In what is probably a preview of tonight’s Emmy Awards, The Bear won big at the Critics’ Choice Awards. They won every comedy series award—despite not even being a comedy!—except for Best Supporting Actress, which went to Meryl Streep for Only Murders in the Building. She didn’t go to the CCAs to collect her award, which must annoy Duana, as we have rewarded Meryl for her bloated movie star television role and she didn’t even show up (not that I expected her to). But back to The Bear. Consider this your semi-regular Jeremy Allen White thirst trap.


The internet has this thing about JAW looking like Gene Wilder, and I usually see more of a “hungover Elijah Wood” thing, but last night, okay, I see Gene Wilder. If that biopic gets made, I guess we know who has to play Gene. Also, I really like his suit. This is a great application of the 70s wide-leg trend, and JAW has a look very suited to that 70s style. I wish Ebon Moss-Bachrach was wearing something more interesting than a grey banker suit, but Ayo Edebiri came ready to play. Literally! She had a speech prepared this time.

Ayo Edebiri accepts the Best Actress in a Comedy Series Award for 'The Bear'
Ayo Edebiri accepts the Best Actress in a Comedy Series Award for 'The Bear' onstage during the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California

One thing I did not like about CCAs last night was how they doubled up on some of the categories. Ebon Moss-Bachrach won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the same time Meryl won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Like, the announcer called all the nominees for both categories, and the presenters, Rami Youssef and Jenny Slate, announced both winners together. Ebon only got to give his speech center stage because Meryl wasn’t there to soak up most of the spotlight. 


It's not the first year they’ve done this, but I thought after Seth Rogen roasted the double presentations last year, they’d try something else as a time saver, but no, same thing again this year. I know it’s a rock and a hard place, the CCAs are in a time crunch to come in at two hours, but they also don’t want to cut any categories from the show, so you end up with compromises like handing out two awards at once. Except it only seemed to happen to the TV people, specifically the supporting actors. It’s kind of a bad look. 


And if you’re already committed to one bad look, why not commit to another and cut some categories from the telecast, and that way at least the categories being televised can be given their due. I mean, they’ve already committed to announcing a few awards, including Best Young Actor/Actress off-air. All I’m saying is, if you’re going to run a tight two-hour telecast including film AND television, you’re going to have to get serious about which categories are on air.