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'The Shape of Water' wins big at Critics' Choice Awards

'The Shape of Water' wins big at Critics' Choice Awards

James Franco won a best actor award at the Critics' Choice Awards for his role in The Disaster Artist, but the embattled actor was a no-show at the ceremony Thursday.

Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" leads all nominees with 14 bids.

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So with such a conversation unfolding in the industry and across culture, do film and TV awards even matter?

The Critics' Choice Awards was the first show following the massive statement made at the Golden Globes, where mostly all attendees wore black to bring awareness to sexual assault and misconduct across the workforce. The segment also referenced the recent "All the Money in the World" pay gap dispute: "Thank you to all the producers for paying Niecy and I the same and Mark Wahlberg a million bucks", Munn said.

"Let's not lose focus", she said, urging viewers to support the Time's Up initiative. I think, as men, we've been talking for centuries.

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Call Me by Your Name and Get Out claimed film screenplay honours, the latter winning best sci-fi/horror film as well.

Hemsworth presented the best actress award to an absent Frances McDormand for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

Coco also won a pair of awards, for song and animated feature, while The Florida Project star Brooklynn Prince won the best young actor/actress award.

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Many Critics' Choice Awards winners also took home Golden Globes, including McDormand, Rockwell, Oldman, Brosnahan and the stars of "Big Little Lies".