Lead actresses Lily Gladstone, Sandra Hüller, Greta Lee, Carey Mulligan, Margot Robbie were also in the running at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards
The actress was awarded Sunday for her role as Bella Baxter in Poor Things. She began her acceptance speech by saying she was in "full-blown shock" to receive the prize. "This is completely crazy," she said.
Speaking of the role — which saw Stone, 35, take on a woman with an infant's brain — she joked about critics' influence in the industry. "Playing Bella was one of the greatest joys of my life. I got to unlearn a lot of things in playing her. Unlearn parts of shame and societal stuff that gets put on us, and I'm still working on it," she said.
Ending with a joke, Stone added, "This is the Critics Choice Awards — and it is about outside opinion — but I'm very grateful to the critics for this. But I'm just learning not to care what you think."
Stone also honored the other women nominated in the category — personally naming Lily Gladstone, who was nominated for Killers of the Flower Moon, Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall, Greta Lee for Past Lives, Carey Mulligan for Maestro and Margot Robbie for Barbie.
"This doesn't make any sense, so," she said of winning the award in such good company. "Thank you so much for this, it means so much to me. I was being serious. I don't know what to say."
Stone's Critics Choice Awards win comes shortly after her victory at the 2024 Golden Globes, where the star, won for best film actress in a comedy or musical.
For Poor Things, director Yorgos Lanthimos and screenwriter Tony McNamara’s follow-up to their Oscar-winning The Favourite, the producer-star has earned her fifth acting nod from the Critics Choice Association.
The Oscar winner plays Bella Baxter, a woman given a clean slate via an experimental procedure from a mad scientist, after which she gradually discovers the wonders — and dangers — of the world.
Stone has been open about why she was drawn to the role of Bella, explaining that it "felt like acceptance of what it is to be a woman, to be free, to be scared and brave."
"She's understanding what it is to be a member of society," the actress added.
The 29th annual Critics Choice Awards, hosted by Chelsea Handler and airing live on The CW on Jan. 14, recognized 2023’s most deserving film and television as voted upon by Hollywood critics.
Barbie dominated the film list with 18 total nominations, including best picture, with Oppenheimer and Poor Things notching 13 nods. On the TV side, The Morning Show led contenders with six nominations, followed by Succession with five.
Director and co-writer Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon marks Gladstone’s first-ever Critics Choice nod, recognizing her work as the real-life Mollie Kyle, whose family and community in the Osage Nation of 1920s Oklahoma were the targets of serial killings.
Alongside fellow Critics Choice nominees Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart and Robert De Niro as William King Hale, Gladstone, 37, makes one of 12 overall nods for the acclaimed film. The Golden Globe winner also starred in this year’s The Unknown Country, for which she earned a Gotham Award.
Hailing from Germany, Hüller is making a big splash stateside with Anatomy of a Fall, from director and co-writer Justine Triet. The Golden Globe-winning French courtroom drama stars the actress, 45, as a woman who may or may not have murdered her husband at their snowy chalet.
Although she's led films like 2006's Requiem and 2016's Toni Erdmann, this marks Hüller’s first recognition from the Critics Choice Association, Golden Globe Awards and more. In December, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association honored Hüller (and Stone of Poor Things) with their best actress prize — for both Anatomy of a Fall and the Jonathan Glazer Holocaust film The Zone of Interest, in which she plays the real-life Hedwig Höss, wife of an Auschwitz concentration camp commandant.
As an actress on The Morning Show and countless other scene-stealing roles, the 40-year-old Lee is breaking through with the Critics Choice Association for the first time thanks to A24’s Past Lives, in which she plays South Korean expat Nora Moon.
Past Lives, which also features Teo Yoo and John Magaro, is a first-time feature film from playwright Celine Song, now nominated for Golden Globes, Gotham Awards, Spirit Awards and more.
For playing the composer’s wife Felicia Montealegre Bernstein, Mulligan, 38, notched her fourth nod from the org. The British star won in the same category in 2021 for Promising Young Woman.
Only Robbie, 33, could have predicted the meteoric success of 2023 box office champion Barbie. But even she, however, may have been surprised that director and co-writer Greta Gerwig’s live-action Mattel adaptation broke the record for most Critics Choice movie nominations in a single year, with a whopping 18.
The producer and star has been Critics Choice nominated six times. Robbie won on her first two go-rounds in 2016 for best action movie actress in Suicide Squad and in 2018 for best comedy movie actress in I, Tonya.
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