PHOTOS: Yara Shahidi, Mary J. Blige, Common & more black stars shine at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards


The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards was held in Los Angeles on Thursday evening and while there weren’t a ton of people of color in the winner’s circle, there were plenty of beautiful black folks at the big event.

Susan Kelechi Watson

This Is Us star, Susan Kelechi Watson served up some serious leg when she hit the blue carpet at the 23rd Annual Critic’s Choice Awards.

Yara Shahidi


Grown-ish star, Yara Hashidi was sophisticated and stylish in her long-sleeved gown at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Tituss Burgess


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star, Tituss Burgess, was all smiles in his velvet blazer and comfy sneakers at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Mary J. Blige

Mudbound star and Best Supporting Actress nominee, Mary J. Blige, donned a stunning gold gown as she made her way down the carpet on her birthday.

Octavia Spencer


The Shape of Water won four awards and Octavia Spencer was pretty in plum as she celebrated with her cast mates.

Cush Gumbo

The Good Fight‘s Cush Gumbo debuted her growing baby bump and announced she was expecting at The Critics’ Choice Awards.

O.T. Fagbenle


The Handmaiden’s Tale star, O.T. Fagbenle, was looking dapper in his tuxedo and sexy specs.

Samira Wiley


The Handmaiden’s Tale was a big winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Samira Wiley hung out with her costar, Elisabeth Moss, throughout the night.

Betty Gabriel


Get Out star, Betty Gabriel, was a dainty delight in her pink satin dress at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

‘Get Out’


Jordan Peele celebrated his win for Best Screenplay and Best Sci-Fi Horror Movie for Get Out with the film’s stars, Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery.

Niece Nash & Jenifer Lewis


Niecy Nash and Jenifer Lewis hung out at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles.



Common was on deck and happy to gush about his latest project, The Chi, for which he serves as an executive producer and has a yet to be seen recurrent role.

“The Chi is one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of,” he told TheGrio. To have people from my city and people across the country really be into the Chi and see the humanity of what Lena [Waithe] wrote and be connected to the characters and look at black life in a new way and a different way. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Darrell Britt-Gibson


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star, Darrell Britt-Gibson seemed to have good time chatting up his fellow celebs and celebrating the film’s numerous wins throughout the evening.