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Critics' Choice Awards addresses sexual misconduct reckoning head on

Critics' Choice Awards addresses sexual misconduct reckoning head on
From CBC - January 11, 2018

Hollywood's self-celebratory season is continuing with the Critics' Choice Awards Thursday night.

ActorOlivia Munn is hosting the event at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., where a cast of celebrity presenters will announce film and TV critics' picks for the best work of 2017.

Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fantasy romance The Shape of Waterleads all nominees with 14 bids. It's up for best picture, along with The Big Sick,Call Me By Your Name,Darkest Hour,Dunkirk, The Florida Project,Get Out,Lady Bird,The Postand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The top TV nominee is Feud: Bette and Joanwith six nods. Other leading contenders include Big Little Liesand Fargo.

This Is Us, The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, The Crown and American Godsare up for best drama series. Competing in the comedy category are: black-ish, The Big Bang Theory, GLOW, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Familyand Patriot.

Chris Hemsworth, Kaley Cuoco, Anthony Anderson, Nick Jonas, Kate Bosworth and Alison Brie are among the stars set to present at the ceremony, which will be broadcast on the CW network.

The 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards will also feature the second annual #SeeHer award, which recognizes an individual for challenging gender stereotypes. Wonder Womanstar Gal Gadot will accept the award from director Patty Jenkins.

Speaking out about sexual misconduct

Munn says hosting a Hollywood awards show is nothing compared to speaking out about sexual misconduct.

In an interview to discuss her preparations for the show, the 37-year-old actorinstead addressed the ongoing sexual misconduct reckoning in the entertainment industry. Munn has publicly accused director Brett Ratner of misconduct and harassment and is an outspoken critic of a Hollywood power structure she says rewards abusers and silences victims.

"Hosting an awards show pales in comparison to the legal and illegal threats that I have had to [face]and that so many other women who have spoken out have had to go through," Munn said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "It's not as easy to name names as people think. And when you go out publicly and do that, as we know with one of Brett Ratner's accusers, there's defamation lawsuits that come forward.

'Naming names and calling out peopleit's not an easy thing to do, and it's not something people can do flippantly... So I think the real hard part during this time is definitely not hosting an awards show,' - Olivia Munn, Critics' Choice Awards host

"Naming names and calling out peopleit's not an easy thing to do, and it's not something people can do flippantly... So I think the real hard part during this time is definitely not hosting an awards show. Although it is work, and you are wanting to put on a good show and all that;but I have been through scarier things."

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