Hot off of Sunday’s Golden Globe awards and Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations, Hollywood’s elite stepped out yet again on Thursday evening, this time onto a blue carpet, for the 20th annual Critic’s Choice Awards at the Palladium.
Hours after learning that he had scored a Best Actor nomination for his role in “The Theory of Everything,” actor Eddie Redmayne was all smiles in Valentino. Although dressed by the fashion house itself (sans stylist), Redmayne said his wife Hannah Bagshawe has the final say on what he wears.
“She always checks me before I go,” he said. “She’ll always give her opinion, and it’s always right.”
The 33-year-old Brit was fast asleep when the Academy Award nominations were announced at 5:30 a.m. Los Angeles time.
“I suddenly heard this gigantic aggressive knocking on the door, and… I was sort of not fully clothed, so I was trying to find a towel before opening the door,” Redmayne said. “My manager Jason…was there with a phone and there was a lot of screaming coming out of it… I hoped that that was good news, and it was.”
The live broadcast show, which opened with a surprising male stripper number that left host Michael Strahan and the audience visibly confused, was a predictable mash-up of bad shtick and sappy acceptance speeches. During each commercial break guests eagerly popped up from their seats to mingle and swarm Oprah Winfrey, there to support “Selma,” which she produced.
After the ceremony, hungry guests were shuttled to the Los Angeles Athletic Club, although nearly all of the night’s famous faces, predictably exhausted, skipped the soiree.