"This is bulls---," Bullock said jokingly Friday before lip-locking with Streep, whom she shared best actress honors with (she for the Blind Side and Streep for Julie and Julia). The tie was an obvious surprise, but as the audience cheered, Bullock exclaimed: "This is an honor."
Later in Bullock's acceptance speech, she referred to similar parallels between her and her co-winner, saying that she loves "food and sex like Meryl. ... That's how similar we are. You guys just didn't notice it until now." Bullock ended her speech by admitting, "Meryl is a good kisser."
Presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Critics' Choice is considered an accurate prediction of Oscar winners. The Hurt Locker emerged as the big winner of the night taking home two top awards (best picture of the year and best director). Director Kathryn Bigelow's win made her the first female ever to take best director honors at this awards ceremony – something that would too make history at the Academy Awards. She received a standing ovation from ex-husband and fellow nominee, Avatar's James Cameron.
In the category for best actor in a leading role, Jeff Bridges was bestowed the top honor. Fellow nominee George Clooney was absent as, according to his rep, he prepares to host the Jan. 22 Haiti telethon. Other winners were: Mo'nique for best supporting actress for her role in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire; Inglourious Basterds's Christoph Waltz for best supporting actor; The Hangover for best comedy movie; and Avatar for winning best action movie.
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds won two more awards, best acting ensemble and original screenplay.
The star-studded night also saw Matt Damon and wife Luciana chatting with Morgan Freeman. Zac Efron and Zoe Saldana shared some banter as they presented best song together, and a newly single Susan Sarandon stepped up in a sexy cocktail dress to present the best picture award.
Kristin Chenoweth was the first female to take on hosting duties, but it wasn't all work. The perky actress got up close and personal with a clean-shaven Bradley Cooper by planting several kisses on him. It also was not a bad gig for Nick Jonas, who, with his band The Administration, provided entertainment as the house band.
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