Ava DuVernay received a standing ovation at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards after When They See Us took home the award for best limited series. The drama tells the harrowing true story of the Central Park Five, and in her speech, DuVernay made sure to give Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise the praise they deserve and make a powerful statement about prison reform.
“People who are poor and innocent are behind bars, while the rich and guilty walk free and gain power.”
“This series began with a tweet from Raymond Santana, and now he, Antron, Kevin, Yusef, and the mighty Korey Wise stand for something larger than they ever imagined,” DuVernay said. “If you watched their story and felt something in that moment, I invite you consider doing something. There’s no right thing to do. Do what you feel where you are, but don’t let your anger and sadness be all. Cases like this are happening all around the world, in this country, most specifically on our watch. People who are poor and innocent are behind bars, while the rich and guilty walk free and gain power.”
DuVernay then ended her speech by quoting feminist poet Audre Lorde, saying, “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed, but when we are silent, we are still afraid, so it is better to speak.” Watch her speech ahead.
Bow Down, ‘Cause Lupita Nyong’o Looked Like Royalty at the Critics’ Choice Awards
Attendees at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday were in the presence of a real-life goddess, and that goddess was Lupita Nyong’o. The star, whose role in Us nabbed her a best actress nomination, walked the blue carpet looking like absolute royalty, per usual. Wearing a brown Michael Kors gown, Nyong’o amped up her look with some seriously gorgeous hair and makeup.
Celebrity hairstylist Vernon Francois used Matrix products to help Nyong’o put her penchant for bold hair accessories front and center, giving her an updo complete with golden wiring that fittingly mimicked a halo or crown and matched her metallic jewelry. The shiny accents didn’t stop there, as the actress also opted for shimmery bronze eye shadow and liner, in addition to a bold red lip.
Ahead, see all the photos of Nyong’o at the Critics’ Choice Awards to admire her queen-worthy hairstyle and elegant dress.
Billy Porter Fluttered Across the Red Carpet With Sleeves of Temporary Butterfly Tattoos
Float like a butterfly, sting on the Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet. That’s how the quote goes, right? According to Billy Porter, it most definitely is. On Sunday night, the Pose star pulled up to the award show in Santa Monica fluttering, and if we’re being honest here, it left us in awe at his unwavering red carpet creativity. Yep, we’re talking about those perfectly placed sleeves of temporary butterfly tattoos. From his chest down both his arms, the tattoos paired perfectly with his striking seafoam green dress and silver arm cuffs.
It’s a big night for Porter as he’s nominated for best actor in a drama series for his portrayal as Pray Tell in Pose, and the groundbreaking series is also nominated for best drama series. Keep reading to see photos of Porter’s fabulous temporary tattoos, and prepare to be inspired to revive your favorite accessory from back in the day.