Gerwig and Robbie’s “Barbie” had picked up a host of awards during the evening, but many were presented during the commercial breaks, including best comedy. That wasn’t going to work for Handler, who’d dedicated a good portion of her monologue to saluting “Barbie” for its $1.4 billion box office achievement and its cultural relevance amid “The Year of the Woman.”
“I’m gonna go rogue because Greta and Margot deserve the opportunity to make an acceptance speech,” Handler said. “Would you mind coming up and accepting the award?”
The camera cut to Gerwig and Robbie, who excitedly scrambled to the stage from their table.
“Thank you, Chelsea. We love you so much,” Robbie said onstage. “You know, when everyone is like ‘Oh, this is so unexpected. This is actually unexpected and was not apart of the show.’ We were very grateful nonetheless and I’d like Greta to talk.”
The filmmaker began by thanking Handler too: “We were excited in our chairs. And it’s nice to be up here. Thank you to everyone that helped make the movie. I laughed during most takes. Because of our beautiful cast — Margot and Ryan and America — who got to be as brilliant as they are.”
Gerwig then thanked the corporations behind the film — Mattel for…
The post “Chelsea Handler Goes Rogue at Critics Choice with Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie” by Angelique Jackson was published on 01/15/2024 by variety.com