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Actresses, shows about women win big at Critics’ Choice

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — It was a good night for women at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “Big Little Lies” was the biggest TV winner, with four awards, and “The Handmaid’s Tale” won three. “Wonder Woman” was named best action movie and its star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.

“Big Little Lies” was named best limited series and won acting awards for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern.

Kidman thanked the entertainment community “who show up to make really fantastic films and TV and let us do what we love.”

“I love being an actor,” said the 50-year-old Oscar winner. “Thank you for letting me do it all the way through to this age and beyond.”

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance, “The Shape of Water,” was also a quadruple winner.

Stories about women also won in comedy categories. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was named best comedy series, and star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy.

As she accepted her award, Brosnahan noted that even though women aren’t wearing black like most did at the Golden Globe Awards earlier in the week, she said the fight to eradicate sexual harassment continues.

“Let’s not lose focus,” she said, urging viewers to support the Time’s Up initiative. “Let’s keep this going.”

Olivia Munn hosted the ceremony at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. At one point, the actress, who has spoken publicly about her own experiences with sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, led the audience in a toast. Joined by actress Niecey Nash, they raised a glass “to all the good guys in Hollywood,” who held meetings in conference rooms rather than hotel rooms.

“Congratulations for doing what you’re supposed to do!” Nash said.

Del Toro closed the show Thursday night by shouting that he’s always believed in the equality of women.

“Let me tell you one thing, if you don’t do that, you don’t know what you’re missing,” he said.

“The Shape of Water,” which led all nominees with 14 bids, claimed the best picture prize, along with director, score and producti

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