)

Moonlight was amazing, just everything about it. I’m obsessed with the cinematography, the acting, the story. It was one that I really, really liked…. Narcos, I watched the second season, really loved that. [American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson], watched that with my boy. We went through that in a hot second. Obsessed. What sucks is we don’t like waiting, so what we would do is pretend it wasn’t happening, wait a couple of weeks and then pace ourselves.”

Nina Jacobson (producer)

“I really love Hell or High Water. I have to say, that’s been really one of my favorites. I also just watched Arrival, which I loved. I loved Stranger Things. And I don’t think, technically maybe it’s not this year, but I loved Humans and I’ve really been enjoying Westworld, so there’s been a lot of great stuff.”

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