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Jamie Foxx

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards

The stars all came out to face their greatest friends (or foes!) at the 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. The event was hosted for the second time by Will and Grace's charming Eric McCormack, who joked, "I'm delighted to be hosting the show again this year. At last, I've pleased the critics." At the Wiltern on Jan. 10, many famous faces came together for the ceremony, where Sideways swept away the awards right and left. Film reviewers praised the movie, which was lauded for best picture, supporting actor and actress, acting ensemble and writer. The film, which topped the charts with eight different nominations, lost in the director, actor, and composer categories. It's catchy tagline, "In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves" has attracted many audiences toward this low-budget road-trip saga about two men facing disappointment and heartbreak while touring southern California wine country. The Sideways winners included Best Supporting Actor Thomas Haden Church, Best Supporting Actress Virginia Madson and Best Writers Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. Best Actor was given to Jamie Foxx for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the stirring biopic Ray. While accepting his award, he indicated that he hopes his next work will be yet another biopic, this time about the ear-chomping boxing champ Mike Tyson. Of all the Critics' Choice winners, Foxx is thought by many pundits to have the best chance at nabbing an Oscar®, and the Critics' Choice Awards is often thought to be a good indicator of the Academy Awards themselves. Best Actress went to Hilary Swank for her portrayal of a boxer in director Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, a four-time nominee. The award for Best Documentary went to Michael Moore for Fahrenheit 9/11. Martin Scorsese won Best Director for The Aviator and the ever handsome and talented Tom Cruise graciously accepted the Distinguished Career Achievement Award, telling the audience how honored he feels to work with such talented people over the years.

The event was organized by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which has 194 members from the television, radio, and online worlds. Producers of the event asked for its winners to support the tsunami relief by auctioning their US $20,000 goodie-filled gift bags.
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