If the Oscars and the Golden Globes represent two extremes of
the hosting debate this year, with the former going host-less to
avoid controversy and the latter courting controversy by inviting
back known provocateur Ricky Gervais,the selection of
2020 Critics’ Choice Awards host represents a happy middle
ground. If you tuned in to the ceremony (which honors the best in
both film and television across a whopping 42 categories) last year
or if you’re a Shondaland acolyte you’ll probably recognize the man
emceeing the event. That’s because actor Taye Diggs is returning to
host for the second year in a row.
In 2019, Diggs took over hosting duties from The Newsroom star
Olivia Munn. Other Critics’ Choice Awards hosts over the years have
included footballer-turned-TV host Michael Strahan, comedian and
The Talk host Aisha Tyler, and Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth.
Like Chenoweth before him, Diggs comes to the screen with a
background in musical theater. He got his start on the Great White
Way in 1996, originating the role of Benny in the smash hit Rent.
(That’s where he met his future wife Idina Menzel, who stars in two
movies nominated by the Critics’ Choice Awards this year, Best
Picture nominee Uncut Gems and Best Animated Feature nominee Frozen
II.) Diggs’ other Broadway credits include The Wild Party, Chicago,
Wicked, and Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
Diggs made his feature film debut in 1998, co-starring as Angela
Bassett’s love interest in How Stella Got Her Groove Back; his
other film roles include the screen adaptations of Chicago and
Rent, The Best Man and its sequel The Best Man Holiday, and the
recent Netflix romcom Set It Up. On TV, he has appeared in episodes
of The Good Wife (which fellow Critics Choice Awards host Chenoweth
also guest starred on), Empire, Will & Grace, and Private
Practice, on which he starred as Dr. Sam Bennett in all six seasons
of the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff.
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Diggs’ experience onstage and playing towards a massive live
audience is an advantage when it comes to the tricky task of
a fact that Diggs acknowledged last year in advance of his
first gig. “It’s a natural fit it’s humor, dancing, singing,” he
told The Hollywood Reporter while preparing for the 2019 ceremony.
“It’s something I had been looking to do for a while now, so it’s
nice that it’s working out the way it is.”
Last year, Diggs kicked off the ceremony with a song-and-dance
tribute to diversity in Hollywood. Over the next few hours, top
prizes would go to Roma, a film about an indigenous Mexican maid,
in Best Picture and Best Director, as well as to actors and films
like Mahershala Ali, Regina King, Black Panther, If Beale Street
Could Talk, and Crazy Rich Asians.
Coming so soon after the
recent #BAFTAsSoWhite controvery in which the British Academy
of Film and Television Arts nominated only white actors in its 20
Best Acting slots and only men in its five Best Director slots that
spirit of inclusion will once again be much-needed when the
Critics’ Choice Awards air on Sunday, and hopefully Diggs will be
able to find away to celebrate and highlight the importance of
representation once again. Fortunately, the Broadcast Film Critics’
Association got things off on the right foot by nominating a lot of
performances that BAFTA overlooked, including Eddie Murphy,
Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez, and Zhao
Shuzhen, as well as Greta Gerwig in Best Director.
Which film will follow Roma as this year’s Critics’ Choice Award
winner for Best Picture? And will that film, unlike Roma (which
fell to Green Book), be able to follow that victory up with a win
at the Oscars? Find out when Taye Diggs and his thousand-watt smile
host the ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 12, broadcast live on The CW.
Source: FS – All – Entertainment – News 2
The 2020 Critics' Choice Awards Host Has Had Plenty Of 'Private Practice' Being On Stage