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Critics’ Choice Awards 2019: Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette handle Best Actress tie in best possible way

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Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette win Best Actress at Critics Choice Awards 2019

“Amy Adams & Patricia Arquette are DELIGHTFUL #CriticsChoice,” tweeted a viewer.

And the winner for Best Actress in a Limited Series is… a tie! 

That’s right: in a shock twist at tonight’s Critics’ Choice Awards, it was revealed that the prestigious gong would be shared between two stellar actresses. The first? Amy Adams for Sharp Objects, of course.

Stepping up to the stage, Adams said: “I can’t think of a more beautiful thing than a tie!” 

And, while the show’s producers had stated that they planned to give Adams the opportunity to accept her award solo before announcing the next winner, she quickly made it clear that she wanted to share the stage with her fellow champion.

“I want the other girl up here,” she said confidently. “Can I read it?” 

Naturally, they agreed to Adams’ request, and Patricia Arquette was announced as the second winner thanks to her performance in Escape at Dannemora.

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Welcoming her fellow winner to the stage, Adams explained: “I actually can’t think of a more beautiful thing than a tie because there really isn’t a winner when we get to do such great work and we have such wonderful opportunities.

“I’m overwhelmed. I have so many people to thank but I don’t want to take [all the time] up.”

The two Hollywood actresses made a point of thanking their (rival) networks, producers and writers - but it was Arquette’s zinger at the end of the dual speech that really made the audience sit up and pay attention.

“I want to thank Ben Stiller, our incredible, courageous director,” she said. “He really let us explore and remove the yoke from my neck that I felt I’ve carried my whole career of, ‘But is she likeable?’ Thank you for taking that off my neck. It was really heavy for me to carry that long.”

Arquette, who picked up a Globe for her role in the show earlier this year, also remarked on the way in which the show demonstrates a variety of female body types.

“Thank you Showtime for this,” she said. “A lot of friends of mine who might be bigger body type said, ‘Thank you. For once in my life, I got to see a bigger boned woman or a different body type woman be sexual, unapologetic and not have it be a fetish or a joke.’”

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Naturally, the speech has gone down in awards history as being truly iconic.

“Amy Adams & Patricia Arquette are DELIGHTFUL #CriticsChoice,” tweeted one viewer.

“Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette co-winning the @CriticsChoice award and sharing the acceptance speech and being so genuinely excited for each other is hands down my favorite thing in 2019 so far,” added another.

And still one more said: “Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette tying for Best Actress In a Limited Series or TV Movie and accepting their awards together, with their arms around one another, taking turns thanking people is the energy I want to bring through the rest of 2019.”

All hail the power of the sisterhood!

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Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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