“Promising Young Woman” was the big winner of the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association Awards.
Emerald Fennell’s black comedy starring Carey Mulligan as Cassie Thomas dominated the evening and won several awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Actress” for the 35-year-old star.
Receiving her awards on video call Carey said, “This opportunity really was the chance of a lifetime and I am so grateful to her.”
The director and screenwriter also won Best Original Screenplay, Best First Feature, and Best Filmmaker On The Rise.
Emerald, also 35, said of the earlier honor, “It just seems extraordinary that this script that I had on my mind for years listened to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears until it all had a pink, sparkling blur for it to come all the way to Hollywood and to receive this incredible honor is truly extraordinary. “
The thriller follows a young woman who was traumatized by a tragic event in her past and seeks revenge on those who have crossed her path.
During the virtual ceremony on Friday evening (March 5th, 21st) greats like “Nomadland”, “Sound of Metal”, “Da 5 Bloods”, “The Invisible Man”, “Birds of Prey” and “Minari” were honored. .
A number of special awards were also presented, including the Trailblazer Award given to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
The wrestler-turned-actor was recognized for “advocating important issues and advocating change”.
A clip played showing the ‘Jumanji’ star’s efforts to support the Black Lives Matter movement and highlight his charitable work.
Moved by the video, he said, “My friends, who I have known and grown with, all of you over the years as we have walked this trail – and what a privilege it was and what an honor it was it was to receive that honor from you. “
Elsewhere, Zack Snyder took home the Valiant Award and the Impact Award went to ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’.
The latter follows the story of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) and FBI infiltrator William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield).
Scott Menzel, Founder of HCA, said in a statement: “While 2020 has been a difficult year for many people around the world, we are the filmmakers, storytellers and studios who have gone out of their way to find new ways to meet their To publish films to forever grateful audience. The films nominated by members of the Hollywood Critics Association were some of the most diverse and comprehensive stories we have seen on screen in quite some time. Our mission has always been to highlight all of the votes and I believe this will be reflected in our winners tonight. Congratulations everyone. “