Natalie Portman shouts out her 'Black Swan' director for bringing her and her fiancé together, while Christian Bale gets emotional.
By Mawuse Ziegbe
Before the folks behind the 2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards on VH1 dished out their choices for the best flicks of 2010, they chose to spoof them first.
The guys of "Jackass" kicked off the festivities Friday night (January 14) with their own kooky rendition of the dream drama "Inception," pretending to plant the idea in Steve-O's head to bungee-jump in a portable toilet and get splashed with other people's poo. While the guys' twist on hit flicks like "The Social Network" — which went on to win Best Picture — and "Black Swan" peppered the show, the rest of the evening was pretty clean, as movies like "The Fighter" and "Inception" racked up trophies.
Following opening remarks from beefy action star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and an introduction from Ashton Kutcher, "The Fighter" took home the first award of the night for Best Acting Ensemble. Lowell, Massachusetts, policeman Mickey O'Keefe, who plays himself in the movie as the mentor of "Irish" Mickey Ward, accepted the award on behalf of the cast, beaming, "This is just bitchin'!"
Rocking a delicate pastel dress, "True Grit" newcomer Hailee Steinfeld took home the prize for Best Young Actor/Actress, thanking everyone from her talent agency to her family, and even giving a shout-out to God.
Eva Mendes handed over the Best Supporting Actor award to Christian Bale for his scrappy performance in "The Fighter" (co-star Melissa Leo later won for Best Supporting Actress). The English actor recognized the real-life inspiration for the character Alice Ward, who has recently been laid up in the hospital, and briefly got emotional when thanking his wife and daughter.
"The Hangover" star Ed Helms presented the Best Action Movie award to Christopher Nolan's "Inception," applauding the film's knack for "blowing sh-- up."
Kim and Khloé Kardashian, minus their curvy sister Kourtney, presented Best Documentary Feature to "Waiting for Superman." Filmmaker David Guggenheim aptly followed up the win with an impassioned plea for widespread access to quality education for all children.
Legendary movie veteran Steven Spielberg accepted the award for Best Picture Made for Television for HBO's wartime miniseries "The Pacific," and comedy queens Joan Rivers and Sarah Silverman handed over the trophy for Best Comedy to the folks behind the high school fake-sex romp "Easy A." "It's about pretending to have sex in high school, which we're all familiar with," director Will Gluck quipped. The beloved family-friendly flick "Toy Story 3" nabbed Best Animated Feature.
The night had some musical moments as well, courtesy of house band Maroon 5, who cranked out bluesy versions of everything from Prince's sultry classic "Kiss" to Bill Withers' mournful hit "Ain't No Sunshine" throughout the show. Rapper/actor Ice Cube used his hip-hop and Hollywood experience to introduce the Music+Film Award for Quentin Tarantino, commanding attendees to "sit ya ass down" before he pumped up the filmmaker's world-renowned skills.
After a montage of scenes from Tarantino flicks like "Jackie Brown" and "Inglourious Basterds," Maroon 5's Adam Levine took the stage solo to strum Stealers Wheel's folky jam "Stuck in the Middle With You" as the infamous ear-slicing "Reservoir Dogs" scene that features the song played in the background. Keri Hilson cooed a vampy rendition of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," which is featured in "Pulp Fiction," heading into the audience to serenade Tarantino, purring the lyrics and oozing with sex-kitten energy. When Tarantino accepted the award, he spoke about how music informed his early screen ambitions, reminiscing about visualizing cinematic scenes as he played hits in his bedroom as a teen.
"The King's Speech" won Best Original Screenplay, while the Facebook drama "The Social Network" scored Best Adapted Screenplay. Writer Aaron Sorkin shouted out the site's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, saying, "We owe you a debt of gratitude" for the social-media phenomenon. "Network" mastermind David Fincher also nabbed Best Director.
Emily Blunt and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up for a lighthearted presentation of the Joel Siegel Award to Matt Damon for his humanitarian work with his global clean-water campaign Water.org. Kimmel feigned disinterest in Damon's efforts, quipping, "Sean Penn is actually in Haiti right now." Damon playfully fired back when he took the stage, saying, "Jimmy, I literally have no idea why you're here," which prompted the talk-show host to stroll backstage mid-speech.
Colin Firth also lightened up his acceptance speech by joking, "I will be wearing this around my neck as a talisman to give me magical powers," as he cradled his Best Actor trophy for "The King's Speech." Kevin Spacey took it back to the '90s with inexplicable impersonations of portly comedian Jon Lovitz and former President Bill Clinton before presenting Best Actress to Natalie Portman. The newly pregnant starlet thanked director Darren Aronofsky, playfully noting, "You made me very skinny and you ... made me fat" for introducing her to the film's choreographer and her new fiancé, Benjamin Millipied, with whom she's expecting her first baby.
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