Ariana DeBose

Critics Choice Awards 2022: Michale Keaton Gives Shout out to Ukraine President Zelenskyy while Ariana DeBose Uplifts LGBTQ+ Community

Michale Keaton Gives Shout out to Ukraine President Zelenskyy while Ariana DeBose Uplifts LGBTQ+ Community in the Critics Choice Awards 2022.

On Sunday night in the Critics Choice Awards 2022 Dopesick’s Michael Keaton won the award for best actor in a limited series or movie made for TV.

Also nominated in the category were Olly Alexander (It’s a Sin), Paul Bettany (WandaVision), William Jackson Harper (Love Life), Joshua Jackson (Dr. Death) and Hamish Linklater (Midnight Mass).

“Man I have to go to the bathroom,” Keaton, 70, joked when he took the stage, referencing his SAG Awards acceptance speech last month.

He continued, “Well, thanks very much. I’m going to make this quick. You know what I love this time of year? Because it’s springtime and it’s awards season and you know, you just can smell that fake humility out there. That fake sincerity. Thanks very much. This is awful, awful nice.”

The father of one went on to call in “a little funny to be accepting awards on the backs” of characters struggling with opioid addiction.

Then he recalled chatting with a woman in her 70s who worked at a coffee shop near where Dopesick filmed in Virginia: “She told me how prevalent the addiction rate and problems is down there in Appalachia,” he recalled.

On the other hand, Ariana DeBose delivered a powerful message in her acceptance speech at the 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards. The “West Side Story” actor earned the award for best supporting actress in the second film adaptation of the 1957 musical, graciously thanking critics for supporting the movie.

She also expressed her gratitude for fellow nominee Rita Moreno — who played her character, Anita, in the original film — for making space for her to “thrive beside her.”

DeBose’s excitement over receiving her award couldn’t be contained, and her speech included a touching message. “The last thing I’m going to say, because you never know who’s watching, to all young people: doesn’t matter how you identify or who you are.”

“You are unique, you are talented, you are seen, you are valued, you are loved, and you matter. Please don’t ever forget that.” Leave it to DeBose to center her speech around such an important message — truly a class act! Watch her full speech ahead.

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